Did you notice how laptops and netbooks are quickly becoming fashion accessories? Rather than toting around the dull black or obsidian tablet, folk are carrying around customized artwork, pimped and detailed to the point that the lowly laptop rivals anything Chip Foose would do to a classic Chevy.
So, not wanting to be left out, I looked for an easy way to have art on my own laptop.
Gelaskin to the rescue. To quote the website:
GelaSkins are removable covers for protecting and customizing your portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images designed by our growing family of artists from around the globe.
So I picked up a couple, one for my 17″ Viao and another for my wife’s 13″ Dell laptop.
Since Gelaskins come in pre-cut sizes, I had to trim the skins to fit the laptop faces. Careful cutting with a hobby knife produced pretty good results. The Gelaskin material cut quite easily, and the sharp knife let me make rounded corners without shredding or tearing the material.
Application was fairly easy. Just peel the backing paper off, carefully align the skin with the laptop back, and apply lightly. The material sticks quite quickly, so be sure of your position before you smooth it out and remove any air bubbles.
And, as the skin is somewhat flexible, it will conform to any embossed or detailed logo underneath. I covered the logos with the skin, but I could have easily trimmed the logo out of the skin after application to let the logo appear through the art.
Ok, the backside is done, but what about the desktop? Again, Gelaskin to the rescue. Desktop wallpaper is available for many of the Gelaskin designs, so you can have a matching or complementary desktop to go with your funky new fashionable cover.
Though in this case, I did a quick search on Katsushika Hokusai, the artist who crafted the masterful woodcut The Great Wave. It’s the skin that I selected for my laptop. In this case, there are high resolution version available online, which are easily adapted for desktop use.
Gelaskins are available for most netbook and laptop designs, as well as cel phones and portable media devices.