I’m a collector. I’ve collected fabric since I was a child. Scraps of unusual designs and materials that just appealed to me. But, I’ve really gone digital now. So, I’ve started to collect the same things I’ve collected since childhood, just in digital format.
I lost almost 4,000 photos in an iCloud backup catastrophe. So, I’ve been going back and finding my scraps and photos where I can. Dropbox, Picasa, Facebook, etc. I’ve been collecting photos and wallpaper again from some of my standbys, like Pimp Your Screen and other wallpaper apps. I actually have 2 folders that I sort my wallpaper photos into: wallpapers (for using as wallpaper) and textures (for using in art).
There is 1 wallpaper app (although to call it just a wallpaper app is an insult) that I forgot to go back to until today. Wallpapers by GelaSkins is a universal app that is completely FREE and has absolutely no advertising. It’s an anomaly in the app world. GelaSkins provides you with a plethora of amazing artwork that you can use for wallpaper, lockscreens, blending and layovers for making your own art, and about a million other ideas limited only by your creativity. There are so many things about GelaSkins that make it totally unique that I hope I don’t forget to mention them all. I’m sure I haven’t even discovered everything that the app can actually do. Let’s start at the beginning though. You can browse GelaSkins by Artist or by Image. I prefer Image, but the choice is yours. Once you choose 1, all of the options begin to appear in list form in the pop-up screen. I just start by clicking on the first 1 and scrolling through all of the options in full-screen format. But, if you’re looking for something particular, you can certainly scroll down to find what you’re looking for, click on it, and start there.
When you’re looking at a piece full-screen, there are a couple of options you have to make alterations and to see what it will look like as wallpaper. You can adjust the brightness using a slider at the bottom of the screen. GelaSkins suggests that some of their works may look better as wallpaper if you dim them a little. I save everything at full brightness and edit later, if need be. You can also tap on the dimmer scroll button to see how the piece will look as a home screen. Just tap on the little circle that dims things and sample icons pop up to show you how it will look. They just disappear after a few seconds, so you don’t have to do anything else.
But, the coolest feature is the edit feature. See the down-arrow in a box button between the scrolling arrows at the very bottom? Well, if you click on it, you get a few options. You can choose to save what you see on the screen right now as wallpaper, or you can choose to edit what you see. Being the collector that I am, I often choose to do both. But, you will just be shocked at the result of some of the edits!
Here’s what happens when you edit the “Suddenly” piece from above. It suddenly transforms from a single tree and cityscape to a landscape with depth. From this screen, you can also adjust the brightness again, and then you can save this new image. Once you save the image, you are taken back to the original image and you can continue to scroll, save, edit, and save again, to your heart’s content. I just downloaded GelaSkins on my iPhone for the first time and noticed that in addition to the option to edit the piece, you can also choose to find out artist bio info for each piece. Very cool!
Here’s another before and after called “When Fear Gave Way To Frolic.” The before picture is right above. And, the after (edited) picture is right below.
I should mention a few other things.
- GelaSkins and/or their artists are absolutely brilliant at naming their works of art. The names are clever, unusual, punny, funny, and make lots of plays on words, phrases, and rhymes, just to name a few of the ways their naming conventions are phenomenal.
- Sometimes you can’t edit a piece. I noticed that on a few of the pieces that I tried to edit on my iPad, I couldn’t. I would get a notice that the full work could not be downloaded at that time and that I should try again later. I am not sure what that is about. It may just be my iPad. It may just be the server right now. It may just be the alignment of the planets. Who knows? You may have no problem. And, it was limited to a very small selection of pieces that wouldn’t edit.
- This is not a static app. Last time I used it, there were different pieces of art. Some are the same, but there are definitely new pieces this time, which is great!
- If you really like an image, you can get a skin made for your device at www.gelaskins.com. Check it out!
Well, here’s where I usually say “that’s it for me today,” but I am an indecisive sort and could not choose which images to show you from the GelaSkins app. So, what follows is a gallery of the rest of the images I couldn’t fit into the post above (and, this is just a fraction of what I actually saved from the app). Some are before and after’s and some are stand-alone images. Hope you enjoy!
Photo Gallery of GelaSkins Art
Last one. Can you believe I used to be an editor who had to make choices and limit things? LOL
That’s it for me today. Really. Until later, … Related Links: