Selected Wallpapers: For Desktop & Web-Design

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Creative wallpapers can serve as a nice source of inspiration. Particularly if you are having another creativity block, but don’t really have enough time to take a walk or browse through Flickr pools. However, it isn’t easy to find some really nice wallpapers – the choice is too big, and there are simply too many sources.

Over the last few days we’ve searched for the best posters, wallpapers, galleries and background images on the Web and collected them in an overview below. Especially Mac-Users will find some nice sources. Feel free to suggest further resources in the comments section. Links checked: June/03 2008.

  • Art. Lebedev Studio Posters
    Cool arty barcode posters/wallpapers – in sizes up to 1600×1200
  • Greg Martin
    Gallery of Art – great Wallpapers in sizes up to 2560 x 1024
  • Greg Martin 2
    Great Wallpapers by Greg Martin in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Patrick Bennett
    Free Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1600 × 1050

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  • Blurburger Desktops
    Cartooney wallpapers – in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • BSDnexus
    OpenBSD, FreeBSD and NetBSD wallpapers – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Caedes Desktop Backgrounds
    A collection of great desktop wallpaper and desktop backgrounds. Over 12000 images: photography, 3D computer art, fractal, abstracts, nature, and space – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Design Wallpapers
    Free Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1280 x 1024

    Screenshot

  • Desktopography
    Wallpapers For Designers – in sizes up to 1280 x 1024
  • deviantART Wallpaper
    Great Wallpapers in 27 categories: Fractals, Vector, Fantasy, Dark, Games, Automotive, Abstract, Anime, Freehand, Light, Minimalistic, Landscapes, Science Fiction, Technical, Tiles, Multi Display, Females, Music, Macabre & Horror, 3 Dimensional
  • Dieselstation
    Exotic Car Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1900×1200

    Screenshot

  • Digital Blasphemy Free 3D Wallpapers
    Free 3D wallpaper – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200, and 1920 x 1200 (widescreen)
  • Outer Space Wallpaper
    Outer Space pictures for Windows desktop wallpaper – in sizes up to 1024 X 768
  • Dual Screen Wallpaper
    Free Dual Screen Wallpapers in 5 categories: nature, abstract, space, Random, vehicles – in sizes up to 2650×1024

    Screenshot

  • endeffect 2006 – RIOT!
    Cool Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1600×1200
  • eWallpapers.net
    Free wallpapers,desktop wallpapers, divided into categories: 3D, Aircrafts/Planes, Animals, Anime, Girls, Cars, Computers, Games, Holidays, Motorcycles, Movies, Music, Nature, Sports, World – in sizes up to 2560 x 1600
  • e-wallpapers.info
    The best wallpapers on the net – divided into categories: Abstract, Cartoon, Cold Colors, Dark, Fantasy, Landscapes, Light, Mac OS X, Minimalistic, Nature, Sky, Warm Colors, Widescreen, Windows Vista
  • Firefox Wallpapers
    Cool FireFox Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200

    Screenshot

  • Flickr’s Desktop Wallpaper Pool
    Over 2,608 Flickr users have posted their favorite wallpaper photos. Minimum 1024×768 resolution
  • National Geographic
    National Geographic Wallpapers divided into categories: animals, archaeology and paleontology, black-and white photography, people, science and technology, underwater, culture, history
  • Free Movie Wallpaper
    James Bond, Star Trek, Borat, Harry Potter, Rocky and some more.

    Screenshot

  • Graffiti Wallpaper
    Free high-quality desktop wallpaper in 10 categories: Animal, Flower, Graffiti, Landscape, Plant, Random, Statue, Texture, Tree – in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • HubbleSite
    Plaster snapshots of the universe across your computer screen. Wallpaper lets you wander the universe from your desktop.

    Screenshot

  • InterfaceLIFT
    Free High-Resolution Widescreen Wallpaper -in sizes up to 2560×1600
  • joejoe’s Wallpapers
    A huge selection of great wallpapers, divided into categories: Abstract, Animals, Apple, Black and White, Desert, City, Grass, Landscape, Mac, Leaves, Plants, Sky, Snow, Space, Water, Sunsets
  • Jeffrey Klassen – Infrared
    Amazing infrared photo gallery. These infrared photos/wallpapers are absolutely beautiful! – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200

    Screenshot

  • Jeffrey Klassen – Water
    These water drop photos/wallpapers are amazing! – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Klowner’s Wallpapers
    Collection of Linux wallpapers and others – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • MediaInspiration Wall Papers
    Free Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1024 X 768
  • Pixelgirl
    Desktop Images – in sizes up to 1920×1200
  • Simpsons Wallpapers
    Bart, Homer, Marge, Mr.Burns – Simpsons & Springfield Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1280 x 960
  • skeedz.com – wallpaper
    High quality wallpapers – in sizes up to 1280 x 1024

    Screenshot

  • Socksoff
    Free high quality wallpapers for Windows and Mac – in sizes up to 1600×1200
  • Space.com
    Wallpapers for your Desktop in categories: Apollo, Mars, Moon, Earth, Hubble Space Telescope, 3-D Space Art, Stars and Galaxies, Solar System, Saturn’s Rings – in sizes up to 1280 x 1024
  • Michael Swanson
    Macro Wallpaper Images – in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • Terra Galleria
    20 Free Wallpapers pictures from the Terra Galleria photo gallery – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Travel Wallpapers
    Free Travel Wallpapers in 5 categories: 5 categories: The Beach, Blue, Landscapes, Cities, Towns & Buildings, Images of Gods – in sizes up to 1024 X 768
  • Waldo’s Wallpaper
    Ultra High resolution original 3D computer desktop wallpapers
  • Wallpaper at 555 [DESIGN]
    Free Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1024 x 768

    Screenshot

  • Zeldman Presents: Desktop Pictures | Wallpaper
    Desktop images for your pleasure – in sizes up to 1600 x 1024
  • Vladstudio – Wallpapers Gallery
    Free desktop wallpapers, high resolution, widescreen and dual-monitor images – in sizes up to 2560 x 1600
  • Wallpapers
    Free Widescreen Desktop Wallpapers by Steve Truett -in sizes up to 2560 x 1600

Mac Wallpapers

  • Desktopia
    Freeware – Desktopia is a brand new customization concept for MacOS X: if you are one of those that are always seeking for a new ways to improve the look of your mac then desktopia is the right choice. hanks to it’s very simple and unobtrusive interface you will be able to configure desktopia to automatically change your desktop picture based on a specified time of the day.
  • OSXplanet Project
    OSXplanet is a cocoa program that is based on the popular program, xplanet (by Hari Nair). It is able to generate live images of the earth as well as other planets in the solar system with additional informations such as the current clouds, storms, satellites, volcanos, earthquakes and times and locations of cities.
  • Apple OS X Wallpapers
    Mac OS X Default Aqua, Abstract, Nature Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1280 x 1024 and wide screen

    Screenshot

  • Blue Crystal 7
    The “Blue Crystal” desktop collection contains a bunch of elegant, high quality wallpapers. The 7th edition of the blue crystal desktop collection is inspired by the amazing default desktops included in Apple’s Mac OS 10.4 Tiger and contains three high resolution (2560×1600) desktops – Aqua, Aqua light and Graphit.
  • deviantArt
    Mac/PC OS Wallpaper – in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • Wallpapers – abstract and digital art
    Abstract and digital art wallpapers – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • joejoe’s Wallpapers
    48 Mac Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200

    Screenshot

  • Tux’n'tosh
    Mac/Linus Desktop Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1280 x 854

    Screenshot

  • Mac OS X Tiger Wallpapers
    Free Tiger Wallpapers – in sizes up to 2560 x 1600
  • The Apple Collection
    Mac Desktop Pictures with Apple Logos. Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • Think different
    Here you find some nice Desktop Pictures for the Mac, Think different, Apple and more – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200

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  1. 1

    No offense, but there are waaaaaay better wallpapers than the ones listed here. I’d say some are really mediocre.

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    btw, just have a look around http://www.deviantart.com/

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  3. 3

    Very nice collection. Thank you for your advices.

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  4. 4

    Great job. I’ve just bookmarked this page. Nice for a ref.

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    @Nate Stephenson: this is why you are here :) We appreciate every feedback from our readers! :)

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    Nah, ignore Nate. Deviant Art is the MySpace of art galleries. These galleries listed here are the find.

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    Hi !

    This is a Very Goood !

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  8. 8

    Great collection. Just wondering has anybody seen wallpapers designed for ‘portrait mode’ use, they seem quite difficult to find :( Owen

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  9. 9

    Great collection

    -2
  10. 10

    Was this :

    http://www.drweb.de/weblog/weblog/?p=724

    the inspiration for this post ?

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  11. 11

    Great collection of wallpaper links! Thanks!

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    I’ve just bookmarked this page. cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -2
  13. 13

    @Peter said: Was this: http://www.drweb.de/weblog/weblog/?p=724

    the inspiration for this post?

    not only inspiration, but done by the same authors. smashingmagazine.com is just another production by the drweb.de people.

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    Subramanian Manish

    January 11, 2007 9:00 pm

    This is a very fantastic website for growing designers
    like me. A huge thanks and compliment to those who have made it possible for us. Thanks again…..

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    This is what I have been searching…………………………………

    Thanks a lot…

    I would like to know whether it is updated every month.
    Iam also looking for some best tutorial websites I will be happy if you guide me on this……

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  16. 16

    Great collection. Just wondering has anybody seen wallpapers designed for ‘portrait mode’ use, they seem quite difficult to find :(

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  17. 17

    Great job. I’ve just bookmarked this page. Nice for a ref.

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    No offense, but there are waaaaaay better wallpapers than the ones listed here. I’d say some are really mediocre.

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    Aloot of good free wallpapers at http://www.calxibe.com to :D

    -1
  20. 20

    Good Website. My looking everyday. thank you

    -1
  21. 21

    thank you very much for this good page

    -1
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    Hi, please take a look to my Wallpapersite: http://www.mexivista.de/november-dezember08.html Every month i will show one wallpaper with calendar and more.

    -1
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    I’d say some are really mediocre

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    come on i need a website about a movey backgrounds with action

    -1
  25. 25

    amazing collection, thanks for the Hubble link!!!

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    Gr8 link collection, to goood!!!

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  27. 27

    THE BEST.

    i especially recommend travel (voyage) and nature

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    Great collection of wallpaper resources. An aggregator of all the good wallpaper resources on the web

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  29. 29

    that’s a spectacular web site including the most valuable wallpapers i’ve ever seen…

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    Please add some Dj type ( Scratcher ) and thingd like that as wall papers. Then We will surely buy that online. We will pay as much as money to buy the wall papers.

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    Hi folks!

    I enjoyed the links on your site. I publish some wallpapers/desktop background pictures from my journeys around the globe on my private website at:

    http://www.australien-ozeanien.de/desktop-background/index.html

    (There are also selected pictures in very high resolution on my poster site).

    If you like it I’ll be glad to have a link on your selected-wallpaper-site.

    Thanks

    Juergen

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    I have enjoyed this site

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  33. 33

    Pretty good sets here. Seems like the opinions above are based on how much surfing folks do, how long they’ve been surfin’ and, of course, subjective opinion… Some are really well done, but others may not be worthy of a smash. Covers the gamut though. Thanks.

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  34. 34

    nice wallpapers.

    the other sites are nice too.

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  35. 35

    they are really cool :-)

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  36. 36

    just awesome guyz

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  37. 37

    very nice as always
    imo best wallpapersite is wallpaperstop.com

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  38. 38

    Its very mazing and mindblowing

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  39. 39

    amazing guys!!n keep up the good works!!!

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  40. 40

    these are cool. you should have stuff in more colors. some dark colors, like expressing depression, and light colors like expressing love or happiness. but like i said,, cool pic.’s!

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  41. 41

    nice wallpapers

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  42. 42

    its very nice –
    hurray

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  43. 43

    real good work, it excellent to look at, its different,
    i can say that i only use these backgrounds in my whole life.

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  44. 44

    that is amazing which bridge is that

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  45. 45

    i just find what i want. thanks and good luck

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  46. 46

    Very nice wallpapers! really good ones.

    -1
  47. 47

    very good , every thing

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  48. 48

    Very nice wallpapers!

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  49. 49

    Ohhhhhhhh really so nice wallpaper collection you have really so attractive.

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  50. 50

    very Very nice wallpapers!

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  51. 51

    nice wallpapers

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  52. 52

    very very nice da….. so sweet

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  53. 53

    hey i love the wallapers and will totally use them!!!
    very very very awesomeness

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  54. 54

    ei..has anyone seen a volleyball-related wallpaper?tnx.. : )

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  55. 55

    wow. wonderful pictures…..

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  56. 56

    hello i love the wllpapers i just think that you should have a bit more natural ones like with dogs in them and trees and wild life !!!

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  57. 57

    superb collection..better i will use them for my new web…..thanx…….

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  58. 58

    The finest wallpapers collections i have ever seen, thanks

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    BORING

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    Max collectins The finest time wallpapers collections i have ever seen. i like this. thanx lot.

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  62. 62

    nice pic i like them

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    GREAT GREAT

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  64. 64

    RUBBISH. who wants stupid wallpapers?

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  65. 65

    hi
    friends
    this are very nice

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  66. 66

    Excellent, this is what! I desire.
    M y real Choice.

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  67. 67

    very nice

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  68. 68

    Thanks for sharing, I like them very much,very beautiful.

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  69. 69

    the wallpaper nice

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  70. 70

    good & unique wallpapers

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  71. 71

    HIIIIIII EVERYONE,
    THIS IS VERY VERY GOOD.THANKS A LOT.

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    Muhammad Abid Ashraf

    April 23, 2009 1:09 am

    Excellent but I want some more like yeah dil mange more…………………………………………………….

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  73. 73

    kewl i already have the one with the grass and the water on it because i have a mac !

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  74. 74

    hay! nice collection
    I fell it as very realistic images and are very beautiful.

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    Rupesh Doiphode

    June 6, 2009 6:47 am

    the wallpepars is nice and lovely

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  76. 76

    Good job
    Thank u

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  77. 77

    No very bad pictures . pictures for pictures

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  78. 78

    Bookmarked this page! great pics!

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  79. 79

    nice picture

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    Abdul Qadir Siyal Mirpur Mathelo (Sindh) Pakistan

    August 3, 2009 6:24 pm

    Looking good and get good pretty and alway make help for helpless person who have muslims or non-muslim.

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    A good site with a lot of resolutions: Free-HQ-Wallpapers.com

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    I Am Mahesh

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  83. 83

    good & unique wallpapers

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    Someone was not here

    October 19, 2009 3:00 pm

    does anyone know where to find awesome graphics for a movie or powerepoint?

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  85. 85

    soooooooooooooooooo,
    nice

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  86. 86

    wow that backround of the shoes and that thats nice!!!!!
    you’r compliments are SUCKS hahaa

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  87. 87

    the backgrounds looks so good

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    Guntupalli Rajesh

    November 18, 2009 9:26 pm

    hi
    These r true,realistic and marvelous wall papers.

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    ohhhhhhhhhhhhh my god so nice of youre wallpeper

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  91. 91

    cool n great

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  92. 92

    i ned you

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  93. 93

    its too nice

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  94. 94

    hey there .

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  95. 95

    `- I LOVE WALLPAPERS I HATE CRAZY PHOTOS :-)

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  96. 96

    MY COMENT IS I LOVE WALLPAPERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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  97. 97

    it’s too nice……i love wallpapers…….

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  98. 98

    it’s too nice…………………………………….i love and nice wallpaper…………………………all ………..

    Abbas

    From
    Brooklyn NY
    U.S.A
    Email.
    aash0077 @hotmail.com

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  99. 99

    I just love wallpaper

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  100. 100

    Fotke su extra!!!

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  101. 101

    so cooooooool ^_^

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  102. 102

    nice imagination.not only imagination but some real point view of some one on something

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    Ravindra Prasad Bhatt

    May 17, 2010 7:26 pm

    I love this site very much.

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  104. 104

    wata finetestic pictures i like this site and all vister muslim salam

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  105. 105

    kol as pics

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  106. 106

    satyajeet prasad

    June 7, 2010 12:32 am

    i like photo me…..

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  107. 107

    cool…………

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  108. 108

    mantap jaya bung

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  109. 109

    yar great hay mager is say behter b ho sakta hay…

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  110. 110

    i have seen better wall pappers then the ones here

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  111. 111

    I love the wallpapers especially the one with the penguin!!!!! ^.^ d-.-b (-.-) : ) ( ;

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  112. 112

    i love this all wallpaper.it all are osume

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  113. 113

    Thanks very much for your nice and intersting wallpapers cloud you please send me some great wallpapre which i can design on it should have great background,

    Thanks

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  114. 114

    Thank you!!

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  115. 115

    it is so nice.thanks for your designs

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  116. 116

    i want u

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  117. 117

    Great list of websites :) just bookmarked this page.
    Thanks!

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  118. 118

    its only fun i like it

    Thanks

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  119. 119

    Eid Mobarok of All Friends and Celebreaty

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  120. 120

    So sweeeeeeeeeeeeet

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  121. 121

    awesome and cute

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  122. 122

    U r bitch

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    give me a best wallpaper

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  124. 124

    hi bitch…………….
    qorn grl

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    how r u

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  127. 127

    are you for real there are not that nice

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    i agree, but they still rock!!!!!!

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  129. 129

    good,

    me also.

    good night friend

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  130. 130

    Clear, inorfamtvie, simple. Could I send you some e-hugs?

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