Here’s a link to an interesting way to display your favorite images. Dave Banks, a writer for Wired, used some pretty interesting techniques involving Adobe Illustrator to transform a couple of his digital pictures into a wall-sized mural. I can only guess how much manual manipulation was involved, and the results look great.
– shawn morrissey, program manager
Self-described “Geekdad” made custom wallpaper for his son’s room with a large format print of a digital photo: He and I love to watch Formula One together, so we decided to use some photos I had taken the last time I attended the U.S. Grand Prix. A little Photoshop work made the image more interesting, but I had a problem. Even using a plugin to blow up the photo, it was only half of the resolution I needed to fill the whole wall. The solution was found in Illustrator’s Live Trace feature. With a little finesse, the photo was transformed into a scalable vector file. I emailed the image to the printer and – a short time later – the wallpaper was installed. The final product had a latex coat for protection from crayons and juice and is expected to last five to seven years.