Your wallpaper is the face of your phone, so it better be good. You can use your browser or an app like Wallbase to find wallpapers, but you can also make them yourself — and it’s easier than you think, thanks to FreshCoat, a fun and free wallpaper creator for Android.
Pick a Color, Any Color
The simplest wallpaper you can make with FreshCoat is just a solid color, similar to what you can make using the much older Colors app. But FreshCoat lets you do more: For one thing, you can select one of a number of textures, as you can see in the top-right screenshot. This is what they look like, when applied:
So that’s one option, which is great if you like a minimal look.
Or a Picture
If a color and texture combo is too minimal for you, how about an image from your gallery?
You can pick any image from your phone’s gallery (including other wallpaper images you want to tweak), and then overlay it with a texture or make it blurry:
I did have some issues with this part of the app: Once I picked an image, reverting back to a solid color took some fiddling around and retrying several times.
Another interesting thing you can do with the camera is to use it for picking a specific color out of your surroundings. FreshCoat doesn’t include its own camera app, but uses the one that comes with your phone (or any other camera app you happen to have installed). You point the camera at something, place the desired color at the center of the frame, and snap the shot.
This sounds neat in theory, but you’ll have to get your aim just right: FreshCoat doesn’t let you view the resulting image and tap on a color to select it, but simply goes with whatever’s in the center of the frame. The selected color did change according to the photo I took, but it wasn’t always easy for me to see the correlation.
Make It Your Own
FreshCoat is very simple and isn’t weighed down with many options, but the results you can get are varied and interesting:
Top-left, you can see a wallpaper which is based on one of the images I had on my phone, with a simple blur applied. On the right you can see an image I created by selecting a hue and then applying the Diagonal effect. These won’t win any design awards, but they can definitely make your icons pop out — after all, a wallpaper is supposed to be just that, a background image for other stuff.
Of course, some people prefer wallpapers that move around — if you’re one of those, may I suggest these two lovely vector-based live wallpapers for a slick and minimalistic look that is still animated.
Did you make a cool wallpaper? Share a link to it in the comments!