What does your logon screen look like?

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    DJ OJ

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    This is going to be mine (first thumbnail). I made it from a picture of an apple. :)

    This is the picture I made it from (second thumbnail).

    BTW, post yours!!!!!!
     

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    Josias

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    1. Resize.
    2. What is login screen background?
    3. Edit posts instead of double posting.
     
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    DJ OJ

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    What is login screen background?

    When you are at the logon screen behind the actual place you log in it has the aqua blue wallpaper. You can change this, and this is what I am going to hopefully change mine to.
     
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    As I rarely restart and is a pro when it comes to typing in my password, I find little use for changing my login screen.
     
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    I assume you mean this, excuse the quality, there is no CS3 option without login in so i had to use my camera and this was at night. This is the most recent one.

    [​IMG]
     
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    how exactly do you change your login wallpaper?
     
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    I had no idea you could change the background.

    Is this just replacing the sys file? Anyone know the location?
     
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    DJ OJ

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    I have plenty of time. :). Here is how.

    Changing the Screen behind the Login Window from Macworld

     
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    Just a little tip, you can actually take a screenshot of the login screen using a delayed terminal command. From this thread over at MacOSXHints, you can see that typing:

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    sudo screen -m -d bash -c "sleep 120; screencapture /Users/username/Desktop/loginscreen.tiff"
    ...into the terminal and then typing in your password (as it requires sudo to run), will take a screenshot afer the allocated time (in the example, 120 seconds) and drop it on your desktop when you replace username with your account's short name. To get it to take a screenshot of the login screen, type the command in Terminal (Applications/Utilities), replacing username with your account's short name, and the number after sleep with the amount of seconds you think it will take after you enter in the command to get to the login screen, then hit return, type your password, and hit return again. Then, depending on the amount of time you gave it, log out, wait until you're sure the amount of time has passed, and then log back in. If all went well, you should have a screenshot of your login screen on your desktop! If you looked at the thread I referred to, the hint itself actually describes a method using SSH, but later on down in the comments someone described this method, which I find to be much easier.

    As far as changing the actual background goes, I used the method that was previously described as that was the easiest, but I know that there is another way, as the Macs at our video lab have a custom background, and I checked in Library/Desktop Pictures, and the Aqua Blue.jpg there was the default one... Oh well, I couldn't find out how to do it without replacing Aqua Blue.jpg, I guess it's not really going to hurt anything.... Also, I know additional customizations can be added by modifying the loginwindow.nib file, or using a third-party program (such as Visage, which was linked to in a previous comment), but I like it just the way it is!

    Oh yeah, my login screen's attached...
     

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    How did u make the glossy reflection?
     
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    yep i need to know right now!!!:cool:
     
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    I'm willing to bet he just made an image of the reflection in PS and then used that. Optical Illusion.;)

    For Example:
     

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    Well thats no good. What if you change your login avatar, or login name!...You'll need to change the picture too!

    Booo, I thought it was technical wizardry! :rolleyes:
     
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    Unfortunately, schaef2493 is correct... I just took a screenshot of the login screen and made a reflection of it in GIMP... I wish I could say I whipped up some gnarly script to create a live-update reflection image as it changes, but I didn't quite escalate it to that level. It might be possible, if I get a lot of spare time some day I'd like to look into making it have that functionality, but I can't think of any way to do that off the top of my head... I suppose you could use the same principle that I described in how to take a screenshot of the login screen, being that a terminal command can be executed even when no user is logged in, and have a prebuilt library of all the possible states that the login screen could be in and have it change the Aqua Blue.jpg file dynamically based on system events, but frankly, I don't quite know how one would go about doing that... And anyways, that wouldn't address the problem of changing user pictures... Oh well... If you want a description on how to make a reflection, I'd be happy to give it to you (it's probably not quite as exciting as a dynamically updating reflection, but I still think it looks pretty good!), or I'm sure there's plenty of tutorials around the Internet.

    Sorry if I let you down...:rolleyes:
     
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    I had to try this. :confused: I followed the instructions posted by DJ OJ and wound up with a solid blue background. Next I tried reversing the process, still solid blue background. Any ideas?

    Edit: I tried clearing the caches with Onyx, repairing premissions and finally Visage Login. Nothing.
     
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    Yeah, my jaw dropped when I saw the reflection. I'm sure there's a script somewhere that can do it without much difficulty...although, I'd have no idea how to do it :)
     
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    I think it would be quite difficult.

    The reflection would have to be updated whenever you clicked a button, began typing in your password, etc.

    It would either have to be a real-time effect, or staticly update upon each action.

    That's well beyond a simple image backdrop, and would require some major tinkering to say the least.
     
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    I think you may be talking about two different things. I agree it would be very difficult (if not impossible) for a real-time effect. But punching out an ImageMagick script to generate this login screen automatically for you when your login window changes (like if you add a user or you change your login icon) isn't too hard.
     
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    This won't repair anything, but it still could give you a new background. Also you could probably set it to the original aqua blue.

    Visage. Its free!
     
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    As I said I tried Visage. It modified /Library/Desktop Pictures as expected but had no effect on restart. On start/restart I get a gray screen with apple and spinning thing followed by a blue screen with box containing progress bar. No background picture. I tried deleting /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist but that didn't fix it. Any other ideas are welcomed?
     
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    sorry none of my ideas helped. :( i will keep trying.
     
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