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    Default Desktop background color

    I'm running 11.2 and would like the background color to be a gradient.
    Back in the KDE 3.5 days that was an option when you went into configure
    desktop. I can't find it anywhere now however. It lets me change the
    background color w/o any trouble, but doesn't do a gradient. Is that no
    longer possible in KDE 4.3.5 or am I just not looking in the right spot?

    Thanks...

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    Kevin Miller
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    Default Re: Desktop background color

    On Tue, 2010-04-13 at 19:59 +0000, Kevin Miller wrote:
    > I'm running 11.2 and would like the background color to be a gradient.
    > Back in the KDE 3.5 days that was an option when you went into configure
    > desktop. I can't find it anywhere now however. It lets me change the
    > background color w/o any trouble, but doesn't do a gradient. Is that no
    > longer possible in KDE 4.3.5 or am I just not looking in the right spot?


    KDE 4 != (in any way shape or form) KDE 3

    I'm not running KDE 4.3 yet (still at KDE 4.2), but no, there doesn't
    appear to be the background effects like there was in that other
    desktop environment known as KDE 3.5.



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    Default Re: Desktop background color

    cjcox wrote:
    > On Tue, 2010-04-13 at 19:59 +0000, Kevin Miller wrote:
    >> I'm running 11.2 and would like the background color to be a gradient.
    >> Back in the KDE 3.5 days that was an option when you went into configure
    >> desktop. I can't find it anywhere now however. It lets me change the
    >> background color w/o any trouble, but doesn't do a gradient. Is that no
    >> longer possible in KDE 4.3.5 or am I just not looking in the right spot?

    >
    > KDE 4 != (in any way shape or form) KDE 3


    Nope, it sure isn't. It's got some nifty tricks, but it's missing some
    of the nicer refinements too. Maybe next year.


    > I'm not running KDE 4.3 yet (still at KDE 4.2), but no, there doesn't
    > appear to be the background effects like there was in that other
    > desktop environment known as KDE 3.5.


    That's what I was afraid of. Thanks Chris...

    ....Kevin
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    Kevin Miller
    Juneau, Alaska
    http://www.alaska.net/~atftb
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    Default Re: Desktop background color

    Quote Originally Posted by atftb View Post
    cjcox wrote:
    > On Tue, 2010-04-13 at 19:59 +0000, Kevin Miller wrote:
    >> I'm running 11.2 and would like the background color to be a gradient.
    >> Back in the KDE 3.5 days that was an option when you went into configure
    >> desktop. I can't find it anywhere now however. It lets me change the
    >> background color w/o any trouble, but doesn't do a gradient. Is that no
    >> longer possible in KDE 4.3.5 or am I just not looking in the right spot?

    >
    > KDE 4 != (in any way shape or form) KDE 3


    Nope, it sure isn't. It's got some nifty tricks, but it's missing some
    of the nicer refinements too. Maybe next year.


    > I'm not running KDE 4.3 yet (still at KDE 4.2), but no, there doesn't
    > appear to be the background effects like there was in that other
    > desktop environment known as KDE 3.5.


    That's what I was afraid of. Thanks Chris...

    ....Kevin
    --
    Kevin Miller
    Juneau, Alaska
    A Turn for the Better
    In a recent poll, seven out of ten hard drives preferred Linux.
    The first image in the 'Background Choices' is actually a transparent image... It looks like a "light green solid image" because that is the solid color chosen by default.

    You can tell if you have the correct image chosen, by selecting it, and then make change the gradient settings... you should see the changes immediately on your display.

    The other option is to create your own transparent image. This can be easily done in almost any graphic editor...

    Here how to do it in Gimp 2.6.7:

    Open Gimp, and created a new image [width=1 pixel/height=1 pixel]...

    Zoom the 'View' to 800% so you can see the image; in Gimp, by default, it will be all 'white'...

    From the 'Select' menu, click 'Select All' or press (Ctrl+A); you should see a flashing box around the image if you selected it...

    From the 'Layer' menu, select 'Transparency', and 'Color to Alpha...' ;
    In the dialog box that appears, select 'white'; [ RGB: 255,255,255 / HTML ffffff ] or use the eyedropper, and click inside the flashing box on your image... This sets the transparency to that color.

    Now, 'Save AS' a PNG image type, in your image folder; I named mine 'space1x1'.
    Remember the name you give because you need to add this to your background image list.


    Now open your background settings and add this image to your backgrounds list. Then select this image as your background image.

    (It should be the last image; it may be difficult to determine it becasue it will look like the other solid colored image backgrounds)...
    BUT, the difference is that when you set the gradient choices, you should see the gradient change on your display if you have selected the transparent image.

    Hope this helps... I couldn't find any documentation about the first desktop image being transparent, but it is...

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