Reader Michael.l.england shows us how to create a very cool home screen with widgets that sit behind part of your wallpaper.
We'll leave it to Michael to explain how he did it:
I've always been a fan of the "Danbo" wallpapers. Also, of GeekTool for OSX. For a while on my iMac at home I used GeekTool to do some layered images to give a neat dynamic desktop with another Danbo wallpaper. Being inspired by that, and not seeing it done before on a phone, I took a similar approach to my Galaxy Nexus.
I'm sure there are a bunch of ways you can do this, but here's what I used:
- Apex Launcher
- The Roboto font for all the text
- Ultimate Custom Clock Widget for the clock
- MultiPicture Live Wallpaper, which puts a different wallpaper on each screen (not shown)
- The Minimalist Icon Pack
- This rainy Danbo wallpaper
Getting the Danbo in the foreground wasn't too hard. It's simple: The parts that look like widgets are widgets. I got the clock widget behind Danbo's head by cutting out a portion in Photoshop (you could also use the GIMP), exporting it as a PNG, and then putting that image into a widget that overlaps the clock. It took a little bit of sizing things up, and even in the end I still had to play with positioning, but it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be.