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A YKK Desktop

I couldn't find any YKK desktop images on-line so I made my own and decided to share. ^^ I hope you like it.


- Ced
Tuesday, November 4, 2003


Nice wallpaper. Quiet and clean.

HoiQuoi from the other YKK forum makes wallpapers too.




- dDave
Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Yeah I know. I'm sorta picky about my desktops though. I'm not keen on backdrops that are light coloured, or have some sort of busy parttern to it. I loose track of my icons that way. ^^ His don't have patterns, but are mostly white (and pastel) backgrounds. IMO "wallpapers" (like the real thing) should be something that's in the background, something you can easily overlook, but that is still there when you want it to. Not something that is constantly trying to steal my attention.

Also, I don't see why people insist on adding titles or the serie's name directly on the image. I very well know what the subject is, I don't need some oversized text to remind me. People also end up using the same fonts over and over. Fonts trully are a mixed blessing.

The worse thing though... is the mandatory branding, weither it be the "artist's" signature, somesort of legal copyright notice, or the sin of all sins... a URL. I usually have to remove those myself if I really like the image, and if it's to much work I simply don't bother looking at it a second time. I can't stand selfish self-promotion, or people who think they can legally "own" the likeness of anything, but I degress....

Like I said, I'm ... picky about my desktops, and I'm not saying mine is better... just that it's better for me.

- Ced
Wednesday, November 5, 2003


It's nice to have a choice in wallpapers. As far as your comment:

> " I can't stand selfish self-promotion, or people who think they can legally "own" the likeness of anything, but I degress.... "

I hope you are referring to someone claiming another's work as their own. As a artist who has dreams of supporting myself from my work someday, self promotion and the legal protection of my work (copyright) are important tools.



- dDave
Wednesday, November 5, 2003

<<I hope you are referring to someone claiming another's work as their own.>>

That's part of what I meant. Taking a screenshot, scan or piece of concept art and turning it into a wallpaper is a trivial thing. For the majority of wallpapers (mine included), they require very little thought, imagination, effort and talent to produce.

Wallpapers are in a way a piece of tribute art. To sign it and use it for self promotion cheapens that tribute in my opinion. Wallpapers aren't exactly portfolio material anyhow, well... not in portfolios of people I've hired. So the act of signing was is without a doubt a rather insignificant piece of "art" is just to please the ego of the "artist", but the real effect is that it cheapens the artist's mark/signature. You don't sign every doodle you make do you? So why sign a wallpaper, is it because it's shared?

A rule I live by: Only sign your 10 best pieces. As you can imagine, with a rule like that, a wallpaper is far from something I'd put my name on.

Aside from that... text on images takes away from the image/art making it less effective. Looking, and reading are very different actions. When you see text, you can't help but read it, especially when the type is made to stand out against the background.

<<As a artist who has dreams of supporting myself from my work someday, self promotion and the legal protection of my work (copyright) are important tools.>>

As an artist who is supporting himself with commercial application of his talent. I know how important copyrights are to the people who pay me, the same people who then own my "art". They paid for it, they need to protect their investments, after all they are the ones who will profit from it in the end.

For the most part, today's artists work on a production line of sort. They get paid to produce cookie cutter pieces of "art" that have been predeterminded to be the most effective by years and years of research and studies. We live in an age of commercial art.

Art, like Alpha, needs to be seen and enjoyed by others, not commercially exploited with the help of some legal device.

Now I'm just rambling... best end this here.

- Ced
Wednesday, November 5, 2003


It's nice to have a choice in wallpapers. As far as your comment:

> " I can't stand selfish self-promotion, or people who think they can legally "own" the likeness of anything, but I degress.... "

I hope you are referring to someone claiming another's work as their own. As a artist who has dreams of supporting myself from my work someday, self promotion and the legal protection of my work (copyright) are important tools.



- dDave
Thursday, November 6, 2003

Well I also made my own YKK wallpaper, I plan to make more, but I haven't had the time yet.

Anyway, here it is: http://www.pixelatedfantasies.com/jpgh-YKK1_1024.jpg and if you want it in a different size you can e-mail me, or post here and I'll probably see it pretty soon.

As for the issue of putting identification on a wallpaper, I usually do it, because I spend lots of time making my wallpapers, and I want to be credited in some way, or at least, if people like my work, I want them to be able to find more of it.

- Joseph Grubbs-Hardy
Thursday, November 6, 2003

I like the background on it. Makes me feel like it's underwater. Sorta makes me think she should be in swimwear or have it be the misago.

As for everything else I posted, just take it with a grain of salt. I'm... disillusioned.

- Ced
Friday, November 7, 2003

Studio ADRTW's wallpaper page has a collection of some nice YKK wallpapers. I think the pictures are from the calendars, but I've never had one so I wouldn't know. CDJapan sold out of the 2004 calendars before I had a chance to preorder ... no justice.

Anyways, http://wallpapers.adtrw.org/showres.php?t=0&s=Yokohama%20Kaidashi%20Kikou


- matt
Saturday, November 8, 2003

Hey wow, that's a really good site. Those are my type of desktops/wallpapers/background images (whatever you call them). The YKK ones are nice, they have 7 of them (to bright for me though), but true to the YKK art style (scans) so I can't really knock it. They have some really nice FLCL ones, maybe I just like that they are on dark/black backgrounds. ^^;; Also they credit the "artist" on the page, not the image, and only a few have the serie's name on the image... joyous be the day.

- Ced
Sunday, November 9, 2003

Hi, I made a few Yokohoma wallpapers too.
They are here:

- aika
Sunday, November 9, 2003

Well I just finished making another one, out of possibly my favorite image from the art book, and here is it:


As with the last, e-mail or post here is you want it in a different res.

- Joseph Grubbs-Hardy
Friday, November 21, 2003

Well, someone e-mailed me about a 1600x1200 version, but apparently you can't respond to messages sent via these forums, so I'll post the higher res version here, plus I figure other people might want it.


- Joseph Grubbs-Hardy
Friday, November 21, 2003

*runs around collecting all the wai! desktop pics*


- FurrySaint
Sunday, November 23, 2003

I really really like the one which looks at the scenery and at Alphas café, in colour. Gives me a warm feeling..

- newgohan
Saturday, March 20, 2004

Wow! That's a fantastic desktop, Ced. I'll definitely use it, probably quite a bit also.
Funnily enough, I don't really remember that page/scene. Maybe I was just reading at such a pace that it didn't really sink in:P

Conversively, I've made one YKK "desktop" myself - I kind of just fell in love with one of the panels in the chapter where Alpha and Takahiro went to see the first sunrise of the year. It's the panel where she reflects on how nice it is to have a kind of little brother, wearing a very cute expression. I simply cut it out of the page - I put it up on my server here if you want to check it out ( http://hi.is/~valdima/yksmirk.png - 66KB).
Sometimes I really like to have a wallpaper that takes up just a small portion of the middle of the screen, and have the surrounding bacground colour white. That's what I'd do with this small panel.

Regarding work put into making a background wallpaper - most of the time the stuff one finds on the 'net is generic and rather blatant in its conversation from cover/page/screenshot to a wallpaper, but one wallpaper site - http://BastardAnime.com , my favourite one - seems to put a lot of work into the wallpapers they make. They do take character design artwork or covers and work with it, but they make really complex backgrounds, and choose very well what colours and motifs to use in its construction.
And while they do the self-promoting act of putting the site's name on the images, it's all good, because they always get hidden behind the Start Menu/taskbar of your system if you have it at the bottom of the screen :) Provided you have them fit your screen that is.
Very good stuff there, I recommend it:D

- Yrobianot Beni Caliamadte
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

This wallpaper seems to be from the official webpage of the magazine where YKK is published. Enjoy:


- Comalies
Friday, April 9, 2004

Hi all,

Nice collection of wallpapers. I guess thats why the other thread is so quiet. I didn't notice this thread till today. Maybe I can refute some of the claims made to this thread about some "cardinal sins",

1. I do not just scan and paste to make a wallpaper. To me making a wallpaper involves a bit of work, some taking several days. None of the images from the series that I have used except for 1 came in color, and that one(ykk02) I retouched and composed a wallpaper which I thought was better than the original image which the character came from.

2. I make wallpapers for the enjoyment of the fans of the series. I feel good if they like it and if they dont I make improvements, I hope they let me know, as I keep saying on the original thread.

3.I do not make money out of it or am I seeking employment or financial gain using it.The little image/logo or even self promotion as you imply is just to add a small personal touch, in the same way that you or I sign all your emails or letter.

4. I am not about self promotion. Apart from some early wallpapers which I posted on deviantart, now removed, I have not posted/bragged/notified/mentioned my work on other forums/threads. The only reason I posted on deviantart was because I hadn't found out about the cafe alpha forums yet.

I am agrieved by your implication that I am egotistically self promoting my work by having that small caricature and signature on it. This implication has put me in the uneasy position of wondering whether it was all worth it.

- hoiquai
Wednesday, April 21, 2004

(I will now attempt to explain myself without sticking the other foot into my mouth.... ^_^;; )

Hoiquai, first thing first. My post wasn't a direct criticism of your work. So please do not take it as an attack on your work. It was actually quite indirect, and more of a statement on desktop images in general. It's just an unfortunate coincidence that your images don't jive with me.

Honestly I don't even know why I, for some reason, decided to then and there rant about desktop images, but I did. Probably because it's a thread I started and felt like I should reply in some manner. What came out was years of pent up feelings towards poorly done desktops, and again it was not a criticism of your work.

As I've stated above, I'm REALLY picky about what I use as a desktop. Some might say freakishly picky.

I spend an unhealty amount of time working at my computer each day, so bright desktops get irritating fast, anything to minimise any kind of eye strain. Bright vs Dark. It's just a personal choice; neither is greater than the other.

Titles and text on an image. Again nothing more than personal prefrerence. I beleive that adding text (a title, or catch phrase) to such an image is usually unecesary. It creates an unnecesary right side / left side conflict. You can't do anything to stop your left side brain from reading the text, while your right side tries to see/feel the image. It's nothing more than a distraction that takes away from your first impression of the image. Combining image and text is something graphic designers often spend a lifetime perfecting. Still, it's common practice to put the series title on the image so I really can't fault you or anybody for doing so. That doesn't mean I have to like it though.

As for the sin of sins (IMO), signatures / "tags". I still think it's unecesary, and does even more damage than regular text. It's often way to big, your's is about as big as it should ever get. They almost always clash with the image itself, and like text does, it leads the eye away from the subject and into some corner. Here is an example of what I usually find, and think is stupid:

(c) 2004 PhatPipe - [email protected] hotmail.com - http://www.freedesktops.com/users/~littlejimmy/main.swf

First of all, the artist usually think it's "cool" to copyright it. Second he adds his nickname which will do nothing for the image. Imagine a pleasant image, then read some ridiculous nickname like PhatPipe, it's a wrecking ball. Follow that with more text that makes it clear that the nickname wasn't even original and that there might be hundreds more like him out there. Then to top it off with a URL that will no doubt lead to an unfinished flash site with nothing to offer content wise but does have at least one hit counter and a "go vote for my site this top 100 site list" link... Anyhow nothing but negatives for this one, I'm sorry. It's a pointless excercise, equivalent to a dog pissing on every telephone pole in the neighbourhood. If you want to see how to do it right... just look at the way Neil does his translations, he doesn't brand each issue with his name/credits or even a URL back to this site (like other manga translators), and he likely spends more time on one issue than you do on one image. That right there shows that he has class IMO. Oh my (I think that was the second foot.)... I'm not saying that you don't have class, I'm just saying that Neil has more than the norm.

I don't expect you to see it the same way I do, but I hope you can atleast see that I don't hate your desktops. I just don't like the way people do them in general.

Some good things that are clear though... you are a fan, hardcore like many of us here. The amount of images you made over the last two years, and the fact that you even co-op'ed with other community members on a few is a testament to that.

- Ced
Thursday, April 22, 2004

PS: That link in my previous post was made up and wasn't supposed to actually lead anywhere. Since I can't go change it, I thought I should warn you.

- Ced
Thursday, April 22, 2004

I remove signatures from the wallpapers I receive and then post them to 4chan, so that the majority of people will have the unmarked wallpaper.

People who sign other people's works are far too arrogant for me to respect.

- 4chan Anonymous
Monday, April 26, 2004

Not exactly a wallpapers, since I found it in a website a while ago which I already forgot, so I decided to put it up in geocities and shared it (sorry if this thing has been posted before),

*if I'm not mistaken, the website said that this image is taken from ykk artbooks, whether it's true or not I don't know, but please post it if you have some more ^_^'

(geocities won't allow direct linking so I have to put it on htm file first).

- Kuswardhana
Monday, March 21, 2005

Another one (sorry for the double post), but this time it's a wallpaper who I made some times ago.

I managed to finds some good YKK background (luckily) , enlarged and combined them with Alpha images with a scooter whom I took from a scanned manga cover (and cropped it first of course).

Actually I was going for Kokone image at the first time, but Alpha seems more fit in this background so I choose her instead.

so here it is:

any comments would be appreciated :)

- Kuswardhana
Monday, March 21, 2005

Hmm... can't download. Burn out the bandwidth? Maybe you can use photobucket.

- baltakatei
Monday, March 21, 2005

Sorry for that, looks like geocities easily overloaded in bandwidth.

here's the link to my first post (reuploaded):

and here's the link to my second post (reuploaded) :

- Kuswardhana
Monday, March 21, 2005

Hey, that's wonderful!! ^_^ I want to use the second one as my desktop. It's very nice. =)

- Carn
Tuesday, March 22, 2005

I made this the day that I read the issue with this image.


- Boris
Monday, March 28, 2005

Not exactly a desktop nor fanart (and I don't want to make the forum to become more crowded with new thread ^_^'), but I found this quite abundant superb images from ykk :


I wonder from which chapter / books are they taken / scanned? since they made a great raw source for wallpapers ^_^

btw, my personal fav pic of alpha is probably post no : No.364, it's just beautiful ^_^

- Kuswardhana
Monday, June 6, 2005

the first post in the thread is the cover f the postcard book, and the last is the back cover of the post card book. so i think its far to say they're all from the same postcard book.

- Canti-sama
Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Oh wow thanks for posting that link. I found pictures I can use for my graphics including my quest to make 100 Alpha journal icons. Now I don't have to search for an image of Alpha with a wall. For some reason one of the themes the community running this thing gives you to work with is Wall. Now I have me a picture of Alpha with a wall. ^_^

- Christine K.
Wednesday, June 8, 2005

That was a great link, Kuswardhana. Thanks. The quality of the pictures is also good for making wallpapers.

- painsama
Thursday, June 9, 2005

Heheh. Y'all are welcome. I was the one that posted those images. ^_^ I found them all on a website back when I first got hooked on YKK. I think the site was gone the last time I checked. :\

And yes, those are all from the postcard book.

- FurrySaint
Thursday, June 30, 2005

Sorry, forgot to put your name ^_^', anyway all credits goes to FurrySaint for the images.
Maybe you could post more of that similar images links in here too ^_^

- Kuswardhana
Wednesday, July 6, 2005


I made some YKK wallpapers and posted them on
www.animepaper.net. If you like to download them, you must register. They all stored here - http://www.animepaper.net/wallpapers/Yokohama-Kaidashi-Kikou/

I hope you like them. I dedicate them to all YKK fans around the world (especially dDave and elves).

- SAN^2
Sunday, October 2, 2005

i knew i was missing sumding, but i was knida surprise to find out that it was a wallpaper. mayb sumone can come up with a theam that use YKK?

- terra
Monday, October 3, 2005

thankies everyone... got a bunch of wallpapers to add to the ones i already had : )

- lepinkainen
Monday, October 24, 2005

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