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Epic Wallpapers 2

This is a second collection of wonderful Epic Wallpapers produced by my year 7 students. The design were chosen for the strength of their designs, attention to detail, Creative Commons licensing and overall appeal. Well done to the students for creating such lovely work. Feel free to download the designs, which are all at 1680 x1050 pixels, and should fill most screens.

Epic Wallpers

In Year 7, my students undertake a short unit of work called Epic Wallpaper, in which they attempt to make a glossy wallpaper using Acorn and some graphic design techniques. This is the first year I have run this unit, and it went very well, with the students really enjoying the creativity of image editing. The 9 best designs are shown below. All are under Creative Commons licenses, so feel to download and use them as your wallpaper.

Download all 9 wallpapers (ZIP)

All images are 1680 x 1050px and so should work on most commons screen sizes. Well done to Alex, Alvin, Emi, Jamie, Lily, Nicolle, Ruby, Sammi and Serena for their fantastic design work.

Half Old Portrait

HalfOldThis morning I was approached by a teacher (Megan from HLY) whose students have been asked to draw split portraits of themselves, half their current age, and half when they are older. Megan asked if we could use some software to age the students, and I showed her AgingBooth (available for Android and iOS). I’ve used this app, and its cousin FatBooth, in the past with students, and they absolutely love the experience. From a personal development point of view, it also faces them to think about the future and what it might be like.

After a little playing around, we came up with the image below, which uses half of a regular image (thanks Jayne) and half of the same image run through AgingBooth:


The aim would be to have students produce such an image of themselves, print it, and then use it as the basis of their self portrait. This could be achieved as follows:

Required Technology

  • Mobile device (phone/tablet) running iOS or Android.
  • AgingBooth (free on Android, USD $0.99 on iOS)
  • Desktop device (Mac/Windows laptop)
  • Desktop image editing software (Acorn for a Mac, GIMP for Windows)
  • Ability to transfer images from mobile to desktop device (email, USB)

Learning Outcomes

  • Students produce a computer generated split portrait of themselves, half current and half old.
  • Students use a combination of different devices and software to produce a particular result.
  • Students understand the need to log out of or remove and account from a shared device.

Lesson Outline

  • Introduce students to the idea that we can capture an image, and then use a computer to manipulate the image. This might take the form of subtle changes (cropping, colour enhancement), or wholesale “photoshopping”.
  • Show students the example work and ask them if they can guess how it was done.
  • Reveal that the image was capture on an iPad, and then transferred to a MacBook for editing.
  • Pair students up with one iPad per pair, and ask them to:
    • Access AgingBooth on their iPad
    • Take photos of each other in AgingBooth, and follow the instructions for placing markers:


    • Once the old image has been produced, students can shake the phone to switch between their real and old selves.
    • Students should email both their old and real images to themselves, using the Share button (shown below). If the device is shared, students need to log out of or remove their email accounts after they are finished: this can be explained as a security precaution to prevent others using their account.


    • Students can now use their desktop devices to download the email attachments, and save them to their desktops.
    • The attachments can be opened with the image editor. The old image should be cropped to half its size, then copied into the real image and aligned into position.
    • Finally, students can save and print their images.