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Making a picture a background

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Jsbasstrb Calculating status...
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Jun 25, 2012 4:30 PM

I have a Macbook Pro. I want to make a picture my background, and I do it fine, but I just want to know how I can edit the picture maybe so that when it fits my screen it doesn't lose quality. If this is possible?



MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,135 points)
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    Jun 25, 2012 4:41 PM (in response to Jsbasstrb)

    Just make sure that you take the picture with a good enough camera that equals or surpasses your Mac screen's native resolution. That way, no upscaling will need to take place and degradation won't occur.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,645 points)
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    Jun 25, 2012 6:53 PM (in response to Jsbasstrb)

    Then the image is likely too small to fill your screen - the Desktop image is being enlarged and interpolated to fit. It likely looks fuzzy and pixelated. You need to fins another image that is at least close to the resolution in which you usually run.


    Hpoe this helps,



  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Jun 25, 2012 7:33 PM (in response to Jsbasstrb)

    Jsbasstrb wrote:


    It's an image I downloaded onto my computer.


    When you download or use a image you need to preferably match the pixel resolution your using on your monitor.


    Say you have a 1920 x 1200 screen, well you download 1920 x 1200 (or proportionally larger) images, that way you match pixel for pixel your image to your screen, or if the image is proportionally larger (say 2880 x 1800, 150% larger) it scales down (.66666%) to fit perfectly on your screen and doesn't distort.


    If you download too small of a image or not enough pixels, like what most webpages have, say 400 x 200, then it stretches and pixelates out and looks ugly to try to fit a 1920 x 1200 pixel display for instance.



    If your looking for nice pictures, here's some, just select your monitor pixel resolution (System Preferences > Displays for info)



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