Learn how to display artwork on Smart TV in this post. Just 3 easy steps and you can make your TV look like a work of art!
As much as I would love to have a Samsung Frame TV, the cost is unaffordable. I’m keeping it on my wish list because I’ve only heard good things about it and it’s pretty cool.
Frame TV It is a QLED TV, or Quantum Dot LED TV. What does it mean? Essentially, QLED TVs feature higher luminance, enhanced brightness and contrast, and a unique quantum processor, which uses machine learning to upscale low-definition content.
The Frame TV display is designed to display 4K artwork without glare or reflections, in a matte screen so they look like real art. The TV is also placed against the wall making it look like a real painting. It’s really amazing when you see one in person.
These TVs It comes with an “Art Mode” that allows you to easily access and view all your artwork 24/7. You can upload your own artwork, or purchase artwork through a subscription to the Samsung Art Store (I think it costs about $6 per month).
But honestly, when you take into account the cost of the TV, and then the cost of the tech subscription – it’s very expensive! Fortunately, you can buy a very good flat panel monitor for a pretty small amount of money these days. And you can still put art on it! Let me show you how.
How to display artwork on a smart TV using a USB drive
First things first, you’ll need two things.
- TV with USB port. (Most smart screen TVs they sell nowadays have one)
- A USB flash drive loaded with your favorite Frame TV graphics (see below for how to do this or just Google it).
Once you have those two, follow these three easy steps.
- Locate the USB port on your TV and insert the flash drive there. It’s usually located on the back next to the HDMI ports, and can usually be seen from the side. So, if you peek your head behind the TV on either side, you should see it. Otherwise it may be near the bottom of the TV.
- Switch the input/source mode until you reach Media Player or USB. It may be worded differently on your TV, but hold down the Input/Source button on your TV or remote until you see it. Once you’ve accessed the right source, you’ll see all your art files on the USB pop-up window.
- Select the art file you want to view and VOILA! TV art!
If you find that your artwork is not displaying for a long time or turns on after a while, you may have the screen saver option turned on and you will need to turn it off.
If you want the art to be a bit dim, simply lower the TV screen brightness under Settings.
How to display artwork on your TV using the Amazon Photos app
Then, you can view your uploaded photos/artworks as a slideshow when the TV is idle. (Note: Did you know that if you have Prime, you can store an unlimited number of photos on it Amazon the pictures?)
How to display art on your TV through YouTube
You can also go to the Youtube app on your TV (or download it if you don’t already have it). Or, if you don’t have apps on your TV, you can use Fire stick Or Roku to bring the app to your TV.
Once you get to Youtube, search for TV Screen Art, or Art for TV, and you can select any option you want from there. Youtube “videos” are essentially artistic files that are designed to be viewed for a specific period of time. Some even have music!
How to transfer TV art files from your computer to a USB flash drive
Download the TV screen image to your computer. Then insert your flash drive into your computer. Flash drives are usually located on the side, front, or back of your computer (depending on whether you have a desktop or laptop).
Move your art files from your computer to your flash drive. I just open the drive folder, select my artwork and drag and drop it into the USB flash drive folder.
Once you have all your artwork on your flash drive, you can disconnect it from your computer.
Where to buy TV art?
There are few places you can find high-quality, affordable TV artwork these days. You can search for public domain artwork and resize it yourself to the appropriate 16:9 ratio. You can use Canva or Photoshop for this purpose.
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