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So, some kind soul--I'm sorry, I don't remember who it was, or even when it was, WHAT EVEN IS LINEAR THINKING--suggested the program Gimp (possibly The Gimp, I've heard it both ways, yes that was a Psych joke) to me awhile back. And today, for whatever reason, I was like I WILL DO ALL OF THE COMPUTER THINGS, I WILL CLEAN MY DESKTOP OFF AND RUN ALL THE UPDATES AND CHANGE MY WALLPAPER AND FIX MY WONKY FIC FOLDERS AND EVERYTHING WILL BE PERFECT AND CLEAN. I did not fix my wonky fic folders, because I realized they're more or less permanently broken since my brain is more or less permanently broken, and they wouldn't make sense to me any other way. However, all the other things are done, and one of those things was installing Gimp. HOORAY, SOMETHING ELSE TO DO WHEN I AM WIDE AWAKE AT 3 AM BUT CAN'T FIND MY WORDS TO WRITE THINGS.

So! Under the cut are ten icons and the (1600x1200) wallpaper I made for myself. Images are not mine--I got them all from We ♥ It, with the exception of the image for the wallpaper, which I got from Stock.xchng. Additionally, "hope is the thing with feathers" is not mine either. Emily Dickinson wrote that. ETA: Dude, [ profile] immaturity knows the amazing photographer behind the orange photo. HOORAY FOR PHOTOGRAPHER CJ, WHO IS SERIOUSLY FUCKIN' AWESOME.

Feel free to take; commenting is nice but not required, ditto credit. However, if you hotlink, I will find you and I will cut you. Or I will cry. Or I will cut you and cry. BASICALLY, DON'T DO IT. If you are not sure how to take things without hotlinking, COME ASK ME AND I WILL TELL YOU. I will not even be mad. You know what will make me mad? Hotlinking. That is the only thing. Nothing else.

Okay, no more speaking, too late for words. Pictures now!



Date: 2011-04-21 07:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Love them all! Too tired to do much more than admire them rn, but good job :)

Date: 2011-04-21 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heee, thanks bb! GO TO BED.

Date: 2011-04-21 07:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You are quite welcome.

Date: 2011-04-21 07:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am actually friends (on Tumblr/Facebook) with the girl, CJ, who took the rainbow orange photo! She actually lives in Michigan like I do. I think this is the link to her photo:

Date: 2011-04-21 07:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Eeeee that is AWESOME, hold on, I will do the click-through thinger whatsit. PLEASE TELL HER SHE IS AMAZING, and also that I will totally pull that down if she objects. click through thinger whatsist I meant that I to it...fdsjfhsj. Anyway, 'tis done now :D
Edited Date: 2011-04-21 07:29 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-21 07:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, I seriously doubt she'll object, but I'll ask her anyway. Although I'm sure she'd appreciate some sort of credit or something. :)

Ok, this is going to be a sort of long and random tangent, and I don't mean to be disparaging or attacking you at all, so I apologize if it come across that way, but it's just something that occurred to be a while ago. I got into icon-making way before I got into photography, and I would scour GettyImages or random pretty-image sites, and then make icons out of photos, and then ask for credit if people used my icons and put a generic sort of, "Got these from Getty!" thing at the bottom.

But then one day, I found the original photo on Flickr that was used for one of the icons I was using. This was after I had gotten into photography, where individual credit is (at least among many of the amateur photographers I follow, as well as myself) a big deal. It made me feel weird because I had given credit for the icon to the icon-maker, yet not to the person who had actually taken the picture. It was strange because I remember in my graphics-making days, listing the general websites where I got certain icon images – and I'd certainly never seen any icon-maker list individually each of the URLs where they had found the images. And that was fine, that was all that was expected.

But since then, after finding various photos that I had taken (or people I knew had taken), posted on the internet and with hundreds or thousands of Tumblr notes and not a single bit of credit, I feel differently, I think. Obviously TV/movies is different, but general pretty images found online is what I'm mostly talking about. I imagine myself finding an icon made of a photo that I took, used on an icon for a super popular icon community or something, and people using it, but never knowing that I was the one who took it – or even having a way to find out, if they'd wanted to. And it's just out there. I know several photographers who don't care about credit but I know many more who do, because their photography is very personal and they invest a lot of time and money and energy into it so they like to see credit where it is due. They aren't famous or recognizable outside of certain circles.

So I guess the whole gist of this is something to the effect of, "I know it's an overwhelming norm to just list the general websites of found images, but in the future if you make and post icons, I personally think (and this is just one opinion, here) that it would be pretty groovy to save those URLs and post them with the associated images." I really hope that didn't come across as... pushy and aggressive or something, but it's 4am, so I apologize if it does!

Date: 2011-04-21 07:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No, babe, not pushy or aggressive at all ♥

I am kind of not in a place right at this second to go back through and seek out each individual link for these, but I have them all somewhere in my browser history, and I'll find them and link through tomorrow. I have learned how to make a picture a clicky link! So I'll do that :D

Date: 2011-04-21 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, no, it's fine if you don't have the individual links or anything. I wouldn't want you to go around spending a ton of time trying to find them. It was more of a, "In the future, this is something you may want to consider!" I'm sorry my comment was so long, but I really just wanted to explain stuff, and I get rambly late at night (well... all the time, really) and yes. But thank you!

Date: 2011-04-21 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh hi first poem i ever memorized. it's nice to see a part of you on so pretty a wallpaper. i still recite you constantly <3

Date: 2011-04-21 07:56 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-21 08:08 am (UTC)
ext_559841: suspended on silver wings~ (BookwithFlower)
From: [identity profile]
<3 I saw the new icon with the CLOUDS. Its beautiful, and summery, and amazing. Gimp is also funfunfun.

Date: 2011-04-21 08:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They are so pretty! ♥ Especially the girl with the head (could you share the big version of it? :D), and I think the coca cola flower is genius :D

Date: 2011-04-21 09:54 am (UTC)
ext_19057: (Giovani Ribisi: Ribisi)
From: [identity profile]
I love the icons! :) Took the sunglasses one, will credit ♥ amazing job bb

Date: 2011-04-21 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2011-04-21 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Pretty icons! *pets the puppy*

Date: 2011-04-21 11:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
These are lovely! I have taken the orange one, the flower one, and the girl in the hat. :)

Also, 'twas I who suggested Gimp! I think it was when you were polling us about which default icon to use. *g*

ALSO you should tell me us all your We ♥ It username, so that I we can stalk you there. :D

Date: 2011-04-21 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Those are pretty icons, dear <3<3<3

Date: 2011-04-21 12:40 pm (UTC)
ext_17435: (psych: shawn and lassie)
From: [identity profile]
OMG PSYCH REFERENCE! Hee. Man, I need to catch up on that show.

I looove that wallpaper, it's gorgeous.

Date: 2011-04-21 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
everything is gorgeous!

Date: 2011-04-21 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Soooooo...Just because I don't actually know what hotlinking is, what is it so I can check that I'm not guilty????

Also, I want to make beautiful images like yours! I even have GIMP installed. But I is slooooow, and have never ever worked with a graphics program besides paint. Are there tips or very rudimentary tutorials you could point me towards? All the ones I've found assume I know far more than I do. Hell, I'm amazed I can open, save, and create new files from the get-go.

Thank you! <33333 (Again, beautiful images!)

Date: 2011-04-21 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oooh, PURTY. I kind of want the wallpaper, but I'm a little attached to my current fannish one. And I love the girl with the camera (who, for some reason, looks a lot like Summer Glau.)

Date: 2011-04-21 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have snagged the dog in blanket, which is too cute, and the rainbow orange, which if I post will credit CJ for image and you with icon making.

Date: 2011-04-22 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The wallpaper is gorgeous, and the icons are really fun - I'm snagging the orange and the flowers on the beach and will credit, thanks!


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