Having two monitors for your computer is awesome, as this New York Times article explains; however, a common problem many people run into is finding wallpapers that look good on them. Personally, I can’t stand having the same wallpaper on both screens, and wallpapers made for two monitors are few and far in between.
However, there’s a solution to this wallpaper problem: horizontally inverting your wallpaper on your second screen. Although this means using the same wallpaper for both screens, it makes up for it by creating symmetry and looking beautiful. To do this, you’ll need a program called DisplayFusion. Note: if you’re using a Mac, you won’t need a program like this. OS X can handle multiple wallpapers natively; just set them up via your Wallpaper properties.
DisplayFusion comes in two flavors: Free and Pro. Although the Pro version has some awesome features, such as the ability to stretch your taskbar across both monitors, you’ll be fine using the free version for our purposes. Simply download and install the program; then, DisplayFusion will start whenever you boot up your computer and run quietly in the taskbar. The program generally uses about 800K-1200K of RAM, so if you have any sort of modern system you shouldn’t run into performance problems.
After you have DisplayFusion installed, it’s time to create your inverted wallpaper. First, find yourself an awesome wallpaper to work with. In my opinion, the best places to find quality wallpapers are DeviantArt, WallBase, and 4walled. Bear in mind that not all wallpapers are created equal for this process; try to find one that will look good paired up with a mirrored copy of itself.
Once you have your wallpaper, open it up in your image editor of choice. I use Paint.net simply because it’s free and works well. Then, find the option to flip the picture horizontally and save your work under a different filename. Now you should have two wallpapers. Let’s head over to DisplayFusion to set them up.
To access your DisplayFusion options, click the monitor-shaped icon in your notification area on your taskbar. After that, you’ll see a screen that looks like the one pictured left (click to enlarge). Click the monitor for which you want to change the wallpaper, and then click Load From… and choose the My Computer. Find your wallpaper and choose it. Then click the other monitor on the options panel and repeat the process, this time choosing the edited copy you made.
That’s all there is to it! Enjoy your new, more beautiful desktop! Once you’ve finished tweaking it, share a link to it in the comments. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to get post updates as they’re written.