Microsoft Wants Your Art and Pics for Windows 7 Themes
Article by George Norman
On 07 Oct 2011
Who wouldn’t want to have their pics and art showcased to an audience made up for more than 450 million people? According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, more than 450 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold all over the world. If your pic or art were to be featured in a Windows 7 theme, then you have a potential audience of hundreds of millions.

That is what could happen, said an announcement made yesterday by Jennifer Shepherd, site manager for the Windows Personalization Gallery, site that has more than 100 themes to offer to Windows 7 users. The themes are offered free of charge for Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate. Millions of people visit the Personalization Gallery every month. But I digress.


As I was saying, Jennifer Shepherd announced that your pics and/or art could be featured in an upcoming theme for the Windows 7 operating system. Microsoft launched a pilot program and asks for willing artists/photographers to submit their pics/art for the chance to have it featured in a Windows 7 theme. Artists and passionate photographers have a chance to get their name and work out there for a global audience to see.

“If you’ve been looking for a way to share your talent and creativity with people around the world, this is a great opportunity to get your art and photography seen by millions,” said Jennifer Shepherd. “You will retain copyright on and be credited for your works, and if you ever change your mind we will remove your art or photography from the gallery at your request,” she added.

Jennifer Sheppher said that she would love to see some creative pics/art related to the following topics:
  • Water: lakes, rivers, seashores, raindrops, reflections, and so on.
  • Monsters, dragons, and magical creatures: pixies, gnomes, dryads, zombies, dragons, giant squid, werewolves, aliens, etc.
  • The passage of time.
  • A single scene that shows the transition through the seasons of the year.
  • Series that shows a single beautiful landscape as the light changes from dawn through midmorning, afternoon, dusk, and nightfall.
  • Time-lapse photography that shows a plant growing.

Please note that these are just a few suggestions put forward by Jenifer Shepherd. Do not let these suggestions limit your creativity.

The pics submitted by the community could be put together in a theme that focuses on pieces submitted by a single artist (depending on the suitability of the world and the number of pieces submitted by the artist) or in a theme that focuses on a specific topic and combines pieces from several artists.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7, Personalization Gallery, Theme
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