Getting Desktop Pictures
There are many places to get desktop pictures. Below is a small selection of such sites.
A cursory check of the sites has been done, to ensure that they are mostly work-safe and free of obnoxious ads.
Dedicated wallpaper sites
- InterfaceLIFT: contains mostly photos of nature and various structures e.g. buildings, roads, bridges and cities. Includes user submitted images.
- Unsplash: has a mixed collection of photos.
- The Paper Wall: has a mixed collection of photos and drawings. Includes user submitted images.
- 4K HD Wallpapers: contains mostly photos.
- Social Wallpapering: a collection of user submitted images, mostly nature photos.
- Wallhaven: a mix of user submitted photos and drawn art. Has useful filtering options.
- Louieland: a personal artist page, contains drawings.
- Vladstudio: commercial artist page with free content.
- Justin Maller: a personal artist page.
These are sites that link to content rather than hosting the images themselves.
- reddit.com/r/earthporn: user posted nature photos.
- reddit.com/r/wallpaper: user posted wallpapers. Images tend to be a mix of nature photos and images from movies, comics and computer games.
- reddit.com/r/wallpapers: user posted wallpapers. Similar to r/wallpaper but with less photos and more paintings, drawings and memes.
- reddit.com/r/WQHD_Wallpaper: user posted wallpapers. Focus on 2560×1440 and 3840×2160 (4K) images only, nothing smaller or bigger.
- reddit.com/r/multiwall: user posted wallpapers that span dual or triple displays.
- reddit.com/r/MinimalWallpaper: user posted wallpapers that use a minimalistic drawing style.
Other image sites
Here are some examples of other types of sites, that can be used to get desktop pictures.
- Image search engines: one example is Google (Advanced Image Search).
- A more specialized search engine is the Flickr one, which only deals with images shared via Flickr.
- Art sites like Deviantart can be useful. Below are some artist pages:
- Redjuice: professional artist, did the original character designs for the Guilty Crown anime.
- AlexeyRudikov: very nice art for fans of Morrowind (computer game, predecessor of Oblivion and Skyrim). Artist main page.
- Double-You-Vectors: a collection of anime vectors, some which are character drawings with transparent backgrounds.
- The official pages of many computer games have wallpaper and concept art sections. This includes the card/computer game Magic The Gathering.
- Deadendthrills: a site that features computer game art, in the form of in-game “photos”.
Tips on finding and downloading images
There are a two categories of browser extensions that can be useful for finding and downloading images:
Reverse Image Search Extensions
These can be used to find “better” i.e. larger or less compressed versions of an image. They can also help you track down the original artist so that you can get more of their art work.
Batch Download Extensions
Use these to avoid having to download one image at a time. These extensions usually work best for gallery like pages i.e. pages with image previews that contain direct links to the full images.