Mac Tip #210/31-August-2005
When you open up a folder you see a nice white background with various icons or lists of files sprinkled around on it. All your folders look the same, too: black on white.
But how about adding a background picture to a folder to help make it more distinctive and just prettier? Here’s how.
Click on the pictures to see larger versions.
First prepare or find a picture and put it so you know where it is. It will need to stay in that place, so make a permanent home for it. Then open the folder you wish to prettify. Go to the View menu and choose View as icons. Next go back to the View menu and choose Show View Options.
Check the button to apply your changes to This window only (unless you want every folder to take these changes). Now scoot down to the bottom and click on Picture, then click the Select… button.
Now find your way to the picture you want to use and select it. Your picture will be applied as the background for the folder. The Finder doesn’t shrink or enlarge your photo to fit the folder so a size like 800 * 600 is probably appropriate.
To prepare photos select them in iPhoto and investigate the Share menu, Export option.