Transparent desktop

Inspired by these, I made my own transparent desktop. It’s a fun thing to do on a rainy Seattle saturday.

Update: So Slashdot gets around to talking about this (remember when Slashdot was first? Now they seem to be last). And the overriding criticism is that people “have too much time on their hands”. From the time I first saw this til the time I had mine up was 15 minutes. And I did it twice (the first one sucked). And I had to run downstairs to find the camera and scrounge around for our tripod (which isn’t needed). And I had to charge the battery.

2 thoughts on “Transparent desktop

  1. Hi,

    cool. So what are the tricks to doing this right? My office mates think I am putting them on so I want to do it and show them.

    -Renuka.

  2. Just set up a photo while focusing on your screen, close the laptop, snap the photo, make it your desktop background. Then take a second photo of your laptop, being careful to get the perspective right or close enough to match the surroundings. It’s that easy.

    I should have Photoshop’d the desktop image to tone down the brightness, though.

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