This video introduces the two major changes of the macOS interface—Dark Mode and dynamic wallpapers. Dark Mode is an option that changes the macOS interface to darker colors, making it easier to work on detailed graphic design projects or any other task where visual fatigue could be a problem. Dynamic wallpapers are desktop backgrounds that change through the day to simulate the passage from daytime to night.
- [Instructor] Dark mode and dynamic wallpapers are two new features in Mac OS Mojave that let you change the look of your system without affecting any of the actual functionality of the interface. Let's start by going into system preferences. So I'll go to the main system menu, choose system preferences and first I want to go to the general category where you have this option to switch between the light mode and the dark mode. Let's choose the dark mode. And you can see the change that happens here. Now if you set up a brand new mac running Mojave or set up a new user account, you'll be asked to choose between light or dark mode during the initial setup but you can always come back here and change that setting if you want.
And it's pretty clear to see what dark mode does. The menu up at the top is now darker with white text and that extends to the interface here in system preferences as well as the dock. But this change will also be seen in other applications. If I open up a finder window, we see it's in the dark mode. If I open up Safari, that's in the dark mode as well. Graphic designers and video colorists often prefer darker interfaces. Bright interface elements can cause eye fatigue when doing work that requires detailed attention to color and some other people just prefer it because it looks cool.
All right let's close this. I'm gonna close Safari and close this finder window. And back here in system preferences, let's just switch back to the light mode. You can switch between those whenever you want and just to reset here, I'm gonna quit system preferences. But now I want to talk about dynamic desktop wallpapers. So once again we will go back into system preferences. This time we'll go over to desktop and screensaver and I want to make sure I'm on the tab for desktop. And of course we're changing the desktop background which currently I have as just a normal flat blue.
I just have that chosen from the standard colors. But if we switch over to desktop pictures, you can see a list of pictures that come with Mac OS that you can use as your desktop background. And in addition to normal still pictures that you can choose, you now have this category for dynamic desktop wallpapers. Let's choose one of those. These pictures have the ability to change. Now for some of these, there's a menu up here at the top where you can choose a light or a dark still version of the image which never changes but if you choose the dynamic option, the picture will gradually change from light to dark over time during the day, basically simulating the shift from daytime to nighttime.
And since your computer is aware of your location, it is able to match the actual times of day where you are. Now I can't really show you how this looks because we're not gonna see an entire day pass in this recording. You really just need to give this a try and see how it changes over the course of a full day. So check out dark mode and dynamic wallpapers just to give you some more customization to the look and feel in the interface in Mac OS.
- Name the desktop pictures option that simulates a gradual shift from daytime to nighttime.
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