(Really) Stunning Desktop Wallpapers

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Desktop wallpapers always come in handy. The more inspirational, beautiful and elegant they are, the better they can challenge our imagination and provide some fresh perspective in a rather tedious and monotonous workflow. However, desktop wallpapers sometimes can go far beyond offering colorful eye-candy; sometimes desktop wallpapers include calendars, funny cartoons and logos of favourite tools, services and companies. The latter is particularly true for Apple-fans and Microsoft-haters as well as for Google, Twitter and Firefox-users.

In this post we present stunning desktop wallpapers related to typography, art, technology, photography and abstract themes. Among other things we review calendar wallpapers, minimalistic wallpapers, wallpapers-illustrations and themes for Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and Google-fans. Each of the links leads to huge wallpapers archives where you can find even more excellent wallpapers. All screenshots are clickable and lead to the pages where they can be downloaded.

You might want to take a look at the posts

Typography Wallpapers

I Love Typography Wallpapers6
18 wallpapers dedicated to typography-lovers. Including iPhone Typography Wallpapers7.

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot8

Veer Wallpapers9
A growing collection of (not only) typography-related wallpapers in a variety of resolutions — from 320×480 (iPhone) to 1920×1200. Free registration is required to download the wallpapers.

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot10

I Love Typo Wallpaper11
1024×768.

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Art Wallpapers

Wallcoo Wallpapers13
Hundreds of beautiful high-quality wallpapers from China. Stunning!

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Ton3 Calendar Wallpapers18
Every month Patricia Villanueva releases a new desktop background for the coming calendar month. It’s in Spanish, but beauty speaks all languages.

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Design Wallpapers21
By ndesign. 9 themes, a variety of resolutions.

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JuneWind23
30 colorful wallpapers available in numerous resolutions.

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Happy Diwali! Wallpaper25
Scroll to the end of the page. 800×600, 1024×768, 2000×1500.

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot26

Design is… Wallpaper Flickr Pool27
A collection of wallpapers dedicated to design: designers explain what design is.

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot28

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Freelanceswitch Wallpapers31
4 wallpapers, 1920×1200, 1600×1200, 1280×1024, 1152×864, 1024×768

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot32

Rabbit Wallpaper33
1280×960.

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David Lanham’s Art Wallpapers35
Over 20 art wallpapers in different sizes (widescreen — 1600×1200 and fullscreen — 1680×1050). Unique, and unusual.

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Customize.org37
A growing collection of wallpapers in the Deviantart’s style. User-generated content on over 900 pages. That’s going to take some time to browse through.

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The Elemental Wallpaper39
The Elemental: water extinguishes fire, fire entraps air, air encompasses Earth, Earth is the mother of all. 1024×768.

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot40

Oh Lolliop! It’s a desktop wallpaper41
A wallpaper coming in 6 resolutions: from 1024×768 up to 1900×1200 px.

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Bloody Hippy Wallpaper43
Bloody Hippy, available in enourmo-scope 1920×1200 resolution.

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot44

Lothaleng Robot Wallpaper45
1024×768.

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Top 10 Gaming Wallpapers47
All at 1920×1200 HD resolution, and a stunning image quality. There’s a link the the Flickr page of each wallpaper as well.

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Apple, Windows, Google & Co.

Leopard Wallpapers49
Wallpapers for designers, developers and bloggers who use Leopard. Wallpapers currently come in the following dimensions: 1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1600×1200. If none of the above suits you, get your own personalized Leopard wallpaper.

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot50

Simpsons OS X Wallpaper51
Homer seems to be pretty hungry. Simpsons Mac Os X Wallpaper, Aqua.

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Apple Love Wallpaper53
Well, that’s pretty stylish. For Apple-lovers. 1024×640, 1920×1200.

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Conquer The Universe Wallpaper56
A galaxy background with Apple logo to honor the birth of Leopard. 1920×1200. Non-Apple-version is also available (also good for dual display).

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot57

Twitter Wallpaper58
1280×800.

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Google Wallpaper60
1024×768. Light-version61.

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Technology Dekstop Nexus63
The Elemental: water extinguishes fire, fire entraps air, air encompasses Earth, Earth is the mother of all. 1024×768.

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Leopard Server Aurora Wallpaper66
1024 x 640, 2560 x 1600

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Firefox Desktop Wallpaper
46 Firefox Desktop Wallpapers in different sizes and colors.

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iPhone Wallpapers68
7 320×480 iPhone wallpapers.

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30 Nice Mac OS X Wallpapers70
After searching high and low, here’s some good 30 Apple-related wallpapers (Apple logo, MacOS, iPod) that’s definitely worth a look.

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot71

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Vista Wallpapers Pack73
These wallpapers come in 3 different style — Vista curves, Silky embossed and Corporate clean. 2 high resolution formats – 1600×1400 px and 1920×1200 px.

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot74

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Photographic Wallpapers

Fantastic Free Wallpaper Images76
An impressive selection of free crystal clear wallpapers. 8 different resolutions, up to 2560×1600.

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Above the clouds79
You’ll need to change the size of the image to place it on your desktop. More beautiful photos in the Flickr: Awesome Pictures Pool8980, Flickr: Better Than Good Pool and Golden Stars Flickr Pool81

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot82

Flickr: Wallpapers and Backgrounds Pool83
Over 9,000 photos available as wallpapers for your desktop. Every month the “Wallpaper of the Month” is selected.

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot84

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Flickr: Wallpapers Pool86
24,000 various desktop wallpapers. Minimum resolution: 1024×768.

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot87

Lightning at the night88
You’ll need to change the size of the image to place it on your desktop. More beautiful photos in the Flickr: Awesome Pictures Pool8980

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot90

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Beautiful Photographic Wallpapers92
A set of 25 excellent photographic wallpapers which can be downloaded as a .zip-archive. Bonus: Second Pack93.

Typography Wallpaper Screenshot94

Abstract Wallpapers

Flow Wallpaper95
“Flow” comes in two variants: a single display one with a resolution of 2560×1600px and a dual screen one with a resolution of 2×1920×1200px. A bunch of iPhone/iPod touch compatible variants is added to the package.

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Strukt Wallpaper97
1024×640, 2560×1600.

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Colorcharge99
Three wallpapers. Format: 2000×1440 px.

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Outta Space101
Four wallpapers in the resolution 2560×1600 px

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Disruption103
4 wallpapers designed by Till Nowak. 1600×1200, 1280×1024 and 1024×768.

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What’s your favourite?

What desktop wallpaper do you prefer? Take part in our poll and comment on this article!

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/tag/wallpapers/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/09/21/selected-wallpapers-for-your-desktop/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/06/100-really-beautiful-iphone-wallpapers/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/10/50-most-amazing-dual-screen-desktop-wallpapers/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/18/100-creepy-hand-picked-horror-wallpapers/
  6. 6 http://ilovetypography.com/love/
  7. 7 http://ilovetypography.com/iphone-wallpapers
  8. 8 http://ilovetypography.com/love/
  9. 9 http://www.veer.com/ideas/wallpaper/
  10. 10 http://www.veer.com/ideas/wallpaper/
  11. 11 http://dzn-citizen.deviantart.com/art/I-LOVE-TYPO-43479928
  12. 12 http://dzn-citizen.deviantart.com/art/I-LOVE-TYPO-43479928
  13. 13 http://www.wallcoo.com/cartoon/vector_illustration_autumn/html/wallpaper1.html
  14. 14 http://www.wallcoo.com/cartoon/vector_illustration_autumn/html/wallpaper1.html
  15. 15 http://www.wallcoo.com/cartoon/vector_illustration_spring/html/wallpaper13.html
  16. 16 http://www.wallcoo.com/cartoon/vector_illustration_summer/html/wallpaper13.html
  17. 17 http://www.wallcoo.com/cartoon/vector_illustration_winter/html/wallpaper9.html
  18. 18 http://www.ton3.net/?cat=20
  19. 19 http://www.ton3.net/?p=306
  20. 20 http://www.ton3.net/?p=298
  21. 21 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/wallpapers/
  22. 22 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/wallpapers/
  23. 23 http://iunewind.com/category/wallpapers
  24. 24 http://iunewind.com/category/wallpapers
  25. 25 http://www.aside.in/blog/category/grunge/
  26. 26 http://www.aside.in/blog/category/grunge/
  27. 27 http://flickr.com/photos/avalonstar/243330999/in/pool-designerwallpaper
  28. 28 http://flickr.com/photos/avalonstar/243330999/in/pool-designerwallpaper
  29. 29 http://flickr.com/photos/emilpaun/246400101/in/pool-designerwallpaper
  30. 30 http://flickr.com/photos/kalphegor/247825677/in/pool-19604169@N00
  31. 31 http://freelanceswitch.com/wallpapers/
  32. 32 http://freelanceswitch.com/wallpapers/
  33. 33 http://vetton.ru/art/4969.html
  34. 34 http://vetton.ru/art/4969.html
  35. 35 http://dlanham.com/
  36. 36 http://dlanham.com/art/tea43/
  37. 37 http://customize.org/wallpapers
  38. 38 http://customize.org/wallpapers/47722
  39. 39 http://moomba2.deviantart.com/art/The-Elemental-15600244
  40. 40 http://moomba2.deviantart.com/art/The-Elemental-15600244
  41. 41 http://www.larissameek.com/oh-lolliop-its-a-desktop-wallpaper/
  42. 42 http://www.larissameek.com/oh-lolliop-its-a-desktop-wallpaper/
  43. 43 http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk/tag/wallpaper/
  44. 44 http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk/tag/wallpaper/
  45. 45 http://www.wallcoo.com/cartoon/lothaleng/index.html
  46. 46 http://www.wallcoo.com/cartoon/lothaleng/index.html
  47. 47 http://www.digitalbattle.com/2007/01/06/top-10-gaming-wallpapers/
  48. 48 http://www.digitalbattle.com/2007/01/06/top-10-gaming-wallpapers/
  49. 49 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/leopard-wallpapers-free-and-customizable/
  50. 50 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/leopard-wallpapers-free-and-customizable/
  51. 51 http://pichaus.com/simpsons-osx-wallpaper-9hk@
  52. 52 http://pichaus.com/simpsons-osx-wallpaper-9hk@
  53. 53 http://flickr.com/photos/benadamson/900225715/
  54. 54 http://flickr.com/photos/benadamson/900225715/
  55. 55 http://flickr.com/photos/benadamson/463523405/in/set-72157601016869317
  56. 56 http://www.artofadambetts.com/weblog/?p=212
  57. 57 http://www.artofadambetts.com/weblog/?p=212
  58. 58 http://flickr.com/photos/actiondatsun/2099869248/
  59. 59 http://flickr.com/photos/actiondatsun/2099869248/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/marchbox/44557067/in/photostream/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/marchbox/44557068/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/marchbox/44557067/in/photostream/
  63. 63 http://technology.desktopnexus.com/
  64. 64 http://technology.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/8252/
  65. 65 http://technology.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/8160/
  66. 66 http://flickr.com/photos/oskarkrawczyk/1603883480/
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/photos/oskarkrawczyk/1603883480/
  68. 68 http://www.nzrt.com/portfolio/2007/07/iphone_wallpapers.html
  69. 69 http://www.nzrt.com/portfolio/2007/07/iphone_wallpapers.html
  70. 70 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/30-nicest-apple-macos-and-ipod-wallpapers/
  71. 71 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/30-nicest-apple-macos-and-ipod-wallpapers/
  72. 72 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/30-nicest-apple-macos-and-ipod-wallpapers/
  73. 73 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/vista-wallpapers-pack-you-should-not-missed/
  74. 74 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/vista-wallpapers-pack-you-should-not-missed/
  75. 75 http://flickr.com/photos/sammedia/1031837874/
  76. 76 http://www.crestock.com/blog/photography/another-17-fantastic-free-wallpaper-images-96.aspx
  77. 77 http://www.crestock.com/blog/photography/another-17-fantastic-free-wallpaper-images-96.aspx
  78. 78 http://www.crestock.com/blog/photography/another-17-fantastic-free-wallpaper-images-96.aspx
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/photos/michi_p/1543561453/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/groups/robwintergroup/
  81. 81 http://flickr.com/photos/96614226@N00/390467939/page6/
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/photos/michi_p/1543561453/
  83. 83 http://www.flickr.com/groups/wallpaperandbackgrounds/
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/photos/alonenotalone/1848242453/
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hichako/444806587/
  86. 86 http://flickr.com/groups/wallpapers/pool/
  87. 87 http://flickr.com/photos/amarjeetrai/405649060/in/pool-40961104@N00
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/photos/reedcat/191933550/
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/groups/robwintergroup/
  90. 90 http://www.flickr.com/photos/reedcat/191933550/
  91. 91 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nj_dodge/224006132/in/pool-robwintergroup
  92. 92 http://www.gran-angular.net/pack-wallpaper-fondos-escritorio-fotografias/2007/04/03/
  93. 93 http://www.gran-angular.net/fondos-de-pantalla-escritorio-wallpapers-de-fotografias-gratis-pack-2/2007/10/05/
  94. 94 http://www.gran-angular.net/pack-wallpaper-fondos-escritorio-fotografias/2007/04/03/
  95. 95 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/flow_wallpaper/
  96. 96 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/flow_wallpaper/
  97. 97 http://flickr.com/photos/andreaskoller/2163086771/
  98. 98 http://flickr.com/photos/andreaskoller/2163086771/
  99. 99 http://colorcharge.com/chroma/
  100. 100 http://colorcharge.com/chroma/
  101. 101 http://www.infinisedesign.net/downloads/
  102. 102 http://www.infinisedesign.net/downloads/
  103. 103 http://www.framebox.de/creations/3d/disruption/index.htm
  104. 104 http://www.framebox.de/creations/3d/disruption/index.htm
  105. 105 http://www.polldaddy.com
  106. 106 http://www.polldaddy.com/p/307749/

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  1. 1

    really amazing stuff! thanks for the post guys..

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  2. 52

    W O W

    great list.

    so hot like hell.

    lol ^^

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  3. 103

    Amarjeet Singh Rai

    February 13, 2008 8:06 am

    Thanks for linking to my flickr photos.

    I’m a regular reader on this website.

    Peace

    ASR

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  4. 154

    You can find more gaming wallpapers at http://www.gamersgallery.com

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  5. 205

    Thanks for the mention SM. I’ll add some papers to the collection. Love some of the others in the list too; some very talented people out there!

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  6. 256

    GREAT!! and surprised… :)

    but the Google Wallpaper links are incorrect…

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  7. 307

    I am absolutely stunned by the collection! Thanks for sharing

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  8. 358

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    February 14, 2008 3:25 am

    Google Wallpaper link is now fixed.

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  9. 409

    B E A U T I F U L
    ————-> Thank you!

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  10. 460

    I had to search the page to make sure I didn’t miss it… you really should mention interfacelift.com if you’re going on about all these other wallpaper collections. I’ll say no more – just check it out!

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  11. 511

    superb collection, thanks…

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  12. 562

    I was just look for some mac type wallpaper the other day, this will save me some time thanks

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  13. 613

    Wow, this is the fare best collectin I’ve ever seen …

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  14. 664

    Thank you for this list. Some really fantastic sources here.

    Have you seen http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/ ?

    It has a huge (approx. 145 pages) selection of photographic and designed wallpapers in all resolutions (going up to 2560×1600).

    Organized by topic, artist, tags, etc.

    Sav

    1
  15. 715

    Truly Awesome!

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  16. 766

    The monthly calendars are amazing… I never knew such a thing existed

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  17. 817

    I like OsX a lot… thank you!

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  18. 868

    I like David Lanham’s one, very cute!

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  19. 919

    I love the photographic wallpapers. There is a site I get a lot of my wallpapers from called http://www.socksoff.co.uk/walls07.html . All of the wallpapers are very crisp and high resolution. One of my favorites is of the big giant sunflower!

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  20. 970

    Thats cools collection
    Great effort

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  21. 1021

    Wow,

    Nice & amazing wallpapers are here.

    Great :)

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  22. 1072

    some are amazing some are just useless
    there are great wallpapersite out there
    like wallpaperstop.com interfacelift.com pls next time consider these sites
    they are much more beatiful

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  23. 1123

    Some of these are great! Thanks for sharing them. My friend and I make wallpaper tiles. The site is http://www.farmidable.com. We really enjoy making them. We enjoy desktop wallpapers that look like traditional wallpaper. Which is often hard to find, but there is some great stuff out there if you look long enough.

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  24. 1174

    thats why i like smahing magazine not only there are great articles but also i can find great sites within user comments
    i learned amazing wallpaper sites from comments just discovered http://www.wallpaperstop.com
    it is an amazing iste thank you

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  25. 1225

    Photography Wallpapers are gorgeous!Especially I like the one with the cherry blossom.
    The green Windows wallpaper is pretty cool, too :)

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  26. 1276

    Nice collection of wallpapers… I like photography most, because it’s real… abstract is second…

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  27. 1327

    Waoh so amazing! I love ! I love the phoenix above all! Thanxs so much!

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  28. 1378

    Amazing selection.

    1
  29. 1429

    I couldn’t help but notice a lot of the abstract wallpaper looks a little like “Sprint” advertisement. Still very cool, though. : )

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  30. 1480

    Wow!! It’s beautifully list. My favourite is abstract category

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  31. 1531

    very cool! you should check out

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  32. 1582

    gr8 collection i loved d abstract ones..

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  33. 1633

    Beautiful!

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  34. 1684

    or you could just download http://www.desktoptopia.com and get these without all the searching around.

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  35. 1735

    These are stellar!!

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  36. 1786

    What lovely work! My Fav is the typography ones!~

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  37. 1837

    What lovely work! My Fav are the typography ones!~

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  38. 1888

    Wow,

    Nice & amazing wallpapers are here.

    Great :)

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  39. 1939

    Muhammad Imran Khan

    March 17, 2008 9:32 pm

    Excellent imagination, pray to Lord that May Allah give them nice hearts with such nice thoughts and colors.

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  40. 1990

    awesome…. nice collections ..!!

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  41. 2041

    I love the Rabbit Wallpaper.

    AWESOME….

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  42. 2092

    All of them in very beautiful. I love them.

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  43. 2143

    We’ve launched a photographic wallpaper site of our work. We produce a new wallpaper every day, and all wallpapers are available in single, dual & triple monitor formats in all sizes from 800×600 to 2560×1600.

    Here’s the link to the new site, wallpaper.panedia.com

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  44. 2194

    does anybody know where i can find real cool S shaped wallpapers
    but i liked those wallpapers,………………….
    but i am looking for S shaped ones
    pls reply if anybody knows about any websites
    thnx

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  45. 2245

    so pretty :) some are pretty funny. i like the humorous ones.

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  46. 2296

    just posting to see if comments are limited to one 100.. obviously they’re not :)
    ..and yeah.. Nice collection, this site is awesome.

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  47. 2347

    very very good.te best wallpapers.

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  48. 2398

    I really like digitalblasphemy.com. There’s a free section.

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  49. 2449

    Eh, “stunning”? Not really. Not one of them, actually. Most of these are mediocre and childish at best.

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  50. 2500

    Awesome.

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