Desktop Background Settings (#1060)

Desktop Background Settings (#1060)


Hi, this is Gary with MacMost.com. On today’s
episode let’s look at all the different options for changing your Desktop background. Let’s look at how to change your Desktop background.
Notice I’ve got a completely black desktop background. I like working like that and it
works well for making these videos because whatever picture might be back here is going
to take up space in the video and make the video larger. So I keep it like this. But you can easily change it. You can go to
the Apple menu System Preferences and then change it from there. You can also Control
click on the background and notice you can have quick access to it by selecting Change
Desktop Background. Let’s just open System Preferences and it
takes you right here to Desktop & Screen Saver, the Desktop setting. So in here you can change
the desktop background very easily. This shows representation of the desktop background.
You can select a photo here. You can open and close these sections. Now under Apple you’ve got some preset stuff.
So you’ve got the default background here. Selecting Apple shows you everything. Selecting
one folder just shows you a subset of that. So the folder Desktop Pictures I can select
the default one here or an alternate view of Yosemite National Park. There are various
other ones. All I have to do is click on one and it will change the desktop background.
I can go to another folder here and see what is available and just quickly go between them. Now in addition to that I’ve got some other
options. One is Solid Colors. Select that and I have a variety of different solid colors
here to choose from like this dark gray. I prefer pure black so I want to go to Custom
Color and this will bring up the Apple color palette here, it is on my second monitor so
I’ll drag it over; there it is. I can use any of the different ways of selecting a color
to change the desktop background. I can go to all back here very easily and that is how
I get that. Now it doesn’t add it to this group here.
These are just the default one. But you can always select a custom color and change it
to any color in the rainbow that you want. In addition to all of the Apple default pictures
you can also go into your iPhoto Library. It gives you lots of options for doing that.
You can go into a list of all your photos. You can go into Events and select by event.
You can select by Faces, Places, or any other way of sorting them including albums that
you have made yourself. So you can essentially make up a Smart Album
or regular album and throw a bunch of pictures in there that you think would make good desktop
backgrounds and then quickly access them. You can also go into PhotoStream and other
parts of iCloud to access photos there. So you have complete access to your own iPhoto
collection. Now a third option is to go under Folders.
This is where it is customizable. You can go into your Pictures folder and whatever
photos are in your Pictures folder, I’ll go into Finder here and open up in my main MacMost
which is my home folder, I’ve got Pictures and under Pictures you can see I’ve got that
one photo that it shows. But I can easily add other Folders as well
using the Plus button here. I can go in and in my Documents folder I’ve got a folder Pics
and I can choose that one and it will add that there. Now I see all the pictures that
are in that Pics folder and I can select one as my Desktop background. I can easily remove a custom one that I have
added using the minus button there. In addition to doing it through that interface
I can also select something here in the Finder and just drag and drop it to the Preview section
here and it will just change it. Notice that it doesn’t add it anywhere in here. If I try
to use this plus button to add an individual jpeg it will actually add the entire folder
and list it under Folders here. If I want to just change it to a specific image all
I have to do is just drag and drop onto this and it changes it. So anything I want to add I can add just by
dragging and dropping it like that. Now you have some special functionality at
the bottom to be able to change the picture every once in a while. So what you can do
is say select one of these folders here or a custom folder that you have added. Let’s
select the Nature folder from Apple. Notice it is not changing anything. I haven’t selected
a photo here yet. I’m going to select Change picture. What it
is going to do is take my folder selection and it is going to add that to this Change
picture functionality and change the background photo every five seconds. Now you can do something
more reasonable like Every day. So everyday it is going to choose a different background
from this collection of Nature photos. You can also have your own folder here. So
you can put a collection of hundreds of your own photos into this customized folder area
here, set it to change picture everyday, select it and you will get a different one of your
photos everyday as your desktop background. You can also do the same thing using iPhoto.
For instance, you can select a Smart Album here of your most recent photos or photos
that you have flagged in some way, or tagged in some way, and then you can set it to Change
picture everyday to a photo from that iPhoto album. It is quick and easy to do that. You can also
switch between having it go through all the photos in order or select one at random by
checking this box here. So you have a lot of different variety of what you can do with
having the desktop background change on a constant basis. If you select the solid colors option here
it will actually then rotate and change the picture between these default colors here.
There doesn’t seem to be any way to add your own custom color but it will at least go between
the ones that you’ve got here. Now for advanced users you may be wondering
where all of these pictures are stored and if they can be altered. You actually go into
the Finder and I’m going to Command click on the title here to up to the Mackintosh
hard drive level then go into Library. Under Library Desktop Pictures I’ll find them all
here. You can actually see that they are stored in subfolders. Like all the abstract stuff
is stored in the folder Abstract. Anything outside of that is what appears under Desktop
Pictures. So you can actually change these. For instance,
if I wanted to add this photo here I can add it. But you are going to have to authenticate
by using your admin ID and password because this is at the system level and not the user
lever. But you can actually alter this stuff or actually grab these photos if you want
to use them say for a background in an iMovie project or something else. This is where to
find them.

Dereck Turner

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