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Windows 7: hi def backgrounds are reduced in size

26 Dec 2010   #1
jdeignan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
hi def backgrounds are reduced in size

Hello Everybody. This is my first post on this forum and I thank all who will help me out with a problem I'm having. I created my own background theme for my desktop and it worked well until I did a couple system updates. Now, the backgrounds scroll every 10 seconds and still have nice, crisp detail, but the image is appearing as 'zoomed in'. I tried to reset the desktop settings so that the JPEGs are set to 'Fill' the entire screen, but it still only shows about half of the background.
On the same note, I am curious if using a variety of resolution sizes are hard on my processor/graphics card. I'm trying to create a custom desktop with various icon docks, skins, and backgrounds to compliment the factory color scheme my laptop came with. Any help greatly appreciated (& hope everyone is having good holidays!).


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27 Dec 2010   #2
jdeignan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

An update: I've tried (& repaired) many ideas from several techs and it is even worse now. What the H311 am I doing wrong? Before, it was cropping around 25% off (showing most- about 75%- of picture) and now it is about half. I was sure to return all settings back to the original setting before going on to try the next idea, so I'm just at a loss to understand what is causing this. Hope someone can help me.
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27 Dec 2010   #3
Anthony

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Is this the resolution of your monitor 1680 x 945 ? The backgrounds need to be the same resolution and or the same aspect ratio or cropping and or pixelation will occur!!
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27 Dec 2010   #4
jdeignan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yes, that is my native resolution. So this is normal if I get pictures with too high a resolution? I thought (incorrectly) that 1680x945 was the minimum resolution, so the majority of pictures had more res.
I appreciate your answer and I look forward to learning so much more here on the Forum- Thanks for having me.
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27 Dec 2010   #5
jdeignan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

You've been very helpful, but can you tell me if I can use the photos it cropped already or will they continue to change? Is there a proper way to prepare a picture so that I can use all the cool wallpapers in higher resolutions; in other words-use Paint.NET or GIMP to convert/change the resolution to my own native res? Can you give me ideas or/and links to resources that teach about this sort of thing? Thank you Anthony and anyone else who responds.
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28 Dec 2010   #6
Anthony

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

If you hover your mouse over your images it will give you the info your after, Image Type, Dimensions & File Size.

Ideally you want your images at the same Dimensions as your monitor, in this case 1680*945 or a 16:9 aspect ratio.

1920*1080 is a 16:9 aspect ratio and will scale down to your monitors resolution without the image being distorted.

However use a smaller image lets say 1280*720 which is a 16:9 aspect ratio then you start to lose quality of the image but keep the aspect ratio (no distortion).

Once you start moving away from your 16:9 aspect ratio then cropping will occur & or Distortion.

Useful tools: Aspect Ratio Calculator
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29 Dec 2010   #7
jdeignan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Image Editing Software

I see what you mean now. It sucks being a NOOB, but Iíll catch on quickly. So, I have to have images at the 1680 x 945 aspect ratio. I did what you said and Ďhoveredí over some of the files and noticed that most have been converted- but not all. I checked the link you provided and did a little research on aspect ratio and found several cool programs (I wanted PhotoShop, but couldnít afford it) and settled on one called IrfanView. I found a simple set of directions here:
How to Stretch a Picture Without Distorting It - Resize a Photo Without Loss of Image Quality
And it converted the entire folder (211 MB) as a batch in about two minutes. I again hovered over each thumbnail and it showed that all have been converted to the 945, but not the other. Looks like itís not going to be as easy as Iíd hoped.
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30 Dec 2010   #8
jdeignan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Sadness!!

Well, everything worked out just fine and I started dividing up my backgrounds into seperate themes. Finished earlier today and I was very happy! I went to the bathroom and when I got back, somebody had slipped into my room and made off with my laptop. Just when I had it just the way I wanted....
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