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One thing you might want to do with the photos you've shot or copied to your device is to set one of them as your wallpaper photo. The wallpaper photo is what you see when you press the Home or Sleep/Wake button while the phone is locked, and what you see behind your App icons when you're looking at your Home screen. These can both be the same image or two images. In this case, my phone's Lock Screen is set up with this image of water drops that comes as a part of the set of included wallpapers, while my Home screen has this black background. The iPhone or iPod touch come with a very nice collection of beautiful wallpaper photos, but if you'd like to express a bit of your own personality, it's very simple to use one of your own photos instead.
Now, let me lock my screen again, and notice when I wake it we see the time displayed at the top of the screen overlaying a portion of my image. And at the bottom of the screen, we have this slide to unlock slider, which also covers the portion of the image. We will see why this matters in just a few moment, but for now I'll unlock my phone and go to Settings > Wallpaper. The first thing you see are thumbnail representations of both your Lock screen and Home screen, so you can see what your current wallpapers are.
So we see the water drops assigned to the Lock screen, and we just have a black background chosen for the Home screen wallpaper, since it looks better for recording this course. In any case, it doesn't matter where you tap here, just tap one of the thumbnails to get into your wallpaper picker. Here's where you find the built-in wallpaper images by tapping Wallpaper. But again, if none of these suit your tastes, here you can access your entire Camera Roll and Photo Albums exactly as they appear when you tap Photos on your Home screen. Just tap to select an album, and then tap to select the Photo to use as your wallpaper.
Since the iPhone's screen is in portrait orientation when you wake it, you will probably want to stick with a portrait-orientated photo, but you can pick a landscape photo and adjust its scale and positioning if you like. I've chosen this portrait-orientated photos. Next, I see this Move and Scale message. Here's what I can pinch out to zoom in on a photo and drag it around to reposition it. Now, note that the Move and Scale and Cancel and Set buttons aren't just laid out randomly over my photo. These areas represent the items that will be covering the photo when I wake it. As we saw a few moments ago, normally you have the Time and Date at the top of the screen and the slide to unlock bar at the bottom.
So these areas show you which portions of your wallpaper image will be partially obscured when you unlock your phone. So adjust the size and positioning of your image to make sure you're seeing the part you want to see. When you're done, tap Set. Now I am prompted to assign this as either my Lock screen or my Home screen's wallpaper, or I can choose set both to use a same image for both areas. I'll choose Set Lock screen. And that's all there's to it. I'll put my phone to Sleep now and when I press the Home button to wake it up, I see my new custom wallpaper image. Pretty cool! If you know basics of using programs like Photoshop or other image editing programs, you might want to design wallpapers for your iPhone or iPod touch that fit exactly within the space provided and without the overlays covering any significant portion of your image.
Fortunately, lots of other people have wanted to do that too. So if you do a simple Google search for iPhone wallpaper template, you'll find plenty of templates created by iPhone users with all the proper dimensions and positioning guides figured out. These very generous people have offered their work for free in those cases, so you just have to download the templates that you find. Then you can open the template in Photoshop or a similar program and drag in your own images and then just size and position it using the template as a guide. When you're done, just hide all your guides and export your image into the folder where you keep the images you want to sync with your iPhone or iPod touch.
That might be iPhoto on your Mac, or your Photos folder on Windows. But once it's there, you can sync it to your device, and then it will show up in your iPhone or iPod touch's Photo Library, where you will be able to select it as your custom wallpaper.
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