Fantastic Wallpapers That Will Blow Your Desktop Away

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We love desktop wallpapers. And we love beautiful ones most. And although we monthly publish desktop wallpapers of our readers (desktop wallpaper calendar feature1), we thought that it would be nice to provide our contributors with some fresh inspiration and our readers with some nice wallpaper update for a lousy Monday.

The wallpapers for this post were selected over a long period of time; they cover mainly nature, abstract and digital art (further collections will be coming if you are interested). We’ve tried to pick only the most beautiful ones and hopefully you won’t be disappointed.

Below we present a showcase of over 50 fantastic wallpapers that will blow your desktop away. Most of them are in HD and will make your desktop look as nifty as it is possible. Because the resolutions are so high, if one doesn’t fit your screen, use your favorite image editor to refine its dimensions.

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Fantastic Wallpapers That Will Blow Your Desktop Away

Bird on a branch6
Available in various widescreen, fullscreen, HDTV and dualscreen resolutions.

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Patrick Gunderson’s abstract artworks8
Available in 1920×1080.

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Unbrella Sky11
1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1440×900

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Glacier Sunrise13
Available in various full screen and wide screen resolutions – 1280×800, 1440×900, 1680×1050 and 1920×1200.

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The Dancing Nebula15
1920×1200px.

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Colors and An Animal17
Available in various fullscreen resolutions.

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Guara19
Available in 1920×1200, 2560×1600

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Strukt21
Available in 1024×640, 2560×1600

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Serenity23
Available in 1440×900.

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De La Haut25
Available in various fullscreen resolutions.

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Creamy Sky27
Available in various widescreen, fullscreen, HDTV and dualscreen resolutions.

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Chameleon29
Available in various widescreen and fullscreen resolutions.

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something like an astronomer31

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MacBook Pro33
Available in various widescreen, fullscreen, HDTV and dualscreen resolutions.

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Bello Nebula35
Available in the resolution 1920×1200.

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La Solitudine37
Available in the resolution 1680×1050.

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Super Silo39
Available in various resolutions – widescreen, fullscreen and iPhone.

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For A Thousand Years41
Available in 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1680×1050.

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Dreamer43
A beautiful wallpaper created by Henrik Newstream, available in various full screen resolutions.

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Equidistant45
Available in the resolutions 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1900×1200 and in the iPhone-version.

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Nova47
Available in the resolution 1920×1200.

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Eifel Tower49
Available in the resolution 1600×1200.

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Ee Venn’s wallpaper51
Available in various resolutions – widescreen, fullscreen and iPhone.

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Bokeh53
Available in Dual & Single Display Screens (Wide/Full Screen)

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Vladstudio’s wallpapers55
Available in various fullscreen resolutions – 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1600×1200.

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Cosmic Apple57
Available in various wide screen resolutions – 1280×800, 1440×900, 1680×1050 and 1920×1200.

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Let if fly59
Available in various full screen and wide screen resolutions – 1280×800, 1440×900, 1680×1050 and 1920×1200.

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Swan61
Available resolutions: 1440×900, 1680×1050 and 1920×1200.

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Phalanx63
Available in various full screen and wide screen resolutions – 1280×800, 1440×900, 1680×1050 and 1920×1200.

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Autumn65
Available in various full screen and wide screen resolutions – 1280×800, 1440×900, 1680×1050 and 1920×1200.

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Chasing Dreams67
Available in 1920×1080.

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It’s Magic69
Available in 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050 and 1920×1200.

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Influx71
Available in resolutions 1280×1024, 1920×1200 and 2560×1600.

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All Falls Down73
Available in resolutions 1280×800, 1440×900, 1680×1050 and 1920×1200.

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Distorted 7 HD Wallpaper75
Available in 1680×1050

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Rooster’s Ranch77
Available in 1440×900, designed by Andrea Andrade.

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Electricmanja79
Available in the resolutions 1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1920×1200 and in the iPhone version.

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Photons81
Available in various themes in resolutions 1280×1024, 1600×1200, 1920×1200.

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Korean Star Paper83
Available in the resolution 1920×1200.

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a flower85
Available in various resolutions 1600×1200 and 1920×1200.

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The End, The Tsunami87
Available in 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1920×1200

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depthCore Heist89
Available in various resolutions – widescreen, fullscreen and iPhone.

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Twizted91
Available in the resolution 2560×1600.

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In a Whisper93
Available in 1280×800

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Fritrix95
Available in 1280×1224, 1680×1050, 2600×1300

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Gone Clubbing97
Available in various resolutions: 1920×1200, 1680×1050, 1440×900, 1280×800, but also fullscreen, HDTV and Mobile versions are available.

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Route 6699
1920×1200

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The Dope Show101
Available in 1680×1050 (up to)

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Yellow Silk103
Available in 1680×1050.

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The Lich King (Warcraft)105
HD — 1900×1200

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Diablo3107
1024×768, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 1920×1200

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Bulls on Parade109
1100×778, 1920×1200, 1680×1050, 1280×1024, 1280×800, 1024×768

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Last Click

Videogames Remakes Wallpapers111
The French designer Mikaël Aguirre112 designs remakes of legendary video games such as Mario, Sonic, Gunstar Heroes and others. The wallpaper dimensions are up to 5000×2800 for printing. Incredible pieces of art.

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  1. 1

    Beautiful collection!

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    wow really great walls to blow our desktops ;) …

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  3. 3

    i use Flow

    it is great cause i can use it on my duel monitor desktop and my phone!

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  4. 4

    This collection range from horrendous to beautiful.
    But how could any visual professional work with this in front of them?
    But my daughter will love it on her machine…

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  5. 5

    wow great collection!

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  6. 6

    I might say, some of them are nice. I think my favorite is Square Elephant. Very nice concept.

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  7. 7

    @WEBDEZINER.de I saw the Windows symbol… Look at Distorted 7 HD.

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  8. 8

    Some are nice many are not !!

    DKumar M
    @instantShift

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  9. 9

    that’s just amazing… thanks SM … (bow)

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  10. 10

    great photoshoping but the results are kitsch.

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  11. 11

    Many of the wallpapers miss one criteria for a good wallpaper… you can’t see your icons on it.

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  12. 12

    For more awesome wallpapers check out http://WallpaperStock.net and http://Wallpapers.NET

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  13. 13

    Mann ist diese Site kitschig geworden … ich dachte, es wäre ein “Bug”, ist aber anscheinend ein “Feature”

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  14. 14

    Really great collection you’ve put together :) thanks for this

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  15. 15

    These are fantastic!

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  16. 16

    You may change these superlative titles at least when you only present kitsch … “amazing” ?

    I am just amazed about your editorial decisions in the last couple of weeks, are you looking for readers other than designers, may be Tokyo Hotel Fans?

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  17. 17

    mostly rubbish!

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    Blog design Lab

    May 11, 2009 12:49 am

    Awesome ! Thanks ;-)

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  19. 19

    Thanks. Its about time to change wallpaper

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  20. 20

    Wow, some really gorgeous examples here! I’m always on the lookout for new wallpapers and this definitely sets me up for the next few weeks!

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  21. 21

    wow my desktop already blows when I used one of them. thank you for sharing

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  22. 22

    Pretty nice collection! :)

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  23. 23

    Hmm sorry.. Most of the time not my style. Gonna stick to the calendar wallpapers.

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  24. 24

    Great wallpapers & great post! Thank you for sharing these jewels!

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    Niels Matthijs

    May 11, 2009 2:41 am

    Not really my kind of thing, but I was wondering about those Apple/Win desktops in there. No way they were chosen because they are “amazing”. You have to be a pretty brainless Apple/Mac zealot to put one of those on your desktop

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    awesome…thanks

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  27. 27

    Awesome!

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  28. 28

    Fantastic?
    Good, maybe cool, artistic….but none of ‘em are really fan-tas-tic!

    I’m suspecting SM from using these superlatives on purpose to get more comments…and it’s working well, I suppose ;)

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  29. 29

    Some of them are really stunning.
    But when I read something like “fantastic wallpapers that will blow your desktop away” I’m expecting something more than this collection -__-

    FYI: First visual container between headline and teasertext don’t work on Firefox Mac.

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  30. 30

    god there’s really too much kitsch in the world. why do people keep wasting their talents.

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  31. 31

    ugly.

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  32. 32

    very nice collection…

    thank you

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  33. 33

    Desktop wallpapers are hard to please people with especially when there’s 100000 places on the web for them. If you aren’t using InterfaceLift for your backgrounds then you should look into it.

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  34. 34

    great selection, thanks!

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  35. 35

    I’m bored

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  36. 36

    I have created a few wallpapers too. See them here

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  37. 37

    Well these are pretty awesome! I’m definitely a fan of about half those! :D

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  38. 38

    Thank you!!! These are great!

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    Sanchit Thakur

    May 11, 2009 6:18 am

    Some really good ones.. Great!

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  40. 40

    nice collection! take a look at mine:mine

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  41. 41

    Most of those are not my style…But i do like some: umbrella sky, super silo, Eifel Tower, Vladstudio’s wallpapers, yellow silk.
    But I think I will stick to my Calendar Wallpapers…I just love them:)

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  42. 42

    The link for Bokeh is broken. It is actually broken on deviantart, too.

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  43. 43

    excellent stuff … thank you.

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  44. 44

    Re: #12

    Many of the wallpapers miss one criteria for a good wallpaper… you can’t see your icons on it.

    Do yourself a favor… get a mac. you don’t need (or use) icons.

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      Buying a mac is like wiping your ass with 20 dollar bills. You can buy twice the PC for the same money, And the only reason Macs dont get viruses is becuase only 5% of the population run mac. As a hacker, What would you rather target? 95% or 5%. Realisticly, PC has far seperior virus protection. AND! Mac has actualy cut costs on there computers by using the same internal harware… and still bill you throught the ass… About the desktop icons. Load up your taskbar. Or make a folder and label it Desktop icons.

      Buy PC. Honestly… I can download a movie on my computer, Instantly stream it to my x-box at a gb per second, and watch it on my tv. Who can do that with a MAC?

      Love the wallpapers.

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  45. 46

    thank you so much !

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  46. 47

    Influx is going to be my new wallpaper – it’s simple, clean, and gorgeous. Thanks for the list. :)

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  47. 48

    How can you suggest these are “HD”.

    You clearly have no idea what High Definition is. In the sense of images, HD is just a buzword for “High res”.

    And why does putting a MAC logo on some easily created starry background make for an awesome wallpaper? Because it has an apple on it? OMG AN APPLE! sigh.

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  48. 49

    Oh My God! These were great. Divine. I’m praying for more. Please!

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  49. 50

    A great collection. I personally think you should have included links to David Lanham’s site as well as to National Geographic’s Photo of the Day, but maybe you’ll grab those on the next go-around.

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  50. 51

    My screen just exploded. Yikes

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    Dennis van Lith

    May 11, 2009 9:41 am

    One more that deserves some attention…
    Chocolate dreams by =NKeo
    http://nkeo.deviantart.com/art/Chocolate-dreams-121060579

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  52. 53

    nice! Great collection~
    I’ve had some

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  53. 54

    those are hot.

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  54. 55

    Magnificent. I had seen only vladstudio’s before this.

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  55. 56

    These kinda suck. The majority of these are stunningly uninspired and derivative. “Cosmic” designs are the ultimate kitsch, ask anybody who collects wallpapers. Most of the nature ones are colorful but lame, and nobody outside of high school uses those fantasy walls. Mind you, a small handful are pretty neat and interesting, but not enough for the post to deserve its title.

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  56. 57

    Eifel Tower > Eiffel Tower :)

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  57. 58

    Awesome! Thanks!

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  58. 59

    I get mine for free @ desktopnexus dot com

    Seriously, worth the visit.

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  59. 60

    I like the “Autumn”, Thanks

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  60. 61

    These are HORRIBLE and most break with good wallpaper design. Instead check this blogpost on good wallpapers and his images: http://blogs.msdn.com/mswanson/pages/HowIMakeMyWallpaperImages.aspx

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  61. 62

    I like the “something like an astronomer ”
    thx

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  62. 63

    Wrong selection (once again).
    A fantastic wallpaper should be also useful. Finding your icons should be easy and not distracting. Too many of those “wallpapers” should be use as screensaver not wallpaper. They all have way too much contrast.
    Bottom line : I stick with my basic, maybe boring but efficiant grey background and use the “periodic table of typefaces” as wallpaper on my secondary display.

    This article is not making my life easier. Please refrain yourself to put everything online everyday. Quality not quantity. Select only the USEFULL stuff (really).

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  63. 64

    Really great walls to blow our desktops … :)

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  64. 65

    Thanks for pointing out someone who use a wallpaper of mine without permission.

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  65. 66

    the “bird on a branch” gets the prize.

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  66. 67

    superb Wallpapers I was really looking for some good ones but here I got lots of……….

    Thank you very much
    All are great designs by great designer

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  67. 68

    Congrats to the designer of “Birds on Branch”

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  68. 69

    Very nice sir.!! I Like

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  69. 70

    Very nice! Thanks so much, I’ll be using one of these at work to try and cheer myself up from my depressing job. Thanks!

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  70. 71

    Some of these wallpapers are nice. I’m using one now.

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    Chris Robinson

    May 12, 2009 8:16 am

    some really nice ones, grabbed the bokeh for dual setup…desktop is looking sexy hell now

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  72. 73

    Thanks! great article

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  73. 74

    you guys/girls amaze me everyday! this post is brilliant.

    thnx!

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  74. 75

    A lot of these are poorly cropped digital paintings stolen from deviant art. Its really wrong to promote a website that uses someone else’s creative work not only without credit, but probably without permission, and on top of that they are making a profit from the stolen art with the ridiculous number of banner ads on every page. This is a definitely FAIL on your part, Smashing.

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  75. 76

    As you can see desktop art is in the hands of graphic designers …and thats not a good thing!

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  76. 77

    Thanks for this great collection!
    Bye,
    Emanuele

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  77. 78

    Amazing. I’m speechless.

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  78. 79

    What I’m getting from the comments is that a lot of you have no taste at all. Sure, they’re not for everybody, but this spans a large range of styles and tastes.

    “As you can see desktop art is in the hands of graphic designers …and thats not a good thing!”

    Oh really? Who should it be in the hands of then? GRAPHIC DESIGNERS DESIGN GRAPHICS. If you want plain desktops, they already exist on every operating system–solid colors.

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  79. 80

    Thanks Smashing… I love the haters here…. go away if you dont like free lol.

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  80. 81

    amaizing! Thanks for my new wallpaper :)

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  81. 82

    muy buenos wallpapers gracias!

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  82. 83

    wow, great wallpaper . like all…

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  83. 84

    I totally love this one right here:

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  84. 85

    dsfsdfdsfsf

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  85. 86

    Sensacional !

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  86. 87

    papeis de parede!

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  87. 88

    Fantastic :-D

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  88. 90

    nice wallpapers, its simply amazing

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  89. 91

    OMG, Simply Amazing! Love It. Huge Thanks. Nicky

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  90. 93

    Amazing pictures…..Great!!!

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  91. 94

    amazing work ……….

    thanks a lot……

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  92. 95

    Very nice! Thanks so much…. just dowload

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  93. 96

    wonderful collection of wallpapers

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  94. 97

    Pierluigi Rotundo

    August 3, 2009 11:58 pm

    wow soooooooooooooooo great!!!

    Pierluigi Rotundo

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  96. 99

    Too much noise for nothing!

    HBA

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  97. 100

    amzing pictures

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  98. 101

    amazing collections…

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  99. 102

    Awesome! Excellent collections.
    Great job …

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  100. 103

    fantastic

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    Pozycjonowanie Olsztyn

    November 27, 2009 5:20 pm

    Very nice collection :)

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  102. 105

    I’m really loving the haters here, more so as one of those wp’s is mine :P
    Fact : haven’t been using icons on my desktop since 2003 and those were the times of XP. Now with 7 out, there is no excuse to have them cluttering up your desktop. If you use a calendar as your desktop wallpaper…you may not find what you want here…more so if you want something simple so that it’s not in the way, are you really looking at your desktop when you work? Does it help your workflow to stare at your desktop all the time?

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  103. 106

    A really nice collection I’ll use it right away!

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  104. 107

    Thanks, you save my time in Designing=)

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  105. 108

    neek photuu hain sab lekin bachia(calf) ki photuu nai hai

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  106. 109

    looks beauty

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  107. 110

    So beautiful!
    I always like creations from Deviantart members. <3

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  108. 111

    fantastic,amazing,no words to describe……

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  109. 112

    they are simply superb…….awesome….

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  110. 113

    they are simply superb…….awesome….great….and i think no more words to describe…

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  111. 114

    hmmm…here r d beautiful wall to fill ur desks….

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  112. 115

    most beautiful as well as lively pictures.
    one can feel it.

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  113. 117

    Some of them i took it, but for updates check http://www.ewallpaperstock.com.
    This site is updated daily with more than 5 new wallpapers per day.

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    amazing wallpaper..

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  116. 120

    thank you for your share
    great post

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  117. 121

    This is awesome!

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  118. 122

    Awesome collection

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  119. 123

    very good collection

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  120. 124

    Awesome !!!

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  121. 125

    It is hard for me to beleive that anyone would come on a site as nice as this with walpaper as nice as these and bash it. Is there not a sight for _ssholes who like to insult others ? You know like http://IAMAN_SSHOLEWITHINSULTS.COM ?

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  122. 126

    Stunning and beautiful Post!!
    I like it!!!!!!
    camp fire

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    I just love wallpapers, could stare at them all day and change them every 5 minutes :) This roundup is great. Thanks for sharing this creative and beautiful wallpapers.

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  125. 129

    Better than ever :D

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  126. 130

    super poderoos

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  127. 131

    خیلی عالی بود . tankyou

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  128. 132

    خوبه ادامه بدین.thats cool to be continu …

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  129. 133

    For the colourblind, these might be nice. Atrocious.

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  130. 134

    some wallpapers r very gud n r capable fr being da desktop wall…..you can find sm great wallpapers in this one…….

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  131. 135

    lovely eyes you have got to see n get such best collection :-)

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  132. 136

    very–2 good

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  133. 137

    Nice collection.

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  134. 138

    Amazing collections…..!

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  135. 139

    very nice wallpapers. liked it very much. I like this site too, have a beautiful wallpapers:wallpaperspics.net

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  136. 140

    Brilliant collection!!! Many of these are very stylish and inspiring. Really handy. Thanks for posting.

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  137. 141

    absolutely amazing, thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  138. 142

    Fabulous collections!! Wow, amazing………..
    I love it………. :)

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  139. 143

    i`m iranian
    u-r site is very nice

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  140. 144

    soooooooooooo intresting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  141. 146

    Wonderful wallpapers but are to old!

    Come with something new… how about a 4K article and some good sites that are focused on the new upcoming standard.

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  142. 147

    SO NICE FOR A LIGHTING MOMEMENT

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