The classic Windows 10 wallpaper is familiar to all users of Microsoft computers. One might think that it is an artificial creation. However, this is a photo taken by an artist.
Windows 10 PC’s native wallpapers are as simple as they are iconic. On a dynamic color background, you can always see the legendary glowing logo of the operating system. However, out of its billions of users, few know the true origin of this default wallpaper called “Hero”. Contrary to what many arbitrarily think, it is not a pure computer creation. Actually, this is a photograph produced by digital artist GMUNK.
On his site, The American designer explained why he started such a project before the arrival of Windows 10 in 2015. According to him, the Windows logo represents more ” Only four tiles are squares “. This is a gap in its own right It shines with energy and gives it a sense of drive “. This thought makes GMUNK want to take this photo to tell Microsoft’s story, but ” Advances and techniques that allow the brand to move forward into the future “. All this, by the Windows 10 logo.
A preferred approach to creating a hero
To give birth to the hero, GMUNK and his team had an amazing shoot during which they switched between several film projects. ” Our basic idea is to position the logo as a portal to the world behind it. We have customized and artfully directed each image to express the timelessness of Windows and its ability to take us wherever we want to go. We thought the best way to do this was to tie and fire by hand », the artist explains on his website.
To get closer to the Windows logo, the photographer team also had to recreate its iconic windows, while “ Innovative camera angles and evocative metering lighting “. After receiving several photos of the logo, they were combined in post-production, creating a ” Volumetric lighting assembly “. This allows Windows 10 users to use many types of wallpaper today.
GMUNK wants to let users choose the shade that suits them best. “ The advantage of this practical approach was that we could take thousands of images, meaning that once we had our key image, we continued shooting and had endless variations for each setting. »
A long job, for one film
With multiple plays of light (coming from a laser projector) through the windows, GMUNK and his colleagues used a myriad of techniques. “One can mention the use of natural fog. Bring dark, moody definition and a unique, provocative look ».
All of these techniques captured more than 3,000 images, which had to be sorted to place the best shots. They were then processed in Photoshop by Munko, one of GMUNK’s colleagues. Thanks to this processing, the images were able to reach 9K resolution. In other words, 9000 pixels. We’re still talking about images that exceed the quality of 8K televisions. The work was very labor intensive. But it was enough to convince Windows and Microsoft team members that the logo aesthetic was right.
After this stage, Mungo integrated what he calls ” Environmental passes », layers of smoke and fog were shot separately to create a very dark palette. The final touch was given by the lenses, which were also shot separately. Nevertheless, here the lenses shine ” A light source is placed in the same position as the laser projector so that the pieces line up perfectly ». This is how the “Hero” wallpaper was born. »And its many colorful alternatives continue to grace the screens of many Windows 10 users even in 2023.
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