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Creating Windows 7 and Android Live Wallpaper

In this article I will be creating an image to use as a background and a logon screen image.

Applications used:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended
  • Registry editor
  • Android 2.1 or above
  • AnimGIF LWP 2

So what I wanted to do was create an animated image (GIF) to use as an Android Live Wallpaper and also as my Windows 7 wallpaper (Desktop Background).

Creating the GIF

  1. Open Photoshop
  2. Find out your Android device’s screen resolution, remember Google is your friend 😛 (mine was 1920 x 1080)
  3. Create a new image in Photoshop with the screen resolution of your device
    new_gif
  4. Create your image, for mine I have used text and a background
    TextBackground
  5. Now right click the text layer and click Duplicate Layer
  6. You should see two text layers now both the same.
  7. Select the top Text layer (copy) and turn the view off on the other so it looks like this
    firstTextlayer
  8. Again right click the layer copy and select Blending Options –> Outer Glow
  9. Play with the glow settings to get the appearance you would like.
    firstTextedit
  10. Now duplicate this layer and increase the glow
    secondTextedit
  11. Repeat the above step as many times as you like.
  12. When you have done this click Window –> Animation
  13. Now click the duplicate option in the animation window, you want to have the same amount of animation frames as text layers.
    duplicateAnimation
  14. Now highlight the first animation frame and turn the view on, on the background layer and first text layer and the view off on the other text layers
    firstAnimation
  15. Now highlight the second animation frame and turn the view on, on the background and second layer and turn off on the others
    secondAnimation
  16. Again repeat this for all of your text layers and frames
  17. Once you have done this we want to choose how long a delay is set between each frame, To do this click the little down arrow in the preview frame on the animation window and select the time you would like, I have used 0.1 seconds (you need to do this with each animation frame)
    frameTime
  18. Now we want to save our animation as a GIF, click File –> Save for web and devices
  19. Select the format GIF (at the top)
  20. Now click save and name it.
  21. We also want to save each frame individually as a JPEG for use on Windows 7, To do this turn the view on, on the first text layer and the background and turn the view off on all other layers, then clikc File –> Save for web and devices and choose the format JPEG. Name it and add the number 1 to the name.
  22. Now turn off the view on the first text layer and on, on the second. Then, again select File –> Save for web and devices and save as JPEG and add a number 2 to the filename. Repeat this for each of your text layers.
  23. Now you have created your GIF and images.
    GIF Image

    GIF Image

     

    JPEG 1

    JPEG 1

    JPEG 2

    JPEG 2

    JPEG 3

    JPEG 3

    JPEG 4

    JPEG 4

     

 Make your GIF you Android Live Wallpaper

  1. Plug your Android device into your computer
  2. Open the SD card, Click Start –> My Computer –> Double click your device (under Portable Devices) –> SD Card –> DCIM, and save your GIF image here and unplug your device.
  3. Download AnimGIF LWP 2 to your Android device via the play store
  4. Once installed, Long press on your home screen and select Wallpapers –> Live Wallpapers –> AnimGIF LWP 2
  5. Click settings in AnimGIF LWP 2 and select the GIF image you saved.
  6. now click back followed by Set Wallpaper
  7. That’s it done, you should see your animation on your home screen.

Making your Image a Windows 7 Background

  1. Right click your Desktop and select personalize –> Desktop Background
  2. Select your JPEG files we created earlier and save changes
    DesktopBackground
    Information:Notice how in Photoshop we set the delay time to 0.1 seconds, well Windows will only allow 10 seconds as the minimum. As far as I’m aware it is not possible to set a delay less than this whilst using the transitioning effect. So to combat this issue I have adjusted the transitioning effect using the registry, So now the image will be shown for 10 seconds but take 9 seconds to transition so its still smooth and motion like.
  3. To change the time in which it takes for the image to transition we need to edit the registry.
    • Open the registry, click start –> type regedit
    • Locate the registry key
      computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Personalization\Desktop Slideshow
    • Right click and create a new DWORD key called AnimationDuration
    • Set the decimal value to 9000
    • or download and run this reg file Download File
  4. Thats it now our background image has been set and should smoothly transition through the images.

 Set a background logon screen.

  1. Open the registry, click Start –> type regedit adn tap enter
  2. Locate the key
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background
  3. Find the DWORD value OEMBackground and set the value to 1.
  4. Now open the folder %windir%\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds, If it does not exist then create it.
  5. Save the image you want to use (you can only use one of the JPEG images we created earlier) to this folder and name it backgroundDefault.jpg if an image exists with this name then rename it.
  6. Now log off or press the windows button + L to view it.

That concludes this article, I hope this information will be found useful. I love to personalise my devices and this I have found has been a good way of achieving this.

CygnusH33L

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