Thursday, January 9, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - Desktop Wallpaper!

Well, hello there!  It's been awhile. Hope you had a lovely Christmas break!  We'd like to welcome you back to the hop with some cute wallpaper ideas for your desktop.  I've been asked before to create a video tutorial showing how I create these but I just haven't found the time to do that yet. We can blame Little Man. The pregnancy was full of complications and now he won't sleep during the day for longer than 30 minutes at a time.  So, yeah. . . it's all his fault.  I have absolutely no responsibility in this at all.  The upside is that he's ridiculously cute!  ;) Seriously though, I'll make it a priority to do a tutorial since I promised it to a few people FOREVER ago.

Wallpapers are actually very simple to make.  Create a new project in MDS and choose the Custom option.  Set your page size to 2560 x 1600 pixels and start creating!  Once you're done, save the file (I prefer to save it as a png to get a good quality pic - jpegs are compressed files), then pull up the file, right click on it and select 'Set Desktop Picture'.  Voila!

I do have one hint for you: the objects will be larger than you think once they're on your desktop, so it's actually better to size things down a bit.  You can double check how things will look by exporting the file and setting it as your desktop picture.  It's better to see what it looks like while you're still in the process of creating.  If you wait until you're completely finished and you don't like it then you'll have to go back and change everything.  Well, maybe not everything - but enough to be annoying.  There you go.  That was actually two hints by the way. What can I say?  I'm feeling generous. ;)

I just got several of the pocket card downloads and they are cute, cute, cute!  I opened them to see what everything looked like and before I knew it I had several ideas for wallpapers.  I had to add a cute pink bike - it reminds me of the one I had growing up.  Gotta love the coloring tool!  I like that this design is fun, bright and simple.   Just what I need for such a bitterly cold January.  Spring, please come soon!

If you'd like, you can download this wallpaper here.  See - I am feeling generous!  ;)  

You can find the downloads I used here: 

Cindy is next up on the Hop - can't wait to see what she created for us this week!


Cindy Schuster said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Great tip on PNG files! You rock!

Holly VanDyne said...

This is SO STINKIN' cute, Amber! And thanks so much for the download!

beth rush said...

really great, I like the bike too!

Cori Kozak said...

Ooooh, I LOVE it! So fun and happy! And I love generous Amber… thank you for sharing!! (Oh and I changed mine to PNG's last night after we "chatted" and yeah, big difference!!)

Amber said...

thanks so much everyone!