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Transparent Desktop -  Usage

Controls - Beginner - Advanced - Troubleshooting

You can watch the tutorial video on youtube by clicking here YouTube


Show Screen -Turns the monitor to a solid colour. Used to help find the program detect the monitor. Press space to return to normal.
Open Background - Press to load the background photograph.
Open Monitor - Press to load the photograph of the monitor.
Black & White - Displays a black and white version of the monitor photograph. Lets you see what the computer sees. Usefull for troubleshooting.
Detect Monitor - Displays a cross on the monitor picture. For troubleshooting.
Create Image - Generates the image to load on your monitor.
Save - Saves the last generated image.
Full Screen Preview - Displays the image in the box full screen. Press space to return to normal.
Sizes - Defaults to your monitor's resolution. Lets you enter values when generating images for other screens.
Colours - To select different colours to display on the screen for monitor detection. Make sure the same colour is used when taking a photo of the monitor as when creating an image.


1)     Set up camera where it won’t move with a clear view of your background. If you are using a laptop, you can fold the screen down.

2)     Take a photograph of your background scene

3)     Put your monitor in place

4)     Press the Monitor button on the program. The screen will turn magenta

5)     Take a picture of the monitor.

6)     Press the spacebar and the screen will return to normal.

7)     Press Load Background and Load monitor to load the two photographs from your camera.

8)     Press Generate image.

9)     Press full screen (or press save and set the image as your desktop)

10) Take another photograph. Your desktop will look transparent in the photograph.

11) Press space to return to normal

But don't move the camera as the effect wont work.


Image on another computer/phone/games console/etc

1)     Create a magenta image to load onto your device.

2)    Take a photo of the background and of the device as per before

3)    Set the resolution to match the device (you may have to search online for the correct resolution)

4)    Load images and generate your background.

5)    Save the file

6)    Transfer the image to your device and display it on the screen.

7)    Take your final photo.


If the final photograph does not work, check the computer is recognising your monitor. Load your monitor image and press ‘Detect monitor’ A cross should appear on the photograph marking the corners of your monitor. If the cross doesn’t reach as far as the corners, or the message ‘monitor not detected’ is displayed, check the screen is not suffering from glare, there is nothing partially covering the screen and that the monitor is set to be bright enough.

If the cross is over the edge of the screen, then the background is too similar a colour to the monitor, eg taking a photograph of a green framed monitor with a grassy background when set to green won’t work. Choose another colour and take a new photograph.

You can check what the computer thinks is monitor and what isn’t by clicking on Black and white. The white areas are what the computer thinks is screen and the black should be everything else.

Turning your camera’s flash on and off when taking the monitor photograph can have varied results depending on your monitor and lighting conditions. With the flash on, it may glare on a reflective monitor. With the flash off in a dark room, the monitor may illuminate other objects the same colour as the screen.

Rotating the camera may cause problems. If your camera does not auto-detect orientation, or you have put the monitor/phone/etc on its side, you will have to swap the height and width settings round manually. You may also need to rotate the image with another program if the display does not auto rotate.

Taking photographs close to a 45 degree angle to the screen may confuse the program and cause it not to auto find your monitor.