anticipation, what?Monday, July 28, 2008 19:33
I guess it would be time to say that I’m getting tired of the current theme, and that I’m about to change it. And horror of horrors – at one point, I was going to download a linkware WP theme and be done with it since WP and I have a notorious love-hate relationship; so I was beginning to doubt whether I would have the ability to code a pretty theme that would actually WORK, CSS-wise.
Needless to say, I was messing about in Photoshop and then I came up with a desktop wallpaper. And I’m actually proud of it – lookie:-
But why stop at the wallpaper? Why not develop it even more? I think either the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra in the UK has gotten to my head, or I’ve just gotten lazier. Anywhos, I decided to “remix” the wallpaper a tad and see if I could come up with a WP theme for YM.net.
Guess what? I’m actually satisfied with the results. Sure, there were some annoying bugs to deal with – first with IE, then with Firefox (I had no idea that Firefox has a prevalent “height bug” – but that one irked me for a full day!) And I’m actually restructuring the usual way I code; plus the fact that the style of this design is vastly different from my previous ones as it is.
For those who need a reminder:- First there was the “Cheater’s layout” (v1; simple modification of Kubrick), then the “AWC beginner” (v2; Rurouni Kenshin dark layout which resembled one of the old Winter Skies’ themes) – both of which were the worst and stayed up for about nearly a year seperately. Then came v3 + 3.5 in Summer 2007; much better but still pretty simplistic. (v3 was a collage, v3.5 an anime-based layout.) Then there was a phase of “TV + Movie star layouts” which lasted for v4 and v5 (v4 = Stargate – made my father estatic, it did; and v5 = Megan Fox from Transformers.) Both these layouts abused filters to different degrees…but it was fun learning how to blend.
Then v6 – this theme you now see. Another “cheater’s layout” in terms of design; but the coding was hell. However, since there were little to no images here, I think that coding-nightmare was well deserved. All the past layouts have served to indicate that 1) I have loads more to learn coding-wise, and 2) I’m not stellar at blendy-layouts. All this while, I thought that maybe I could only do simplistic stuffo from now on. I can’t vector like Tiff, blend/do the ethereal twist like Mel, or generally get masks + brushes + blending styles to fulfil my bidding. And to add insult to injury, I have a bad sense of colour – not so bad that I’ll say “leaves are blue and trunks are purple”; but I’d end up with flat-looking layouts, colour-wise.
Still, when I made the wallpaper, I was enjoying myself by stretching the default PS tools to their limits! Tweak a normal rectangular shape a tad with the pen tool, add a light gradient, burn, dodge, text etc… Post-it note, here you go. Then I outdid myself by cooking up the idea of adding a “physics folder”; which meant that I had to find out HOW to design it. I’m happy to say that I succeeded. So I guess I may not have conquered vectoring totally or be able to draw (IRL) to save my life; but hey – I now know how to draw some things in PS!
Then I thought; since I’ve outdone myself PS-skill-wise, why not take another challenge coding-wise?
And then I set off to tweak the PSD for the wallpaper so that it could be coded as a layout. I had to add stuff for content and the sidebar, but it was well worth it.
So far? I completed most of the debugs and I just have to declare some more variables in CSS; but I’m getting there! After this is done; I’ll hopefully be able to concentrate more on Surrealle.
No, I’m not gonna post a screencap of the layout mock-up. You’ll have to imagine how it looks like based on the wallpaper. All I can say is: CSS challenge. I’ll admit that it was fun though. =)
And stay tuned, I guess?
PS// My fraternal-twin-of-six-days Scarlie/Saryka also just hit the “big” 16 (on the 27th.) Give some love, NOW.