“Yesterday I released my first set of wallpapers, and the response has been quite gratifying,” Chuq Von Rospach writes. “I want to say thanks to those of you who’ve been downloading them and passing along the new images. But that said, the release of the images was about a week later than I’d originally hoped, and to be honest, I’m not entirely happy with the wallpapers for the IOS devices, especially the tablet. Apple’s made generating wallpapers for IOS 7 a fair pain in the parallax.”
“The way they implement the new parallax effect on their backgrounds is to scale an image to a larger size, and then as you swing your device up or down or side to side, shift the image around the screen a bit,” Von Rospach writes. “If you do what Apple’s done and build abstract backgrounds, that’s fine. There’s a long tradition of subject-oriented wallpapers, though, and the way Apple’s built things in IOS7 ignores that use case completely, and creates a big case of heartburn for people trying to build it.”
“If you are a photographer building wallpapers out of your images, and one that’s trying to take some care about image quality, just having your images stretched by some unknown algorithm before display is going to cause you to reach for the Maalox. But it gets worse,” Von Rospach writes. “Those lost edges can be significant to the image. If you look at this image on your computer screen, and then install it on the IOS device and look at it, suddenly a non-trivial part of the image is gone. The framing and composition that a photographer probably did in creating that image is damaged.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Chuq’s all worried about “framing and composition” of images that, he seems to forget, as wallpaper will have text and/or icons splattered all over them.