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I just set my desktop picture to a new photo I uploaded and

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I just set my desktop picture to a new photo I uploaded and noticed it had terrible red eye. I tried to fix the red eye but it ended up messing up the entire picture and then the photo got deleted. The photo however is still set as my desktop background on my computer, so I was wondering if there was any way that I could save my desktop picture back into my library of photos again?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  John P replied 4 years ago.
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John P :

Please let me know which version of OS X you are running and I will assist you.

Customer:

OS X

John P :

I understand, 10.6.4, 10.5.8? If you click on the apple menu in the top left and select About this Mac it will tell you the exact version

Customer:

10.5.8

Customer:

sorry I wasn't sure

John P :

No problem.

John P :

Did you empty your trash after deleting it?

Customer:

no, but the photo that was in the trash has terrible blotches from me trying to fix the red eye

John P :

okay, so how much of your desktop is the photo?

Customer:

the entire desktop, it was a vertical photo so it stretched out to fit the entire screen

John P :

Okay, give me a moment please. I know of one option, but it won't recover the entire photo if it's stretched. Let me see what I can find about recovering from the Cache folder.

John P :

which program did you use to edit the photo?

John P :

Here's a thought, Open your Apple menu in the top left of the screen.

John P :

Select System Preferences

John P :

Open Desktop & Screensaver. Try to drag the photo out of this menu and onto your desktop, it should recreate an image file for you.

John P :

Just tried it with 10.5.8 and it worked for me.

Customer:

I used my iphoto to edit the picture

John P :

Okay, please try as I posted above

John P :

I just tested it on my Leopard install

John P :

Even after I deleted the wallpaper image from my Photos

John P :

I could recover it that way

Customer:

I just tried it and it was the edited photo with the blotches that was deleted.

Customer:

The only place the photo looks like it did when I downloaded it to the computer is on my desktop

John P :

So in the preview pane of Desktop & Screensaver, it looks blotchy too?

Customer:

yes

John P :

okay

Customer:

Is there a different folder the photo would be in in the desktop and screensaver?

John P :

then here's your only choice: push F11 to hide all your windows, and hide your icons, and hit command-shif-4 and select the part of the picture you would like to save

John P :

no, there isn't. it stores in the User > Library > Caches > Desktops folder but is in an unusable format

Customer:

how would I save it after I have done that?

Customer:

how do I use the f11 button?

John P :

F11 hides your active windows

John P :

the only part of the screen you can't use is your menu bar

Customer:

I know, but it is also my volume button so how do I get it to be the f11 button rather then my volume button?

John P :

Ah you have different keyboard shortcuts.

Customer:

I'm not familiar with them. I have never used that button so I have no idea how to use it

John P :

Give me a second, I need to check to ensure I don't have custom shortcuts.

Customer:

Ok

John P :

Okay hold Cmd+Option and click on the desktop

John P :

It should hide all windows

John P :

except Finder ones.

John P :

My keyboard shortcuts are all customized on Leopard. I need to fix that.

John P :

Although it may not hide your launch icons on the desktop that I see now. I apologize this is taking so long...

Customer:

ok then what should I do?

Customer:

no its totally fine!! I just really hope you can help me save this photo!!

John P :

I can do it. Just going to take a moment.

John P :

Open Terminal please.

Customer:

I'm not sure how to do that...

John P :

It's in the Utilies menu in Applications

Customer:

I'm sorry I'm not good with mac

John P :

No problem, do you know how to open your Applications foldeR?

Customer:

I just found it

John P :

great

John P :

launch it please

Customer:

ok I just did

John P :

type or paste the command:

defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool yes

and hit Enter. Next restart Finder by pressing Command + Option + Escape and clicking Relaunch or going to the apple menu and clicking Force Quit...

John P :

Once Finder has restarted, click on the Finder menu on the top left of the screen. You should see that a "Quit Finder" option has been added allowing you to turnoff the desktop.

Notes on using:

> To turn Finder back on, either quit all other applications, or click its icon in the dock.
> If you quit Finder when no other applications are running, it will automatically come back on.
> Although all files on the desktop will disappear, you are still able to access them from another program
that lets you for example: Open File, or Open Recent File, or Save File As or any other option that
would normally access the desktop or hard drive.

John P :

This hides everything but your desktop and maybe your dock

John P :

When you get that far, you'll need to do the following:


 


  • Hold down Apple key ? + Shift + 4 and release all key

  • Now, You will see the mouse cursor will change to +

  • You can start to drag your mouse to select the portion you wish to capture.

  • Once finish, you will see a picture file in at your desktop. That’s the screen capture picture!
  • John P :

    That's the best I can do

    Customer:

    Your going to fast

    John P :

    You may want to print these directions before you actually hide your applications.

    John P :

    I'm intentionally typing fast so you can print the directions when all your windows disappear

    John P :

    Sorry.

    Customer:

    The terminal box is still on my desktop

    John P :

    okay, you can scroll up in the chat window and copy and paste the chat dialogue to any text editor to print

    John P :

    that's my suggestion before you run the command

    Customer:

    What is the apple key?

    John P :

    Command key

    John P :

    sorry, old mac user.

    Customer:

    I wrote down the directions, I am not by a printer

    John P :

    they are synonomous

    John P :

    okay, understood

    John P :

    Please take your time.

    Customer:

    should I quit terminal as well?

    John P :

    Have you ran the command in Terminal?

    John P :

    You need it to run the command I posted above.

    Customer:

    I think so? What should have happened if I copy and pasted it?

    John P :

    after you hit enter

    Customer:

    yes

    John P :

    It should have ran without opening a new command line

    John P :

    did you force quit it?

    John P :

    or relaunch Finder?

    Customer:

    I force quit terminal

    John P :

    okay

    Customer:

    After I drag the box around the part of the photo I want to keep what do I do?

    John P :

    Now do you see the Quit Finder option in the menu?

    John P :

    you click on your desktop and it puts a picture of the photo there

    John P :

    the one you select

    John P :

    it's a screen capture method

    John P :

    You will only lose a small portion of your photo

    John P :

    After you have it. You can turn finder back on

    Customer:

    After I let go of the mouse the box disappears

    John P :

    That's all you'll need to do

    John P :

    But you see the selection box move?

    John P :

    Are all your items on your desktop hidden?

    Customer:

    yes they are all hidden

    John P :

    if so, you need to open finder again, launch it from the dock

    Customer:

    They aren

    John P :

    do you see the new image file?

    Customer:

    They aren't supposed to be hidden?

    Customer:

    No

    Customer:

    There is nothing on the desktop at all

    John P :

    okay, do you see the top menu?

    Customer:

    yes

    Customer:

    it says safari

    Customer:

    I use the curser to make a box around the area of the photo I want to save, then what do I do next?

    John P :

    nothing, after you release the box, it saves the photo to your desktop which is hidden now

    Customer:

    Ok. So now how do I get everything back on my desktop to make sure that It worked?

    John P :

    Quit all other applications that are running, and you can't see the dock either right?

    Customer:

    What is the dock?

    John P :

    option-command-space brings up spotlight as well

    John P :

    it's the bottom floating menu

    Customer:

    If I move the curser down near it I can see it

    John P :

    then do that, and launch finder again

    John P :

    it should be sitting right in your dock

    Customer:

    how do I do that

    Customer:

    It worked! Thank you so much!

    Customer:

    Do I just save it to my library now?

    John P :

    yes, you do

    John P :

    Finder is the little blue faces, which I think you found

    John P :

    Sorry it took so long

    John P :

    but I had to be creative

    Customer:

    Is there anyway I can hide the top bar? The time and amount of battery is in the photo, is there anyway to fix that?

    Customer:

    If not that is totally fine, I'm just glad to have the phono

    Customer:

    *photo

    John P :

    you can edit it in iPhoto to remove it, or use GIMP to cut it out

    John P :

    you can use crop in iPhoto

    John P :

    that's probably the easiest way

    Customer:

    ok. thank you. I will most likely just leave it do I don't have to mess with it again!

    Customer:

    Ok thank you again!

    John P :

    you are welcome

    Customer:

    When I go to save it to my photo's, Iphoto isn't a choice to save it in

    John P :

    iPhoto is an application that can open up most photo formats

    Customer:

    Ok so where should I save the photo to?

    John P :

    your Photo folder, in fact copy it into there, but leave the file on your desktop so you have two copies

    John P :

    That's my advise

    Customer:

    Photo folder is not an option

    John P :

    What are the options?

    John P :

    save it to your desktop, you library, whatever folder you are comfortable saving it to

    Customer:

    I copy and pasted it into Iphoto! It worked perfectly

    Customer:

    Thank you so much for everything!

    John P :

    great, perfect

    Customer:

    Have a great night!

    John P :

    you too

    John P :

    Please remember to accept my answer if you found my advice solved your problem, otherwise I do not get compensated for my time.

    John P :

    Have a wonderful night.















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