Selected Wallpapers For Your Desktop


If you can’t live without a nice wallpaper on your desktop you might need to invest many hours in the search for the perfect one – that fits to your resolution and has an appealing theme. The quality of the desktop images is often not the one you’d praise over and over again looking at your desktop. The best wallpapers aren’t cheap photos, but are works of art in their own right.

In the third part of our collection you’ll find many different types of background images – beautiful wallpapers, devkits, Flickr pools, Widescreen and HD-monsters and even wallpapers-related social communites and wallpapers for gamers.

You might want to take a look at the previous collections of wallpapers we’ve already put together:

Selected Wallpapers — Volume 3

c’t Wallpapers4
Hundreds of computer-related wallpapers and full screen illustrations in 240×320 to 1600×1200. Penguins rock.

Wallpaper Screenshot5

Amazing collection of high-quality wallpapers – sorted by categories, “box-packs” and authors – in high resolution. In Russian.

Wallpaper Screenshot7

13 Fantastic Free Wallpaper Images8
By Crestock. In 4 formats as Widescreen (16:10) or Fullscreen (4:3) — from 1024×768 to 2560×1600.

Wallpaper Screenshot9

Wallpapers Flickr Pool10
Over 20,000 various wallpapers — minimum 1024×768 resolution.

Wallpaper Screenshot11

Hundreds of categorized wallpapers — RSS-feed is also available.

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VladStudio Wallpapers14
Artistic wallpapers designed by a young Russian designer and graphic artist.

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Design Is… Pool16
This Flickr pool “is only for geeky designer wallpapers made by designers for designers about design. Nothing else.” 240 images – designers’ statements – in different resolutions.

Wallpaper Screenshot17

ArtLebedev Wallpapers and Posters18
Dozens of wallpapers with an extensive use of whitespace. Some creative designs are also available.

Wallpaper Screenshot19

Wallpaper Screenshot20

Deep Blue Wallpaper Devkits21
A .psd-devkit you can use for your own wallpaper designs (35 Mb). With this template you can develop wallpapers for both 30″ screen resolutions as well as dual screen setups – for those of you using two displays or a giant 30” Apple Cinema Display.

Wallpaper Screenshot22

Another wallpaper devkit by Wolfgang Bartelme – Wallpaper Devkit 323.

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The third Desktopography exhibition includes 40 amazing themes created by well-known graphic designers, illustrators and artists. The web-site itself isn’t that amazing – it is based on Flash and provides its visitors with background music. The latter actually fits to the themes of the wallpaper designs.

Wallpaper Screenshot26

Mike Bonnell’s Wallpaper27
The designer offers over 100 surreal and abstract images.

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Gallery of Art29
A growing gallery of wallpapers with “dark” themes — in various resolutions. The images are opening in pop-ups, so check whether your ad-blocker block them.

Wallpaper Screenshot30

Vista Wallpaper31
These wallpapers aren’t necessarily related to Microsoft’s operating system. However, the site offers beautiful themes – among them also nature-related wallpapers.

Wallpaper Screenshot32

Looking for original Windows Vista Wallpapers? Here you go33.

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Offers every month a new theme with a calendar. Impressive, however the resolution is sometimes too small.

Wallpaper Screenshot36

Unusual drawings as wallpapers in the 1600×1200 resolution.

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Adobe CS3 Wallpaper39
5 themes by Terry White.

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Hundreds of wallpapers with themes from Japanese anime. In various resolutions. Registration is required.

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Game-Related Wallpapers

Gamers Wallpapers Gallery43
8620 games-related wallpapers, particularly huge wallpapers of cars. Most pictures are presented in high resolution, e.g. 1900×1200.

Wallpaper Screenshot44

Hundreds of game-related wallpapers in the 1600×1200, 1280×1024, 1280×960 and 1024×768 resolution.

Wallpaper Screenshot46

WoW – World of Warcraft Motive47
So many elves, trolls and Warcraft creatures on one site — the choice is big, and so is the time you’ll need to find the perfect World of Warcraft-wallpaper for your desktop.

Wallpaper Screenshot48

Widescreen (16:9) and HD Wallpapers

DMB – Dualmonitor Backgrounds49
The specialist for huge wallpapers. Panorama views in 17 categories; among them Science-Fiction (Screenshot), Music, Microscopic, Industrial, Astronomy, Abstract, Animals, Mobile Technology, Nature, Computers.

Wallpaper Screenshot50

The Widescreen Wallpapers Pool51
A Flickr-pool with almost 450 widescreen wallpapers.

Wallpaper Screenshot52

Screentreats: HD Wallpapers Blog53
This weblog presents high-resolution widescreen wallpapers regularly. Resolutions: 3200×1200, 2650×1600, 1920×1080, 1280×720, 1920×1200 and more.

Wallpaper Screenshot54

Social Wallpapering

Desktop Nexus55
The project has the same concept. User produce content and share it with each other. The site has over 7000 wallpapers from various sources.

Wallpaper Screenshot56

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  1. 1

    As usual Great post and It will take me a while to look through all the links :)

  2. 2

    Awsome Wallpapers ! Thanks ;-)

  3. 3

    I recommend you check out my list of 30 Kick ass Wallpapers which you can find here at vision7

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    makes me sure again to keep my desktop in nice, plain grey …

  5. 5

    Man, you guys are non-stop! Another wicked post! Thanks!

  6. 6

    Kick-ass! Thanks for these links, needed to upgrade my wallpapers

  7. 7

    WOW, thanks.. needed to upgraded my wallpapers collection

  8. 8

    Here’s one great resource that you missed:

    They are particularly useful if you have a dual-monitor setup offering right and left portions of many images.

  9. 9

    I get all my wallpapers from Desktop Nexus – by far the best selection. Great list.


  10. 10

    You forgot one of my favorites, though it’s Mac only… desktoptopia (

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    And what about the Screensavers… ????

  12. 12

    Great collection. thanks

  13. 13

    This is great! As always.
    How about: – she hosts some good stuff too.

  14. 14

    Awesome wallpapers. I have seen a few, but many of these are completely new to me. Thanks!

  15. 15

    Boy,I love Smashingmagazine!!

    I’ve been literally crawling the whole web lately looking for a template
    that could suit that website I was designing for a school project, but couldn’t find none.I guess now I’ve got served.

    Thanks guys!!

  16. 16

    Don’t forget or overlook

  17. 17

    Awesome, thanks for this, I have been looking for ages for great wall papers and you’ve done it once again. Thanks again SM!

  18. 18

    This list revived my long lost love for wallpaper. I was thinking the art of wallpaper died off with webshots. Great list.

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    Photoshop Tutorials

    September 21, 2007 9:59 am

    Awesome post, that would have been great if exact link to the wallpapers have been provided as well.

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    you guys rawk, i admire your work.

    anyway I would agree with Mitch above. pixelgirlpresents is very high rated wallpaper site. Most of the wallpapers are design for mac lover. There is many interesting high resolution wallpapers. Some of the members is known art group members. You guys should take a peek.

    thanks from animepaper.

  21. 21

    Well, a Mac desktop is best with a Wallpaper at all times.

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    hi all

    Excellent collection guys . keep it up.

    Can u plz give me the direct link of the website ?
    ( the girl wallpaper) Im not good at russion; not able to find the same

    thanks guys

  25. 25

    Thanks a lot, thats a great list!

    I think I’m going to spend all afternoon going through the wallpapers.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    September 21, 2007 4:27 pm

    Please notice that this list includes only those references which haven’t been covered in one of our previous articles – PixelGirl and DevianArt are included in the collections we’ve already put together few months ago.

  27. 27

    Ah, theres nothin’ like a good wallpaper to warm yer heart! As usual, great article, thanks :)

  28. 28

    *in awe* Super list as usual.
    Where do you guys actually find these stuff? The fifth dimension or something?

  29. 29

    Not only wallpapers, but great inspiration! Gracias!

  30. 30

    Most of these wp galleries are a piece of shit. IMHO.

  31. 31

    you guys are amazing! love that thing by vladstudio…!!!

    you literally cheer me up every week :P

  32. 32

    Hi Guys, thanks so much for an amazing compilation of wallpapers.

    Great job done. time now for me to spice up my desktop.

  33. 33

    What an awesome collection of wallpaper sites!!

    Thank you so much

  34. 34

    I Love you guys ! no follow is ok – but damn – this is serious content everytime there is a post

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    Good stuff, thanks!

  37. 37

    legit, guys. legit!

  38. 38

    Super duper cool!!!! Thanks SM!

  39. 39

    These wallpapers are absolutely stunning! Thanks.

  40. 40

    Some of this are really cool.

  41. 41

    Fantastic ;)
    thanks a lot !

  42. 42

    Can you give me the link to full version of the image you’ve used for (

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    Already got it. Thanks!

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    It’s been a month sice this feature appeared and now I have downloaded somewhat around 2500 wallpapers in my graphic library. Thanks Smashing magazine

  46. 46

    Wide collection of PSP wallpapers can be found at

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    December 16, 2007 2:58 am

    Fantastic Collection. Very Great.

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    I love these wallpapers :D :)

  50. 50

    If you are looking for good wallpapers, there are many here great job!

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    Free Desktop Wallpapers

    February 6, 2008 9:59 pm

    Nice list!

    Also, has some desktop wallpapers on it.

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    Wait few time and i can put on my site my great collection of wallpaper’s girl !!!

  53. 53

    Very nice work

  54. 54

    I actually got lost checking out these resources.

    Loved the experience.

  55. 55

    Simply awesome man i havn’t seen walls like this!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. 56

    You forgot us ;) 24,000 wallpapers and counting!

  57. 57

    I love these wallpapers. I created my own website Wallpapers. It is new.

  58. 58

    vlad is romanian not russian :)

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    Bollywood Wallpapers

    May 12, 2008 5:01 am

    god wallpapers

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    just try

  61. 61

    hai super wallpapers very nise

  62. 62

    Wow! these are really cool! thanks for the wicked photos

  63. 63

    This is Superb Images;
    Thanxxxxxxxx a lot from my side…..

  64. 64 cute all these wallpapers

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  66. 66

    Great list as usual! Thanks so much!

  67. 67

    this picture is very beautiful. i love every pictures.

  68. 68

    well thabk yoiu vebry mugh

  69. 69

    great :)

  70. 70

    Great ! so thankssssssssssssssssss

  71. 71

    Bari Gathya Pics Hai

  72. 72

    wow fantastic

  73. 73

    hi all pic very good I Hamid U.T 18years old Frome IRAN & bay

  74. 74

    Good Quality Wallpapers!!! Thank you for sharing. I too have some

    best quality wallpapers, If you got a time, have a look at my web

    page This site

    offers you and your visitors a widescreen and normal resolution

    wallpapers of all category.It include 14000 premium widescreen

    wallpapers across more than 250 categories and the collection is

    ever growing. Each category is having a number of sub categories.

  75. 75

    the send to email

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    i love anime.

  77. 77

    cool wallpaper & good graphics combination

  78. 78

    these pictures are awesome!!!!

  79. 79

    hi my name is rehan i m from new delhi these pictures are so cool.

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    so cuite i love this pic

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    that is the one of best choice……..
    beautiful wallpapers………

  82. 82

    I’ve really enjoyed all of the art work today


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