I got me some awesome desktop backgrounds of very beautiful things.
Watching them rotate though on my dual HD displays is a joy.
Except when I am watching a video or learning or something serious like that.
I don’t like killing the desktop theme or going to a black-out only background, then having to put stuff back when I am done. That’s such a hassle.
So I hunted around for a small/free Windows App that might do the job blanking out or dimming the desktop.
Apparently there are tons.
4 Applications To Dim Your Screen & Keep You Focused [Windows] - MakeUseOf blog has just a few of the more popular ones.
After some trial and error (and I tried a bunch) I settled on a gem called CinemaDrape by Aurelify.
What do I like?
- It has a portable option; download and run. (A installer version is available as well.)
- It works over multiple monitors.
- You can change the color to whatever you want
- Opacity options
- Select multiple areas to unmask. This was the dealmaker for me. I unmasked a video player window and unmasked a PowerShell window at the same time.
- Layout saving.
If you need a tool like this, definitely check this one out first.
Highly Valca Recommended!