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The splash image is the image shown in the background when GRUB is displaying the list of operating systems you can boot. All you need to customize it is the GIMP or Imagemagick. You will need to make sure your GRUB supports the splashimage command. I took image from and cut a little for the GRUB background.

Creating image (GIMP)

  1. Start the GIMP.
  2. Click on File » New or type Ctrl+n
  3. In the new image dialog, change Width to 640 pixels and Height to 480 pixels (the image should be of size 640x480 pixels). Now click OK.
  4. Create the image which you would like to be the splash image. It's quite fun to experiment with the various tools of the GIMP!
  5. After you have finished creating the image, hit Alt+i or right click on the image and click on Image » Mode » Indexed.
  6. In the Indexed Color Conversion dialog that appears, click on the radio button Generate optimal Palette and in # of colors enter 14. Click OK (the image should be of only 14 colors).
  7. Now right-click on the image and click on File » Save As.... Save the file as ImageName.xpm in a directory of your choice. If you can't create ImageName.xpm you can save it as ImageName.png and then convert it with convert ImageName.png ImageName.xpm (convert is a part of imagemagick).
  8. Open a terminal, change directory to where the ImageName.xpm was saved, then compress it using GNU-zip: gzip ImageName.xpm

But be careful if you create you work with GIMP under Windows. It will use the standard Windows newline CR+LF. Nethertheless it seems as if GRUB can only cope with plain LF newlines. You have to convert the lineformat manually.

Creating image (Imagemagick)

You can also pick an image (any type supported by ImageMagick) and execute:

 convert picture.jpg -resize 640x480! -colors 14 -depth 8 ImageName.xpm.gz

Installing the Image

Make sure you are root, then run the following in the terminal:

# mount /boot
# mv ImageName.xpm.gz /boot/grub/

In the /boot/grub/grub.conf you have to point splashimage to newly created image i.e.:

File: /boot/grub/grub.conf
# Splash Image

If your boot splash did not change,then try the following:

# cp ImageName.xpm.gz /boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz

That's it! When you reboot, you will find your image in the background, with the menu of operating systems etc. in the foreground.

Changing text colors

If you do not like the look of the default text settings (white text with black shadow and highlighting) or it turns out to be hard to read with your splashimage even though the color command wont work, there is a way to modify these. Use the command foreground to edit the text and border color background will do for the shadows and highlighted background of the selected item.

File: /boot/grub/grub.conf
# Set text color to RRGGBB
foreground RRGGBB

# Set shadows and selected highlight to RRGGBB
background RRGGBB

RRGGBB must be a HEX-Colorcode, i.e. numbers 0-9 and letters A-F, each group of two representing a color. You can either try it out (R means red, G means green, B means blue, so the range from 00 to FF allows you to address a range of 0 to 255 for each color that will then be combined with those of the others to make up the color you chose) or (more conveniently ;-) copy the 6-digit code that e.g. the KDE or GIMP color choosers provide.


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