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N900 Backgrounds – How To Make A Wallpaper By Yourself

25 February 2010Entry by

This is something to personalize your N900 device. Of course you can find a lot of sites which offers free wallpapers ready to download, but this short tutorial shows you how to make own backgrounds, and if you want, loopable too. Put your own pictures of your family or your own created graphics as background as you like.

As first you have to know (I suppose almost every one, who ones the N900 knows), that your screenresolution is 800 x 480 pixels. Always use native resolutions for best quality results. Either you own a commercial graphic program, like Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or CorelDraw or you download Gimp (a very comprehensive free alternative). Create a new drawing with the dimensions of your display and copy the images you want as background to the drawing area. Edit your pictures as you like and save them as jpg or png. Assuming that you use four desktops, save four pictures, all with the same name and a number, like: pic1.jpg; pic2.jpg; pic3.jpg and pic4.jpg. For a loopable version create your drawing area 4 times 800 pixel width. The dimension should then be 3200 x 480 pixels. If you have created your wide wallpaper background, just crop it into 4 times 800 pixel wide seperate pics, beginning from the left. It is useful to set artificial lines at 800, 1600 and 2400 pixels, so the cropping will be exact. When saving, name them as I mentioned before.

for still pics

for widescreen (loopable) version

So now you have your four background pictures (loopable wide or seperate still pics), open an editor like notepad, or wordpad, whatever you like to use and type (or copy and paste) these lines into the editor:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Background Image
Name= // put here a name how you want to appear the wallpaper in your list, something like: my background, for example //
X-File1=/home/user/MyDocs/.images/pic1.jpg //here your pic name
X-File2=/home/user/MyDocs/.images/pic2.jpg //here your pic name
X-File3=/home/user/MyDocs/.images/pic3.jpg //here your pic name
X-File4=/home/user/MyDocs/.images/pic4.jpg //here your pic name

Save it as “name-of-your-wallpaper.desktop”.

Connect your N900 with the usb-cable to your pc and copy the pics and the desktop file to your images folder. That’s it. To change the background tap on the desktop and goto the desktopmenu. Choose change background and a list of wallpapers will appear. If you have all done right, your wallpaper name will be one in the list to choose. It’s also possible to send your files with email to your phone, if you cannot connect your phone with usb, and save them to your images folder.

Fact is, it is very easy and fun creating own backgrounds, personalizing your device and having something to show. Enjoy!

– sam | visit our Nokia N900 forum -


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