Please let me know which version of OS X you are running and I will assist you.
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
sorry I wasn't sure
Did you empty your trash after deleting it?
no, but the photo that was in the trash has terrible blotches from me trying to fix the red eye
okay, so how much of your desktop is the photo?
the entire desktop, it was a vertical photo so it stretched out to fit the entire screen
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.
which program did you use to edit the photo?
Here's a thought, Open your Apple menu in the top left of the screen.
Select System Preferences
Open Desktop & Screensaver. Try to drag the photo out of this menu and onto your desktop, it should recreate an image file for you.
Just tried it with 10.5.8 and it worked for me.
I used my iphoto to edit the picture
Okay, please try as I posted above
I just tested it on my Leopard install
Even after I deleted the wallpaper image from my Photos
I could recover it that way
I just tried it and it was the edited photo with the blotches that was deleted.
The only place the photo looks like it did when I downloaded it to the computer is on my desktop
So in the preview pane of Desktop & Screensaver, it looks blotchy too?
Is there a different folder the photo would be in in the desktop and screensaver?
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
no, there isn't. it stores in the User > Library > Caches > Desktops folder but is in an unusable format
how would I save it after I have done that?
how do I use the f11 button?
F11 hides your active windows
the only part of the screen you can't use is your menu bar
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?
Ah you have different keyboard shortcuts.
I'm not familiar with them. I have never used that button so I have no idea how to use it
Give me a second, I need to check to ensure I don't have custom shortcuts.
Okay hold Cmd+Option and click on the desktop
It should hide all windows
except Finder ones.
My keyboard shortcuts are all customized on Leopard. I need to fix that.
Although it may not hide your launch icons on the desktop that I see now. I apologize this is taking so long...
ok then what should I do?
no its totally fine!! I just really hope you can help me save this photo!!
I can do it. Just going to take a moment.
Open Terminal please.
I'm not sure how to do that...
It's in the Utilies menu in Applications
I'm sorry I'm not good with mac
No problem, do you know how to open your Applications foldeR?
I just found it
launch it please
ok I just did
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...
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.
This hides everything but your desktop and maybe your dock
When you get that far, you'll need to do the following:
That's the best I can do
Your going to fast
You may want to print these directions before you actually hide your applications.
I'm intentionally typing fast so you can print the directions when all your windows disappear
The terminal box is still on my desktop
okay, you can scroll up in the chat window and copy and paste the chat dialogue to any text editor to print
that's my suggestion before you run the command
What is the apple key?
sorry, old mac user.
I wrote down the directions, I am not by a printer
they are synonomous
Please take your time.
should I quit terminal as well?
Have you ran the command in Terminal?
You need it to run the command I posted above.
I think so? What should have happened if I copy and pasted it?
after you hit enter
It should have ran without opening a new command line
did you force quit it?
or relaunch Finder?
I force quit terminal
After I drag the box around the part of the photo I want to keep what do I do?
Now do you see the Quit Finder option in the menu?
you click on your desktop and it puts a picture of the photo there
the one you select
it's a screen capture method
You will only lose a small portion of your photo
After you have it. You can turn finder back on
After I let go of the mouse the box disappears
That's all you'll need to do
But you see the selection box move?
Are all your items on your desktop hidden?
yes they are all hidden
if so, you need to open finder again, launch it from the dock
do you see the new image file?
They aren't supposed to be hidden?
There is nothing on the desktop at all
okay, do you see the top menu?
it says safari
I use the curser to make a box around the area of the photo I want to save, then what do I do next?
nothing, after you release the box, it saves the photo to your desktop which is hidden now
Ok. So now how do I get everything back on my desktop to make sure that It worked?
Quit all other applications that are running, and you can't see the dock either right?
What is the dock?
option-command-space brings up spotlight as well
it's the bottom floating menu
If I move the curser down near it I can see it
then do that, and launch finder again
it should be sitting right in your dock
how do I do that
It worked! Thank you so much!
Do I just save it to my library now?
yes, you do
Finder is the little blue faces, which I think you found
Sorry it took so long
but I had to be creative
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?
If not that is totally fine, I'm just glad to have the phono
you can edit it in iPhoto to remove it, or use GIMP to cut it out
you can use crop in iPhoto
that's probably the easiest way
ok. thank you. I will most likely just leave it do I don't have to mess with it again!
Ok thank you again!
you are welcome
When I go to save it to my photo's, Iphoto isn't a choice to save it in
iPhoto is an application that can open up most photo formats
Ok so where should I save the photo to?
your Photo folder, in fact copy it into there, but leave the file on your desktop so you have two copies
That's my advise
Photo folder is not an option
What are the options?
save it to your desktop, you library, whatever folder you are comfortable saving it to
I copy and pasted it into Iphoto! It worked perfectly
Thank you so much for everything!
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