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ITT: upscaled, modified, or expanded upon papes (either by you or someone else)

Custom wallpaper tiles are welcome.
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Dumping what I've got so far. Mostly stuff I upscaled with Gigapixel AI & then touched up with GIMP.
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I still have no clue about the origins of this image but I guess it doesn't matter now.
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Some Steam wallpaper or something. I thought it was cool but it was ruined by shadowboxing & the 16x9 ratio it was in so I redid it.
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I mainly just liked the the pink vaporwave version but since it required no effort to do the blue version alongside the pink version I did that too.
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This one turned out sort of meh but I think it looks ok at or below the 1920 mark.
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This one not by me.
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This one not by me either.
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Here's an upscaling I did of a throwback from Mac OS 8/9, an image that may have been an inspiration for 'Home' on Windows XP: >>7910253
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Another classic Mac OS pape I upscaled. The original was blurry as shit so I couldn't do miracles with it. But I like how comfy the pape is & desperately wanted to use it.
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Here's a Gateway pape from the late 90's (or early 2000's). I upscaled it & expanded it to 16:9 ratio. I liked the nice warm atmosphere of the original & it upscaled surpisingly well. Not much detail but not all papes call for a lot of detail.

'Solo 3100' refers to the laptop model, but it works nice here since it almost sounds like it could be the name of the plane - like there's something special about the plane.
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Here's another Gateway pape from the late 90's (or early 2000's). I like the wholesome MS Paint aesthetics of digital art from the 90's & thought it would be fun to upscale this.
Some cool Linux/Microsoft pape from '99. Not upscaled, just expanded to 16:9 ratio. Original found here:
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Classic eMachines pape from the early 2000's. This one was a lot of work.
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The Packardnator! No idea if it was done by a Packard Bell employee or just some fan during the 90's. Not upscaled, I just expanded it to 1920x1200.
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Another ancient Packard Bell pape. I felt autistic for upscaling stuff like this & probably won't be doing it again anytime soon. It was fun but I want shift my focus on to creating my own art.
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Another ancient pape from either the late 90's or early 2000's.
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Some tiny ass pic from the 2000's. I saw it being used as a pape in an old Linux screencap & wanted it for myself. Gigapixel did a remarkable job upscaling it.
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Here are some tiles I worked on. The single tile size is included in the file name.

Working on tiles is tricky business. It will test your IQ.
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I look forward to normies in public seeing this as my wallpaper some day.
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This one could use more work but since its not a serious tile I'll share it.
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forgot about this one
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Here's a retro-looking tile I just did. I was looking all over hell for this System 7 desktop pattern then I realized it doesn't exist so I made it.
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I dunno, I think I like this one more.
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Just wanted to say this is the best collection of wallpapers I've seen on here in some time. Excellent thread!

Damn, dude.. thanks! Glad someone out there appreciates these since some of them were a lot of work!
Blade runner 2049?
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I forgot about this upscaling. I really like the opening sequence of The Usual Suspects with the lights on the water combined with mysterious piano music, and I was looking for a pape with similar vibes and settled on this image.

good stuff

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Some more crazy shit I upscaled
awe, thanks
Now post feet.
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Here is a cool plane image I expanded to larger dimensions. I can probably upscale it if anyone wants.
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Original was a phone paper I think...
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A vaporwave pape I expanded to 16:9 ratio.
Expanded to 16:9 ratio & upscaled. This ancient pape was from the Evolution theme for Enlightenment 16. It has a strange vibe to it. It's like some really obscure dark mysterious image from a bygone era that you weren't supposed to find - like stumbling upon something linked to an old murder mystery. Idk. I'm really grasping at straws here trying to describe it.
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Another ancient Enlightenment pape I upscaled. Probably from the late 1990's. If you ask me what I like about this pape I couldn't really tell you. I guess I just like the unrefined grimy computer-generated textures that were common at the time.
YES !! YES !!
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Here's some OutRun retro-futurist art I upscaled. Tried to clean it up a bit but it's still patchy. Original here: >>7923866
Sit tight. I got a couple more vintage upscales I'm working on.
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Here's a throwback to the early 2000's for all the boomer macfags out there. Expanded from the original here: >>7918376

Probably a niche appeal with this one. I have better stuff on the way.
A whale image I expanded to 16:9 ratio. Also shopped out a couple of things.

I have a couple retro upscales I've been working on that are more or less complete now. They just need some final touch ups. They have been a motherfucker to work on.
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I did an alternative upscale of >>7910251 using Cupscale (which is free, but you need Nvidia graphics card to run it well) & the 4x-UltraSharp model (which is the best pre-trained model I've used so far). This version has a more painterly effect.
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An upscale of this retro pape >>7919070 from 2005 (and expanded to 16:9 ratio). I always thought it looked neat & liked how it harks back to that computer-generated abstract imagery that was commonplace in the 2000's which often tinged with a dark mysterious aura. And I thought it would be really neat to see this one be given a second life in HD.

This probably won't look too great at very high res but it may look somewhat adequate at mid res (1920p or lower). Might come back to this in the future to improve it. Not sure. Just kinda done with it for now. Anyone who thinks they can improve upon these upscales has my blessing. I just want nice papes, man.
Pretty impressive, anon.
thank you, my friend
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Here is the other retro upscale I've been working on. It's this pape >>7918360 from the AlienConsole theme from Enlightenment 16. Expanded to 16:9 ratio & upscaled. I'm not thrilled about the results but I want to move on. Maybe I'll return to it in the future when I have access to better editing tools.
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Here's the infamous classic Windows 95 cloud wallpaper expanded to 16:9 ratio & upscaled. I did this purely for fun so it does not look great. To make this look really good in HD it would have to be completely redone. Still, it should be an improvement over the other upscales I've seen of this pape.
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Been messing around with Dalle2 with expanding some old windows 98 wallpapers.
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I've only really done minor touch ups on the images. Not super apt with photo editing tools to really make them great unfortunately.
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Nice! I think Dalle2 combined with upscale programs might usher in a renaissance of classic wallpapers returning in HD.
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Here's moon flower from windows XP
That is awesome. Do this one too when you get a chance: >>7930437
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I remember this. It was a wallpaper in the default folder of desktop wallpapers of linux distro back then.
Man, no matter how many times I ran that image in Dalle2 it never quite looks right. I think an expansion sometimes requires a human touch.

I found the source for the pape. The artist made a couple dozen other ones but that one was his masterpiece.

Thank you, my friend. More upscales on the way.
Here's my first one I expanded with Dalle2. It is a pretty remarkable program and a great tool for digital artists if you're willing to work with it and touch up upon what it does with photo editing software.
Here's an alt with a plain patio. Dalle2 makes it easy to create alternative versions of stuff.

btw I decided to upscale these with gigapixel since it sorta has a painterly effect. For stuff with text or rigid geometry, i may go with Cupscale (ESRGAN). Or I may use both and interpolate them together with GIMP.
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I also have multiple lighthouse swaps through Dalle2. I can sort of mix and match these for you guys. Let me know which pape version from above and which lighthouse.
>I found the source for the pape...

forgot the links:
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Made this using a logo from a TTRPG, was a fun distraction.

Can you link a yt vid or something with the gist of what you're doing here, really interesting stuff man,
No, I learned all of this on my own. Funny, I didn't realize that this is something that could justify making a video tutorial. It's crazy how much this has snowballed since it started at the beginning of this year. It started off with just Gigapixel AI upscales combined with touch-ups in GIMP. Then I got DeNoise AI & Sharpen AI (all from Topaz). Then I started creating image expansions with GIMP followed by Gigapixel upscaling. Then I started playing around with ESRGAN-based Cupscale & its various pre-trained models. Then I started combining the results of different upscales into one image using GIMP layers. Then a HUGE game changer happened with Dalle2. That opened the door to a LOT of new potential wallpapers.

I'm not tech-savvy at all so everything I've mentioned should be accessible to the layman (although GIMP has a bit of a learning curve).
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Sorry, I've been too busy to do anything special this week so here's what appears to be a really primitive photo from the 70's or 80's of NYC which I upscaled. It sort of has vaporwave vibes.
Fucking clout chasing youtubehead
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some vapor
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pretty neat. they sorta look AI-generated
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Yeah, that was the original. It's some sort of upscale by someone else of the doom wall of faces It could use some touch ups though.
can someone upscale this pic for me?
I am too busy at the moment. On Monday, I should have time to do it (unless someone else wants to try it).
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Here's an attempt I made with GigaPixel
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Here is an upscale I did of some really old photo of someone sail surfing at sunset. It's part of my series on lo-fi faded nostalgic papes. Original here:
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Continuing with the lo-fi faded theme, here's an upscale I posted in an earlier thread.
Here's an upscale of someone else's edit I saw circulating this board. This should look a little better on a hi res display than that other one.

Also, I may return to it in the future when I get better at applying water color effects.
Another version with just the cat.
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Blank version so that you can do your own edits (or just enjoy the blank version).
Classic Ferrari ad, expanded to wallpaper dimensions using Dall-E. [Might re-upload this later if I do any more edits.]

There's a handful of wallpaper customizations/upscales I've been meaning to get around to. I will try to get them done in the coming weeks so that I can finally let this thread die.
re-upload with some touch-ups
Just some image from the Natural History Museum website which I expanded to 16:9 ratio using Dall-E. There's quite a bit of great photos there (https://www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/gallery?tags=)
Does anyone else think there's a surprising lackluster of good lighthouse papes out there? Well anyways, this was a lighthouse image which I expanded with Dall-E & then ran it through DeNoise AI. While its a little rough on the edges, it's not too shabby. I will almost certainly be working on it again in the future but since that's a long way off I figured I'd just share it now.

FYI, you could do better than this if you were to track down the original stock image by John Lund. I've only been able to find prints.
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Can somebody upscale this?
Tomorrow I will give it a go. I'll try ESRGAN if Gigapixel doesn't work.
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Here's an attempt I made with Gigapixel
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Please give upscaling this a try when you have the chance to. The version I found on d4rkw00d was 1280 x 1024 resolution, but the link to it was dead. Searched the name of the wallpaper and found this in slightly lower res.
I work all day Saturday so I should be able to try upscaling it either by Sunday or Monday
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upscaled with gigapixel
Thank you for taking time out from your schedule to upscale this wallpaper and breathe new life into it. The difference in quality is night and day.
I might have to buy GigaPixel for $99 just to restore all my old favorite papes.
I use Gigapixel AI, DeNoise AI, and Sharpen AI. All by Topaz. A lot of money but it was worth it for me. But if you can only afford one, just get Gigapixel.

Alternatively, if you have a powerful Nvidia graphics card (which it requires if I'm not mistaken), you could run ESRGAN and train it to upscale stuff. But I've had nothing but issues with installing it. However, there's a GUI version of it called Cupscale which is very easy to install & use. And there's a ton of pre-trained ESRGAN modules you can put into Cupscale. I think 4x-UltraSharp was the one I had the most success with.


It doesn't end there either. I sometimes combine the results of Topaz programs with that of Cupscale & merge the best of both worlds with the layers feature of photo editing software like GIMP or Photoshop (I use GIMP with the Resynthesizer plugin).

If you're upscaling old small images as wallpapers for modern monitors, you should definitely also look into DALL-E which is an invaluable resource for expanding images to a wider screen ratio. You expand them to 16:9 ratio & then upscale it. See: >>7938982
I forgot to mention that ESRGAN/Cupscale are free & require no subscription.
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You're probably long gone but I gave it another shot with 4x-UltraSharp & it turned out a little better albeit at a smaller size. The text is still kinda fucked though. It would have to be repaired with GIMP or Photoshop but I'm leaving that to you since it's time-consuming & you care about this image a lot more than I do.
I ran that upscale under DeNoise AI. Not sure if it's better but here.

>breathe new life into it

Yes, giving classic wallpapers a second life is one of my primary motivations with this thread. I hope to see more of it from others.
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Sort of an empty bump. Didn't have time to work on my current project this week - too busy ricing my desktop.
Another empty bump (sorry). Here's a throwback to the late 2000's which I don't think was ever properly upscaled. There is another version of this image that has widely circulated the web but every upload I found was either cropped or just pitifully small.
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Could someone please remove the text "Save yourself"?
I'll be immensely grateful. Thanks!
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Here's a quick (<10 min) edit I did. It looks quite bad right now (I ran out of time to work on it). The orange residual stain on the reflected light fixture & on the ceiling needs to be dealt with. I will see what I can improve tomorrow night.
round 2
Let me know if you guys want anything cropped and/or downscaled to 1920x1080. I always share papes in full resolution for the sake of those with taller screen ratios (or just larger screens).
My OCD could not resist making one last minor edit. Hopefully I'm done.
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Here's a pape I've been working on & off on for months. It's based on the original launch poster from 1996. I managed to expand it to 16:9 ratio using GIMP. Getting the space dust to look just right was like performing brain surgery. But it was worth it. Every classic series deserves a classic wallpaper.

Also, I apologize for the empty bumps. This pape really tied me up. But all of my remaining projects are either complete or near completion. So there should be no more empty bumps. And once they're all done I'll just post them all & let the thread finally die rather than keep bumping it.

[I realize it's ridiculous to have had this thread up for so long, but since there's a “coomerwave” thread that's been up as long as this I don't feel so bad about it lol]

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