Add depth to your desktop!
Desktop Textures is a collection of textures specifically designed to make your
Macintosh desktop look better.
Desktop Textures also includes the premier set of utilities for collecting and creating
textures and installing them on the Macintosh desktop. Desktop Textures has become
the standard utility for viewing and installing the
many textures created by people around the
You can download
Textures for the Macintosh.
Using Desktop Textures
You are free to use the textures and software as much as you like, for
as long as you like. There is no mandatory fee or anything else associated with
using Desktop Textures.
Want to use a texture in a World-Wide Web page or on your Windows box? Want
to redistribute Desktop Textures? Please read the Desktop
Textures Copyright, which tells you all about what to do.
Desktop Textures is an on-going graphic arts/software project of Stephen
Krauth and Geoff Adams, one of several such projects at Avernus. When I say
on-going, I mean that we plan to produce more Desktop Textures sometime
in the future, although in reality, the current version is three and a half
The latest release, Desktop Textures III, includes:
- Three volumes of textures suitable for use on any color or greyscale machine
(some also look good on black-and-white computers such as the SE/30)
- One 32-bit texture supplement (intended for users with many colors on
- The latest version of the Desktop Textures Suite of programs
The main program in the Desktop Textures Suite is the Texture Installer,
which allows you to install any textures on your Macintosh desktop. The
installer also helps you maintain and look through collections of textures
and even make your own.
Also in the Desktop Textures Suite are the Texture Randomizer, which
will temporarily install a random texture from a set of textures you
choose, and the Texture Scroller, which can be helpful for creating
You can download
Textures for the Macintosh.
X Window System
We created a set of xpm
(X PixMap) files (that link is broken) containing some of the textures that seemed to
work the best as backgrounds for the X Window System.
I also created a shell script that installs in your X
display or window manager's root window a random texture chosen from all
the textures it finds. Just like the Texture Randomizer for the Macintosh.
Sorry, I don't have the distribution put together at the moment, since it was
removed from the only ftp server it existed on. If you send us
mail asking for it, I'll
probably get around to collecting it all together.
I'd like to improve Desktop Textures in the following ways:
As the whole thing grows, we need to think about the "packaging." Right now,
it's all one big self-extracting archive. Perhaps we might want to separate out
the Suite from the Textures. But then, perhaps we might not.
- Add many more textures, of course!
- You should be able to create "contact sheets" of any texture files. For the
non-photographer, this would a contact sheet would be a single image containing
a small image of each texture so that you can see them all at once, rather than
- The configuration of the Randomizer should be removed from the Randomizer
itself, probably into the Installer. That would get rid of the kludgy
hold-down-the-option-key configuration method that you have to use now.
- Support Drag and Drop for textures -- between texture files, between the
Installer and other applications, and maybe even to and from the desktop!
- Depending on the strengths of the Appearance Manager in Copland, the installation
of textures may become less important. In this case, the Texture Installer will
shift toward being a utility to collect and edit textures (and also install them if
The idea has also been going around for a while of distributing a Texture
Edition -- something like 1.4 MB of just textures. I would, of course, mail
this to everyone who has sent us something for Desktop Textures.
Other texture resources
- Many other people have created textures for use with the Texture Installer.
I have collected links to some of them on
Anthony's Icon Library
- Anthony Thyssen keeps a
of a few of the Desktop Textures, so you can see immediately what they look
like. That page is part of
Anthony's Icon Library,
which you may also want to check out for other X pixmap and GIF icons
Ben Moss tells you how to use Desktop Textures as WWW backgrounds in
with Backgrounds. Unfortunately, this link is also broken at
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