Hey, think back five or six years, when everybody was getting their first digital cameras and posting pictures on their shiny new blogs. The thing to do then was to offer up your spectacular images as free wallpapers for your blog visitors. You’d make them available in all the popular sizes; 800×600, 1024×768, 1280×1024, and 1600×1200. Obsessive people even offered 480×640.
I never did that.
However, to celebrate spring, and because I’m feeling kind of nostalgic, below are a couple of wallpapers made by me, from photos of tulips in our front garden. Note that photos like these make perfect wallpapers because they are uncluttered, especially on the left and right sides, so your desktop icons don’t get lost in the background image.
Only available in one size; 1680×1050, because that’s what all the cool kids use these days. Not that it really matters any more, as you can use pretty much any image you like as your background and just stretch it to fit.
To use one of these tulips as your wallpaper, click the image below to open a full size version in a new browser window. Then right-click the full size image and select “Set as desktop background.” It’s that easy with Firefox (and you are, of course, using Firefox, right?).
The files are small so they won’t suck up a lot of your video RAM. (The red tulip is only 150K and the yellow one is 180K.) Files have been optimized for color and sharpness and minimal compression injuries. If you use them on a desktop with a resolution other than 1680×1050 there will be some distortion and loss of sharpness on the pistels and stamens.
By the way. These are wallpapers, not screensavers. Or if you really want to be up to date, “desktop backgrounds.” There is a difference. The image on your desktop is not a screensaver. It is a wallpaper or a background (generally speaking, a repeating graphic pattern is a wallpaper, and a single photograph is a background). Screensavers are the animations that kick in when you haven’t used your computer for a while. Hello, we’re back to 2008, so there is no reason to continue making that mistake.
In the meantime, feel free to enjoy this bit of spring, brought to you by the Blork Blog.