Desktop Wallpaper Proportions

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I just took some digital pictures that I want to put on my desktop, they are high quality but I am having trouble getting them to fit right. If I hit stretch, it stretches it slightly out of proportion and if I hit center, it makes the picture so big it won't fit in the screen. I think I have my setting rights but am not sure, I am using a Dell laptop. Any ideas how I can take this photo, put iton my desktop and see it in proportion?
 
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Sounds like you need to crop the pictures to a proportionate size similar to the desktop size your using.You can do this in any desktop publishing application i.e. paint.
 

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OK using paint how do I do that? I can't tell what my pixels are, do I reduce that? I am having trouble trying to figure out how to crop too. Thanks
 
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What size desktop are you using 800x 600,960 x 720,1024 x 768,wide screen,dual screen ??
What size is the image?
Cropping in paint is from Image/Attributesinput size [its in the help file].

If your still unsure use Infranview [freeware]
 
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Almost any imaging program is easier to use (for cropping) than MS Paint... try Irfanview (freeware). You will (unless your laptop has a really unusual screen size) need a 4:3 aspect ratio.
 
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An afterthought:

Most digital cameras use the 4:3 aspect ratio... do you perhaps have an ubusual resolution displayed on your laptop (such as 1280x1024, for instance)?
 

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My desktop is 1280x800. I am on irfanview now, I went to image - resize and will see what I can do there, any suggestions? Match the pixels? Best fit to desktop? Thanks
 

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I just tried desktop fit and it is stretched again, will play around, I just may end up with bars on the sides of the picture
 
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I suppose it sounds like you should be cropping from the top and/or bottom of your pic, to prevent the bars at the sides. If you are having fun 'playing around', try adding a blank/coloured 'bar to the left side of your pic[ie, an amount to make your picture have a correct desktop ratio] and have that vertical bar fade into the picture[ie, use airbrush edit tool]. This'll make desktopm icons stand out more on a solid colour...if you like the idea.
 
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