Applying Desktop Wallpaper
Downloading The Images:
The images on this site are in JPG format
and are designed to fill your screen. They should not be tiled.
The download size (in KB) is listed for each image, so you can get
an idea of how long it will take to download. The width and height
of the graphic is listed for each image. I run my computer at 1024
X 768 resolution, so most of the images are in that resolution.
If your resolution is set differently, and it probably is, you will
need to resize the graphic somehow so it will fit on your screen.
There are a number of ways to accomplish this, most of them free
You can access the full size version
of a graphic by clicking on its thumbnail. When the image is first
loaded in your browser, it is sized to fit the width of your browser
Right click on the graphic and select "set as background" to immediately
apply it to your desktop.
You should be able to select your screen width from the "View At"
box on the upper left side of the web page. Select your preference
and the image will reload (quickly, from your browser cache) at
the size you specify. You can then right-click on the image and
select "Set as Wallpaper". In most cases, your Netscape browser
will set the wallpaper with the newly scaled version.
How it works
Using a JPG file as your wallpaper causes your browser to create
a BMP (bitmap) file in your Windows directory. This file is usually
called "Netscape Wallpaper" or "Internet Explorer Wallpaper". If
you want to keep it for future use, copy it from the windows directory
to your favorite image directory and give it a name. (If you don't
do this, it will be overwritten the next time you use your browser
to set the wallpaper.)
You could also save the original JPG
file off of the web page (right-click). If you run "active desktop"
on your computer, it can use jpg's as the wallpapers.
How to resize graphics to fit your
If you own MS PLUS you can specify that your wallpaper always be
scaled to fit. This is accomplished through your Plus Desktop settings.
There are free "wallpaper managers" that will organize and apply
all your wallpapers.
Or you can open in Paint Shop Pro,(its easy to find it using the
BROWSE function)to resize the image for your wallpaper to your resolution.
This works best if you are making it smaller. If you need a larger
size than 1024 X 768, email
me and I will reload the fractal file to output one at your
desired size for you.
Mac Users (OS 8.5):
Note: the following instructions are "borrowed" from another
site, I have no idea if they are accurate- let me know if they need
Click on the thumbnail of the image you want for your desktop. Once
it has finished loading, click on the image with your mouse button
and scroll down to "Save this Image As" in the menu. Save it to
your hard drive or your desktop. Next, go to your Apple menu in
the upper left corner, scroll down to "Control Panels" and choose
"Appearance". Click on the "Desktop" tab. Click the "Place Picture..."
button on the lower right and select the location where you saved
your desktop image and press "Choose." Then, press the "Set Desktop"
button in the Appearance menu. Your image will appear on your desktop.
(Note: on Mac OS 8.1, choose "Desktop Patterns" from the control
panels instead of "Appearance").
Go Back &
pick out some Fractals!