I figure that every good tomb raider needs at least one nice wallpaper dedicated to her, so here's an offering with compliments to Finland's Sari Croft
, seen here looking just fabulous in June 2012. I used the Revisited
image which I recently photoshopped for her (photo taken by her sister), and made the wallpaper 1920 x 1200 to fit my Mac (8:5 aspect ratio). It's quite a bright and colourful design for a wallpaper but I deliberately went for full-on impact rather than something subdued. I'll say a little about the photoshopping and design work.
The first thing was to select a good 16:10 area of the source image. For strong impact I focused on Sari's upper half rather than using her entire figure, but I made sure to get both pistols in the frame because the way she's holding them is a big part of the pose. Also, instead of just using the image as it was, I applied an effect to give Sari a stylized contrasty look. Specifically I used the Crosshatch filter which can be excellent for stylizing an image without making it too different.
At first I was just going to have the image alone, but then I decided to add Sari's name on the left. The 'Papyrus' font gave the letters a dynamic and jagged shape which I liked a lot, and I gave the text a rocky look which seemed just right for the tomb raiding theme. Eventually I settled on a colouring which transitions from green up to blue. Colour transitions are a great way to give lettering more visual appeal. Later I added the 'Finn Fatale' bit, a play on 'femme fatale' which partly alludes to our pistol-packing heroine's lethal nature.
As a playful finishing touch I added a miniature Sari doing a handstand on the S. That figure comes from her Ledge handstand
picture but I tweaked it a little, making her braid dangle over the S and making her fingers look like they're coming down over the top of the S. I sure hope she knows what she's doing up there, because it's a long way down!
Well, there were lots of details and other things along the way, but to cut to the chase: hey presto, one Sari Croft wallpaper. Now let's just hope she likes it!