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troubleinharlem's avatar

How to change my computer background to an animated picture?

Asked by troubleinharlem (7978points) September 22nd, 2010

Okay, I really like this, and I know that it’s technically a screensaver, but I was wondering if it’s possible to make it my background on my Mac.

I know how to make it my screensaver, but is there any way to make an animated picture into a background?

My cousin once had this one picture that he edited so that it would change colors at a very fast pace so that it looked like movement, and I wanted something similar to that, but of course, I’m not sure how to.

I have Photoshop, if that helps. xD

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Ranimi23's avatar

I don’t think it can be done, and if so, why doing that? It will affects the computer’s performance.

On Windows 7 I don’t find a way to do that, but you can make a replacement of the background picture every X minutes, so if you have 5 picture that every one of them has a slight change in motion, it may look like your bacground is animated, but it just few picture or slideshow change after a while.

robmandu's avatar

Animated desktop wallpapers aren’t usually supported by the OS. You need a third party product.

Google’s first suggestion for Windows users is Dreamscapes.

And I just found Vital Desktops, which is free.

albert_e's avatar

Yes, I guess third party tools would be needed.

This is not full fledged animation, but if you are interested in a dynamic clock as wallpaper, you can check out the following site—

gorillapaws's avatar

Take a look at My Living Desktop for OSX. It may do what you want.

jrpowell's avatar

If you can get it to run as a screensaver you can run this command in the Terminal to run it as your desktop.

/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ -background

Vortico's avatar

@johnpowell Woah! How does this work? Can you select a screensaver from the System Prefs to show on the background?

jrpowell's avatar

@Vortico :: Whatever screensaver is selected in sys prefs will run as a desktop picture. I like Flurry.

Vortico's avatar

@johnpowell, it’s not as CPU intensive as I thought, but still a lot. The iTunes Visualizer isn’t as bad, and makes for a great animated background.

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