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

12

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

20

Strukt21
Available in 1024×640, 2560×1600

22

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)

54

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

76

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

88

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

94

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

96

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

98

Route 6699
1920×1200

100

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

102

Yellow Silk103
Available in 1680×1050.

Screenshot104

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

106

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

108

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

110

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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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/19/desktop-wallpaper-calendar-join-in/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/12/really-stunning-desktop-wallpapers/
  3. 3 http://www.drweb.de/magazin/wallpaper-gesammelte-hintergrundbilder-fur-den-desktop/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/06/100-really-beautiful-iphone-wallpapers/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/10/50-most-amazing-dual-screen-desktop-wallpapers/
  6. 6 http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/details/1819/bird_on_a_branch.html
  7. 7 http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/details/1819/bird_on_a_branch.html
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gunderson/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gunderson/3051551649/sizes/o/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gunderson/3007588450/sizes/o/in/set-72157608505526766/
  11. 11 http://www.wallcoo.net/cartoon/digital_CG_artwork_wallpaper_03_1920x1200/html/wallpaper1.html
  12. 12 http://www.wallcoo.net/cartoon/digital_CG_artwork_wallpaper_03_1920x1200/html/wallpaper1.html
  13. 13 http://www.zixpk.com/2008/09/hd-wallpaper-glacier-sunrise.html
  14. 14 http://www.zixpk.com/2008/09/hd-wallpaper-glacier-sunrise.html
  15. 15 http://casperium.deviantart.com/art/The-Dancing-Nebula-WS-116196286
  16. 16 http://casperium.deviantart.com/art/The-Dancing-Nebula-WS-116196286
  17. 17 http://www.customvector.com/wallpapers_dl.php?t=./img/wallpapers/800x600/800x600_43_batista.jpg&id=138&res=1680x1050
  18. 18 http://www.customvector.com/wallpapers_dl.php?t=./img/wallpapers/800x600/800x600_43_batista.jpg&id=138&res=1680x1050
  19. 19 http://eamejia.deviantart.com/art/Guara-WallPack-102938886
  20. 20 http://eamejia.deviantart.com/art/Guara-WallPack-102938886
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreaskoller/2163086771/sizes/o/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreaskoller/2163086771/sizes/o/
  23. 23 http://nikander.deviantart.com/art/Serenity-74556648
  24. 24 http://nikander.deviantart.com/art/Serenity-74556648
  25. 25 http://www.customvector.com/wallpapers_dl.php?t=./img/wallpapers/800x600/800x600_43_De_la_haut_AlexandraPetracchi_1600_1200.jpg&id=212&res=1440x900#
  26. 26 http://www.customvector.com/wallpapers_dl.php?t=./img/wallpapers/800x600/800x600_43_De_la_haut_AlexandraPetracchi_1600_1200.jpg&id=212&res=1440x900#
  27. 27 http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/details/1794/creamy_sky.html
  28. 28 http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/details/1794/creamy_sky.html
  29. 29 http://www.zixpk.com/2008/12/chameleon-desktop-background.html
  30. 30 http://www.zixpk.com/2008/12/chameleon-desktop-background.html
  31. 31 http://ravenskar.deviantart.com/art/something-like-an-astronomer-111558725
  32. 32 http://ravenskar.deviantart.com/art/something-like-an-astronomer-111558725
  33. 33 http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/details/1840/macbook_pro,_just_awesome.html
  34. 34 http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/details/1840/macbook_pro,_just_awesome.html
  35. 35 http://casperium.deviantart.com/art/The-Bello-Nebula-WS-113173250
  36. 36 http://casperium.deviantart.com/art/The-Bello-Nebula-WS-113173250
  37. 37 http://cocacolagirlie.deviantart.com/art/La-Solitudine-113197753
  38. 38 http://cocacolagirlie.deviantart.com/art/La-Solitudine-113197753
  39. 39 http://abduzeedo.com/wallpaper-week-41-super-silo
  40. 40 http://abduzeedo.com/wallpaper-week-41-super-silo
  41. 41 http://vaporization.deviantart.com/art/For-A-Thousand-Years-108907908
  42. 42 http://vaporization.deviantart.com/art/For-A-Thousand-Years-108907908
  43. 43 http://www.wallpapers-room.com/1118/filter/popular/978/
  44. 44 http://www.wallpapers-room.com/1118/filter/popular/978/
  45. 45 http://colorburned.com/2008/05/wallpaper_of_the_week_vol_1.html
  46. 46 http://colorburned.com/2008/05/wallpaper_of_the_week_vol_1.html
  47. 47 http://casperium.deviantart.com/art/Nova-90613471
  48. 48 http://casperium.deviantart.com/art/Nova-90613471
  49. 49 http://www.hdwallpapers.net/travel-wallpapers
  50. 50 http://www.hdwallpapers.net/travel-wallpapers
  51. 51 http://abduzeedo.com/wallpaper-week-21-0
  52. 52 http://abduzeedo.com/wallpaper-week-21-0
  53. 53 http://-kol.deviantart.com/art/Bokeh-116165739
  54. 54 http://-kol.deviantart.com/art/Bokeh-116165739
  55. 55 http://www.vladstudio.com
  56. 56 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpaper/?squareelephant
  57. 57 http://www.wallpapers-room.com/861/filter/popular/1680x1050/2/
  58. 58 http://www.wallpapers-room.com/861/filter/popular/1680x1050/2/
  59. 59 http://www.zixpk.com/2009/05/let-it-fly-hd-wallpaper.html
  60. 60 http://www.zixpk.com/2009/05/let-it-fly-hd-wallpaper.html
  61. 61 http://www.wallcoo.net/cartoon/digital_CG_artwork_wallpaper_04_1920x1200/html/wallpaper22.html
  62. 62 http://www.wallcoo.net/cartoon/digital_CG_artwork_wallpaper_04_1920x1200/html/wallpaper22.html
  63. 63 http://www.zixpk.com/2008/11/phalanx-hd-wallpaper.html
  64. 64 http://www.zixpk.com/2008/11/phalanx-hd-wallpaper.html
  65. 65 http://www.zixpk.com/2009/03/autumn.html
  66. 66 http://www.zixpk.com/2009/03/autumn.html
  67. 67 http://skyway.deviantart.com/art/Chasing-Dreams-107979482
  68. 68 http://skyway.deviantart.com/art/Chasing-Dreams-107979482
  69. 69 http://d4m.deviantart.com/art/Its-Magic-Wallpaper-Pack-90587141
  70. 70 http://d4m.deviantart.com/art/Its-Magic-Wallpaper-Pack-90587141
  71. 71 http://applesactually.deviantart.com/art/Influx-WallpaperPack-112183622
  72. 72 http://applesactually.deviantart.com/art/Influx-WallpaperPack-112183622
  73. 73 http://desk08.customize.org/wallpaper/31/
  74. 74 http://desk08.customize.org/wallpaper/31/
  75. 75 http://www.vistaknowledge.com/vista-hd-wallpapers/Distorted_7_by_Cavaille.jpg
  76. 76 http://www.vistaknowledge.com/vista-hd-wallpapers/Distorted_7_by_Cavaille.jpg
  77. 77 http://deinha1974.deviantart.com/art/Rooster-s-Ranch-92609916
  78. 78 http://deinha1974.deviantart.com/art/Rooster-s-Ranch-92609916
  79. 79 http://abduzeedo.com/wallpaper-week-44-electricmanja
  80. 80 http://abduzeedo.com/wallpaper-week-44-electricmanja
  81. 81 http://tinkupuri.deviantart.com/art/PHOTONS-37029927
  82. 82 http://tinkupuri.deviantart.com/art/PHOTONS-37029927
  83. 83 http://sunira.deviantart.com/art/Korean-Star-Paper-Wallpaper-I-100401856
  84. 84 http://sunira.deviantart.com/art/Korean-Star-Paper-Wallpaper-I-100401856
  85. 85 http://piginpond.com/bbs/board.php?bo_table=wallpaper&wr_id=166&page=4
  86. 86 http://piginpond.com/bbs/board.php?bo_table=wallpaper&wr_id=166&page=4
  87. 87 http://www.flowgraphic.com/?p=8628#more-8628
  88. 88 http://www.flowgraphic.com/?p=8628#more-8628
  89. 89 http://abduzeedo.com/wallpaper-week-43-depthcore-heist
  90. 90 http://abduzeedo.com/wallpaper-week-43-depthcore-heist
  91. 91 http://mrcool256.deviantart.com/art/Twizted-118211737
  92. 92 http://mrcool256.deviantart.com/art/Twizted-118211737
  93. 93 http://fc00.deviantart.com/fs44/i/2009/084/5/8/In_A_Whisper_by_Druology.jpg
  94. 94 http://fc00.deviantart.com/fs44/i/2009/084/5/8/In_A_Whisper_by_Druology.jpg
  95. 95 http://brandonwagner.deviantart.com/art/Fritrix-97995829
  96. 96 http://brandonwagner.deviantart.com/art/Fritrix-97995829
  97. 97 http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/details/1805/gone_clubbing.html
  98. 98 http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/details/1805/gone_clubbing.html
  99. 99 http://2806.deviantart.com/art/Route-66-117654015
  100. 100 http://2806.deviantart.com/art/Route-66-117654015
  101. 101 http://www.zixpk.com/2009/04/dopeshow.html
  102. 102 http://www.zixpk.com/2009/04/dopeshow.html
  103. 103 http://crazyivan969.deviantart.com/art/silk-86403723
  104. 104 http://crazyivan969.deviantart.com/art/silk-86403723
  105. 105 http://flamewalker.deviantart.com/art/The-Lich-King-s-might-116837421
  106. 106 http://flamewalker.deviantart.com/art/The-Lich-King-s-might-116837421
  107. 107 http://www.ewallpapers.eu/Games/Diablo-3/Diablo-III.html
  108. 108 http://www.ewallpapers.eu/Games/Diablo-3/Diablo-III.html
  109. 109 http://ouwenz.deviantart.com/art/Bulls-on-Parade-117912890
  110. 110 http://ouwenz.deviantart.com/art/Bulls-on-Parade-117912890
  111. 111 http://abduzeedo.com/videogame-remakes-orioto
  112. 112 http://orioto.deviantart.com/
  113. 113 http://orioto.deviantart.com/art/Aquatic-Run-97824569
  114. 114 http://orioto.deviantart.com/art/War-Zone-108312592
  115. 115 http://orioto.deviantart.com/art/Land-Sorrow-112551782
  116. 116 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/10/50-most-amazing-dual-screen-desktop-wallpapers/
  117. 117 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/06/100-really-beautiful-iphone-wallpapers/
  118. 118 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/12/really-stunning-desktop-wallpapers/

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  1. 1

    nice! Great collection~
    I’ve had some

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  2. 52

    those are hot.

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  3. 103

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

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  4. 154

    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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  5. 205

    Eifel Tower > Eiffel Tower :)

    1
  6. 256

    Awesome! Thanks!

    -1
  7. 307

    I get mine for free @ desktopnexus dot com

    Seriously, worth the visit.

    1
  8. 358

    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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    • 409

      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.

      -1
  9. 460

    I like the “Autumn”, Thanks

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  10. 511

    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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  11. 562

    I like the “something like an astronomer ”
    thx

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  12. 613

    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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  13. 664

    Really great walls to blow our desktops … :)

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  14. 715

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

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  15. 766

    the “bird on a branch” gets the prize.

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  16. 817

    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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  17. 868

    Congrats to the designer of “Birds on Branch”

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  18. 919

    Very nice sir.!! I Like

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  19. 970

    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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  20. 1021

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

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  21. 1072

    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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  22. 1123

    Thanks! great article

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  23. 1174

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

    thnx!

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  24. 1225

    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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  25. 1276

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

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  26. 1327

    Thanks for this great collection!
    Bye,
    Emanuele

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  27. 1378

    Amazing. I’m speechless.

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  28. 1429

    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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  29. 1480

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

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  30. 1531

    amaizing! Thanks for my new wallpaper :)

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  31. 1582

    muy buenos wallpapers gracias!

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  32. 1633

    wow, great wallpaper . like all…

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  33. 1684

    I totally love this one right here:

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  34. 1735

    dsfsdfdsfsf

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  35. 1786

    Sensacional !

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  36. 1837

    papeis de parede!

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  37. 1888

    Fantastic :-D

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  38. 1990

    nice wallpapers, its simply amazing

    -1
  39. 2041

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

    -1
  40. 2143

    Amazing pictures…..Great!!!

    -1
  41. 2194

    amazing work ……….

    thanks a lot……

    -1
  42. 2245

    Very nice! Thanks so much…. just dowload

    -1
  43. 2296

    wonderful collection of wallpapers

    -1
  44. 2347

    Pierluigi Rotundo

    August 3, 2009 11:58 pm

    wow soooooooooooooooo great!!!

    Pierluigi Rotundo

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  45. 2398

    Awesome

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  46. 2449

    Too much noise for nothing!

    HBA

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  47. 2500

    amzing pictures

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  48. 2551

    amazing collections…

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  49. 2602

    Awesome! Excellent collections.
    Great job …

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  50. 2653

    fantastic

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