I know how to alter the background for the login window that you see when booting, but I would like to know how to change the background of the plain black login screen that appears after waking a mac from sleep (when the 'require password when waking from sleep' security option is selected).

I would like to use one of the background images that come included with Mac osx or even change that black login screen to replicate the login screen shown when booting.

I hope I have made the difference between the two login windows I am talking about clear enough. I am just sick of that plain black login screen I have to see whenever I wake my mac.

(Using Snow Leopard)


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To my knowledge the login pane when you first start the system (or log out of a user) loads from an image on the system, but when you wake from sleep, or wake the screen, there is no image used. From my conversations with a few themers, it's a colour fill that's built into the OS.


I don't think there's any way to change the background in Snow Leopard. You should be able to do it in Lion...

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