Make Your Windows Desktop Spectacular With a Custom Rainmeter Theme

Posted on April 28, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Techniques, Utilities | Tags: , , |

Rainmeter can help you create a truly spectacular desktop with just a few clicks. We’ll show how you.

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How to Prevent Windows Users From Changing the Desktop Background

Posted on January 27, 2017. Filed under: Techniques | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has advice: If you want to prevent users of a PC from changing the desktop wallpaper, it’s not too hard to do. Here’s how to make it happen.

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Remove Image Backgrounds Free & Fast – Background Burner – Bonanza

Posted on April 11, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Free Software recommends a free online background remover to remove the background from any image or photo. The fastest way to remove backgrounds online.

Source: Remove Image Backgrounds Free & Fast – Background Burner – Bonanza

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Easily Remove Image Backgrounds Online – Clipping Magic

Posted on May 23, 2013. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , |

Clipping Magic lets you remove the background image from photos using an online service.

“Features:
A user friendly web application.
Lets you remove backgrounds of images.
Lets you specify the areas of objects and backgrounds.
Provides resultant image in PNG format.”

Recommended by MakeUseOf.

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Textures library – free surfaces for 3ds Max, LightWave

Posted on July 12, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , |

Textures library is full of free surfaces for 3ds Max, LightWave.

Pick a background for email, websites, etc.

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InstantMask: remove backgrounds from images quickly and easily

Posted on February 1, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , |

Freeware Genius has a post on InstantMask which allow you to remove backgrounds from images quickly and easily.

Take a photo of someone or something, remove the background, and impose it on another background (“Look, Ma!  I’m in front of the Eiffel Tower!”).

While this is a free version which requires you to use another bitmap editing program in order to mask the white background, delete it, and save as transparent, it does allow some interesting effects.

There is also a pay version which has additional functions.

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How to make a transparent background using GIMP

Posted on March 11, 2009. Filed under: Graphics, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

How to make a transparent background/selection on an image using GIMP is a post from Tim Huffam’s blog:

  1. “Open your image.
  2. Select the area you want to make transparent.
    1. Select the appropriate selection tool from the Tool window or the Tools – Selection Tools menu on the Layer window.  I usually use the magic wand/fuzzy select (Select contiguous region) tool or the Select regions by color tool.
    2. Click in the region you want selected.  Use shift-click to add more regions/colors.
      Tip: It’s easier if you zoom in (View – Zoom menu) to see finer details of exactly what you’re selecting.
  3. In the Layer window (the one showing your image), select Layer – Transparency – Add Alpha Channel.  If this is blanked out then it’s already done.  This makes sure your image can store transparency data.
  4. Select Edit – Clear.  This makes the selection transparent.
  5. Save the file. “

Since Tim notes that IE doesn’t support transparencies in PNG format, saving the image as a .gif file is safer for website use.

(ed. note: I used this method to adapt some logo graphics and it works very well.)

Some other methods are also listed in the comments on this page.

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