When you’re working from home as often as I am, staring at a default home screen wallpaper can start to get a little boring. Your home screen wallpaper should be exciting, full of character, and reflect your interests. In this tutorial, I’m going to go over everything you need to know from home screen wallpaper dimensions to creating your very own home screen wallpaper on any device in Kapwing. Let's get started!

  1. Brainstorm Home Screen Wallpaper Ideas
  2. Open Kapwing Studio
  3. Adjust Image and Canvas Output Size
  4. (Optional) Add Text and Shapes to Your Wallpaper
  5. Export, Download, and Set Up Home Screen Wallpaper

Step One: Brainstorm Home Screen Wallpaper Ideas

The perfect wallpaper for your smartphone or desktop is a Google or Pinterest search away. You can find wallpapers with inspirational or motivational quotes, cartoons, emojis, nature, and more. I personally like the combination of minimalism and inspirational quotes so I’m going to create something similar today.

After brainstorming some ideas, make a note that the standard proportions are 9:16 for smartphones. With laptops and desktops, home screen sizes may vary, but you can use 16:9. You can do a quick Google search with your computer’s model or go into your computer settings and find the display dimensions.

MacBook Pro Display Preference Settings for a 13.3-inch laptop
The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro supports 2560 pixels by 1600 pixels

Step Two: Open Kapwing Studio

In your browser, head over to the Kapwing Studio. On this page, you can Get Started with a blank canvas, upload your own image from your smartphone or desktop, or paste an image URL. For this tutorial, I’ll be working on a desktop and creating a home screen wallpaper for both a desktop and a smartphone. I’m going to select Get Started and search for an image within the Kapwing Studio.

Kapwing Studio Homepage with a Get Started, Upload, and URL paste box

Step Three: Adjust Image and Canvas Output Size

Once you have entered the Kapwing Studio, you should be able to edit the canvas output size. On the right-hand side, select 16:9 to create a home screen wallpaper for your desktop, or select 9:16 to create a home screen wallpaper for your smartphone.

Kapwing Studio Workspace with a blank 16:9 canvas
Easily change the output size to 9:16 or 16:9 depending on the wallpaper you want to create

In the above toolbar, you have the option to add text, images, elements such as shapes, or use a plugin. For my main photo, I’m going to find a cup of coffee. To do this, I can go to Images and search “coffee” or I can use Plugins to search for free assets and photos on Unsplash, Pexels, or Pixabay instead of downloading these images from external websites.

Kapwing Studio Workspace highlighting images and plugins toolbar
The right-hand side panel shows different plugins you can choose from

(Optional) Step Four: Add Text and Shapes to Your Wallpaper

Adding text and shapes is what makes your home screen wallpaper unique to you. Locate the text option in the toolbar and enter a quote or phrase that you like. I’m using “It’s going to be a good day”. On the right-hand side, you have text editing options such as font type, size, color, and outlines.

Kapwing Studio Workspace with a coffee cup and cursive text above that says "It's going to be a good day".
By moving your text to the middle of the photo, you will see a red line appear and you’ll know your text is centered

The Elements tool will bring up shape options such as squares, circles, lines, arrows, triangles, stars, and more! I decided to add stars and a square across my entire wallpaper.

Kapwing Studio Workspace highlighting the Elements tool, square shape, and star shape

Step Five: Export, Download, and Set Up Home Screen Wallpaper

On the top right corner, select Export Image, then Download on the next screen.

Mac Set Up

  1. Go to System Preferences.
  2. Select Desktop & Screen Saver.
  3. Select the + sign on the bottom left and choose the home screen wallpaper that you downloaded on Kapwing.

Windows Set Up

  1. Click the Windows Start button.
  2. Select Settings, then Personalization.
  3. Select Background and select the picture you downloaded from Kapwing.

SmartPhone Set Up

  1. Open up your phone's Photos or Gallery app.
  2. Find the photo you want to use and open it.
  3. On an Android, tap the three dots in the top-right and select "Set as wallpaper”. On an iPhone, tap the share options and select “Use as wallpaper”.
MacBook Pro 13.3-inch desktop showcasing the newly created home screen wallpaper
Final home screen wallpaper on a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro

I hope you enjoyed creating and setting up your new home screen wallpaper. Our Resources page offers a variety of tutorials for creating and editing photos in Kapwing. Don’t forget to tag us @KapwingApp on Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok - we love supporting our creators!

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