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  1. Joe920's Avatar
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    Just tried this, and the effect is pretty nice:

    - go to your home screen, and take a screenshot (tap winkey - power)
    - get the screenshot to your computer (email, USB, whatever you like)
    - load it into your favorite graphics program (I used the free Paint.NET)
    - apply a giant Gaussian blur to the image (Effects > blur > Gaussian, I used 100 pixels)
    - save the image to your phone, and set it as the background image on the start screen

    The result matches your theme color, but keeps text overlays readable.

    (weather info is from 'weather wallpaper')

    example-lock-screen.jpg


    Update: this has evolved into a 'apply a cool effect to your home screen' thread, with many awesome examples that do more than just blurring. Some links to images from the thread below. Scroll through the thread to see how they did it - most users posted which effects and apps they used.

    From j i AmnesiAc:
    http://forums.wpcentral.com/attachme...30324_0002.png

    From cameradork:
    http://forums.wpcentral.com/attachme...30324_0002.png

    From Thargoid:
    http://forums.wpcentral.com/attachme...30325_0002.jpg

    From nbktonic:
    http://forums.wpcentral.com/attachme...30325_0002.jpg

    From Vaibhav Chauhan:
    http://forums.wpcentral.com/attachme...009%5B1%5D.png

    From MrA2Z:
    http://forums.wpcentral.com/attachme...30326_0002.jpg

    From Tmi0:
    http://forums.wpcentral.com/attachme...30326_0001.jpg
    Last edited by Joe920; 03-26-2013 at 06:34 AM.
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    Interesting, looks nice maybe you should make it into an app that does it automatically?
  3. Joe920's Avatar
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    Given that in four months all I was able to do is get the discounted WP dev licence ($10) and install Visual Studio Express, somehow I don't think it's going to happen!
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    A bit too much blur, otherwise it looks like a L920 daylight picture.
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    what weather app are you using that is being shown on your lock screen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by homieson89 View Post
    what weather app are you using that is being shown on your lock screen?
    Weather Wallpaper, works pretty well. Very responsive developer as well, recommended.

    Edit: by the way, that means that you would set the background image from within Weather Wallpaper to get what I have here.
    Last edited by Joe920; 03-23-2013 at 08:34 PM.
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    Thanks :)
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    Remind me somewhat of the transparency feature we use to use in 7.5.
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    Extra points for replacing your People Hub tile in the photo editor with an incredibly hot person with their shirt off, and then making sure you blur that tile so you can _just_ make out what it is. Should go over well if your partner ever picks up your phone :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoftjunkie View Post
    Remind me somewhat of the transparency feature we use to use in 7.5.
    Like this? Definitely similar. Instead of blurring you can also just turn the screenshot way down in brightness, I think that might work OK as well. And maybe edit out some of the text to avoid always looking at outdated live tiles (dead tiles?).
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    Motion blur works well

    wp_ss_20130324_0001.png wp_ss_20130324_0002.png

    Gaussian works well too

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    Awesome, I was hoping that people would start posting their own creations. Very cool. I tried 'zoom blur' earlier, but that got me dizzy.. Next up: the 'Van Gogh' filter!
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    I will definitely have to try this once I get my 920 back from Nokia !
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    I really like the look of this effect, but the one thing that bothers me is when you swipe up your start screen also looks like it's sliding up since it is part of the wallpaper. If it were possible to truly make the lockscreen opaque then I would never use a regular wallpaper ever again.
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    Photoshop CS6. Filters>Extrude, 60 depth. Added a dark gradient ramp to the bottom to make the time text more legible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cameradork View Post
    Photoshop CS6. Filters>Extrude, 60 depth. Added a dark gradient ramp to the bottom to make the time text more legible.
    Oh man, that is awesome. I like that better than what I did, but i don't think I can afford CS6 (must.. resist.. torrenting..). Great work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent-P View Post
    I really like the look of this effect, but the one thing that bothers me is when you swipe up your start screen also looks like it's sliding up since it is part of the wallpaper.
    I know what you mean, every time I unlock my phone I'm disappointed that the live tiles don't smoothly come into focus. MS will have to hop on the 'mangled lock screen' train and build it into WP8.5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe920 View Post
    Oh man, that is awesome. I like that better than what I did, but i don't think I can afford CS6 (must.. resist.. torrenting..). Great work!
    Thanks - it's one of the more interesting filters I've seen in awhile.

    You can get the 30-day trial and at least make wallpapers for the next 30 days ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe920 View Post
    I know what you mean, every time I unlock my phone I'm disappointed that the live tiles don't smoothly come into focus. MS will have to hop on the 'mangled lock screen' train and build it into WP8.5.
    I can't imagine it being too difficult for MS to implement if they wanted to. Back when I had an iPhone, I used a jailbreak tweak called BlurriedNCBackground which does exactly this with the iOS notification centre. Here's a video showing it.
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    You can do that blur effect with Photo Stuido app

    http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=...d-216d0c0077ba
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    Great. If only WP7 had screenshot feature [sigh]...
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    Raindrop effect applied twice

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    wow, neon should be A theme for WP, period!
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