On 3 Dec 2004 11:08:46 +0100, Andreas Waechter <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> I usually don't care for the splash screen, so I won't judge 
> on it.
> 
> But when I looked through the images, there were some I 
> really disliked - NOT for the graphical ability, just for 
> the motive.
[...]

Besides the motive, there is another thing that has not been mentioned
so far about the splash screens: if you look at the history of previous
splash screens (available from http://www.gimp.org/about/splash/), you
will see that there is a difference between the splash screens for
stable releases and the ones used during the development cycle.
- For the development releases, many splash screens were based on
  photos and had a slightly humorous tone (references to bugs, crashes,
  etc.)
- For stable releases, the images are generated entirely within the
  GIMP.  Those who pay attention to them can try to guess how some
  filters, gradients, patterns, fonts and so on were used to create
  the final image.

We do not have to follow the same tradition as for the previous stable
releases and I think that some of the splash screens based on
manipulated photos are very nice.  But personally, I prefer the splash
screens in which the original photo (if any was used) has been modified
in some significant way instead of having simply been inserted into the
existing layers.  Of course, I don't want to influence the judges... ;)

IMHO, IANAJ (I am not a judge), etc.

-Raphaėl
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