While I’m at work, I generally have a gradient wallpaper on my Windows desktop. I feel that it’s professional looking but also very pleasing to the eyes. I occasionally create my own gradient wallpapers and psychedelic wallpapers using MS Paint. It’s quick and easy once you figure it out. However, it’s not nearly as fast and simple as the wallpaper generator I’ve just found.
The Random Gradient Wallpaper Generator is a small, portable program that’s also free and open source software (FOSS). It should work nicely in all versions of Windows.
You can download it, extract it to a folder and then launch the application by executing the “WallpaperGenerator.exe” file. You’ll see a very simple interface as shown here.
The “Randomize” button will cycle through different combinations of colors to create wallpaper previews.
If you’d like manual control of the colors, you can click each one of the four corners to set whatever color combinations you wish.
Once you spot a preview that you really like, you can click the “Set as wallpaper” button to instantly make it your desktop wallpaper.
The final button, “Save colors as text file” isn’t a particularly useful feature at this time. It will save your favorite color settings in a text file, but there is no easy way to load the saved color combinations into the generator.
On a final note, you can always grab the bitmap file “GradientWallpaper.bmp” which is created when you “Set as wallpaper”. You may have to do some searching to find it, but it’s generally in a location such as C:\WINDOWS or C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper or C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft, depending upon which version of Windows you are using.
The Random Gradient Wallpaper Generator is in it’s infancy, so I don’t expect polish or perfection. If the developer adds a way to easily restore saved color settings, this little app will get a higher rating from me. As it stands now, I can still tell you that it deserves to be highly recommended.
Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5
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