Making a wallpaper

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So i'm having a problem, and dont know what to do. I just took an awesome photo of a poinsettia, and i wanted to make it a wallpaper. i got it to look how i wanted it in photoshop, saved it as a jpeg, then right clicked the jpeg (wich also looked how i wanted it to) and clicked set as desktop wallpaper. But for some reason the colors come out all wrong. the photo seems darker, and the colors less saturated. I havent ever noticed this before, but its possible its been happening the whole time and i've never noticed it. Anyone expericned this before or have any ideas?
 

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Maybe try a .BMP, windows native format may display better. Alternatively adjust the image specifically for desktop display.

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Check to make sure that the color space is set to sRGB in Photoshop.
 
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hmmm... strangely saving it as a bmp made it look like it does on the desktop... just killed my colors
 
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i also tried adjusting the image for making into a wallpaper and its almost like something is clipping the reds or something, i oversaturated it a bit and it seemed like the image only made the whites a little whiter but the reds stayed kind of bland. also i was in sRGB
 

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I've never noticed a difference in any of my pictures when I save as a PNG-24.

If that doesn't work I don't know what to tell ya.
 
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hey, thanks robbie! PNG seemed to work. what kind of file is that? (or where is it most commonly used?) i've never saved an image as a png before

oh also, wheres the 24 come from, when i saved mine i didnt have an option to set a number for it... (man, i probably sound stupid right now)

the colors are the same now, but for some reason i'm feeling like the quality is degraded a little... (do i save in interlaced, or no?)
 

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Don't forget that if you have your desktop background to stretch it will distort your image also try setting it to centered and see if it looks right? I have a 24" flat screen and every image looks weird on the background because it is stretching it wider than taller so it obviously is gonna distort the image.
 

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Glad to hear png worked, also might wanna try a tiff cause if i remember right png files are quite large (then again i think tiff's are to)
 
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its not the size thats causing it, because i always crop to 1280X800px, (shoudl i be doing a larger size than that, or does the exact screen size give me the highest resolution i'll be able to get?) i think the PNG was a smaller file than a TIFF would have been though, could be wrong though
 

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PNG can actually be smaller than JPG, the format has many options including alpha channel and trillions of colors 48 bit. The 24 refers to 8 bits per channel, no alpha.

PNG-config-grab.jpg


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