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Make Your Own Halloween Themed Desktop Background

It' s almost Halloween and you've spiced up everything from your costume to your car, but you forgot one thing: your desktop background! Here is a simple way to transform your boring desktop background into a Halloween inspired background using free software.

You will need:
*Gimp (You can download it here )
*Halloween Vector Brushes for Gimp (Download them here )
*A boring desktop background to convert
*Some imagination
 
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Step 1: Download and Install Gimp

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Once you've downloaded Gimp , run the installer. Read and accept the terms and conditions for the installer, then choose "Install Now". Wait for it to complete then proceed to step 2.

Step 2: Download and Install Brushes

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Next, after downloading the vector brushes , copy and paste it into your gimp brushes folder. It may be different on your computer, but on mine, it was located in C:/ Program Files/ Gimp 2.0/ share/ gimp/ 2.0/ brushes. For more information on installing brushes in Gimp, do a quick Google search or visit here .

Step 3: Find out Your Monitor's Resolution

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Often times, you'll get a desktop background and try to set it, but it will get stretched out, reduced in quality, or both. To make sure this doesn't happen with our desktop background, first, we'll figure out what your monitor's resolution is, then we'll set our image's size to that resolution. To find your monitor's resolution, right click on the existing desktop background in a blank area, and click on Properties. Next, click on the settings tab. You now need to either memorize the resolution just enough so you'll recognize it if you saw it again, or write it down.

Step 4: Start Editing

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Open Gimp by clicking on the shortcut on your (still boring) desktop. Click the File button in the upper-right corner of the editing window, and then click New. Now look for your screen resolution in the drop-down menu labeled "Template:" in the window that will pop up. If you don't see it listed, you can manually type it in through the width and height boxes below. Upon selecting your screen's resolution, click OK to confirm and open a blank canvas that we'll use to paint on.
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