How to: Happy Father’s Day “desktop picture” card

June 15, 2014

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Wishing all the Dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day. When my son grows up, I know he will have very fond memories of playing with his dad as his playmate. My husband does everything with him from crossword puzzles, explaining the intricacies of how a piece of electronics work, to play fighting. (Keep in mind that our son is only 6!)

My son has accumulated a great collection of toy cars … some cars were ones my husband found in his garage sale/second hand shops rounds, birthday gifts, some from my father’s own collection and others from a trip to the mall with the grandparents.

We always handcraft cards for special occasions. Since my husband is always on the computer – I thought this year’s Father’s Day would be a desktop picture of a selection of my son’s toy car collection. We changed the screen on his computer the day of and — surprise — happy father’s day!

It’s very easy to do and also documents your child’s toy collection. You can make a electronic desktop picture card for any occasion/event.

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Step 1: Take a photograph of your child’s favourite toys  Arrange the toys preferably on a white or solid background. Desktop pictures work best when there is white space so you can see your folders and loose documents you need to file. Consider grouping similar colours and shapes together, or arrange in an interesting grid or place toys together to form a shape.

Stand directly above your toys – you may need a small ladder or chair to get an overall view. I used a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens on my Nikon D300. You can cover a range of distance with this lens. Snap a picture directly above the arrangement in a high resolution jpeg.

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Step 2: Edit your image in Photoshop or any other image software and make the final image size to match your display resolution. I made my image to measure 2560×1440 pixels (at 72 dpi) – which is an optimal for most monitors. Personalize your desktop image with some lovely words.

Step 3: Save the image as a jpeg and it’s ready to be used as a desktop picture.

Here’s a Desktop picture just for you. Download here.

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