Whilst I await delivery of a few items for my C64 ITX PC project, I’ve been playing around with various VICE64 emulator frontends & C64 themed boot screens for the PC o/s. I’ll be using Windows XP and although on bootup I plan to auto launch into the C64 emulator frontend, I thought it would be fun to create a wallpaper based on the original XP Bliss wallpaper and give it a C64 graphical look.
The first thing I did was to create a 16 colour palette for Photoshop based on the original C64 colours. I did this by launching a C64 game in Vice64 and taking a screenshot. Once I’d loaded the screenshot in Photoshop I saved the color table for future use.
I then loaded the original XP Bliss Wallpaper in Photoshop.
Next, I rescaled the image to approx 50% height and 25% width (this would help to create a C64 blocky appearance when I rescaled the image to the correct proportions.
I then changed the original colours to that of the C64 by loading my presaved C64 color table.
All that remains was to rescale the image back. For this I rescaled to 200% height and 400% wide.
..and here we go – Commodore 64 XP Bliss!
Ugly isn’t it, but that’s exactly what I was looking for.
I have a few more ideas I’d like to try so I thought I’d jot them down here so that I don’t forget them!
Maybe have the C64 bliss gradually fade into the original XP Bliss picture
Add a ‘Commodore XP’ logo
Add a multicolour border similar to that of a C64 game loading screen.
Use the original XP Bliss wallpaper, but have a glass/transparent ‘C=’ logo in the middle of the screen with the C64 bliss wallpaper visable through the glass type font….or vice versa?
Create a photoshop border based on the original 1701/1702 colour monitor with the C64 bliss wallpaper shown on the screen.