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Wallpaper quality is low

  1. #1

    Posts : 66
    Windows 8.1

    Wallpaper quality is low

    For the longest time I have noticed when saving wallpapers from the internet or photoshop and setting them as a desktop wallpaper it always creates "artifacts". Artifacts are small pixels forming around outlines and such in an image.

    When on the internet the pictures on crystal clear. I can't understand why when I set a wallpaper the quality drops? When I open the picture in a photoviewer they are still crystal clear. It's when I set them as a wallpaper is when they turn to crap.

    I have an example below. The left side is a screenshot of the desktop when I apply the wallpaper. I split the wallpaper down the middle and merged a clean version so you can see a half and half of what I am talking about.

    Left = Pixelated / Right = Crystal Clear

    Last edited by Collin2012; 04 Jan 2014 at 17:16.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 110
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 / Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dual Boot

    Are the pictures you are saving greater than or equal to your screen resolution?

    This happens when you try and use an image that is a lot smaller than your set screen resolution, Windows has to stretch the image to make it fit correctly.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 66
    Windows 8.1

    After some research I have learned the following.

    Windows 7 and 8 compress wallpapers in JPEG format. When they compress them it takes a massive quality hit. Now that I am saving as PNG the wallpapers are crystal clear.
    Last edited by Collin2012; 04 Jan 2014 at 22:58.
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Wallpaper quality is low
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