How to Make Your Own Polka Dot Background

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How to Make Your Own Polka Dot Background
Microsoft Paint lets you create polka dot desktop wallpaper. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Windows 7 users can utilise Microsoft's included Paint application to create polka dot desktop wallpaper. Microsoft gave Paint an overhaul for Windows 7, giving it a Microsoft Office-like Ribbon and enhanced features. Using the "Fill" bucket and ovals, you can quickly make your desktop wallpaper and set it as your desktop's background from within Paint. When setting the background image from within Paint, you can choose a stretched version that covers the whole screen, a centred version with a border around it or a tiled image, with multiple smaller tiles of the image filling the screen.

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    Click the "Start" orb and type "Paint" into the "Search programs and files" search bar. Hit enter to open the program.

  2. 2

    Click the "Fill" tool, which looks like a paint can being poured out. Choose an existing colour from Paint's colour palette, and click anywhere on the blank Paint document to make it the colour you've selected.

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    Click the oval under "Shapes." Click "Outline," and select your desired outline method, doing the same for the "Fill" category. For traditional, solid-coloured polka dots, choose "Solid Color" for both.

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    Click "Color 1" and choose the colour you want your polka dot outlines to be. Click "Color 2" and select what you want the centre colour to be; using the same colour for both gives you solid, single-coloured polka dots.

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    Place your cursor over the drawing area, and hold down the left mouse button while dragging your mouse across the screen. Use this to determine the size of your polka dots, and let go of the mouse button when you're satisfied. Continue in this fashion until you're satisfied with your polka dot image and ready to set it as wallpaper.

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    Click the blue drop-down menu to the left of "Home," and click "Save." Name your file, and choose where to save it using the Windows Explorer window, then click "Save." Return to the same blue drop-down menu, and rest your mouse over "Set as desktop background." Choose between the "Fill," "Tile" and "Center" options.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with the various "Outline" and "Fill" options to make the polka dots look like an oil painting, crayon, marker and more.

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