While we’ve noted that you can use panoramic photos as wallpaper on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in in iOS 7, we haven’t spent a lot of time talking about the other major visual wallpaper and lock screen facelift: parallax.
In iOS 7, the background behind your Home screen apps is just a little bit 3D-ish, moving slightly as you twist and turn your iOS device around. Personally, I figured it was some fancy special effect that only Apple could create, but I was wrong.
Here’s how to make your own parallax wallpapers.
First, you’ll need some sort of image processing app. I love Pixelmator on my Mac, but I’ve also had great success with the free, online image editor, Pixlr. You fancy folks can use Photoshop or any other image app you want.
Now, all you need to do is add an extra 200 pixels on each side of the wallpaper. Using your image processing app, increase the image size to one of the following, depending on the device you’re targeting:
iPad 2 and iPad mini: 1,424 x 1,424
iPad 3 and iPad 4: 2,448 x 2,448
iPhone 4S: 1,360 x 1,040
iPhone 5: 1,536 x 1,040
Note that the iPhone 4 will not support parallax wallpapers, so no need to bother with making them for it.
Now you can have all the fun of a parallax wallpaper without having to stick to the photos Apple provides. Because a parallax photo of your best friend wiping out on a skateboard is way cooler than some blades of grass up close–just sayin’.
- Via Trusted Reviews