My first iteration, open to critique and change. Hills Of Saturated Excellence is meant to show technological sophistication with its futuristic vibe, “fits like a glove” thanks to familiar operating system icons (specifically from KDE plasma) and the rocket on the left is meant to show some degree of progress and personal growth. Transparent logo icons may hint towards the idea of open source and trustworthiness.
Color usage and polygonal shapes are mostly inspired by previous plasma wallpapers. Additionally, I got jealous of the illustrated look previous wallpapers have achieved, so I added a painterly texture made in GIMP as a material to most of the image, and a “cubified” photograph I took of some skies outside the window as the sky. This is supposed to make it slightly illustrated, though I personally still think it looks too amateur 3D-ish.
The images are of 16 bit color and utilize a wide dynamic range, since I want it future proofed for when linux gets wide HDR support.
I will link a personal nextcloud folder which includes all design iterations, and the blender source file with all assets packed in. If there are any questions regarding how I made a certain asset or image, don’t be afraid to ask. All can be replicated using open source software. Note: I used a plugin for GIMP named Gmi’c to make the painterly texture and “cubified” sky texture.
Blender was used for the raw image. Darktable was used to fine tune the colors. GIMP was used to remove certain ugly artifacts. Instant Meshes was used to make the sculpted and generated terrains have good looking polygonal topology. Before and after edits are also in the nextcloud link.
I am also trying to make a portrait version, but only landscape is available for now.
Note: The blender file is a bit unfriendly to view perhaps, I should have organized and named things better. Essentially, the same file is used for night and day variations, but a few things are changed in world material and textures between each. For convenience, I have provided a separate blender file for each.
License is exactly as needed: CC-BY-SA