Members Gallery FAQ(updated 09/29/11)
Frequently Asked Questions:
I came up with the name Digital Blasphemy when I first started making graphics, long before this site existed. The feeling I got when I first starting making virtual worlds could only be described as godlike. I was adding (and deleting) worlds at will, and deciding which stars would shine and how bright. One of Webster's definitions for the word blasphemy is "the act of claiming the attributes of deity". Since this was exactly what I was doing on my computer, the name sort of fit. It's how I signed my images before I ever posted a single image online (or even had a modem).
No religious affiliation or outlook is implied. I realize that some people are offended by my use of the word "Blasphemy". This is unfortunate, because I can't really change it now. Even if I could though, I probably wouldn't.
It can take anywhere from a couple of days (for the simpler abstracts) to a few weeks for the more complex scenes. Since I work with 3D raytracing, my project time is dividing between putting the scene together and rendering. Depending on how complex the scene is (number and "softness" of light sources, reflections, refractions, radiosity, "volumetric" clouds, and more) it can take anywhere from a couple of hours to weeks for my computer to generate the final image.
Yes! Members can use my work at home, school, or at work. You can use my work on as many computers as you need. I only ask that you don't share my members-only images with others.
No. I do not believe in automatic billing. Your initial membership fee gives you access to my full collection. During the term of your membership I will periodically add new works to the gallery, but these are considered to be free to you (you are not required to pay anything extra for them). If you have enjoyed the new images I have added then you are welcome to renew your account once it has run its course (you will receive an email notification 1 week prior to your account expiration date). The renewal fee is $15 and will add another year to your membership, after which you can decide once more if the new works I have added are worthy of compensation.
If you decide not to renew then your membership will expire. Thereafter you are still able to renew your membership at the same $15 rate.
The Pickle Jar contains variations on the images featured in my gallery. The image I'm happiest with goes in the gallery and the extras go into the Pickle Jar. The variations usually fall into three different categories: time variations (day/night), color variations , and evolutionary variations.
The name "Pickle Jar" comes from my days working at a preschool during college. The kids would play "duck duck goose" and when one of them had to sit in the middle of the circle they were said to be "in the pickle jar". I thought it fitting when setting up a place for images that didn't fit in my gallery.
Througout the Members Gallery preview pages you'll find "Pickle Jar" links which will lead you to thumbnail versions of the files.
Android's built-in download manager does not support Basic HTTP Authentication (the password system I use to protect my Members area). It works to browse the gallery, but not to download files. You can circumvent this limitation by using a different browser such as Opera, Dolphin HD or Skyfire.
I apologize for the extra steps and I will be a happy man when the Android developers fix this problem!
I enjoy creating new artwork and posting it for my subscribers. While I do like to keep busy honing my skills, and I like to keep the gallery fresh, I do reserve the right to take breaks from time to time. My creative batteries sometimes need recharging.
Your first subscription payment covers access to the gallery (as it is when you sign up) for the duration of your subscription period. Any new images I add during your subscription period are free to you. If, at the end of your membership, you feel that I have updated the gallery to your satisfaction then you are welcome to renew for another year and repeat the cycle.
Yes! I have a gift certificate system set up so you can purchase memberships for multiple friends (or just one). You can set a date for the gift notice email to be sent (great for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc) and you can include your own personal note.
If I renew for six years, will my account be converted to a Lifetime Membership? Can I get a discount?
I'm sorry, but no. Renewals do not build up credit towards a Lifetime Membership, so if you are interested in being a Lifetime member I would recommend you purchase one at the beginning of your membership.
Students, teachers, and folks serving in the military (regardless of country) are eligible for a 20% discount. More details are on my coupons page.
I started the Members Gallery in early 1999, after I came to the conclusion that I would not be able to keep Digital Blasphemy open and hold down a full-time job at the same time. I decided to take a chance and quit my day job so I could make wallpapers full time. It has worked nicely for the past five years.
When you sign up to access the Members Gallery, you are paying my salary. You are paying for the bandwidth to operate my servers, for the software I use to create the images, and for the countless hours I spend in front of my computer creating the artwork. You don't work for free, and neither do I.
The bottom line is that I need to earn a living. I have a family to support. I can either use my talents creating artwork for you, or I can get a job creating artwork for private clients. I would rather create artwork for you.
Please sign up and support my work!
Yes, the sign up form is here. Select the PayPal option and then continue to confirm your details before submitting to PayPal.
Yes. Please make sure your check or money order is made out in US dollars. Fill out the form at http://www.digitalblasphemy.com/mailorder.shtml, print the form and enclose it in an envelope with your payment. Please only submit the form after you have mailed your payment.
Your membership will be activated as soon as we recieve confirmation from the bank that your check has cleared. Memberships purchased with a Money Order will be activated immediately upon receipt.
Absolutely not. The only email you will receive from my system will be the notification when your account is about to expire. I will send nothing to your home address. I will not sell or provide your information to any third parties. I do not believe in spam. I am not here to bug you. Period.
As of 1/1/2006 there are 582 images in my gallery. Of those, 383 are available at 1600 x 1200 resolution. Some of my works have extra versions and they are not counted in the gallery total.
No. I used to offer slide-show screensavers, but I decided that it was much simpler and efficient if I just offered my images for download. There are hundreds of freeware slide-show screensaver programs available into which you can feed my images once you are a member.
I don't run a dual or triple screen system myself, so I can't really help with setting them up. If you are having trouble with your multi-monitor setup I would recommend you ask around the Multimon forums or, better yet, download and install Ultramon (the ultimate multi-monitor manager).
No, the members gallery keeps me too busy to accept any outside projects. I set up the members gallery so I could work for the public. Since they pay my salary, I would be cheating them if I took time away from the members gallery to work on outside projects.
I prefer to use my own ideas. I don't do images based on movies, video games, books, TV shows, or other copyrighted works. Of course, I am happy to listen to your idea, but I make no promises that I will use it to make a wallpaper.
I'd rather you didn't. My email software doesn't give me the option of downloading or not, so I generally don't accept emails over a certain (very small) size. It's not that I don't want to see your work, I just don't like downloading attachments of any kind.
If you want me to look at your image or file, please post it on the web somewhere and send me the URL. Thanks!
Yes, I welcome feedback. Each new image comes with an email link which you can use to send me comments. Most of my works are not yet "finished" when I first post them, and I am usually open to suggestions. I do not host an online forum at this time though as I would rather keep interaction on a one-to-one basis.
If you purchase a 1 Year Personal Membership you can use my work on your personal (amateur) website. If you purchase 1 Year Commercial Membership you may use my work on your commercial (professional) website. In either case, if you are going to be posting hi-resolution files for download, I require that you only use the images from my free gallery. I do not allow my Members-Only images to be offered for download outside of the Members Gallery. (this includes using them as your web page background).
Only one: me. My wife handles the finances, my Mom helps with licensing and marketing, and my son Ian helps by being cute and making us laugh. I handle all the artwork, web site design/coding, and answer most of the emails. This is a family business.
I do post the work of other artists in my User Gallery. Other than submitting their work for my User Gallery, these artists do not work for Digital Blasphemy.
No, the User Gallery images are provided free of charge on my Public Site. They submit their work to me with the understanding that it will be shown free of charge on my public site.
I started offering animated wallpapers (including a color-shifting version of "Fluorescence") in 2007. You can preview them here. The animated wallpapers are 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and are designed specifically for Windows Vista Dreamscene. They will work on other OSs with special software however. Non Vista Ultimate users can, for example, use VLC to place the animations on their desktops.
All of my work is available inside the Members Gallery. I try to keep a collection of around 30 image available for free on my Public Site. When I add new images, I remove older ones. If you visit a week or two from now there may be a new image available, and one of the older ones will have been removed. Members have access to my entire collection (including my Holiday and Seasonal images) year round.
I'm sorry, but I can't send you single images. I ask that you sign up if you are interested in my work.
Most of my single-screen images are available at 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 1024, and 1152 x 864. If you run a lesser resolution then Windows can stretch the image down to fit your screen. Some of my oldest work is only available at 1024 x 768 or 800 x 600. Widescreen images are offered at 2560 x 1600, 1920 x 1200, 1680 x 1050, and 1440 x 900. Dual-screen images are offered at 3200 x 1200 and 3840 x 1200 (dual widescreen). I also offer a variety of resolutions for different mobile devices.
I'm sorry, but no. Copyright issues aside, I would just rather create original works.
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