NewDeal Technical Support Document 233
CREATING CUSTOM BACKGROUNDS
You can fill the area behind all of your open windows
with any color or with a picture. NewDeal software comes
with several different background pictures included, but you can
also create your own. Anything you can create in NewDraw can become
a background image. You can include text, colored shapes, TIFF,
PCX, GIF images -- anything that you can do in NewDraw. Any change
to the background takes effect immediately.
Using NewDraw to create customized
How to create a background in NewDraw
To recap: create your background image
in NewDraw, select it, copy it, go to Preferences/Background,
click "Get Background from Clipboard," enter the file
name and you're done.
- Create a picture in NewDraw.
- Select all of the objects in the picture.
You can include text, graphics and imported images. You can drag
to select the objects, or hold down the Control key and select
them individually, or -- easiest of all -- choose Select All from the
- Choose Copy from the Edit menu. This
copies the picture to the clipboard.
- Switch to Preferences and click Background.
The Background dialog box appears.
- Click Get Background From Clipboard.
A dialog box appears asking you to enter a filename.
- Enter a name and click OK. This copies
the picture from the clipboard to the new file, and also immediately
displays it as the background. The filename appears in the Backgrounds
Available list, so you can select this picture again at a later
How to create a transparent background
A transparent background is one that has no background color of its own,
so the background color you choose shows through the black foreground
pixels, like the Full Moon background and some of the others included in
*At Draw Mode, select one of the options. INVERSE, AND, and OR seem to
deliver the best effects. All modes offer different levels of color
interplay; Draw Mode AND is the route to take to simply turn a bitmap
background transparent. This works with B&W or color bit maps.
- Import a bitmap graphic.
- Select Area Attributes then Draw Mode.*
- Copy the bitmap to the clipboard.
- Proceed to Preferences, Background and continue as usual.
To delete a background, locate the file in \USERDATA\BACKGRND and
delete it as you would any other file. To delete the background currently
in use, switch to a different background first.
If your deleted backgrounds still appear on the list in
Preferences, Background. . .
The next time you run Preferences, it will build a new
device drivers file with an updated list.
- Close Preferences
- Delete the file \PRIVDATA\GEOS device drivers
(DOS file name: GEOS_DEV.000).
Last Modified 17 Feb 1999