Fresco 4+

Hakan Stenholm

    • 4.9 • 76 Ratings
    • Free



Fresco gives you more control over the desktop picture. It lets you:
∙ Span a panorama image over multiple displays.
∙ Resize and position images, to make them fit to your liking.
∙ Create your own desktop by combining images.

Note: demo videos can be found on the developer website.


∙ The desktop is treated as a single canvas. This means that an image can be placed to cover multiple displays. A Panorama image can therefore be used directly, without first having to be sliced into (display sized) sections.
Note: check the TECHNICAL LIMITATIONS section below, if you plan to use panorama images.

∙ An image can be resized and positioned, to show its most interesting part. This removes the need to manually resize or crop it for desktop use.

∙ It is also possible to use multiple images on the desktop. A common choice is to place them side by side, one on each display (when using a multi-display setup). Another option is to place them on-top of each other. This is useful when placing “cut-outs” (images with transparency) on-top of a background. This technique can also be used to add text.

An easy way to create a text-image, is to write and style the text using TextEdit. When done, select “Save as PDF” in the print dialog. This creates a pdf file, that can then be used as an image in Fresco.

∙ Quick desktop change support. MacOS can only update the desktop picture of the visible desktop. To update another desktop you will have to switch to it. This also means that apps like Fresco (and System Preferences) will have to be moved to the new desktop. The “Show on all Desktops” mode is supplied to avoid the need for this.

∙ Save support - store adjusted image content, for later use or future editing.

∙ Retina support.

∙ Drag and drop support. Drag folders onto the app to add them as image sources. Drag a single image onto the app to start adjusting it.

∙ Most image formats (png, jpg, bmp, gif …) can be used.

∙ A number of vector image formats are also supported, these are: pdf, eps, ps and ai.

∙ Keyboard only navigation is supported. Remember to select “All controls” in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Full Keyboard Access, to be able to TAB and Shift-TAB between all buttons and other controls.

∙ Resume support, the re-opened app will allow you to continue as if you never quit.


∙ MacOS 10.9 (or later): Do you use MULTIPLE displays and MULTIPLE desktops? Do you also want to span panoramic images over MULTIPLE displays?

∙ Then disable System Preferences -> Mission Control -> Displays have separate Spaces. This ensures that a desktop switch, affects all displays rather than just the active one, thereby keeping the panorama desktop in one piece.

∙ MacOS 10.6 is limited to ONLY one desktop picture for each display, 10.7 (or later) allows each desktop to have its own desktop picture.

∙ Some older macOS versions (10.7.0–10.7.2) require images to be located in the users “Pictures” folder. No such limitations exist when running 10.7.3 or later.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Ryan Battles ,

It just works, right away

This is great! I literally downloaded this and had exactly what I needed on two screens within a minute. No learning curve, easy to use, just select an image and split it amongst your screens! Thank you for making this available for all of us who like to experiment with cool desktop and wallpaper arrangements, and don't want to sink an hour into getting everything just right, now back to work!

Troymd2009 ,

Great but....

Worked well with the stock photos but I can't upload any of my own personal images in it. Tried converting the format to others and it will not recognize any formats in there.

I figured out how to add the files in my own workaround. By going to where my stock apple background wallpapers are I just added the image I wanted to use from my own files. You can do this by simply hitting cmd shift g and type in /Library/Desktop Pictures and drag your photo in there and Fresco can now see the image. I am only not giving this 5 stars because it did not work natively from add image source button. Maybe it is an issue with macOs ventura. I am not sure but I am glad it works otherwise.

SMKain_ ,

Works great, but after awhile deletes saved images

It really is a great app. My only complant is that I will create a custom setup for multiple monitors and, for whatver reason, after a few weeks my saved setup within the app is gone. This isn't an issue if you never change your photos, but if you wanted to change one without changing the others, then this requires you to need to setup all images again. Besides this minor inconvenience, the app is great to use.

App Privacy

The developer, Hakan Stenholm, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.