This is a short how-to for restricting a drawing tablet (also known as a graphics tablet) to a single screen. When you have 2, 3, or 4 (or more) monitors, input devices might not work exactly how you want them to because of the difference between desktop size and monitor size (when using big desktop or xinerama. As an example, I have 2x22" monitors, each capable of displaying 1680x1050. My desktop size is therefore 3360x1080, and that is what my tablet maps to.
It annoys me when people sit in front of me in a lecture hall and switch from one window to another with that super-slick Mac swipe. It's appealing if you're looking at it, but the motion is distracting to other people.
In the spirit of attracting the attention of people behind me, I used Gimp to modify an image of Alexis Bledel that I found on the internets. Click on the image to see full size. I hope you enjoy it!
I did this logo for a local gourmet coffee roaster business. I'm not sure if they'll use it, but I thought it looked nice. I might change it so that it looks like a piece of paper by enlarging it and adding a drop shadow, maybe some skew? I've never done that before, so I can only imagine how it's supposed to be done. It might even be ok if I create a frame in a layer mask and blend the outside edges in to transparency.
I tinkered with Gimp for a bit, and after coming to the realization that trying to animate layers with transparency so that underlying content is visible would be impossible, I decided on a gravel texture to animate behing the spinning logo. I thought maybe I would draw a kind of harness attached to the Ubuntu logo, and connecting to something differently in the banner. I'll keep the intersecting lines stable, so that even if the 2 animations lose sync, the 2 lines will connect.
I like to play with the Gimp, image editing software for Linux, BSD, Mac,Solaris, and Windows. I don't have any experience with Photoshop, but I've heard people say that you can do pretty close to anything in the Gimp that you can in Photoshop, except that there are a lot more plugins for the latter. Here are some of the images that I've done over the years, in no particular order.
Edit: I added a few that were done in Blender as well. I hope it doesn't slow the loading too much!