Space Shuttle Smoke
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After the Space Shuttle Discovery STS-131 launched on April 5, 2010, the early morning air currents shaped the smoke left behind into intriguing patterns, and the rising sun lit the underside in varying shades of color. Lee Bennett captured some of these patterns with a Nikon D90 and performed some color boosting in Adobe Photoshop CS4.
Contributing Your Own Desktop Pictures
If you have a picture, whether a small series or just one fabulous or funny shot, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll consider publishing it in next month’s issue.
Previous Months’ Desktop Pictures
Pictures from previous months are listed in the desktop pictures archives.
Downloading All the Pictures at Once
Some browsers can download an entire set of desktop pictures at once.
Use the Download command to “Download all linked files in same folder” and configure the limits to download only the linked images.
Choose “Save Linked ‣ Images…” from the File menu.
Placing Desktop Pictures
Mac OS X 10.3.x Through 10.6.x
Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu, click the “Desktop & Screen Saver” button, then choose the Desktop tab. In the left-side menu, select the desktop pictures folder you want to use.
You can also use the pictures with Mac OS X’s built-in screen saver. Select the Screen Saver tab which is also in the “Desktop & Screen Saver” System Preferences pane. If you put the ATPM pictures in your Pictures folder, click on the Pictures Folder in the list of screen savers. Otherwise, click Choose Folder to tell the screen saver which pictures to use.
Mac OS X 10.1.x and 10.2.x
Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu and click the Desktop button. With the pop-up menu, select the desktop pictures folder you want to use.
You can also use the pictures with Mac OS X’s built-in screen saver. Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu. Click the Screen Saver (10.1.x) or Screen Effects (10.2.x) button. Then click on Custom Slide Show in the list of screen savers. If you put the ATPM pictures in your Pictures folder, you’re all set. Otherwise, click Configure to tell the screen saver which pictures to use.
Mac OS X 10.0.x
Switch to the Finder. Choose “Preferences…” from the “Finder” menu. Click on the “Select Picture…” button on the right. In the Open Panel, select the desktop picture you want to use. The panel defaults to your ~/Library/Desktop Pictures folder. Close the “Finder Preferences” window when you are done.