How To Turn Your Favourite Picture into Android Wallpaper

by March 29, 2015

If you are a nature lover, a sports fanatic or if you are passionate about technology you probably have 100 or may be a thousand stunning images of the things you love stored onto your phone memory. You decide to set one of those photos as your phone wallpaper, so that you can have a glimpse of it every time you unlock your phone.

But, hey! The photo isn’t fitting right. It’s huge and probably it doesn’t show up exactly the way you want it to be. This leaves you with 2 options – 1) set no wallpaper or 2) create one all by yourself. Of course, the first option definitely isn’t making you excited. So, why not create a wallpaper of the person/thing you love based on your personal requirements?

All you need is a good image editor. You might already have one. However, in case you don’t, you can easily find one online. GIMP is presently one of the most popular open source photo editing tools around. You may also want to check out Photoscape and Seashore. If you don’t want to install a new software application onto your system for some reason, go for Pixlr, a web-based photo editing tool.

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Now, it’s time to understand how Android wallpapers actually work. Look closely and you’ll realize that the image is not a static one, as the background moves slightly when swiped. Before you get started, it is important to know the screen resolution of your phone. In this example, we’ll use a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Note that the width of the wallpaper should be twice the width of the screen resolution to be able to achieve the sliding effect. The height remains the same. So, the final image you get is 1080 x 960 pixels.

It’s now time to set up a template. Create a new image with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. You can use the guides for proper alignment. Free tools usually do not have guides. Now edit the canvas size to double the width. Note that the home screen will display everything that’s inside the guides.

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You can now place a photo of your choice onto the image. You can also add in some text. But, make sure the main subject in rightly fitted inside the guides, or else a part of the photo may not be visible when you unlock.

Once all the elements are in place, you can then save the final image in the .jpg format and copy it onto your device. Don’t forget to save the open files for further editing if needed. Note that the crop box will be visible even when you have set the wallpaper. Simply maximize it and it will perfectly surround the image.

There are chances you might see a slight misplacement of the image in the wallpaper. In such cases, you can always go back to the open files and make the necessary changes.

There you go. You now have brand new wallpaper set on your android device. And guess what, you made it all by yourself.