Thursday, January 26, 2006

Starfish: Automatically generated abstract imagery

I discovered this program a few days ago. It's really quite cool - you can select a colour palette (or create your own), select the complexity, and hit Go and you have yourself a nice desktop background image. This is the one I'm using right now (click to grab the full-size 1400x1050 image):

My current desktop wallpaper

A couple of other cool features this little program has:

  • Automatically set the newest generated image as the desktop wallpaper
  • Saves "image history" for as many images as you like (I have it set to 500)
  • Allows you to generate an image of any size, with presets including your current resolution, other standard resolutions and screen fractions
  • Option to create an image every x minutes (and set it as your background if you so desire)
  • Wide selection of colour presets and you can make your own really easily
  • Save as BMP, JPG (high or low quality) or PNG
  • Choose from 0x, 2x or 4x anti-aliasing

Download Starfish here, or just grab the latest Windows installer. It's GPL software, so you should be able to find a version for your OS and if not, compile it yourself.

Here's a gallery of some of the cooler images Starfish has generated for me. You can click on the thumbnailed ones to enlarge them.

Image generated by Starfish
Image generated by Starfish
Image generated by Starfish
These ones were the background for some banners I was working on.

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4 comments:

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Anonymous said...

hello, can u send me the program on avatarium gmail com, the website is down and i can't find this progran on the web :(

Anonymous said...

You need to learn something called feathering.