Archive for January, 2010

Jai Hanuman: Rare collection of Lord Hanuman Illustrations

Tuesday, 26 January, 2010
jai hanuman collection of beautiful digital drawings of lord hanuman

Lord Hanuman also referred to as Bajrang Bali in Sanskrit is one of the most popular concepts of devotees of God in Hinduism and one of the most important personalities in the Great Indian epic Ramayana. He is considered as the 11th avatar (incarnation) of Lord Shiva. Hanuman is considered the most powerful and intelligent amongst divine beings. His most famous feat, as described in the Ramayana, was leading an army of monkeys to fight the demon King Ravana.

The monkey god, Hanuman is a noble hero and great devotee of Lord Rama, the hero of Ramayana. Hanuman is considered as the provider of power, courage, hope, knowledge, intellect and devotion.

The picture of hanuman holding a mace (gadha) in his robust hands is always been a sign of bravery and inspiration for us Indians. Being an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman, I always find pleasure in collecting wallpapers and illustrations of this power packed Monkey. Here is such a wonderful collection of some of those amazing illustrations of Lord Hanuman, created by some of the finest digital artists across the world. All of these images are linked to its original source. The images are bookmarked with the original URL, each of these image has its own copyright terms of usage. If you’d like to use one of these images, please contact the copyright owner for the right permission.

Cool Sprites – Free overlapped CSS menu using CSS Sprites

Monday, 18 January, 2010
free overlapped pure css menu using css sprites

It is said that 70 to 80 percentage of the end-user response time is spent on the front-end. A major portion of this time is exhausted on downloading all the external components in a web page including, stylesheet, images, scripts, flash etc. An extra HTTP request adds 200+ milliseconds to a page (worldwide average).

Since most of today’s browsers limit about 3 or 4 parallel requests at a time, a page with so many external references can cause the requests to get queued up. This may eventually cause the page loading time to increase. In short, the fewer files the web browser has to fetch that much faster the site loads. It’s as simple as that.

What is CSS sprite?

CSS sprites can be termed as a method for reducing the number of image requests to a web page by combining multiple images into a single image, and display the desired segment using CSS background-image and background-position properites. Now that almost all major browsers started supporting CSS background-image and background-position properties, CSS sprites are getting more significance.

Cool Sprites – Free Pure CSS menu for download

Here I am presenting a cool overlapped pure CSS menu created using CSS sprites. This is an initial draft version, so far I have checked it only in Firefox 3.5, IE 7, Chrome 3.0 & Opera 9.02 and it looks fine. If anyone of you finds any issues in any other browsers, please lemme know. Cool sprites is a pack of four different versions of the same menu. The photoshop source is also available for download, so that you can customize it as per your need. Since this menu is largely dependent on the background image, you need to customize the image to alter the link label, color, size etc.

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Colourful Swirls : Collection of 25+ stunningly beautiful wallpapers

Monday, 11 January, 2010

For me it’s always been a mind-refreshing and relaxing experience to browse through some of those colourful and beautiful wallpapers available online. Because, simply looking at these beautiful wallpapers alone can at times prove more inspiring and relaxing than reading a nice motivating article.

Here is a collection of more than 25 stunningly beautiful and colorful wallpapers, created by some of the most creative and talented designers around the globe. Most of these images are very high quality vector based images which are best suited for creating designs for print media such as brochure printing, postcard printing, car magnet printing etc…

All of these beautiful images are linked to its original source. The images are bookmarked with the original URL, each of these images has its own copyright terms of usage. If you’d like to use one of these images, please contact the copyright owner for the right permission.

Parrot Light – By Firejerm[ad#ad-1]

Parrot Light colorful wallpaper By Firejerm

Parrot Light colorful wallpaper By Firejerm

center swirl blue – stokebloke

center swirl blue stokebloke wallpaper

center swirl blue stokebloke wallpaper

Combustion – by errno-x

Combustion - beautiful orange swirls wallpaper

Combustion – beautiful orange swirls wallpaper

Swirling Vortex – by *GamerWorld14

Swirling Vortex – Blue swirls wallpaper - by GamerWorld14

Swirling Vortex – Blue swirls wallpaper – by GamerWorld14

Swirl Wallpaper – by ~Orangie818

colorful Swirl Wallpaper – by Orangie818

colorful Swirl Wallpaper – by Orangie818

Corner green swirlflower 2 – by ~burntcustard

corner green swirlflower 2 by ~burntcustard on deviantart

corner green swirlflower 2 by ~burntcustard on deviantart

Autumn Seashell by ~disavian

Autumn Seashell wallpaper by disavian

Autumn Seashell wallpaper by disavian

Swirl The Mists by ~Kaldrax

Blue purple Swirls - The Mists by Kaldrax

Blue purple Swirls – The Mists by Kaldrax

HotNcold by ~arkkimaagi

HotNcold beautiful wallpaper by ~arkkimaagi

HotNcold beautiful wallpaper by ~arkkimaagi

ID babe – by ~PinkFly

id babe wallpaper by  pinkfly on deviantart

id babe wallpaper by pinkfly on deviantart

Dreaded Blue Swirlie – by Frankief

Dreaded Blue Swirlie wallpaper – by Frankief

Dreaded Blue Swirlie wallpaper – by Frankief

TERRYWHITE – By Brajeshwar Oinam

TERRY WHITE Wallpaper – By Brajeshwar Oinam

TERRY WHITE Wallpaper – By Brajeshwar Oinam

Golden Swirls v2 – by fishyghost

Golden Swirls v2 – by fishyghost

Golden Swirls v2 – by fishyghost

AbsS101 – by Imjss

Abstract red wallpaper S101 – by Imjss

Abstract red wallpaper S101 – by Imjss

Abstract IX by ~dizfunctionality

Colorful Abstract wallpaper -IX by ~dizfunctionality

Colorful Abstract wallpaper -IX by ~dizfunctionality

Wallpaper By Bechira Sorin

Wallpaper By Bechira Sorin

Wallpaper By Bechira Sorin

Edges – by errno-x

Edges swirls wallpaper design – by errno-x

Edges swirls wallpaper design – by errno-x

GREEN – by Turchenko

GREEN swirls – by Turchenko

GREEN swirls – by Turchenko

Swirl – by memzu

Swirl - by memzu

Swirl – by memzu

Swirl – by Barnett

Brown Swirl – by Barnett

Brown Swirl – by Barnett

Sookie Red Swirl – by sookiesooker

Sookie Red Swirl - by sookiesooker

Sookie Red Swirl – by sookiesooker

Green wallpaper – by LoveIsLostForever

Green wallpaper - by LoveIsLostForever

Green wallpaper – by LoveIsLostForever

The Wack Twister – by DJ-Takahashi

The Wack Twister - by DJ-Takahashi

The Wack Twister – by DJ-Takahashi

Fire Octopus – by Jaedle

Fire Octopus - by Jaedle

Fire Octopus – by Jaedle

Infinity Blue – by vladstudio

Infinity Blue – by vladstudio

Infinity Blue – by vladstudio

Caramel swirl – by teddybearcholla

Caramel swirl – by teddybearcholla

Caramel swirl – by teddybearcholla

Wallpaper – By Bechira Sorin

Wallpaper – By Bechira Sorin

Wallpaper – By Bechira Sorin

Swirl Wallpaper – By Stephen Hobson

rainbow swirl wallpaper

rainbow swirl wallpaper

POV-Ray : The Power of Ray Tracing

Sunday, 3 January, 2010
Have a look at the below photograph of a busy city, Just click on it and open the larger version and see the details.

The Wet Bird - by Gilles Tran (2001)

Would you believe me if I tell you that it’s an artificial graphic created with the help of a computer program, by applying millions and even billions of complex mathematical calculations? Believe me it’s pure mathematics which rules over creativity and in-born talents like ability to paint, draw or sculpt. This wonderful mathematical model is called Ray-Tracing.

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What is Ray-Tracing?

Ray-tracing is a method of creating visual art in which a description of an object or scene is mathematically converted into a picture. In more specific terms, ray-tracing is the process of mathematically generating near-photorealistic images from a given description of a scene via geometrical modeling of light rays.
One of the most important factors which I believe about computer based ray-tracing over traditional art forms is that it does not require in-born talents like drawing or painting skills which in some cases requires years of hard work to master, but here it places the burden on a computer program called POV-Ray.

So, what is POV-Ray?

The Persistence of Vision Raytracer, or POV-Ray, is a high-quality, freely available ray-tracing software package that is available for Windows, Mac and UNIX platforms. Yes of course, it’s free! If you’re a programmer interested in POV-Ray, you can even pick up a copy of the source code without charge. POV-Ray is definitely one of the most commonly used ray-tracing software to date, because of its relative ease of use and powerful features.

Instead of calling it a software, POV-Ray is more of a rendering engine, which means it takes a file as an input and gives the output after rendering it without much help in the way of a user interface.
Describing scenes to POV-Ray is fairly simple. We give POV-Ray, a file containing a description of every object in the scene, written in the POV-Ray language (Click Here to see a sample piece of POV-Ray code). Each object’s description consists of:

1. What type of object you want (one of POV-Ray’s simple objects or one you’ve created yourself); and
2. Various attributes of the object (its color, how it reflects light, etc).

POV-Ray takes this file and generates a picture, which you can then view.

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Some more samples

Please go through some amazing ray-traced images  created with POV-Ray. Click on these images to view it’s larger version.

Glasses - created by Gilles Tran

The Kitchen" by Jaime Vives Piqueres (2005)

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