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20" iMac. Whenever I select a picture from my iPhoto pics to use as my desktop wallpaper, the image is blurry and distorted. Is there a setting I need to change to make it work? If I downsize resolution, it just shrinks the pic to not fill the screen. I'm sure there is an easy answer....I just can't figure it out.
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It sounds like the images that you are selecting have low resolution to begin with. How large is each image file?

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First, check that your picture isn't blurry itself. If it's not, go to system preferences (I'm a Windows user so not sure if this is how you do it), then change your screen resolution to the one that your computer screen pixelation is. The bigger the clearer (usually). I'm not sure if this is how you do it but this is probably the reason.

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lol don't alter your desktops resolution to accommodate a background as posted above, thats ridicules.. make sure your image as suggested in the first reply are good quality and not-to-small or, not-to-big.

also incase you missed it, in the desktop section in system preferences, theres several options for positioning the wall (Fit to screen, Fill screen, Stretch, Center, Tile)
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Is it also possible that the picture you are posting as wallpaper is of a smaller pixel dimension than your display? In this case, OS X has to stretch it, and that may be causing the blurriness. Make sure that your wallpaper is the same pixel size as your screen and it will be crisper.

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Did you get this resolved in the end? I have the same problem. Mine started when I had to re-boot my Mac and re-installed my photos from a hard drive. They show fine in iPhoto but not as wallpaper. John
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In addition to what everyone else has said, you might want to consider getting some wallpaper from http://interfacelift.com/ . They have a nice selection of high resolution widescreen images, that look absolutely stunning. Check your desktop resolution and download the proper size.
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Good call LadyInRed.

A couple of others that I use are:-

http://www.michaelsmac.com/ This just basically gives you links to new/unusual desktops(Wallpapers) and icons etc.

http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/wallpaper/ Massive selection of high quality images

http://studiotwentyeight.com/wallpapers.htm Not the biggest selection but very high quality
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first check the size of your screen and then goggle desktop photos for that size
When you find an image online right click it and download it,
Next preview it, while in preview export it to your desktop
Then right click it off of your desktop and click set as desktop picture.
if the picture is really small it still may be blurry


If its photos you have taken then it is probably the resolution of your camera
Hope this helps
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Welcome to the Mac Forums Nicky.

Please observe the date of the thread you're replying to. This particular one is over 6 years old. Thanks...
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first check the size of your screen and then goggle desktop photos for that size
When you find an image online right click it and download it,
Next preview it, while in preview export it to your desktop
Then right click it off of your desktop and click set as desktop picture.
if the picture is really small it still may be blurry


If its photos you have taken then it is probably the resolution of your camera
Hope this helps
And just too add to this, before its closed down so the Spammers don't come, if you look for something way bigger than your screen size, say 6000x4000, your screen will automatically resize to the screen size, so don't fret on finding something exact.

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