Make It Monday: Personalized Desktop Wallpaper

HELLLLOOOOOO!! We are back! Sorry we didn’t warn you about our blogging hiatus while we were away; I just didn’t want to broadcast our absence from home while our lovely friends were staying here taking care of Asher :).

Our time away was just so great, guys… We spent time in California with Steve’s brother, and we had so much fun and saw so much beautiful Creation. We surfed, went to Alcatraz, spent a few days at Yosemite, wandered the redwoods, spent time in San Francisco, and relaaaaaxed. It was a wonderful time away, and we are so thankful for every moment of it.

I knew upon coming home that I would miss it all, so I made sure to jump right on making a California-themed wallpaper for my desktop!

San Fran

Guys, this is a super quick and easy way to personalize, and more greatly enjoy ;), your computer. Remember THIS POST about Picasa, the free photo-editing program I use? That is what I used, and you can download it HERE. Once you download the program, you can confirm that you would like it to locate all the pictures on your computer. It will then pull your photo folders over (just sourcing them, not moving them) so that you can edit your photos.

Once you have done this, you will select the photos you want to use in your wallpaper. You can do this by just holding down your ‘ctrl’ button as you click each one, or you can ‘pin’ each photo into the photo tray in the bottom left of the Picasa window.

Pin Photo

Once you have selected all your photos, click ‘Create’ and then ‘Photo Collage…’ in the menu at the top of the screen. Picasa will open up a new collage window, and you will be able to select the type of collage (e.g. grid, mosaic, picture pile…), the size of the collage, spacing between the photos in the collage and more.

Below is a screenshot of the settings I used for my California wallpaper:

Collage Settings

So, the size is 16:9 HDTV, the collage type is ‘grid’, and I put in just a little bit of grid spacing. After that, select ‘Create Collage’ and hooray!, you have your custom wallpaper :).

Be sure to note that when you search for the collage you need to look in your Pictures>Picasa>Collages folder to find it.

Have fun making your personalized wallpaper!

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