How to Personalise your iPad

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: December 27, 2010

Category: General

With Christmas Day now behind us and the start of a New Year just a few short days away, I thought I’d take a break from having a break and post this short tutorial to show how you can personalise your iPad…

Personalising your iPad so that you can have your own individual graphic as the Home Screen background is incredibly easy to do and takes just a couple of minutes using Photoshop…

Creating your own background
The screen on the iPad measures 1024px x 768px so you wouldn’t be wrong to think that all you need to do is create a document with those exact dimensions. However, as we know the iPad screen is able to rotate so to allow for this all we need to do is to create a new document in Photoshop measuring 1024px x 1024px as shown below (note that the Resolution is 132 ppi):

In my case once I had the right sized blank document open I then placed onto it my own graphic which just happens to be the exact same background and logo that appears across my website, this blog and all other branded material:

The only important thing to remember here if you’re placing a logo into this background is that it needs to be placed centrally so that it displays correctly in both Portrait and Landscape orientation:

Setting your new graphic as the Home Screen couldn’t be easier. Once you’ve saved this document/graphic and then synced your iPad so that it appears in your Photo Albums, all you need to do is to go to SETTINGS…BRIGHTNESS & WALLPAPER

As an added extra I also made up a graphic for the ‘Lock Screen’ which was identical all except for the text identifying who the iPad belongs to and some contact information:

There are some Apps you can get such as SecureLock that  allow you to simply select an image from your Photo Albums and then add in the text. Now this App does a great job and very quickly however there were a few things I didn’t like about it which is why I’ve gone about doing this myself in Photoshop. With SecureLock I found if I used an image from within my Photo Albums it would come up too big on the screen so quite a large portion of it would be missing and also the text fitted perfectly in ‘Portrait’ orientation, but not all of it showed up if the iPad was held in ‘Landscape’ orientation.

Right, that’s all for now so I’m going to make a move and set at reducing the Turkey Mountain that still remains,
Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Mike Patterson

    Fav’d this for I eventually get mine 😉

    • Glyn

      Mike, hands down this is the best piece of kit I’ve bought, sorry I mean ‘invested in’ for quite a while. You’ll love it when you get it; showing photos to perspective clients etc is a dream! 🙂

  2. Rajesh J Taylor

    Very neat and bespoke Glyn!

    • Glyn

      Thanks mate 🙂

  3. Steve Fell

    Excellent as usual Glyn. What app do you use on the iPad to present your photos?

    • Glyn

      @Steve…Thanks mate. At the moment for showing photos I’m using the built in Photos App which is fine but limiting. I’ve been recommended ‘Portfolio’ for iPad which I’m going to download next and give a whirl.


  4. Paul Pratt

    Great stuff Glyn.

    Just as an FYI, in case you weren’t aware….you can add a fifth app to the dock on the iPad. I see you just have the four, that’s where Twitter lives on mine.



    • Glyn

      @Paul…Thanks for that mate; just got to decide which App to put in there now…lol 🙂

      Hope all is well with you and yours,

  5. Lee Ramsden

    What a simple but very effective idea!
    im personally waiting for the iPad 2 which should be with us in the near future, :0)
    but will certainly do this.

    Really like the lock screen idea, will be doing a similar for my iPhone.
    Cheers Glyn

    • Glyn

      @Lee…Yeah my intention was to wait until the 2nd Gen but the force was strong and I could resist no longer 🙂

      Re the iPhone, I tried it on mine and the dimensions work a treat.
      Thanks for dropping by,
      All the best to you,

  6. A.J. Wood

    Glyn –

    Am I to understand you have your hands on a fine tablet my friend? Santa was good this year eh? You’ll want to setup Dropbox & PlainText straight away. Also, get Flipboard–it will change the way you read online content.

    Hope all is groovy my friend.

    – A.J.

    • Glyn

      @A.J. … Truth be told mate I treated myself before Christmas; I was doing so well resisting but it finally got the better of me 🙂
      Must admit though, now I’ve got it I can’t believe I managed to hold off as long as I did; absolutely love it!

      Cheers for the App recommendations too.
      Yeah all good here. I trust you had a great Christmas with the family.

      Rest assured Anne and myself will be raising a glass to you on the 31st as we see in the New Year.
      All the very best to you my friend,
      Glyn & Anne



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