Selected Wallpapers For Your Desktop

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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

Wallpapers.ru6
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

Wallpaperstock.net12
Hundreds of categorized wallpapers — RSS-feed is also available.

Wallpaper Screenshot13

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

Wallpaper Screenshot15

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.

Wallpaper Screenshot24

Desktopography25
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.

Wallpaper Screenshot28

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.

Wallpaper Screenshot34

Mexivista35
Offers every month a new theme with a calendar. Impressive, however the resolution is sometimes too small.

Wallpaper Screenshot36

Four37
Unusual drawings as wallpapers in the 1600×1200 resolution.

Wallpaper Screenshot38

Adobe CS3 Wallpaper39
5 themes by Terry White.

Wallpaper Screenshot40

Animepaper41
Hundreds of wallpapers with themes from Japanese anime. In various resolutions. Registration is required.

Wallpaper Screenshot42

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

BestGameWallpapers45
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

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2006/12/07/selected-wallpapers-for-desktop-and-web-design/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/02/22/more-creative-and-beautiful-wallpapers/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2006/12/09/christmas-wallpapers/
  4. 4 http://www.heise.de/ct/motive/
  5. 5 http://www.heise.de/ct/motive/
  6. 6 http://www.wallpapers.ru/box/packs/
  7. 7 http://www.wallpapers.ru/box/packs/
  8. 8 http://www.crestock.com/blog/photography/13-fantastic-free-wallpaper-images-80.aspx
  9. 9 http://www.crestock.com/blog/photography/13-fantastic-free-wallpaper-images-80.aspx
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/groups/wallpapers/pool/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/groups/wallpapers/pool/
  12. 12 http://wallpaperstock.net
  13. 13 http://wallpaperstock.net
  14. 14 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpapers/
  15. 15 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpapers/
  16. 16 http://flickr.com/groups/designerwallpaper/pool/
  17. 17 http://flickr.com/groups/designerwallpaper/pool/
  18. 18 http://www.artlebedev.com/posters/
  19. 19 http://www.artlebedev.com/posters/
  20. 20 http://www.artlebedev.com/posters/
  21. 21 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/deep_blue_wallpaper/
  22. 22 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/deep_blue_wallpaper/
  23. 23 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/wallpaper_devkit_3/#When:05:56:00Z
  24. 24 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/deep_blue_wallpaper/
  25. 25 http://www.desktopography.net/
  26. 26 http://www.desktopography.net/
  27. 27 http://www.mikebonnell.com/
  28. 28 http://www.mikebonnell.com/
  29. 29 http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/
  30. 30 http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/
  31. 31 http://www.vista-wallpaper.de/
  32. 32 http://www.vista-wallpaper.de/
  33. 33 http://www.brajeshwar.com/2006/microsoft-windows-vista-wallpapers/
  34. 34 http://www.brajeshwar.com/2006/microsoft-windows-vista-wallpapers/
  35. 35 http://www.mexivista.de/mai-juni07.html
  36. 36 http://www.mexivista.de/mai-juni07.html
  37. 37 http://www.4impressions.net/
  38. 38 http://www.mikebonnell.com/
  39. 39 http://creativesuitepodcast.com/index.php?post_id=211367
  40. 40 http://creativesuitepodcast.com/index.php?post_id=211367
  41. 41 http://www.animepaper.net/gallery/wallpapers
  42. 42 http://www.animepaper.net/gallery/wallpapers
  43. 43 http://www.gamersgallery.com/gallery/showgallery.php?mcats=569&si=wallpaper&what=title&name=&when=&whenterm=&condition=and
  44. 44 http://www.gamersgallery.com/gallery/showgallery.php?mcats=569&si=wallpaper&what=title&name=&when=&whenterm=&condition=and
  45. 45 http://bestgamewallpapers.com
  46. 46 http://bestgamewallpapers.com/
  47. 47 http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/downloads/wallpapers.html
  48. 48 http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/downloads/wallpapers.html
  49. 49 http://www.dualmonitorbackgrounds.com/
  50. 50 http://www.dualmonitorbackgrounds.com/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/groups/10003140@N00/pool/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/groups/10003140@N00/pool/
  53. 53 http://www.screentreats.com
  54. 54 http://www.screentreats.com
  55. 55 http://www.desktopnexus.com/
  56. 56 http://www.desktopnexus.com/

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  1. 1

    Free Desktop Wallpapers

    February 6, 2008 9:59 pm

    Nice list!

    Also, http://freewallpapers4u.com has some desktop wallpapers on it.

    -2
  2. 52

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

    -2
  3. 103

    Very nice work

    -2
  4. 154

    I actually got lost checking out these resources.

    Loved the experience.

    -1
  5. 205

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

    -3
  6. 256

    You forgot us ;) http://www.desktopspies.com 24,000 wallpapers and counting!

    -1
  7. 307

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

    -2
  8. 358

    vlad is romanian not russian :)

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  9. 409

    Bollywood Wallpapers

    May 12, 2008 5:01 am

    god wallpapers

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  10. 460

    just try hentaiplus.tk

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  11. 511

    hai super wallpapers very nise

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  12. 562

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

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  13. 613

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

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  14. 664

    awwwwww.how cute all these wallpapers

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  15. 715

    super

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  16. 766

    Great list as usual! Thanks so much!

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  17. 817

    this picture is very beautiful. i love every pictures.

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  18. 868

    well thabk yoiu vebry mugh

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  19. 919

    great :)

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  20. 970

    Great ! so thankssssssssssssssssss

    0
  21. 1021

    Bari Gathya Pics Hai

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  22. 1072

    wow fantastic
    beautiful

    -2
  23. 1123

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

    -1
  24. 1174

    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 wallpapercuber.com 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.

    -3
  25. 1225

    the send to email

    2
  26. 1276

    i love anime.

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  27. 1327

    cool wallpaper & good graphics combination

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  28. 1378

    these pictures are awesome!!!!

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  29. 1429

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

    -1
  30. 1480

    so cuite i love this pic

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  31. 1531

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

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  32. 1582

    I’ve really enjoyed all of the art work today

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