This month’s desktop pictures come courtesy of Jens Grabenstein. The photos were taken with a Nikon F50 using a 35–80 mm zoom lens and 200 ASA 35 mm film. Most of the photos were shot in the garden of his parents’ home in Dingelsdorf, Germany, or in the surroundings of the village. The photos were developed as reprints in 10*15 format and scanned with an Agfa SnapScan 310, producing a raw scan of each image with a resolution of 300 dpi. Re-sampling and re-touching were performed with Adobe Photoshop 5.5 for Macintosh.
If you haven’t seen the rest of the series, it includes: Yellowstone National Park, Drops, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Monaco, Montréal, Bahamas, Clouds, Aerial, Made with Macs, Landscapes, Northwest, Animals, Spring Flora.
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, reviewed in issue 5.10 and available for download.
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- Easter Island · January 2012
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- The Netherlands · November 2011
- Easter Island · October 2011
- New York City · September 2011
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