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Lava Lamp desktop pictures

The pictures originated in the 16-bit freeware program LavaLamp (from the Windows User Software Series Disc 14, November 1994), and were captured as screen shots on my Packard Bell 486 in Windows 3.11. However, on their own, they tended to look a bit dull so they received a bit of processing, courtesy of Paint Shop Pro 3.11. I would take one picture, and apply the greyscale form of another picture to it as a mask. I would then colourise the image: the mask would alter the strength of that effect across the image, leading to the interesting effects that you see here.

Like the Satori images, these were created in 8-bit colour, and were dithered, so again I have had to use GraphicConverter to smooth out some of them. All images are 1024×768 resolution.

The final image (m!01-sub01-i) has received further processing, involving two copies of 01-sub01P.jpg and a layer mask; while it looks very nice, it has rotational symmetry, and I feel that the bottom right hand corner needs to contain a unique pattern. But enjoy it for what it is.

This is not my complete collection, and at some stage I will post more of the pictures.


Some of you may wonder what the filenames of these pictures mean. I never wrote it down, but here’s what I can figure out. Most filenames are of the format nnwxyzmm:

the screenshot from LavaLamp on which the picture was based
the number of the mask used; masks are usually greyscale versions of screenshots (and bear the same number as the screenshot), sometimes flipped and/or rotated. I also made two masks of my own, from scratch.
the version of the first screenshot, if it had been re-coloured, else ‘-’
‘s’ if the main screenshot was taken in satin mode, ‘n’ for normal mode
‘s’ if the mask used was based on a satin-mode screenshot, ‘m’ for a normal-mode mask, or ‘u’ for a mask I created
the version letter of the image, if more than one version of that screenshot/mask pair was made; normally just ‘-’

Satin and normal refer to the two display modes of LavaLamp, which could be selected without requiring a new pattern to be drawn; therefore, I have screenshots of satin and normal modes of the same pattern.