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Change Faces background in iPhoto '11 Apps
Ever disliked the default Faces background in iPhoto? Ever thought it was distracting? Then this is for you.

First, navigate to:

/Applications/iPhoto.app/Contents/Resources/

and look for a file named 'people-cork.png.' This is the background for Faces in iPhoto. Simply replace this with a new background of your choice. However, it seems like doing this operation requires system authentication. So, what you should do is make a copy of the original image, then delete it from the Resources folder. Then, copy the new image in, authenticating in the process. Remember to keep the old image just in case you wish to revert back later.

A good place to find backgrounds is surprisingly in Apple's Mail Stationary. Simply go to:

/Library/Application Support/Apple/Mail/Stationary

If you hit 'Show Package Contents' on the stationary nested in those folders, you can actually find many great backgrounds. Simply name it 'people-cork' (with a format of PNG).

[crarko adds: As always, when making these kinds of changes, you run the risk of breaking the signing of the application so it won't accept updates in the future. If that happens (with any program) the best bet is to restore the original version from a backup. I don't think it's very clear under what conditions this will occur, so I keep Time Machine backups of my applications nearby.]
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Change Faces background in iPhoto '11
Authored by: tog on Feb 09, '11 01:22:54PM

In the UK (and I thought everywhere else?) it would be stationery not stationary.



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Change Faces background in iPhoto '11
Authored by: appjon on Feb 09, '11 03:13:43PM

Oopsies, nice catch. :)



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Change Faces background in iPhoto '11
Authored by: renaultssoftware on Feb 09, '11 05:07:08PM

Strangely, we had homophone homework today, and "stationary/stationery" was in it. Useful hint, though.

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Change Faces background in iPhoto '11
Authored by: joelseph on Feb 09, '11 07:08:51PM

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I like to use this mnemonic device: stationary stAys, stationery is papEr. Not the best help, since paper has an a and an e, but I suppose it also works since stationery has an a and an e. But it also has an o. Paper doesn't have an o. O well.
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Good hint... I always thought it looked cheesy, but not enough to dig around for a replacement. I'm curious about the signing issue though... how often has it been a problem? I've stayed away from tinkering with some programs for that reason.



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Change Faces background in iPhoto '11
Authored by: stepwallace on Feb 09, '11 03:31:03PM
On my Mac the folder is: /Library/Application Support/Apple/Mail/Stationery

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Change Faces background in iPhoto '11
Authored by: appjon on Feb 09, '11 04:05:00PM

Apologies for the confusion, the correct path is:

/Library/Application Support/Apple/Mail/Stationery/Apple/Contents/Resources/



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previous posted solution
Authored by: bernardo.leopard on Feb 11, '11 08:10:20AM

There is already a solution for that visual impact caused by the corkboard:

http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20090305070109106

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