Change your login screen background in Lion!

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Nuckinfuts, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

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    I just got a chance to update my script to change the background image of the login window so it works for Lion. Unfortunately to gain Lion support, the new version dropped Snow Leopard support.

    https://github.com/Nuckinfuts/Login-Background-Updater

    This script will take your currently set desktop background and set that image to the image in the background of the Login window.

    Verison 1.2.0 is for Lion

    Version 1.1.1 is for Snow Leopard (hit the branch drop down and click "Snow-Leopard")

    Lemme know what ya think!
     
  2. makai4325 macrumors newbie

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    this isn't working for me? I downloaded the file and it opens with text edit. what do i do?
     
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You can do it manually as well, which is fairly easy. I have mine changed, as I'm not a big fan of the SL default.
     
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  5. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Go to Macintosh HD (or whatever your primary volume is), System, Library, Core Services, and replace the file DefaultDesktop.jpg with the file of your choosing. Be sure that the file you replace it with has the name DefaultDesktop.jpg as well, and you should find the new image when you log out.
     
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  7. makai4325 macrumors newbie

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    i have changed it but it hasn't changed the log in background!! :(
     
  8. bcapehart macrumors newbie

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    It would be nice if we could change other aspects of the login screen. Examples: change the time format to 24-h time but more importantly add the machine name with the same watermarking used for the screen's apple logo (which would be handy in managing computer labs).
     
  9. fried-gold macrumors member

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    You can change it manually, the file is located here :

    /System/Library/Frameworks/AppKit.framework/Versions/C/Resources/NSTexturedFullScreenBackgroundColor.png


    You have to make sure that the image you replace it with is the same dimensions as you screen and resolution of 72 dpi.

    Credit goes to thebassment @ mac themes.

    http://macthemes.net/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=824991
     
  10. laurafee macrumors newbie

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    System Folder Missing

    I typically change my login background, however it requires access to the System folder. Mine does not exist and I cannot seem to unhide it using Terminal. Thoughts/help? :confused:
     
  11. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    That's cool, but something tells me you guys have too much time on your hands. :D
     
  12. HawaiiMacAddict macrumors 6502a

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    Shift-Command-G, as in the screenshot. Then simply type in the path to whatever folder you want to see.
     

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  13. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Does anybody know how to compensate for the login window's gray overlay?

    It kills the entire look by literally putting a damper on it =\
     
  14. ranviper macrumors 6502a

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    I would also like to know this.
     
  15. oxleyk macrumors newbie

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    There has to be a better way to do this since it also changes the desktop background for apps in full-screen mode. There must be a plist somewhere that points to the login background.

    Kent
     
  16. doofusMac macrumors newbie

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  18. tcarroll2 macrumors newbie

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    Easy app to use. Wish it had a preview function so I could see what my login screen looked like rather than logging in and out... But hey, it's free. :)
     
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