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It looks like you’re emulating bokeh, which is a cool and easy thing to do with tiled clones in Inkscape. There are lots of ways to emulate the physical phenomena of bokeh though that are far less contrived than what you accurately refer to as trendy. While these bubble wallpapers have been cropping up more and more, bokeh images have been around far longer. Great insight into the effect here, though, as always. HeathenX rocks it.
Good tip. I think I have gotten a little used to Ctrl+Z for way too many things in Inkscape. I forget to use the proper way. 😉
You know, you’re right about the bokeh effect. I think I had done a little research on that term a month ago after stumbling onto a wiki entry for it. I found some interesting tutorials on the effect. If one does just a bit of “bokeh kde” in google then one can see what I was going for. Darn it! I wish I had remembered to mention that in the tut.
I stopped using KDE a while ago but it seems like I see this effect used in quite a few wallpapers designs in the latest releases of KDE. That’s why I used the term “trendy”, anyway. Nevertheless, thanks for the observation, John. I’ll add a bokeh tag to this tutorial in case someone stumbles across our site.
I didn’t have a reason to make wallpapers quite like the ones this designs but I watched it anyway… and I’m glad I did… I think the clone tiles will help me with another project… if it does I’ll be sending heathenx a step by step if he wants to post it as a video later.
Hx, I tried your tutorial and then searched the web for similar wallpapers, stumbled on the term Bokeh and got sucked in. I love this effect. I posted my efforts on my blog and wrote a text tutorial for anyone who wants to replicate it. I’m looking forward to the next installment of screencasters.
I’m pretty sure it was one of the Shiki themes that I either tweaked or came stock. I’m using a tweaked Shiki-Noble on Ubuntu 10.04 at the moment. It’s purple on dark and goes well with the stock desktop colors.