What Microsoft Did with Your Art and Pics
Article by George Norman
On 07 Nov 2011
Back in October we talked about an interesting pilot project that goes something like this: if you submit your pictures or artwork to Microsoft, the Redmond-based software giant may use them to create a theme for the Windows 7 operating system. The artwork you submit could be featured on the Windows Personalization Gallery, site that has more than 100 themes to offer to Windows 7 users (all the themes are offered free of charge of course) and is visited by millions of people every month.

“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 at the time Jennifer Shepherd, site manager for the Windows Personalization Gallery.


It seems that the call for pics and artwork did not fall on deaf ears and artists were eager to submit their artwork to Microsoft. And Microsoft, the aforementioned Jennifer Shepherd recently revealed, used it to create some very nice Windows 7 themes.

The Raptors theme (download here, preview below) was created from photos taken by Aidan Finn, a photographer based in County Kildare, Ireland. The theme features hawks, ospreys, owls, and other birds of prey. Some are resting, some are flying, and some are hunting. Get the theme to enjoy the beautiful photographs of Aidan Finn.

The Green World theme (download here, preview below) was created from photos submitted by Piotr Furman. These luminous macro images focus on how beautiful Poland’s natural world is. I’d say this theme is a must have for nature lovers.

Lat but not least the Hopes and Dreams theme (download here, preview below) is made up of the wistful illustrations of Romanian artist Georgiana Chitac. Microsoft’s Jennifer Shepherd explained that the theme was named after Georgiana’s blog.

The Windows Personalization Gallery is also home to individual wallpapers you can use to customize the way your Windows-powered PC looks like. The wallpapers presented below were submitted by talented artists as well.

Areca Palm Buds by Nirab Sarma

Bubbling Fountain by Sam Whited

Head in the Clouds, Atlanta by J. Dell

Moss by Jarvis Libùt

Pride of Barbados Flower by Jinesh Varghese

Spider Web by Mike Heck

Wheat Close-Up by Sergey Skoropad

“These are just the first of many images from the community that we look forward to bringing you on the Windows 7 themes and desktop backgrounds pages, so I hope you’ll keep checking back on the Windows Personalization Gallery for more stunning desktop décor,” commented Jennifer Shepherd.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7, Personalization Gallery, Theme
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