How to Design Your Own Monitor Wall Paper

Designing a personalized wallpaper is a straightforward process. I use Affinity Designer to make my files but, any graphic design program will do. My goal was to create a background to organize my files into categories on my desktop.

When I’m working on a project, I save prototype files to my desktop. Many times, I work on more than one project at a time, and my desktop can become quite cluttered.

For example, when I’m working on a scrapbook, I like to have all the images on my desktop ready for my project.

Let’s Get Started

Firstly, find the display setting for your monitor. This step is crucial because you want to start with a beautiful crip image. You can find your monitor setting by going to the “about” section or settings on your computer. My display happens to be 3240 by 2160.

Image of settings on PC

I won’t go into detail on how to set up your wallpaper because you have to make it in a way that makes sense to you.

The point is to improve efficiency so that you can concentrate on your project and not waste too much time doing prep work.

Here’s my organizer desktop wallpaper

How to Design Your Own Monitor Wall Paper

I applied the background image to the first layer. For the top layer, I added three rectangles with enough transparency to see the image below.

Lastly, I labeled the rectangles to arrange my files by category.

Once your wallpaper is finished, all that's left to do is install it on your desktop by going to personalization and changing the picture.

Image of create a background to organize my files


  • Use an image that's not too busy or dark
  • Find an image that inspires you
  • Keep it simple

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