The Aged Paper Home Screen

Lifehacker reader Ammar Githam took a slightly different approach to home screen creation, placing all of his icons on the wallpaper itself for more freedom to create this handwriting-on-paper look. Here’s how he put it together.

What I’ve done here is that I used this wallpaper, and cropped it in multiples of my screen resolution (480×800). That is, since I’m using three screens I cropped it in the resolution 1440×800.

I’m using GO Launcher EX launcher which uses a grid based home screen layout, so I created a grid in Photoshop to map the text icons. Those text icons are not actually icons. I used the text tool in Photoshop to create them using various handwriting fonts which I found on the internet. Those texts are on the wallpaper itself.

The reason behind this was it gave me freedom to orient the text in any way i wanted and could use more space on the home screen. If I had made an icon file of the text and then had replaced it on the screen then that would had confined the text in the grid box which sometimes results in cropping of the icon depending on available space.

I used MultiPicture Live Wallpaper to set each screen’s wallpaper. This allowed me to use the whole image as the wallpaper. After setting each screen’s wallpaper I used a “blank” icon to replace each home screen icon.

When it comes to widgets: On the home screen and the left screen I’ve used Minimalistic Text with one of the fonts. The Data connection and Bluetooth toggle is Switch Pro widgets. Lastly, PowerAmp is on the Right screen.

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