Creating A Desktop Layout?
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:00 AM
To get the size you need for your layout, right-click anywhere on your desktop. A menu will pop up, select Properties (or for Vista, it will say "Personalize"). In Properties select Settings. There you should see a sliding bar for Screen Resolution. Under that you will see something like "1440 by 900pixels". Write that down and click Cancel.
For Windows XP users, right-click anywhere on your desktop, go to Properties> Settings. You will see a sliding bar for "Screen Resolution." Write those numbers down and click Cancel.
For Windows Vista users, right-click anywhere on your desktop, go to Personalize> Settings.
For Windows 7 users, right-click anywhere on your desktop, and choose Screen Resolution.
Open your scrapbooking software, and create a new image in the size of your screen resolution (For example, mine is 1280x800). You don't have to scrap at 300dpi for your desktop (you can use 72dpi), but if you do, you can print that layout later!
When you're designing your desktop, remember to leave space for your icons! When you finish, save a copy as a JPG. (Make sure it's a copy, you want your original layered file in case you want to make changes.) Open up the folder you saved your JPG in, find the right file, and then right-click and choose "Set As Desktop Background".
MAC Instructions (Provided by Zaz, THANKS!):
Go to System Preferences and click on Display. Here you will find the dimensions of your desktop. It will also warn you if the size you have chosen will stretch your image.
I save my image to the desktop and change it at System Preferences (click on Desktop).
Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:04 AM
You can use any digital scrapbook supplies, but these are a nice way to save time on making your own background.
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