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Desktops (Wallpapers)

I'd like to begin offering some of the photos I've taken in the new "Desktops" section (see tabs at the top). Currently I'd plan to offer the following sizes:

4:3 Ratio             8:5 (Wide) Ratio
-----------           ----------------
1024 x 768            1280 x 800
1152 x 864            1440 x 900
1280 x 960            1680 x 1050
1600 x 1200           1920 x 1200
                      2560 x 1600

A few questions. Are all those sizes necessary? If so, is 1280 x 1024 also necessary?

Is there a Photoshop action I can download which will create all these sizes easily? Or even an Aperture export setting or AppleScript?

Additionally, if anyone has seen an image I've published here that they'd like to use as a desktop, let me know.

10 Responses to "Desktops (Wallpapers)"

  1. snopwy beach 001 and 004 from the other day would be great.

    Thanks!

  2. Well, my two setups are 1280x800 (macbook) and 1280x1024 (CAD station). Actually the CAD workstation is 2560x1024 (two monitors).

    So I'd vote yes for 1280x1024 =)

    Should be pretty easy to do a 4:3 chunk and an 8:5 chunk as an Automator action, I do resize for web all the time in automator.

  3. I'd just offer the 2560x1600 and 1600x1200. Everything else is smaller so they can just scale.

  4. Patrick Quinn-Graham said on March 28, 2007:

    I'd just offer the 2560x1600 and 1600x1200. Everything else is smaller so they can just scale.

    I've never liked scaling images. Not in a browser, not on the desktop, etc. If I can offer images of different sizes with different crops easily, I'd really like that flexibility.

    That being said… I really like your idea for simplicity's sake. I'll have to view some scaled images to see how well Mac OS X scales desktop pictures. It sure will simplify things for both me and someone who wants to download an image.

  5. What about 1440x960, for Powerbook owners?

  6. You could always throw together a little PHP + ImageMagick script so you can provide the max resolution for the aspect ratio, people can enter their desired resolution and download the image at the correct resolution for their background.

  7. Great idea, thank you so much. I wouldn't mind scaling the photos. Usually I just download the size appropriate for my biggest monitor (1680x1050) and scale it to fit my Powerbook (1280x854) and I don't mind the difference.

  8. evariste said on March 28, 2007:

    What about 1440x960, for Powerbook owners?

    Ugh, that's a 3:2 ratio. 😛

    BLP said on March 28, 2007:

    You could always throw together a little PHP + ImageMagick script so you can provide the max resolution for the aspect ratio, people can enter their desired resolution and download the image at the correct resolution for their background.

    I could. Has something like that been written already? Even if people just enter the width of their display, I could generate a 4:3 ratio image for them. Those with 3:2 or 8:5 would just display the image "centered" and the OS would automatically crop.

  9. Don't forget us 640:427 users! 🙂

    PB 15" w/ 1280x854 resolution here.

  10. If you create a Photoshop action for this, please release it - I'd certainly download it. 🙂

    A web script could easily be written w/ PHP (as noted above), but the results won't be custom sharpened, etc. for each resolution.


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