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10.7: Use the Linen pattern on the desktop Desktop
I do a lot of photography and video, so I prefer a simple, color-free Desktop background on my monitors. When I installed Lion, I fell in love with the basic linen texture of the login screen and decided that I need to replace that Tiger-era pattern I was using (which I had de-colored and flipped in Photoshop to give some symmetry to my dual monitors).

Here's what I did in Lion:
  • The linen image is a file located in:
    /System/Library/Frameworks/AppKit.framework/Versions/C/Resources/NSTexturedFullScreenBackgroundColor.png
  • Opened it in Preview and made it just a little lighter (personal preference)
  • Saved it to my ~/Pictures folder
  • Brought up 'Change Desktop Background...' by right-clicking on the Desktop.
  • Selected the tile image in the Pictures folder and selected 'Tile' in the format drop-down (above the preview images).
That's it. I realize that this is just a window-dressing kind of hint, but is the best payback I can provide for all the valuable tips and fixes I've received from Mac OS X Hints over the years.

[crarko adds: Pretty straightforward. About the only thing I noticed was that I needed to either Export the file from Preview, or it also would let me make a duplicate using 'Save a version.' That's just because the file is owned by root, and read only to everyone else.]
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CLI command
Authored by: lullabud on Oct 11, '11 10:02:30AM
cat "/System/Library/Frameworks/AppKit.framework/Versions/C/Resources/NSTexturedFullScreenBackgroundColor.png" > ~/Desktop/linen.png

Using cat will create a new file with permissions suitable for the user who issued the command, skipping the need to sudo chown.

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10.7: Use the Linen pattern on the desktop
Authored by: gbarr on Oct 11, '11 10:25:28AM

There is another that is a little lighter at /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/defaultdesktop.png



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10.7: Use the Linen pattern on the desktop
Authored by: ckoerner on Oct 15, '11 02:54:04PM
There's actually four variants that I found within OSX Lion. I shared them here if you'd like to see them.

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10.7: Use the Linen pattern on the desktop
Authored by: vegardhw on Oct 11, '11 10:53:39AM

I have made my own versions of the linen texture which you can find here:

http://vegardhw.deviantart.com/gallery/29539780

Base colors grey, blue and black.



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10.7: Use the Linen pattern on the desktop
Authored by: jpalm1977 on Oct 12, '11 06:17:01AM
Great stuff! I'm graphic designer so I did this a couple o' months back for exactly the same reasons :-)

Only, I used the slightly lighter version of the Linen background found here:

/System/Library/Frameworks/AppKit.framework/Versions/C/Resources/NSLinenBackgroundPattern.png

I found that it creates less contrast between the bright OS windows and the Desktop, thus reducing eye strain. Looks quite radical when you enter 'Mission Control' too!

It does, however, remind of of those nasty little tillable backgrounds from the bad ol' days of Mac OS 8.

What a trip!

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10.7: Use the Linen pattern on the desktop
Authored by: thorpug on Mar 20, '12 02:48:50PM

LOL used the commemorative Steve Jobs bkgd from vegardhw. I put it on my PC at work and shook up a few... told them I was now running MAC OSX on seperate HD! It lasted till coffee... what a hoot!



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