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Desktop Wallpaper Tool Examples

Static Mode

Static mode is for when you want to create a desktop image from static images. The Desktop Wallpaper Tool is only needed to run once to generate the desktop image and apply it to the Windows background.

System: Dual monitor (22" 1680x1050 on left, 17" 1280x1024 on right)

Desktop Size: 2960x1050 (aspect ratio Width / Height = 2.8)

Image 1:
  Original size 2560x1600 (from InterfaceLift)

Modified Image 1:
  Crop to 2560x908 (aspect ratio 2.8) starting at position (0,400)
  Resize to size of desktop 2960x1050


Original Image (2560x1600)

Place modified image starting at location (0,0) to fill the desktop with the image.


Desktop Image (2960x1050)

Dynamic Mode 1

Dynamic mode allows you to use images from webcams which are constantly being updated. The Desktop Wallpaper Tool runs in the system tray and continuously updates the desktop image at specified intervals, corresponding to the update rate of the online webcams. In the example shown here, 3 webcams are combined into 1 desktop image.

System: Dual monitor (22" 1680x1050 on left, 17" 1280x1024 on right)

Desktop Size: 2960x1050 (aspect ratio Width / Height = 2.8)

Image 1:
  Original size 1024x760 (aspect ratio 1.333)

Modified Image 1:
  Crop not needed
  Resize to 1365x1024 to fill most of 22" screen (aspect ratio still 1.333)


Original Image (1024x768)

Image 2:
  Original size 640x480 (aspect ratio 1.333)

Modified Image 2:
  No cropping needed
  Resize to 1280x1024 to fill all of 17" screen (aspect ratio 1.25, close enough)


Original Image (640x480)

Image 3:
  Original size 320x240 (aspect ratio 1.333)

Modified Image 2:
  Crop to 320x200 (ratio 1.6) at location (0, 40) to reduce size of overlap on image 2
  Resize to 480x300 to make a little easier to see (aspect ratio 1.6)


Original Image (320x240)

Place modified image 1 starting at location (136,0) centered in the first monitor.
Place modified image 2 starting at location (1680,0) to fill second monitor.
Place modified image 3 starting at location (2480,690) in lower left corner.


Desktop Image (2960x1050)

Dynamic Mode 2 - Traffic webcams

Another useful method for using dynamic mode is to keep track of traffic webcams along your commute to and from work. In the following example the desktop is covered with a background image with 8 different traffic cams along the route home placed on the second monitor.

System: Dual monitor (22" 1680x1050 on left, 17" 1280x1024 on right)

Desktop Size: 2960x1050

Image 1:
  Original size 2560x1600 (from InterfaceLift)
  Cropped to 2560x1200 to get closer to correct aspect ratio
  Resize to 2960x1050

Image 2-9:
  Original size 234x175
  Resize to 320x240
  Tiled across top of second monitor


Desktop Image (2960x1050)

 

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