Laptop Sleeves, Skins and Stickers

Sometimes laptop is more than just a device. Using laptops over years, some of us tend to develop a genuine affection toward their little (or not so little) companions. We take care of them, putting them in a nice hand-made fabric, spicing them up with some fancy outfit and providing them with a personality using laptop skins. That’s not as bad as it sounds, and there are many ways to use laptop decoration (or laptops decorated by other people) as a source of inspiration. In some way you may also call it laptop art.

In this issue of monday inspiration series we provide you with some fresh ideas to spice up your environment with laptop skins, engravings, sleeves, cases and stickers. In the end of this post you’ll also find some experimental ideas for laptop decoration — caution, you don’t really want to replicate them at home or at office — well, at least if you care about your laptop.

Apparently, Apple geeks are far more emotional when it comes to accessories for their laptops — although we’ve tried to cover as many different ideas as possible, in the selection below many of the presented ideas are used on Macs. There is nothing we can do about it, really.

Laptop Skins and Engravings

Shalgo Laptop Designs
This Dutch company offers a number of the so-called mozaikits which you can place not only on your laptop, but also, for instance, on walls. Stylish.

Laptop Designs - Shalgo Laptop Designs

Laptop Designs - Shalgo Laptop Designs

Awesome Designer Laptops
Well, these are indeed… unusual. And it is damn hard to make something like this on your own.

7 Awesome Designer Laptops

7 Awesome Designer Laptops

HP Pavilion dv2800t Artist Edition
An artsy laptop manufactured by Hewlett-Packard.

Laptop Designs - HP Pavilion dv2800t Artist Edition

Laptop Designs - HP Pavilion dv2800t Artist Edition

Computerlicious Designer Laptops
Engadget shows off some pretty beautiful designer laptops, decorated with fabric and leather.

Laptop Designs - Engadget

MacBook skin
In most cases you can use your own skin designs and let some skin printing store print them out for you. That was the case here.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker

Apple Art
Stylish. And pretty cool.

Laptop Designs - apple art

GelaSkins
Here you’ll find some artistic laptop skins (art, design, typography etc.)…

Laptop Designs - 17

Schtickers.com
…even more various laptop skins.

Laptop Designs - Laptop Skins by Schtickers.com

Laptop Decoration
Laptops can also be decorated with a… well, simple pen.

Laptop Designs - Laptop Decoration - a photoset on Flickr

Finnish Black/White Macbook
Engravings seem to gain on popularity nowadays.

Finnish Black/White Macbook

Powerbook, engraved
Ode to the Apple. You can also watch the video of how it’s been done.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker

Laser engraved Black MacBook
A masterpiece by EngraveYourTech.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker

Rhinestoning a laptop
Have you ever thought about rhinestoning your laptop?

Laptop Designs - Rhinestoning a laptop

Laptop Bags and Sleeves

Designer’s Bag Case
This is sexy. A notebook-bag case for “thin” laptops.

Screenshot

E.square 60s-style laptop bags
Laptop bags weren’t around in the 1960s, but if they were, they would possibly look like these E.square 60s-style laptop bags. Price: $54.95. [via retrotogo]

Laptop Designs - E.square Sea Blue

Laptop Designs - E.square Red Brick

Velvet Idole cases
Velvet Idole’s “Pinguins” Print. Computercase in white calf leather. Lining in black cotton. Price: 75€ [via Cool Hunting]

Laptop Designs - Screenshot

Laptop Designs - Screenshot

Thorn Berry’s Laptop Sleeve
A hand-made laptop sleeve with a layer of wadding between the outer fabric and the lining. And with the designer’s name on it. Gorgeous!

Laptop Designs - Sleeve

Terry Laptop Case
A juicy laptop case for geeky girls out there. Price: $125.

Laptop Designs - Terry Laptop Case

Vinyl Laptop Sleeve
Aren’t they sweet? And yeah, this is a laptop sleeve.

Laptop Designs - Vinyl Laptop Sleeve

Pinguins Leather MacBook Sleeve
Folds around the laptop. Unfolded it functions as workspace with an integrated mousepad.

Laptop Designs - Screenshot

Seejanework Cases
Looks like a CD-storage, but it is a pretty cozy laptop sleeve.

Laptop Designs - Vinyl

Giles Miller’s corrugated cardboard laptop case
Sturdy, stylish, and sustainable. This cardboard is 100% recycled. You can also personalize it with custom designs such as one’s initials (or an apple logo — as shown here).

Laptop Designs - Vinyl

Laptop Designs - Vinyl

Eoin McNally’s Packaging Case
The idea is people should recycle the cardboard that their laptops arrive in by reshaping them it into a protective carrying sleeve. The cardboard casing your computer ships in is treated with natural wax to protect it from spills and as an alternative to the usual polystyrene foam peanuts. We’re not sure we would actually use the handle to carry the laptop in one of these things.

Laptop Designs - Eoin McNally's Packaging Case

Laptopwallet
Laptopwallet is designed to hold the laptop really snug. The slim design keeps a laptop safe and enables you to carry it, either using the wrist-strap, in your hands or in a bag without being bulky. Currently sold out. [via Thisnext]

Laptop Designs - Screenshot

Laptop Decoration: Sweeties and Cuties

Sometimes simple decoration isn’t enough. In fact, you can not just put a skin on your laptop or engrave it, or even use some fancy sleeve to give it a new outfit. No, you can go far further, use spray paints, decals and feather boas. You can also simply get some sweet accessoires for your old friend as well.

Monster Laptop Sleeve
“Handmade and available in four different colors, the case reminds us of a fanged cousin of cookie monster. Plus, it looks more like something that would hold a Fisher-Price computer, as opposed to a Sony or Apple — keeping would-be thieves guessing.” Price: $65. [via Uncrate]

Laptop Designs - Monster Laptop Sleeve

Pink Hello Kitty Laptop
“How to make a PHKL (watch out the pronunciation!) — ‘Pink Hello Kitty Laptop’. This is a project for two people, you and a friend, with notable guest appearances by your meddling boyfriend. Boyfriend is optional. “

Pink Hello Kitty Laptop

*Craser’s laptop cover
“It’s a simple furry cover, first time I sew something that big. spend the whole afternoon hand sewn and it fits perfectly!”

Laptop Designs - laptop cover by *craser on deviantART

Hard Drive
Karim Rashid’s portable hard drive. Currently unavailable.

Design Milk

Getting ready for OSX Leopard
Leopard patterned (furry) plush. If you have an external hard drive lying around, such a plush will cost you around $10.

Laptop Designs - Chaosprojects » Getting ready for OSX Leopard

Macbook Sleeve
Fabric patterns, hand-made.

Laptop Designs - Macbook Sleeve

Laptop Cozy
A new home for the beloved one.

Laptop Designs - Laptop Cozy - 12

Laptop Cozy
Well, now it feels cozy.

Laptop Designs - Laptop Cozy

Laptop In Fabric
Soft and nice.

Laptop Designs - Laptop Cozy

Laptop Designs - Laptop Cozy

MacBook laptop sleeve
“I sewed my new Macbook a laptop sleeve! No pattern, just a zippered pouch. Starting fabric size 14.5″ by 10.5″. Fabrics are Denyse Schmidt quilting cotton, pink silk Dupioni for the lining, unknown cotton blend for the pocket, and wool felt (2 layers on each side) for the padding.”

Laptop Designs - mostly-complete laptop sleeve

Stickers

Stickers are always extremely subjective and that’s why also very personal. If you’d like your laptop to reflect the unique personality of its owner, stickers might probably be the easiest way to go and therefore a first option to consider. Besides, often they are simply cool and it’s a lot of fun to observe strangers reading them. You’ll find many more stickers in the Laptop Stickers Flickr Pool.

Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker
Unfortunately, Smashing magazine isn’t sticked here.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker

Powerbook stickers
In most cases stickers are pretty unusual; however, often personal music preferences are combined with the stickers of web-services the laptop owner uses.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker

Laptop stickers
Interesting idea: Bruce Sterlings puts his flight tickets on the top of his laptop.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker

The first sticker on my new mac
Well, that’s a good start.

Laptop Designs - The first sticker on my new mac

Robogames
Often stickers are messages the owners send to everybody who will have the luck (or misfortune) to meet the owner of the laptop.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker

Stickered iBook
Christopher Phin is a car fan.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker

Tantek Çelik’s stickers
Tantek Çelik is XFN-friendly and enjoys playing games.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker

Stickered iBook
Caution: robots! Cute!

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker

Notebook V1.1
Karin Lizana is a code poet, uses Ubuntu and loves Berlin.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker

Patrick Crowley’s stickers
Oh-oh. We have a tough guy here.

Laptop Designs - Patrick Crowley's stickers

Experimental ideas (Don’t try this at home!)

Datamancer’s Steampunk Victorian Laptop
This may look like a Victorian music box, but inside this intricately hand-crafted wooden case lives a Hewlett-Packard ZT1000 laptop that runs both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. It features an elaborate display of clockworks under glass, engraved brass accents, claw feet, an antiqued copper keyboard and mouse, leather wrist pads, and customized wireless network card. The machine turns on with an antique clock-winding key by way of a custom-built ratcheting switch made from old clock parts. Video is included.

Laptop Designs - Steampunk Monitor For Chic Geeks - Born Rich

Dave Veloz’s Steampunk Monitor & Keyboard Remake
This is a wedding gift. The intersection of technology and romance is possible. Dave Veloz created this beauty for his soon to be wife in time for their recent wedding. [via Cool Hunting]

Laptop Designs - Screenshot

SattaMac – 1991 PowerBook 100
No, this Powebook doesn’t work any longer. But it looks pretty fancy. Painted Apple machinery.

Laptop Designs - SattaMac - 1991 PowerBook 100

Xbox 360 Laptops
These posts also include a video of laptops in use.

Laptop Designs - TechEBlog » (Video) Xbox 360 Laptop MKII

Amazing Xbox 360 Elite Laptop

Steampunk Monitor For Chic Geeks
Steampunk one more time.

Laptop Designs - Steampunk Monitor For Chic Geeks - Born Rich

Atari 800 XE Laptop
Designed by Ben Heck.

Laptop Designs - TechEBlog » Ben Heck Updates Atari 800 XE Laptop

Duke Nukem Laptop
This one is kind of freaky, but pretty unusual. It used to be a NEC.

Laptop Designs - Duke Nukem Laptop

Last Click

Cassette Tape Tote Bag
OK, this one is not for laptops. But it looks pretty amazing.

Laptop Designs - Screenshot

Digg Case Mod
For Digg lovers.

Laptop Designs - Digg Modding

Chocolate Laptop
Mmmm, tasty. Ok, it’s time for a coffee break.

Laptop Designs - Chocolate Laptop

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25 Beautiful Macro Photography Shots

Macro photography is the art of taking close-up pictures that reveal details which can’t be seen with the naked eye. For example, while we can see the fly on the wall, our eyes aren’t equipped to make out the fine details of the hairs on it’s face. This is where macro photography comes in. It gives us a glimpse into the world of the very small, which goes largely unnoticed by us as we hurriedly shuffle through our day.

In this edition of our Monday Inspiration series we present 25 beautiful examples of macro photography. A round-up of some truly revealing and inspiring macro photographs which are sure to have you marveling at the world around you. You may check out the links at the bottom of this post for further resources on the subject of macro photography.

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Spider macro

La force et la passion
“She felt her strength and passion back by 1 small drop of water.”. The photo is taken by Leon Baas.

Macro Photography

High-Tech Jumper
“Jumping spider on a DVD reading my data! Shot with a Canon 20D with a Canon MP-E macro lens.” The photo is taken by Coder.

Spider macro

Bubble Magic
“Close-up of a wet leaf … taken with a Canon Powershot A610 :)” The photo is taken by Sophie.

Macro Photography

Lasius Vlavius
“This yellow meadow ant is trying to find a way to dry ground after the rain”. The photo is taken by Leon Baas.

Macro Photography

Flower Detail
Close-up of a very colorful flower, shot by MeLissa Stolte.

Flower macro

Frog’s eye
Photos are taken by Justin Dotson.

Macro Photography

Dewdrop Refraction
Taken by Brian Valentine.

Macro Photography

Water lily
The photo is taken by Chun-Chih Fan (ddsnet).

Macro Photography

A flower
The photo is taken by Indah Susanti.

Macro Photography

Another vision
The photo is taken by Kristina Buceatchi.

Macro Photography

A Flower
The photo is taken by Cyril Cattin.

Macro Photography

Igor Siwanowicz

Macro Photography

Under a microscope

Macro Photography

Crane Fly
This insect looks like something out of a Sci-fi movie.

Cranefly macro

A flower
The photo is taken by Chan Chen.

Macro Photography

Spider
Stunning detail of a spider.

Spider macro

8.365 I saw the sea
The photo is taken by Lux Tenebra.

Macro Photography

Water & Rose
Beautiful colors.

Water & Rose macro

European hover fly in profile

Hoverfly macro

Refracted Daisy
You can see the refracted daisy in the blurred background.

Daisy macro

White Spider

White Spider macro

Flower in water
Amazing picture of a flower sitting in water. The reflection almost looks surreal.

Flower in water macro

House fly
Simply wonderful photo.

House fly macro

Red Veined Darter
Truly stunning macro of this insect covered in morning dew. Wow!.

Red Veined Darter macro

Adobe Photoshop Tutorials – Best Of

When it comes to graphic design, Adobe Photoshop is usually the first option to consider. However, the software itself is a quite tough nut to crack — and definitely extremely hard to master. For instance, the concepts are not always intuitive and it’s not always clear when to use what tool and how to use it effectively. In fact, in Photoshop it usually takes pretty much time to achieve something you have never done before.

However, you don’t need to muddle through numerous Photoshop features and extensions for every design problem. You can use professional suggestions instead, e.g. professional step-by-step tutorials which provide excellent results and thus can save you a lot of time.

One year ago we’ve presented a hand-picked collection of Photoshop tutorials. Now it’s time for a fresh portion of healthy Photoshop learning material. This article provides professional Adobe Photoshop tutorials which can enrich your design skills and improve the quality of your works. Although the authors of the tutorials rarely provide the information about the used version, we tried to pick only those tutorials that can be used with both CS 3 and older versions of Adobe Photoshop.

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