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: For Desktop & Web-Design1
60+ selected posters, wallpapers, galleries and background images.
- More Creative and Beautiful Wallpapers2
42 more galleries of wallpapers and posters.
- Christmas Wallpapers
Selected Wallpapers — Volume 3 Link
Deep Blue Wallpaper Devkits20
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.
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.
Offers every month a new theme with a calendar. Impressive, however the resolution is sometimes too small.
Hundreds of wallpapers with themes from Japanese anime. In various resolutions. Registration is required.
Game-Related Wallpapers Link
WoW – World of Warcraft Motive42
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.
Widescreen (16:9) and HD Wallpapers Link
DMB – Dualmonitor Backgrounds44
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.
Social Wallpapering Link
- 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2006/12/07/selected-wallpapers-for-desktop-and-web-design/
- 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/02/22/more-creative-and-beautiful-wallpapers/
- 3 http://www.heise.de/ct/motive/
- 4 http://www.heise.de/ct/motive/
- 5 http://www.wallpapers.ru/box/packs/
- 6 http://www.wallpapers.ru/box/packs/
- 7 http://www.crestock.com/blog/photography/13-fantastic-free-wallpaper-images-80.aspx
- 8 http://www.crestock.com/blog/photography/13-fantastic-free-wallpaper-images-80.aspx
- 9 http://www.flickr.com/groups/wallpapers/pool/
- 10 http://www.flickr.com/groups/wallpapers/pool/
- 11 http://wallpaperstock.net
- 12 http://wallpaperstock.net
- 13 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpapers/
- 14 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpapers/
- 15 http://flickr.com/groups/designerwallpaper/pool/
- 16 http://flickr.com/groups/designerwallpaper/pool/
- 17 http://www.artlebedev.com/posters/
- 18 http://www.artlebedev.com/posters/
- 19 http://www.artlebedev.com/posters/
- 20 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/deep_blue_wallpaper/
- 21 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/deep_blue_wallpaper/
- 22 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/wallpaper_devkit_3/#When:05:56:00Z
- 23 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/deep_blue_wallpaper/
- 24 http://www.desktopography.net/
- 25 http://www.desktopography.net/
- 26 http://www.mikebonnell.com/
- 27 http://www.mikebonnell.com/
- 28 http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/
- 29 http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/
- 30 http://www.vista-wallpaper.de/
- 31 http://www.vista-wallpaper.de/
- 32 http://www.brajeshwar.com/2006/microsoft-windows-vista-wallpapers/
- 33 http://www.brajeshwar.com/2006/microsoft-windows-vista-wallpapers/
- 34 http://www.4impressions.net/
- 35 http://www.mikebonnell.com/
- 36 http://creativesuitepodcast.com/index.php?post_id=211367
- 37 http://creativesuitepodcast.com/index.php?post_id=211367
- 38 http://www.gamersgallery.com/gallery/showgallery.php?mcats=569&si=wallpaper&what=title&name=&when=&whenterm=&condition=and
- 39 http://www.gamersgallery.com/gallery/showgallery.php?mcats=569&si=wallpaper&what=title&name=&when=&whenterm=&condition=and
- 40 http://bestgamewallpapers.com
- 41 http://bestgamewallpapers.com/
- 42 http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/downloads/wallpapers.html
- 43 http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/downloads/wallpapers.html
- 44 http://www.dualmonitorbackgrounds.com/
- 45 http://www.dualmonitorbackgrounds.com/
- 46 http://www.flickr.com/groups/10003140@N00/pool/
- 47 http://www.flickr.com/groups/10003140@N00/pool/
- 48 http://www.screentreats.com
- 49 http://www.screentreats.com
- 50 http://www.desktopnexus.com/
- 51 http://www.desktopnexus.com/
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