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Selected Wallpapers For Your Desktop

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 Link

c’t Wallpapers3
Hundreds of computer-related wallpapers and full screen illustrations in 240×320 to 1600×1200. Penguins rock.

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Amazing collection of high-quality wallpapers – sorted by categories, “box-packs” and authors – in high resolution. In Russian.

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13 Fantastic Free Wallpaper Images7
By Crestock. In 4 formats as Widescreen (16:10) or Fullscreen (4:3) — from 1024×768 to 2560×1600.

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Wallpapers Flickr Pool9
Over 20,000 various wallpapers — minimum 1024×768 resolution.

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

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VladStudio Wallpapers13
Artistic wallpapers designed by a young Russian designer and graphic artist.

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Design Is… Pool15
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.

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ArtLebedev Wallpapers and Posters17
Dozens of wallpapers with an extensive use of whitespace. Some creative designs are also available.

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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.

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Another wallpaper devkit by Wolfgang Bartelme – Wallpaper Devkit 322.

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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.

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Mike Bonnell’s Wallpaper26
The designer offers over 100 surreal and abstract images.

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Gallery of Art28
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.

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Vista Wallpaper30
These wallpapers aren’t necessarily related to Microsoft’s operating system. However, the site offers beautiful themes – among them also nature-related wallpapers.

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Looking for original Windows Vista Wallpapers? Here you go32.

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

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Unusual drawings as wallpapers in the 1600×1200 resolution.

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Adobe CS3 Wallpaper36
5 themes by Terry White.

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

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Gamers Wallpapers Gallery38
8620 games-related wallpapers, particularly huge wallpapers of cars. Most pictures are presented in high resolution, e.g. 1900×1200.

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Hundreds of game-related wallpapers in the 1600×1200, 1280×1024, 1280×960 and 1024×768 resolution.

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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.

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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.

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The Widescreen Wallpapers Pool46
A Flickr-pool with almost 450 widescreen wallpapers.

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Screentreats: HD Wallpapers Blog48
This weblog presents high-resolution widescreen wallpapers regularly. Resolutions: 3200×1200, 2650×1600, 1920×1080, 1280×720, 1920×1200 and more.

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Social Wallpapering Link

Desktop Nexus50
The project has the same concept. User produce content and share it with each other. The site has over 7000 wallpapers from various sources.

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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

  1. 1

    As usual Great post and It will take me a while to look through all the links :)

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    Awsome Wallpapers ! Thanks ;-)

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    makes me sure again to keep my desktop in nice, plain grey …

  4. 4

    Man, you guys are non-stop! Another wicked post! Thanks!

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    Kick-ass! Thanks for these links, needed to upgrade my wallpapers

  6. 6

    WOW, thanks.. needed to upgraded my wallpapers collection

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    Here’s one great resource that you missed:

    They are particularly useful if you have a dual-monitor setup offering right and left portions of many images.

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    I get all my wallpapers from Desktop Nexus – by far the best selection. Great list.


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    September 21, 2007 2:38 am

    You forgot one of my favorites, though it’s Mac only… desktoptopia (

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    And what about the Screensavers… ????

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    Great collection. thanks

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    This is great! As always.
    How about: – she hosts some good stuff too.

  13. 13

    Awesome wallpapers. I have seen a few, but many of these are completely new to me. Thanks!

  14. 14

    Boy,I love Smashingmagazine!!

    I’ve been literally crawling the whole web lately looking for a template
    that could suit that website I was designing for a school project, but couldn’t find none.I guess now I’ve got served.

    Thanks guys!!

  15. 15

    Awesome, thanks for this, I have been looking for ages for great wall papers and you’ve done it once again. Thanks again SM!

  16. 16

    This list revived my long lost love for wallpaper. I was thinking the art of wallpaper died off with webshots. Great list.

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    Photoshop Tutorials

    September 21, 2007 9:59 am

    Awesome post, that would have been great if exact link to the wallpapers have been provided as well.

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    you guys rawk, i admire your work.

    anyway I would agree with Mitch above. pixelgirlpresents is very high rated wallpaper site. Most of the wallpapers are design for mac lover. There is many interesting high resolution wallpapers. Some of the members is known art group members. You guys should take a peek.

    thanks from animepaper.

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    Well, a Mac desktop is best with a Wallpaper at all times.

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    Don’t forget Desktopography!


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