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In this instructable(also my first), I will show you how to make interesting and sometimes really cool backgrounds. It's actually quite simple, really.

Here's a few examples I made for you.
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Step 1: Open Microsoft Paint

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Open the start menu, click All Programs, click Accessories, then Paint. Here's where you will make some art!

Step 2: Bring the art out of you!!! (Kind of)

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Magnify to 8x, then make a small pattern of whatever you like in the top left corner.

It can be simple to very complex. The pictures show some examples.

Step 3: Make the white box smaller

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Click the corner of the white box (a very small blue box) in Paint to make it smaller to fit your extremely small pattern.

Step 4: Save your artwork

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Click File, then Save As, then choose what to call it.

Step 5: Make your picture the background

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Now return return to your desktop, and right click it, and choose Properties. Click the Desktop tab, and click Browse. Find your picture, and click Apply. It should now look cool... or ugly, depending on your liking.

This is a sample background result.
Gage9875 years ago
Have You Seen Paint In Windows 7 Yet? It Makes This Version Of Paint Look Ancient.
Xamith6 years ago
i found this out on my sisters laptop a little while ago and had so much fun with it! glad to see you sharing it with the 'ibles community!
PKM6 years ago
As well as drawing your pattern, you can make one from an existing image by opening it in Paint and making it tiny- do a Stretch/Skew by 1% in both directions, so a 1280*1024 wallpaper would end up 13*10 pixels. I just made one of the default XP wallpaper, attached below. I like the technique, it's simple but surprisingly effective if you draw a good pattern or find a nice image (look on the "interesting images" section of Flickr).
saxmaster765 (author)  PKM6 years ago
Hmm... Never thought of that. I'll try that.