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Yes you've found it - waterfall wallpapers from yours truly.

To keep things simple, I'm supplying only one resolution for each picture in the 1024 x 768 scale and 72 dpi.  Most computers will scale that down as needed and most people don't run a higher resolution.  If you do, well.... tough.  It's free after all. 

If you have a favorite waterfall picture on the website and don't see it here, let me know and I'll try to post the higher resolution for you.

For complete instructions on how to download and install wallpaper, go here.  Otherwise, just click on the picture you want.  The link below each waterfall picture will take you to that waterfall's detailed web page.

Upper Blue Hole Falls Wallpaper

Laurel Falls Wallpaper

Ramsay Cascades Wallpaper from the GSMNP

1024 x 768

Upper Blue Hole Falls

Carter Co, TN

1024 x 768

Laurel Falls

Dennis Cove Rec. Area, TN

627 x 768

Ramsay Cascaades

Smoky Mountain National Park

     

Unknown falls, possibly Middle Laurel Falls

Baskins Falls Wallpaper

Elk Falls Wallpaper

1024 x 768

Unknown Falls of Laurel Fork

Dennis Cove Rec. Area, TN

512 x 768

Baskins Falls

Smoky Mountain National Park

1024 x 768

Elk Falls

Elk Park, Avery, NC

     

West Prong Falls in Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Burgess Falls

Burgess Falls Pic2

1024 x 768

West Prong Falls

Smoky Mountain National Park

1024 x 768

Burgess Falls Pic1

Burgess Falls State Park

555 x 768

Burgess Falls Pic2

Burgess Falls State Park

     

Laurel Run Falls

Dennis Cove Falls

A small cascade below the bridge to Crystal Cascade

1024 x 768

Laurel Run Falls

Laurel Run Park

1024 x 768

Dennis Cove Falls

Dennis Cove Rec. Area, TN

1024 x 768

Crystal Cascade Area

White Mountain N.F., NH

     

The arch at Screw Auger Falls, Bethel, Maine

Screw Auger Falls, Bethel, Maine

Moss Glen Falls, Stowe VT

1024 x 683

Screw Auger Falls Arch

Grafton Notch State Park, ME

583 x 768

Screw Auger Falls

Grafton Notch State Park, ME

1024 x 768

Moss Glen Falls

Stowe, VT

     

Bingham Falls, Stowe Vermont

Whitetop Laurel Falls, Virginia Creeper Trail, Damascus VA

Upper Little Stoney Falls in Hanging Rock Rec. Area, Dungannon VA

577 x 768

Bingham Falls

Stowe, VT

1024 x 768

Whitetop Laurel Falls

Damascus, VA

552 x 768

Upper Little Stoney Falls

Dungannon, VA

     
Twisting Falls, Cherokee National Forest    

1024 x 768

Twisting Falls

Cherokee N.F., TN

   
     

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DIY Wallpaper Tips


Want to make your own awesome wallpaper from waterfalls?

There are really only two steps:

  1. Take a great waterfall photo.

  2. Use photo editing software to touch it up and resize to your desktop resolution.

Step 1 - Take A Great Photo

Don't let the pros intimidate you.  You can do it.  Follow my waterfall photo tips and you'll be making your own eye-popping waterfall pics in no time!

Step 2 - Touch-up and Finalize

 

I generally like to do a little tweaking of my pictures in a photo editing software package like Photoshop.  Sometimes I only need to use the unsharp mask to sharpen the image (I know, it's counterintuitive).  Sometimes I get a bluish color cast from the polarizer and default settings on my Canon so I have to do a little color correction.

 

And sometimes I'll increase the saturation of specific colors to get a more "eye-popping" photo like what the old Fuji slide films used to provide.

 

It's all up to you.

 

The only thing you really need to do is resize the image to work better on your computer.

 

Here are some simple steps to follow:

 

  1. Right-click on your desktop.

  2. Select Properties.

  3. Click the Settings tab at the top.

  4. Note the screen resolution that you have selected.  The normal resolutions are 640 x 480, 800 x 600, and 1024 x 768.  The first number is the pixel width and the second is the pixel height of your screen.

  5.   If you have javascript enabled, your screen resolution should automatically be displayed below:

  6. Open your picture in any photo editing software.

  7. Look for the Resize option in your software.  If you can't find it, click on Help and search for "resize".

  8. Make sure the Maintain Aspect Ratio option is selected. (may also be called Constrain Proportions)

  9. For a horizontal (landscape) picture, resize it to be the width of your screen resolution (normally either 640, 800, or 1024 pixels) and let the height automatically adjust.

  10. For a vertical (portrait) waterfall picture, resize it to be the height of your screen resolution (normally either 480, 600, or 768) and let the width automatically adjust.

  11. Go to File --> Save As... and rename the newly sized picture as "waterfall wallpaper1" or some other appropriate name.

That's it!  You're now a certified expect at making your own waterfall wallpapers.

 

Alternate Methods

 

Ok, there are a couple of alternatives to this quick approach.

 

  1. If you have a landscape or horizontal picture, you can resize to the exact screen resolution if you override the Maintain Aspect Ratio option.  This will give you a full screen picture but also a little distortion - not a lot but some.

  2. Crop your picture using the same aspect ratio as a normal computer screen, 4 x 3.  It may be a little tricky to do depending on your software.  After cropping you can resize using the same directions above.

I would like to find an add-in to Photoshop that automatically does this for you.  If anyone knows of one, drop me a note.

 

Other Wallpaper Resources


Here are some other sources for waterfall wallpapers.  Please note that I don't necessarily endorse these sites.  In no particular order:

  • WallpaperBase has some nice pictures.  Unfortunately I don't care for their pop-ups and ads, but if you can overlook that...

  • Appleblossom Art has some pretty good stuff.

If you think your site deserves a listing, give me a buzz.

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