Plasma Photo Collage

ide Collage of random photos from my collectionToday while going through some parts of my photo collection, I’ve created a collage of some photos. It was actually more or less accidental since I was choosing photos to be printed and framed, but I couldn’t keep myself from arranging the photos nicely on my desktop. I’m using a dual screen setup on my desktop, and while browsing the photos on the left screen, I dragged the photos I’d evaluate for printing onto the other screen, creating Picture frame widgets displaying them when dropping the photos (this even works for remote files, pretty cool). The work-flow this way is actually pretty close to how I’d do it with real physical object, browsing through stacks of photos and putting a selection aside for further investigation.

The photos I happened to choose are taken in various parts of the world, there’s the old ship in Jamaica, the entry sign to Bora Bora in Brazil, Edinburgh’s castle, the entry hall of a spa in Budapest, a Spanish rooftop, Kevelaer’s basilique and of course a bunch of photos taken in Nijmegen, my home town — notably the perfectly boiled egg.

What kind of fun work-flows did you discover while using Plasma?

5 thoughts on “Plasma Photo Collage

  1. Looks nice. Even nicer would be to drop a folder on plasma and get the same effect like micro$oft surface does when you put an usb stick/camera on it. This would also be nice as an animated wallpaper plugin, which could animate the rearrangement of pictures from time to time.

  2. I agree with duns. There was actually a “plasma wallpapers” idea threat on the KDE forums a year or two ago, that was one of the ideas I posted. Unfortunately I don’t think any of them actually got implemented.

  3. I tried once make a nice looking photo composition with that widget. Everything went OK as long as there were RAM available. And problems started when there came more than a 4-5 widgets with slideshow mode with different timings.

    My goal was to get a photowall what would change photos in different timing. Like one frame every 15 seconds, one every 20 seconds, third every 30 seconds and so on. That would make very nice living photowall. And when every widget would be littlebit rotated, it would look very cool.

    But the grown demand for CPU was HUGE! I mean, 4-5 widgets and netbook (1.66Ghz) was in it’s knees. You could not even kill X. All photos were 1024×768 (JPEG) size (or smaller depending the crop ration) and I think it could helped to make a 480×360 sized photos (JPEG).

    But that was at 4.4 time and since then I have not tried it. I really would love to get so simple photowall with rotating photos.

    Even better if someone would write a such widget what would take the background job for itself.
    Think about a highway where you would have 3-5 lines on screen. Photos would flow from sides to one direction with littlebit rotated and every line with littlebit different speed. Some photos littlebit bigger than others and overlapping each others. So it would be more like a “flow of memories”.

    1. Give it a try, I’d say :-)

      You can use JavaScript, Python, Ruby to create such a widget, there’s documentation for all that on techbase. Marco is working on a QML scriptengine, so you can even use that one in the near future (most likely :-)).

  4. Well, having thought about it a bit more, I’d say best would be to write a Plasma script (haven’t tried this yet, it is pretty new) to load pictrues in picture frame and place them accordingly. I guess you can then create a photowall and still have a plasmoid for every image. Performance might be an issue though, but you don’t need to refresh/animate too often to keep it vivid.

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