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One additional note about the new Archive Pages (see previous post), for the Garden Gallery, especially in the 2007 Archives, the graphic tile design, specifically the vine tiles do not work as well as I would like with smartphones and tablets. The tiles tend to get pushed out of positions on small devices. This is less of an issue with the 2018 Archive Pages, that use a more modern version of HTML and CSS. I am now in the process of adding CSS to the 2007 pages.

I am also going to look into the tile issues with small devices today, to see there is an easy fixed for small devices. The tile layout is not a problem on laptops and PCs... that are not zoomed or have overly large font/text settings. If your web browser, in your laptop or PC are set to normal, these pages should look fine for you.

This is the problem with this page design style though, it is too fragile for too many reasons. I may think of a better way to do a vine design set of pages at some point in the future.

MACJR
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#17
Work progresses on the 2007 Archives for macjr.com.

I finished most of the HTML and CSS work a couple of weeks ago, and now I am working on the graphics. Many of the old art images needed to be retouched to look better on modern screens. I am also dumping, and replacing, all of the watermarked images. Since almost all of the art on display back then had been watermarked, that means pretty much all of the art needed to be replaced.

As I retouch the old art, I often end up playing with the art, making new and improved versions, that were beyond my skill level back in 2007. It has been hard to resist replacing the old art with new versions, that display more of my current graphics skill levels, as they are today. However, I have been forcing myself to just do the simple bright and contrast adjustments, and some small fixes here and there, and staying true, mostly, to the original look of macjr.com as it was back in 2007. All of the new versions, and new art that was inspired by working with these old images, may end up on new pages when I get back to work on the new version of macjr.com, that I plan to get back to work on soon.

Part of what is taking so long, now, is that some of the art needs more than just a simple bright and contrast adjustment. In a few cases, I have to go back and find the original, high quality, working draft copies that were used to compose the final online version of the art. Sometimes, each element of the art piece needs to be adjusted separately, and then recomposed into a new image that looks essentially identical to the old image, just all shiny and new looking, rather than old and faded looking.

Mostly though, the end results of my remastered digital works look like small changes, if you can even tell it has been retouched. In some cases, those small changes were quick and easy to do. Other times, it took hours of work to recreate or remaster that image.

I am attaching one of the new works, that came out of this restoration of my 2007 web site and art. I took some time to go well beyond what I was able to do back in 2000-2007, when I first made the early versions of this piece. This is not a finished version, but I used it as an experiment with a new program, with a near-ready image I had been working on.



I recommend that you right click the video, and select "Loop" quickly, because the animation is short, and for the best effect, it needs to be looped.

MACJR
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