10.7: Use the Linen pattern on the 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 …



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