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How To Display Art on a TV

Follow this simple tutorial to display art on a TV and elevate your living room. I’m sharing digital art favorites and slideshows as well!

Display Art On Your TV (Frame TV Hack)

Welcome friends! Today I’ll be sharing a simple tutorial to help you display artwork on your smart TV. I love the Samsung Frame as much as the next blogger, but did you know it is possible to achieve a similar look with the TV you already have? There are several options to display art on a TV that I will outline below. Let’s get started!

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Preparing Your Digital Art

I love digital artwork because it is so affordable–often around $5. And the best part? You can use it over and over for physical prints, or on your TV!

One important note: you will want to make sure your artwork is the correct aspect ratio. Widescreen TVs have a 16:9 aspect ratio. Many digital prints will come with a file already sized for TV use, but if not, you may crop your art to the correct aspect ratio. Use a free website like PicMonkey, or a program like Photoshop, Lightroom, or Photos on Mac.

Here are some digital art favs that come pre-sized for a TV, if you would like to skip the resizing step:

To keep things organized, save all of your 16:9 digital art to a folder on your computer.

How I Display Art on a TV

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USB Flash Drive

This is the method I use! Simply copy your folder of digital art onto a flash drive, then 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. (Of course, the specific steps will 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!

More Ways to Display Art on a TV

The following are additional methods for displaying art on your TV. I did all the research so hopefully it is quick and easy. Let me know if you have any issues, as I have not tried these myself!

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

More Roku info HERE.

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

More Fire TV info HERE.

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 Set as Screen Saver and confirm.

More Apple TV info HERE.

Chromecast

  1. Upload your digital artwork to a Google Photos album
  2. Open the Google Home app on your phone
  3. Choose your Chromecast device
  4. Tap Settings > Ambient Mode > Google Photos

More Chromecast info HERE.

One More Idea: YouTube Art Slideshows

Finally, a VERY easy way to display art on your TV is to search for art slideshows on YouTube! Most smart TVs have a YouTube app, or the ability to cast a video from your phone. Here are some favorites:

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And there you have it, several options for turning your TV into a beautiful work of art. I would love to hear your thoughts below, especially if I need to update any of my instructions! Hope you found this post helpful 🙂 I’ll be sharing more cozy modern living room progress soon–sneak peek in the image above! If you would like, sign up for my email list so you never miss a post.

XO,

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3 Comments

    1. Hi Oonagh! Since all TVs are different, I would check yours or read the product description online if you are purchasing a new TV. You could also try one of the other methods for displaying art–the Youtube slideshows are one of the easiest ways! 🙂

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