Seeing how we still have several months until Gears 3 is released, I will use this thread to post Gears 3 wallpapers. Being one to share, I invite others to use this as well, but there is no obligation to do so.
26 Jun 2011: My thought here is that everyone has to die someday, and what better fitting way for a soldier to die than on the battlefield. I had envisioned the concept would be controversial, with people asking if I had inside information (of which I certainly do not). I suppose for some, it is the implied death of Marcus, Dom, Baird or Cole. For others, the implication of the crosses is far more controversial than the possible death of their beloved heroes.
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25 Feb 2011:
This is the big one, the one we've all been waiting for. Yes, that would be the Epic Games Gears of War 3 cover art. Is this stuff gorgeous, or what?
I have also rescaled a huge image of the complete artwork to 2560x1440 and 1920x1080 widescreen wallpapers.
I zoomed in on Marcus, changed some lighting and focal points, made a few slight alterations to the colors, gave the overall piece a faux-HDR treatment and added back in some film grain (I lost some of the original grain due to the scaling and cleaning process). I know, I know, I retouch pictures waaaaaaaaaay too much. It's a sickness and I am dealing with it, but I cannot seem to find any retouching therapists. Erm, somehow, that sounded wrong.
Enjoy this 1920x1080 wallpaper!
One more up Marcus close up with the Gears 3 logo in tow.
BIG CHANGE TO THE OP: WITH 40+ IMAGES, I HAVE CHANGED ALL THE PREVIEWS TO LINKS ONLY.
UPDATE: 28 Dec 2010 - Added two more of my own wallpapers to the mix recently. Also added a few more member wallies to the OP. In addition, I reformatted the OP for better viewing.
UPDATE: 23 July 2010 - I have not had too much graphics mojo worked up lately, so I made a few modifications to focal points, color and lighting in this "Epic" picture of Clay versus an ugly Locust critter. This is a request made by one of our forum members.
I left the larger version in its native resolution of 2560x1440. I also added in a 1920x1080 version for those of us who are hugescreen challenged.
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/ge...armine2560.jpgUPDATE: 25 Jun 2010 - Fenix Defined is my latest composition. I extended out Marcus' arms a bit and refaded back in to eliminate that "cutoff" look. I then modified color hues, saturation and lumination levels. After all that, I overlaid the merged layers onto the same texture I used for the FSCB wallpaper. Enjoy!
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/fenix_defined.jpgUPDATE: 20 Jun 2010 - After seeing various wallpapers made using those awesome character portraits of Dom, Marcus and Anya, I decided to make my own, but with a real twist so that it has a chance stand out amongst the crowd.
I also put together some banners for use on fansites. The colors have been tweaked a bit to give the portraits a bit of punch so that the Crimson Omen doesn't wash them leave them washed out looking. I have provided these banners at full resolution (W1200 x H2400 x 240dpi) so you can resize them to the scale you need without losing resolution.
Dom Portrait Banner
Marcus Portrait Banner
Anya Portrait Banner
This wallpaper is inspired by the Tom Ham design for one of Cliff's E3 t-shirts.
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/fscb1.jpgUPDATE: 16 Jun 2010 - Three new walls based on the E3 portrait work.
UPDATE: 13 Jun 2010 - I don't know what I was thinking here, but here it is anyway.
Bros Versus Lambent
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/brosvslambent.jpgUPDATE: 7 Jun 2010 - And here are two more images that began as beautiful concept artwork from Epic. I merely upscaled and cleaned up the effects of that process, and made a few minor changes to the overall dramatic appeal of each image.
Anyways, these two wallpapers come in widescreen HD 1920x1080 resolution only.
Charred Ash People Concept
Charred Buildings Blasted Concept
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/lc...ed_1920_ce.jpgUPDATE: 6 Jun 2010 - I found moderately sized versions of these images on GI, but they failed at being wallpaper scaled, so I did them up for proper resolution. Not wanting to ruin the original artwork, because it is awesome, I worked to upscale each image and clean up any noise and artifacts without changing the overall imagery. Okay, I lied. I did sorta change the imagery, but only to add a few of my own personal touches because I cannot seem to help myself.
Anyways, these three wallpapers come in widescreen HD 1920x1080 resolution only.
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/la...ck_1920_ce.jpgUPDATE: 29 May 2010 - Here is my latest matte in the form of a widescreen HD wallpaper, called "Brothers to the End". This started life as a screenshot from the Ashes to Ashes trailer. I used some filtering and tablet work to clean up the noise, and then painted in my own subdued elements for an emotional piece.
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/bros2end.jpgUPDATE: 15 May 2010 - I took the liberty of making a B&W version of the image Rogue1 used for his wallpaper submission. I had to fill in some areas, as the source imagery I found had some obnoxious overlays in the way. I hope you all like it. This wallpaper comes in 1920x1080 widescreen.
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/gears1920bwgn.jpgUPDATE: 10 May 2010 - Okay, here is the Coup de grâce via Epic Games and GI Magazine. I removed all the overlays from the image, then proceeded to enlarge and clean up the image, trying to keep the original colors, textures and lighting intact. The result is a 1920x1080 HD widescreen image for your desktop. Enjoy!
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/g3concept.jpgUPDATE: 9 May 2010 - Brand-spanking new wallpaper here. Just another slightly offbeat version of the Gears 3 logo. In keeping with Epic's own concept, I textured and beveled the text for greater effect. I also played around with the infected Omen to get a unique look to the overall piece.
Tools used were Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
This wallpaper comes in HD 1920x1080 for the latest desktops.
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/nugears3.jpgUPDATE: 3 May 2010 - I have now included, at a request, a Dom Down Wallpaper. Comes in one size, 1920x1080. This is more or less a small test of how I am building a huge image that will eventually become a wallpaper. Or maybe a banner/poster on my wall.
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/domdown.jpgUPDATE:/ 1 May 2010 - New Creeping Gears wallpaper.
While I'm taking a short break from everything else, I made a new wallpaper today. It is modeled, sort of, after the theme of the official Gears 3 wallpaper.
I kinda "fleshed" it out a bit for effect. The wallpaper comes in one size, 1920x1080. Enjoy!
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/creepinggears.jpgHere is my first Gears of War 3 wallpaper. This is basically a recreation/manipulation of the trailer logo. It comes in one size, 1920x1080 for widescreen HD. Enjoy!
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/gears3wp.jpgOkay folks, step right up and get your high resolution Gears of War 3 logo, as seen in the banner of the Gears 3 forums. I have included a layered PSD and a flattened PNG of the logo set on a black background. The image is 5000x2000 px.
This is custom made by me, except for the Crimson Omen, which I rescaled and modified to fit. It isn't exact, but I think it's fairly close.
http://www.acliffhanger.com/gears/Go...0x2000_cro.pngT Y S posted this thread link to some other user made wallpapers: http://gearsforums.epicgames.com/sho...d.php?t=725819Here are a couple of contributions by Epic's own killer forum admin, Flak.
http://iflak.smugmug.com/photos/922441117_32m7W-O.jpgThese contributions are from Tkavil3...
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/4...totheendv2.jpgAdded to OP: 28 Dec 2010These next two are AcheaShadow's contributions to the wallpaper gallery.
For My Brothers
This is Sera