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What You Said: The Best Sources for Awesome Wallpapers


Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite websites for finding awesome wallpapers and today we are back to share the results with you. The desktop paradise you have been waiting for is only a click away…

We will start off with the websites that you voted for most this past Wednesday. Each of these received a lot of love in the comments and come highly recommended by your fellow readers.

A popular avenue for finding wallpapers among readers was using Google Image Search. brodiemac writes:

Google advanced image search using specific keywords and dimensions for my triple monitor setup at work.

Deadline also uses Google to find wallpapers and writes:

I usually use Google images, set it to search for my screen resolution and search away.

Using Google to search for images with your screen’s resolution set as a parameter is definitely a quick and easy way to add a fresh look to your desktop.

Quite a few readers prefer to create their own desktop paradise using photos they have taken. Alex Thorp writes:

I prefer pictures of clouds as my desktop background. Since I couldn’t find any good pictures after searching for a while, I jumped on an airplane, and took a bunch of pictures. <– That is my current background, and when I get tired of it, I have a few more good ones to use before I need to get more. I have also used pictures of waterfalls and lighthouses that I’ve taken myself as backgrounds. Someday, I would like to take/create an HDR picture with the moon to use as a background.

Vincent also writes:

I stick to photos I’ve taken myself, usually of landscapes or ones with friends in them (memorable moments usually). Even with a basic point a shoot camera I get some really good wallpapers with no editing required. I rotate them about every 15 minutes or so (default Win7 manager). Even with that you can go days without seeing a specific picture.

Some other unique mentions shared by fellow readers are:

So there you have it…all that you need to get started on your own personal wallpaper quest for the best desktop ever.

Missed your chance to share your favorite wallpaper websites or methods earlier this week? Then make sure to share them with your fellow readers in the comments below! And when you have finished sharing your favorites take a moment to browse on over and look through our Wednesday Ask the Readers post for more reader recommendations.

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/6/12

Comments (14)

  1. Lady Fitzgerald

    Asian Angel deserves kudos for researching wall papers for us.

  2. Asian Angel

    @Lady Fitzgerald – You are most kind. ^_^ Also, thank you for the wonderful comment you left in the Ask the Readers post comment thread. ^_^

  3. qwer is my favourite site for wallpapers

  4. mocahante

    Reddit’s various wallpaper subreddits are great

  5. Ushindi

    Glad to see Desktop Nexus at the top, AA, but why no Wallpaper Abyss site? It also sizes the wallpapers to your monitor, like DN, and also has a large variety of walls and free membership.
    Darn, was I the only one to mention it in the original comments? Regardless, let me add my thanks for all you’ve done and continue to do for us.

  6. Bill

    My favorite site for wallpaper is wallpaper abyss.

  7. Asian Angel

    @Ushindi – Like you I also think highly of Wallpaper Abyss. ^_^ The only sad part was that it did not have a lot of votes in the Wednesday post, so I was not able to include it in the top votes section above. :(

    Also, you are very welcome. ^_^

  8. Mik

    How come nobody mentioned 4walled or the /wg/ section on 4chan?

    You can find really great stuff there! And you can also learn to customize, as with Rainmeter or similar programs.

  9. trylax

    Hey, how about

  10. aktomjerry

    The image on the page is really so cute ^^
    Btw thanks for the list of those cool websites, now I won’t go for a google search for a wallpaper
    Great thing that u put it here all together and the best one !

  11. aktomjerry

    By the way if some one is just crazy about anime wallpapers of HD quality then be sure to check this website out
    and for nature and others :-

  12. bassman22

    I don’t know how to put this…but the link to the picture of Uranus appears to be broken…


  13. bassman22

    ok that comment was supposed to go on the article about the Terraria customization set…had it open on a separate tab, messed up…but seriously that link is broken DX

  14. Asian Angel

    @bassman22 – It happens to all of us sooner or later, so no worries on the comment thing. ~_^ The download link has been repaired with something that should be a bit more permanent now…

    Thanks for letting us know that the link was broken. ^_^

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