+<latemp_subject "Shlomi Fish' Art - HHFG Background" />
+<b>Written at</b>: 02-Jun-2006
+alt="Corner of the HHFG Background Image"
+style="margin-bottom : 1.5em" />
+After I finished writing my <a href="../../humour/human-hacking/">"The Human
+Hacking Field Guide" Story</a> I was looking for a page layout to make it more
+interesting. A search on <a href="http://www.oswd.org/">Open Source Web
+Triangles</a> theme which I liked. However, it included other elements to
+the page that I did not need, and I wanted to have a simple rounded
+rectangular frame, without all the other decorations above and below.
+After trying to create the missing elements on my own using
+<a href="http://www.gimp.org/">The GIMP</a>, I decided to create my own
+equivalent from scratch.
+What I did was the following:
+Create a 800*600 image in the GIMP.
+<p>Create a suitable gradient using the GIMP's gradient editor</p>
+alt="The Gradient as edited by the GIMP Gradient Editor"
+style="margin-bottom: 1em;" />
+The gradient was created based on colours picked from the original image using
+Select a large rectangular frame in the middle.
+Invoke the GIMP round corners script.
+("<Image> → Select → Round")
+Apply Gaussian Blur with a large radius (identical in X and in Y) to the
+Image. This gives a nice rounded-rectangle black-to-white gradient.
+Invoke the GIMP Gradient Map
+("<Image> → Filters → Colors → Map → Gradient Map").
+This gives <a href="final-image.png">the final image</a>.
+Afterwards, all that is left to do is to slice and dice the image
+appropriately. A horizontal strip from the middle which was a few pixels high
+was ideal as a background for most of the page. Then, I took the upper and
+lower parts (until the width stabilizes), and created separate images out of
+The final result is not identical to the original, but it looks very crisp
+and I'm quite happy with it. I thought that a blur may make it better, but
+it only seemed to have made it worse, so I discarded the idea.