Desktop Organizer - Repurpose Your Planner Designs

Desktop Organizer - Repurpose Your Planner Designs
In this article, we will take a look at how to repurpose some of your digital planner designs. We all know how popular digital planning in GoodNotes has become and there are many digital artists selling digital planners and accessories. Some of these artists are using those same beautiful planner layouts in creating desktop wallpaper organizers for both Apple and Windows.

My husband tells me that he can tell when I've finished a project because all the icons covering my entire desktop disappear. Well, he's right. By the time I'm done with a project, you can't even see the desktop wallpaper under all of the icons.

Like most of us, I went on the web and researched about how to organize your desktop. I found many articles about using a desktop wallpaper especially for that purpose. It's a fun way to get organized and a great idea for a digital product for sale. These wallpapers widely range in style, color and design. What they have in common are designated sections or areas for different purposes, such as blog planning, to do list, inspiration or whatever. Many of these layout designs remind me of digital planner dashboard designs. Check out Etsy and Creative Market for computer desktop wallpaper organizer to see some beautiful examples.

Apple desktop and laptop computers come with a few built-in desktop pictures and screensavers. It's easy to switch the desktop picture in the System Preferences dialog (System Preferences - Desktop & Screen Saver). But you aren't limited to just the pictures that came packaged with your computer. You can also choose any graphic stored on your computer or attached storage disk.

If you are considering designing some of these organizers, what are some of the details you need to consider?

Graphic Sizes
First, we need to deside on the dimensions of the graphic. From the Apple menu at the top left, click System Preferences and go to the Displays section. You can see that your computer has several screen resolutions from which to choose.

  1. In the Displays dialog, select the Displays tab and the Scaled Resolution option.

  2. Pass your mouse over the thumbnails that range from Larger Text - Default - More Space. As you do, you will see the resolution dimensions listed at the left under the iMac graphic. For my iMac, we have the following pixel dimensions.

  3. 1280 x 720
    1680 x 945
    2048 x 1152
    2304 x 1296
    2560 x 1440
OK, but which do you choose to sale in your online shoppe? Luckily for us, the statcounter.com website collects the Desktop Screen Resolution Stats Worldwide for the most popular screen sizes. See the link below. As of right now, the top two are 1366 x 768 and 1920 x 1080.

Graphic File Type
Now that we have the graphic dimensions, we need to decide which image file format to use. I've mostly seen .jpg and .png graphics in online shoppes. However, a few dealers also include a Photoshop file, so that the customer has the option to change the section titles, colors and etc. Usually, these artists use an image resolution of 300 ppi.

Inspiration
There are so many styles for desktop organizers, ranging from very minimalistic to 3D office scenes. Here are some of the most popular.

  • Minimalist style sectioned with plain colored boxes on a plain colored background
  • 2D or 3D office wall shelves with a few potted plants on the empty shelves
  • Monthly or weekly calendar dashboards with several fun design elements
  • Beautiful background photo or graphic pattern with semi-opaque section boxes
  • Monthly calendar with inspirational quote, picture of a child or pet

Tip 1: To add even more style to your desktop, replace the default plain blue file folder icon with custom icons. Many digital artist sell these designer folder icons as downloads in their shoppes.

Tip 2: Besides arranging your folder and file icons, you can also place sticky notes, that can be repositioned on the desktop. There are other apps as well. I personally use the Sticky Notes app that came with my iMac and the free app called Mini Calendar by AntLogic. The mini calendar can be placed within the desktop wallpaper design.

Desktop Screen Resolution Stats Worldwide
https://gs.statcounter.com/screen-resolution-stats/desktop/worldwide

Mini Calendar by AntLogic
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mini-calendar/id1088779979?mt=12

Change the desktop picture (background) on your Mac
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207703

Create custom icons for files or folders on Mac
https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=mac+custom+folder+icon


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