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Selected Wallpapers For Your Desktop

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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 Wallpapers4
Hundreds of computer-related wallpapers and full screen illustrations in 240×320 to 1600×1200. Penguins rock.

Wallpaper Screenshot5

Wallpapers.ru6
Amazing collection of high-quality wallpapers – sorted by categories, “box-packs” and authors – in high resolution. In Russian.

Wallpaper Screenshot7

13 Fantastic Free Wallpaper Images8
By Crestock. In 4 formats as Widescreen (16:10) or Fullscreen (4:3) — from 1024×768 to 2560×1600.

Wallpaper Screenshot9

Wallpapers Flickr Pool10
Over 20,000 various wallpapers — minimum 1024×768 resolution.

Wallpaper Screenshot11

Wallpaperstock.net12
Hundreds of categorized wallpapers — RSS-feed is also available.

Wallpaper Screenshot13

VladStudio Wallpapers14
Artistic wallpapers designed by a young Russian designer and graphic artist.

Wallpaper Screenshot15

Design Is… Pool16
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.

Wallpaper Screenshot17

ArtLebedev Wallpapers and Posters18
Dozens of wallpapers with an extensive use of whitespace. Some creative designs are also available.

Wallpaper Screenshot19
Wallpaper Screenshot20

Deep Blue Wallpaper Devkits21
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.

Wallpaper Screenshot22

Another wallpaper devkit by Wolfgang Bartelme – Wallpaper Devkit 323.

Wallpaper Screenshot24

Desktopography25
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.

Wallpaper Screenshot26

Mike Bonnell’s Wallpaper27
The designer offers over 100 surreal and abstract images.

Wallpaper Screenshot28

Gallery of Art29
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.

Wallpaper Screenshot30

Vista Wallpaper31
These wallpapers aren’t necessarily related to Microsoft’s operating system. However, the site offers beautiful themes – among them also nature-related wallpapers.

Wallpaper Screenshot32

Looking for original Windows Vista Wallpapers? Here you go33.

Wallpaper Screenshot34

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

Wallpaper Screenshot

Four35
Unusual drawings as wallpapers in the 1600×1200 resolution.

Wallpaper Screenshot36

Adobe CS3 Wallpaper37
5 themes by Terry White.

Wallpaper Screenshot38

Animepaper39
Hundreds of wallpapers with themes from Japanese anime. In various resolutions. Registration is required.

Wallpaper Screenshot40

Gamers Wallpapers Gallery41
8620 games-related wallpapers, particularly huge wallpapers of cars. Most pictures are presented in high resolution, e.g. 1900×1200.

Wallpaper Screenshot42

BestGameWallpapers43
Hundreds of game-related wallpapers in the 1600×1200, 1280×1024, 1280×960 and 1024×768 resolution.

Wallpaper Screenshot44

WoW – World of Warcraft Motive45
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.

Wallpaper Screenshot46

Widescreen (16:9) and HD Wallpapers Link

DMB – Dualmonitor Backgrounds47
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.

Wallpaper Screenshot48

The Widescreen Wallpapers Pool49
A Flickr-pool with almost 450 widescreen wallpapers.

Wallpaper Screenshot50

Screentreats: HD Wallpapers Blog51
This weblog presents high-resolution widescreen wallpapers regularly. Resolutions: 3200×1200, 2650×1600, 1920×1080, 1280×720, 1920×1200 and more.

Wallpaper Screenshot52

Social Wallpapering Link

Desktop Nexus53
The project has the same concept. User produce content and share it with each other. The site has over 7000 wallpapers from various sources.

Wallpaper Screenshot54

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2006/12/07/selected-wallpapers-for-desktop-and-web-design/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/02/22/more-creative-and-beautiful-wallpapers/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2006/12/09/christmas-wallpapers/
  4. 4 http://www.heise.de/ct/motive/
  5. 5 http://www.heise.de/ct/motive/
  6. 6 http://www.wallpapers.ru/box/packs/
  7. 7 http://www.wallpapers.ru/box/packs/
  8. 8 http://www.crestock.com/blog/photography/13-fantastic-free-wallpaper-images-80.aspx
  9. 9 http://www.crestock.com/blog/photography/13-fantastic-free-wallpaper-images-80.aspx
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/groups/wallpapers/pool/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/groups/wallpapers/pool/
  12. 12 http://wallpaperstock.net
  13. 13 http://wallpaperstock.net
  14. 14 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpapers/
  15. 15 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpapers/
  16. 16 http://flickr.com/groups/designerwallpaper/pool/
  17. 17 http://flickr.com/groups/designerwallpaper/pool/
  18. 18 http://www.artlebedev.com/posters/
  19. 19 http://www.artlebedev.com/posters/
  20. 20 http://www.artlebedev.com/posters/
  21. 21 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/deep_blue_wallpaper/
  22. 22 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/deep_blue_wallpaper/
  23. 23 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/wallpaper_devkit_3/#When:05:56:00Z
  24. 24 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/deep_blue_wallpaper/
  25. 25 http://www.desktopography.net/
  26. 26 http://www.desktopography.net/
  27. 27 http://www.mikebonnell.com/
  28. 28 http://www.mikebonnell.com/
  29. 29 http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/
  30. 30 http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/
  31. 31 http://www.vista-wallpaper.de/
  32. 32 http://www.vista-wallpaper.de/
  33. 33 http://www.brajeshwar.com/2006/microsoft-windows-vista-wallpapers/
  34. 34 http://www.brajeshwar.com/2006/microsoft-windows-vista-wallpapers/
  35. 35 http://www.4impressions.net/
  36. 36 http://www.mikebonnell.com/
  37. 37 http://creativesuitepodcast.com/index.php?post_id=211367
  38. 38 http://creativesuitepodcast.com/index.php?post_id=211367
  39. 39 http://www.animepaper.net/gallery/wallpapers
  40. 40 http://www.animepaper.net/gallery/wallpapers
  41. 41 http://www.gamersgallery.com/gallery/showgallery.php?mcats=569&si=wallpaper&what=title&name=&when=&whenterm=&condition=and
  42. 42 http://www.gamersgallery.com/gallery/showgallery.php?mcats=569&si=wallpaper&what=title&name=&when=&whenterm=&condition=and
  43. 43 http://bestgamewallpapers.com
  44. 44 http://bestgamewallpapers.com/
  45. 45 http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/downloads/wallpapers.html
  46. 46 http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/downloads/wallpapers.html
  47. 47 http://www.dualmonitorbackgrounds.com/
  48. 48 http://www.dualmonitorbackgrounds.com/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/groups/10003140@N00/pool/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/groups/10003140@N00/pool/
  51. 51 http://www.screentreats.com
  52. 52 http://www.screentreats.com
  53. 53 http://www.desktopnexus.com/
  54. 54 http://www.desktopnexus.com/
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  1. 1

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

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  2. 2

    Awsome Wallpapers ! Thanks ;-)

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  3. 3

    I recommend you check out my list of 30 Kick ass Wallpapers which you can find here at vision7

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  4. 4

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

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  5. 5

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

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  6. 6

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

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  7. 7

    WOW, thanks.. needed to upgraded my wallpapers collection

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  8. 8

    Here’s one great resource that you missed:

    http://www.mandolux.com/

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

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  9. 9

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

    Thanks!

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  10. 10

    You forgot one of my favorites, though it’s Mac only… desktoptopia (http://www.desktoptopia.com).

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  11. 11

    Fantastic!

    And what about the Screensavers… ????

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  12. 12

    Great collection. thanks

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  13. 13

    This is great! As always.
    How about: http://www.pixelgirlpresents.com – she hosts some good stuff too.
    Thanks.

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  14. 14

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

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  15. 15

    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!!

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  16. 16

    Don’t forget or overlook http://wallpaper.deviantart.com

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  17. 17

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

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  18. 18

    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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  20. 20

    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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  21. 21

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

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  24. 24

    hi all

    Excellent collection guys . keep it up.

    Can u plz give me the direct link of the wallpaper.ru website ?
    ( the girl wallpaper) Im not good at russion; not able to find the same

    thanks guys

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  25. 25

    Thanks a lot, thats a great list!

    I think I’m going to spend all afternoon going through the wallpapers.

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  26. 26

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    September 21, 2007 4:27 pm

    Please notice that this list includes only those references which haven’t been covered in one of our previous articles – PixelGirl and DevianArt are included in the collections we’ve already put together few months ago.

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  27. 27

    Ah, theres nothin’ like a good wallpaper to warm yer heart! As usual, great article, thanks :)

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  28. 28

    *in awe* Super list as usual.
    Where do you guys actually find these stuff? The fifth dimension or something?

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  29. 29

    Not only wallpapers, but great inspiration! Gracias!

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  30. 30

    Most of these wp galleries are a piece of shit. IMHO.

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