Pixel Version of Andromeda Galaxy Wallpaper from OS X Lion

Aug 30, 2011 - 10 Comments

Pixel Andromeda Galaxy

The default OS X Lion galaxy wallpaper is gorgeous, but there’s something fun about this pixelated version of it that makes it a joy on a desktop too.

This is quite literally the default Lion wallpaper for Mac OS X Lion but it’s run through a pixel tool so that it is very pixelated, looking a bit 8 bit yet still modern. It looks great as a wallpaper on any Mac (or Windows too).

Click the image above or the link below for a full sized version of the background.

Click here to download the full version (2560×1600)

There’s a similar 8-bit Aurora image from Mac OS X Snow Leopard too if you’re on a pixel craze.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize, Mac OS


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  1. Farnsworth says:

    I prefer to go the other way…


    …10,000 galaxies, 13.3 billion light years away.

    For scaling the TIFF down in GraphicConverter, the Lancoz 3 transform worked best. And for converting to JPEG (only for /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg), the Progressive codec with 4:4:4 subsampling.

  2. Jeff says:

    Um, I don’t enjoy people who throw out negative vibes but I can’t really help myself in this case. The original galaxy wallpaper was a pretty boring choice at best. The “pixelated” version pretty much puts me to sleep. Kind of like staring out at an empty ocean. Zzzzz…

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  4. Ben says:

    I dig it

  5. Chip says:

    um… are you guys 12?

  6. darren says:

    Always love a new desktop pic, thanks

  7. Rubin says:

    Why post this…. ju.. just why? Ridiculously slow news day???

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