This month I thought I would do something slightly different. Instead of pictures taken from the ground, these desktop pictures were all taken from the air. I wonder if anyone can recognize where the different pictures were taken! Feel free to send your guesses to email@example.com Unfortunately some of these pictures were taking in a hazy environment or through rather dirty plane windows, so they were extensively modified with Photoshop, Cameraid, and Extensis Intellihance to make them look better. In some pictures this resulted in pretty artistic effects that I decided to keep. Enjoy!
If you haven’t seen the older parts of the series, they are: Yellowstone National Park, Drops, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Monaco, Montréal, Bahamas, Clouds, Aerial.
Placing Desktop Pictures
Mac OS 8.5 and Newer Go to the “Appearance” control panel. Click on the “Desktop” tab at the top of the window. Press the “Place Picture...” button in the bottom right corner, then select the desired image. By default, it will show you the images in the “Desktop Pictures” subfolder of your “Appearance” folder in the System Folder, however you can select images from anywhere on your hard disk.
After you select the desired image file and press “Choose,” a preview will appear in the Appearance window. The “Position Automatically” selection is usually fine. You can play with the settings to see if you like the others better. You will see the result in the little preview screen.
If you are satisfied with the selection, click on “Set Desktop” in the lower right corner of the window. That’s it! Should you ever want to get rid of it, just go to the desktop settings again and press “Remove Picture.”
Mac OS 8.0 and 8.1 Go to the “Desktop Patterns” control panel. Click on “Desktop Pictures” in the list on the left of the window, and follow steps similar to the ones above.
Random Desktop Pictures If you drag a folder of pictures onto the miniature desktop in the Appearance or Desktop Pictures control panel, your Mac will choose one from the folder at random when it starts up.
DeskPicture An alternative to Mac OS’s Appearance control panel is Pierce Software’s DeskPicture, available here. You can also find a review of DeskPicture on this page.
Also in This Series
- Parting Shots · May 2012
- Tsavo National Park, Kenya · April 2012
- Rwanda · March 2012
- From ATPM Readers · February 2012
- Easter Island · January 2012
- Disney World · December 2011
- The Netherlands · November 2011
- Easter Island · October 2011
- New York City · September 2011
- Complete Archive
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