Not all of us need to know how to create a live wallpaper, especially considering the many live wallpaper sources on the internet that make it easy to download and create a wallpaper for your office.
In fact, whether or not you have a Mac or a window portable Where computer, you will easily come across many predefined dynamic wallpapers. Websites like the Dynamic Wallpaper Club have vast, user-filled galleries full of professional-looking live wallpapers you can download, many of which are free.
Just like free and paid apps like Dynaper (opens in a new tab), WinDynamicDesktop (opens in a new tab) and iWallpaper (opens in a new tab). That is, if you are ready to install such applications on your computer. Between these and the websites, you should be able to find some great live wallpapers that will spruce up your desktop without much work on your part.
However, if you want to get those creative juices flowing – or if you just can’t find one to your liking – you’ll also be glad to know that creating a live wallpaper from scratch isn’t as harder than you think. All you really need is the right tool for the job.
The Wallpaper Engine: the best dynamic wallpaper editor
You’ll find a number of apps that will let you create your own live wallpaper, but none are as revered as the Wallpaper Engine (opens in a new tab). This app, which allows you to import user-created dynamic wallpapers and create your own, has become the go-to live wallpaper app for Windows users. That’s because it’s quite a powerful program with an extensive feature set and a wallpaper editor that lets you create not only video or slideshow wallpapers, but also 3D wallpapers. .
It’s not a free app – for such a comprehensive app you wouldn’t expect it to be available for free – but at $3.99 (about £3.20, AU$5.60) this is not only inexpensive, but also a great value considering what you are getting. More importantly, it is easy to use to create simpler dynamic wallpapers. For the more complex ones, you should be able to find detailed, easy-to-follow information. tutorials (opens in a new tab) on line.
Note that this application is for Windows computers only. If you have a Mac, some people recommend downloading the Dynamic wallpaper engine (opens in a new tab). It’s certainly not as large and feature-rich as Wallpaper Engine, but it will allow you to create playlists and upload your own videos.
How to create an animated wallpaper using Wallpaper Engine on Windows
We won’t walk you through the actual editing process. You’ve got these in-depth tutorials online – not to mention your creative chops – so we’ll show you exactly where to start.
First thing is first, though. Be sure to download and install the Wallpaper Engine via Steam (opens in a new tab) then go through the quick setup where you will be asked to choose your language, select your default wallpaper quality and decide if you want it to run automatically on startup. Once done, you can start creating your own live wallpaper.
To create a dynamic wallpaper through the wallpaper engine, you need to access the wallpaper editor.
1. Open the wallpaper editor
On the home screen, click the Wallpaper editor bottom right button. You can also click Open Wallpaper So choose ‘Create a new wallpaper‘ in the drop-down list.
2. Choose a template or a blank canvas
The Wallpaper editor should open where a popup will appear giving you two choices – ‘Create a wallpaperr’ or ‘Use a template.’
Picking out ‘Create a wallpaper‘ will allow you to choose existing files (as long as they are supported file types) that you can use for your new wallpaper. On the other hand, choosing ‘Use a template’ lets you create a new project and choose from five different dynamic wallpaper designs.
If you want to skip using a template, just drag and drop the image you want to use into the blue’Create a wallpaper‘ button. You can also click the button itself to open a dialog where you can find the file if you don’t have it handy.
3. Start a new wallpaper project
Type your name of the projectselect your favorite diagram color, and select the image resolution then knock OKAY.
4. Add animations and effects
You will be redirected to the main Wallpaper editor the window. Under the Properties on the right side, you’ll be able to do things like add animations and effects to your image, change alignment, toggle opacity, and select blending mode.
To add animations such as moving clouds, rippling water, and swaying foliage, go to Effects and click To add. Every animation you add is customizable to some degree, so be sure to take the time to modify them to achieve your desired effect.
5. Add Assets
If you want an even more dynamic wallpaper, consider adding more elements to your background image. To do this, click on Add an asset under the Layers on the left side of the wallpaper editor window. This will bring you to a dialog where you can select different types of available assets, ranging from different nature elements to text, image and sound layers.
Select the desired asset, then click OKAY. Don’t worry if you want to add multiple assets. Just repeat step 8 to add another.
6. Adjust Assets
You should be able to move, rotate and scale every element you add. To do this, simply select the asset you want to modify. 3D handles composed of a green arrow, a red arrow, a circle and a square should appear. Use these handles to change your element’s position, resize it, and change its angle.
7. Register and apply
Once you have made all the necessary changes and adjustments, now is the time to save, apply and even publish your finished live wallpaper. Keep in mind that the app regularly and automatically saves your project, but just in case you made any last-minute changes, be sure to go to Case then knock to safeguard.
To apply this live wallpaper you just created, go to Case then press ‘Apply the wallpaper.‘
8. Publish your wallpaper to Wallpaper Engine Workshop
Publishing it is completely optional, but if you want to share it with the rest of the Wallpaper Engine community, just go to Workshop in the top menu then click on ‘Share the wallpaper on the workshop.‘
The Publish to Workshop A dialogue box will appear asking you to fill in some details about your job.
When you are ready, click the Publish button.