Background image in a JDesktopPane

Probably, this question has been asked: How do I add a background image to a JDesktopPane. I have already atttempted the following:

      ImageIcon waterMark = ImageLoader.loadIcon("PTSWatermark.gif");
      if (waterMark != null) {
       System.out.println("**** setting the DeskTop with PTS water mark ****");
       JLabel l = new JLabel(waterMark);
       deskTop.add(l, JLayeredPane.FRAME_CONTENT_LAYER);
       deskTop.setBackground(new Color(0x99, 0xCC, 0xCC));
      } else {
        System.err.println("**** PTSWatermark.gif could not be found ****");

where ImageLoader.loadIcon() simply loads the image.  From the println statements, I know that the ImageIcon object is not null.  Can any one help?  

Thanks in advance.
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A component with a custom background should paint that background first,
and overwrite it than by all contained components.
The only way to do so (at present) is to derive your own component (your case: JDesktopPane)
acting as, but having this overridden 'paintComponent':

public class MyDesktopPane extends JDesktopPane
  public void paintComponent( Graphics g )
    g.drawImage(background, 0, 0, this);   // background being the image!
    super.paintComponent( g ) ;                // painting everything else.

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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
How do I display an image in the background of a Swing component?
zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
Proposal: split
zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
OK :°)
Just wonder why it took so long ;°)
It's cold, all fluids are thicker .....

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