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Instead of choosing a jpg file for a desktop background, you can also select a PDF file to use as desktop background.

This is specially cool when you want to see sharp text. And most of the times a PDF file is smaller than a JPG.

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Authored by: Anonymous on May 18, '01 12:02:31AM

How do you get a PDF file to be the right size and shape to use as a desktop picture? I tried opening a JPG and "printing" it to a PDF file, but that created a page-shaped doc that was white at the top and had the picture at the bottom.

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Jump on into Photoshop!
Authored by: Dezro on May 18, '01 01:28:47AM

You can use Photoshop or most other programs that can save in the PDF format to save a file of any size as PDF.

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Jump on into Photoshop!
Authored by: Anonymous on May 20, '01 11:21:15AM

Thanks. Are you buying? :)

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Not quite.
Authored by: Peganthyrus on May 19, '01 07:39:31PM

Being an artist whose favorite graphics program is Illustrator, one of the first things I tried upon installing X was to use an Illustrator 9 file as a backdrop - up to 8, Illustrator's native format was EPS, with 9 it changed to PDF, which is really just EPS with a new name and a few tweaks anyway.


it didn't really work. Even going back to Illustrator and using the save as PDF option resulted in an image that was screwy.

This was a fairly complicated file, I admit - gradient mesh, funky blends, lots of subtle transparancy. I haven't re-tried this experiment with newer versions of X. Now that I think about it, perhaps I should see if this is something that's been improved in 10.0.3...

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Not quite.
Authored by: Peganthyrus on May 19, '01 09:03:36PM

Nope, I just did some semi-exhaustive testing (Illustrator 9-generated native .AI, ,PDF, and .EPS) and it still just completely failed to render properly...

Your mileage may vary, Of course, in normal use, you'd probably want to render the image to a bitmap anyway, for faster boot-ups.

While I'm on the subject, am I the only person who's annoyed at the fact that there are no options for how your backdrop is displayed? No centering on a background of some chosen color, just tiling.

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