September 4, 2018
Use a pixelated version of your desktop as your lockscreen with i3lock
I decided it was time to spice up my lockscreen, I’ve been using the same old static picture for what feels like years now.
I’ve seen a lot of people use blurred and pixelated screenshots of their desktop and they do look pretty cool, so I decided to do the same thing myself. :)
I wrote a Bash script that uses
imagemagick to take a screenshot of my desktop, pixelate the image, add the lock icon to it and lastly lock the screen using the newly created image.
#!/bin/bash icon="$HOME/.config/i3/lock.png" img="$HOME/.cache/i3lock.png" scrot $img # Pixelate image convert $img -scale 10% -scale 1000% $img # Blur image #convert $img -blur 0x4 500% $img convert $img $icon -gravity center -composite $img i3lock -u -i $img
The lock icon I use can be found on the website Iconfinder.com here and I used the 256px version myself.
I also included the option to blur the image, which does look cool as well, but that operation is noticeably slower than pixelating the image.