How to display artwork on any 4K TV

Easily and effortlessly display art on a TV using a Flash Drive, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast.

I wanted to begin by showing you some photos of our living room. I was able to make our TV look like artwork using inexpensive digital art. This is a great way to change the vibe of your living room or bedroom on a budget! I love digital artwork because it is so affordable–often under $5–and you can use it over and over.

The Correct Size for Digital Art

If you already have digital artwork that you would like to display on a TV, the first step is to make sure your artwork is sized correctly. Widescreen TVs have a 16:9 aspect ratio. Many digital prints will come with a file already sized for TV use.

Display Art by Airplay mirroring using an iPhone, iPad or Mac

AirPlay mirroring lets you share what’s on your Apple device — websites, presentations, spreadsheets, pictures — with everyone in the room to a TV.

To mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to your TV or Mac using AirPlay, you need to:

  1. Add your digital artwork to an album in the Photos app on your iPhone, iPad or Mac.
  2. Connect your iPhone, iPad or Mac to the same Wi-Fi network as your AirPlay-compatible smart TV.
  3. Open Control Centre.
  4. Tap Screen Mirroring.
  5. Select your TV from the list.
  6. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your iPhone or iPad. (Once you've followed the steps, you should see everything you do on your iOS device mirrored on the big screen)
  7. Open the photos app on your device
  8. Select the folder you saved the digital artwork for the TV
  9. Choose Slide show if you like to do so or just choose a single wallpaper to display
  10. Choose options on the bottom of the Slideshow and select Disolve on Themes
  11.  Select the speed by moving the slider
  12. Start the Slideshow

Display Art with a USB Flash Drive

  1. Simply copy your folder of digital art onto a flash drive 
  2. Plug it into your TV’s USB port–mine is accessible on the side of the TV. This should automatically launch the TV’s photo viewing app, and you will be able to start a slideshow, or a select a photo to view. (The specific steps may vary depending on your TV.)

One thing to note, if you navigate away from the photo viewing app and need to relaunch it, simply unplug the flash drive, and then plug it in again.

Display Art with a Roku

  1. Upload your digital artwork to a Google Photos album
  2. Install the Photo View channel
  3. Sign in with Google and select your album
  4. In Roku settings, select Photo View as your screensaver.

Display Art with a Fire TV

  1. Upload your photos to an Amazon Photos collection
  2. On Fire TV, click Display and Sounds > Screensaver
  3. Click Current Screensaver and select you photo collection

Display Art with an Apple TV

  1. Add your digital artwork to an album in Photos on Mac
  2. Tap the up arrow and create a Shared Album
  3. Open the Photos app on Apple TV, then swipe to the Shared category in the menu. (If you don’t see the Shared category, go to Settings > Users and Accounts > iCloud and turn on Shared Albums.)
  4. Select your shared album, then select Slideshow, adjust the settings to your liking.

Display Art by using any Google or Apple Phone or Tablet to Mirror to TV

  1. Create an album of the pictures you want to display on your TV
  2. Mirror your phone or tablet to your TV
  3. Start a slideshow on your phone or tablet (It will show on your TV)

It’s always better to play/mirror a slideshow using a dedicated device so that the slideshow won’t get disconnected if you need to use your phone or tablet or you receive any notifications, calls, messages, etc…

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