Cropping 1280 x 768 wallpapers to 1024 x 768?

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  1. ToddJ

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    How can i crop a 1280 x 768 wallpaper to 1024 x 768 easily? (I know it is a dumb question, but wasn't sure how to exactly get it down to that many pixels.)
     
  2. Walter Kittel

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    Assuming you are on a Windows platform, you could use Irfanview to crop your wallpaper.

    - Walter.
     
  3. NickSo

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    can't you just resize it instead of cropping parts out?
     
  4. Ricardo C

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    And end up with a distorted image?

    Use IrFan or XnView, they make cropping a snap.
     
  5. Dave Poehlman

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    Awww c'mon! Where are all of the OAR proponents?!??!

    "OAR or no wallpaper!"
     
  6. NickSo

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    well if you resized it, you can just letterbox it...

    resize it so its 1024 pixels wide
     
  7. JonZ

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    Adobe Photoshop

    You can pick by pixels and no distortion of the picture.
     
  8. MikeSerrano

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    Ask and ye shall receive.

    Here the are instructions for The GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program) (versions available for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X) on how to letterbox a 1280x768 picture to fit into a 1024x768 space.

    Note: these are the instructions for the Linux version... other versions might be slightly different.

    1) First you'll want to enlarge your canvas size to 1280x960 to have the proper aspect ratio. Use the menu "Image", "Canvas Size..." to get the "Set Canvas Size" dialog. You'll need to 'unlink' the height and width ratio; to do this click the chain icon to break the link. Now enter '960' for the "Height", '96' for your 'Y' offset (to center the image) and click OK.

    2) Now we have the correct shape, but currently the non-image-area is transparent. To fix that we need to enlarge the current layer to the image size. But before we do that, we need to make sure our background color is set to black (or whatever color you want the non-image area to be). Bring up the toolbox ("Tools", "Toolbox") and click the background color box (it's at the bottom of the toolbox, probably white, and appears to be behind the foreground color box which is probably black). Use the color picker to choose the color you want and click "Close". Next use the menu "Layers", "Layer to imagesize".

    3) Now the image should be letterboxed. Now we need to reduce the size. Use the menu "Image", "Scale Image". In the "Scale Image" dialog enter '1024' for the new width and click "OK". (As width and height ratio are linked, the height is automatically set to 768).

    4) Now we have a 1024x768 letterboxed image. All that is left is to save.

    What? Cropping would be easier and you wouldn't have to deal with those black bars?

    BLASPHEMY!

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    -Mike
     
  9. Dave Poehlman

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    Also ToddJ, you can't start a thread like this without at least telling us what the picture is of. [​IMG]
     
  10. Seth Paxton

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    I use Paint Shop Pro, but Adobe and others are all handy.
     
  11. Scott L

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    Resize in bicubic with GIMP if you don't have the expensive image editors.
     

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