Motorola Droid-X Wallpaper: Dimensions and Guide

Droid-XLike many geeks, one of the first things I like to do after purchasing new technology is finding its settings and customizing it to make it my own. Such is the case after I purchased the Motorola Droid-X yesterday.

First off, the Droid-X is amazing — a huge change of pace from my previous phone, the Blackberry Tour. The default wallpaper sets are sharp, but that’s exactly what they are: defaults. The live wallpapers are slick also (Especially the Mario Live Wallpaper), but they consume more battery power.

The viewing resolution of a Droid-X is 480×854 pixels. However, if you want to make a wallpaper for the phone, you will need to create an image that is 960×854.

This is due to the seven different panels that a user can customize. From the home screen, a user simply needs to flick left or right to view the other panels. As they move around, however, the wallpaper shuffles along as well, creating an interesting effect of breadth.

This is how it breaks down. We’ll start with the overall wallpaper image:

Size: 960x854 pixels

As you move left or right, the screen moves over in increments of 80px.

The viewable panel areas are highlighted in red.

Home Panel
Droid Wallpaper Panel 2
Panel 2
Droid Wallpaper Panel 3
Panel 2
Droid Wallpaper Panel 4
Panel 2
Droid Wallpaper Panel 5
Panel 5
Droid Wallpaper Panel 6
Panel 6
Droid Wallpaper Panel 7
Panel 7

Knowing this information, you should be able to make some really creative designs for the Droid-X.

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  1. There seems to be only 5 panels to swipe through on my moto x home screen?

  2. Is there anyway to set your wallpaper as a single 480×854 picture that stays stagnant from window to window?

    1. Hey John –
      Have you created the 480×854 pixel image? I would assume that would prevent it from scrolling.

  3. This is also known as parallax scrolling – a technique that was used all the time in 8-bit and 16-bit games =)

  4. Brilliant post! Short, simple, & illustrated with helpful & informative pics. Well done!

  5. What a great post – thank you! Couldn’t figure out the width res. I do have one question… my designs are still getting blown up (cut off at the top and bottom). To double the previous question, should the res of the image be something other than the standard 72 dpi? That’s the only thing I can think of that would cause this issue. Any ideas are welcome. Thanks again!

    1. Thanks Grant!
      If you use the exact dimensions for the image: 960×854 at the standard 72dpi, you should be good.

      What dpi are you using that causes the image to cut off on the top and bottom?

      1. My image size details in PS:

        W 960
        H 854
        W 13.333 in
        H 11.861 in
        Res 72

        resample image (bicubic) is checked.

          1. Joey, thanks so much for the response. I figured it out the other day, although my Droid X seems to be acting inconsistent. I found that on my 3rd attempt, it presented me with a resizing window with the buttons “Save” and “Discard” on it. It hadn’t done that previously, but was automatically cropping my image. In the resizing window, I expanded the crop box to include the whole image, and wa-lah, it’s perfect. Why the default is set to crop even a perfectly sized image is odd. Anyway, thanks so much for the help! I’ll might send you my crazy wallpaper anyway as a thank you.

  6. Just got a Droid X and wanted to start learning how to make my own wallpapers as well as set up websites with smartphones in mind.

    I’m wondering at what resolution should the wallpapers be made at? 72 dpi as in the case of web graphics or a higher res???

    1. All the wallpapers I’ve made for my phone have been at 72dpi and they look just fine.