Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Free Large Background Desktop Vertical Wallpaper for (Portrait) Monitors

I'm adding new extra-large free wallpapers each month, so be sure to check back!



Recent addition: free vertical extra-large wallpapers that work in both portrait OR landscape mode when rotated, both abstracts and nature images.
Most of these can stand having the "ends" cropped if you want to resize them to a ratio other than 16:10 wide screen. If you like these, link to this page so others can find it too!



You might ask: who else uses their monitors in portrait mode? Here's a couple of photos from the Googleplex to give you an idea:



I use a 24" flat panel widescreen (16:10) monitor set to 1920 x 1200 in portrait (vertical) mode. I've tweaked or montaged a number of free images into vertical 16:10 desktop wallpapers in Photoshop. For example, the first image, Eagle Mountain Mist, is a montage of six images, and lots of Photoshop "mist" (you can also see it on Flickr). Some have been rotated to work well vertically. If these are too huge for you, realize Windows can auto-size them for a desktop background. (Here's a great site for completely free images.)





Montages and optimized free images:

Note: These are vertical as shown.






Haleakala Sunrise





Best of Hubble and the night sky

Note: These are vertical as shown (regardless of original image)







Free Nature Desktop Images: Vertical or Horizontal

Note: these come in a horizontal orientation.

Rotate to vertical as desired in an image program


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Free Abstract Wallpaper:
Vertical or Horizontal

Note: these come in a horizontal orientation.

Rotate to vertical as desired in an image program




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Finding other sources for widescreen vertical wallpapers



Probably the best is interface lift, but Stock Exchange has quite a few to pick through. And there's a big list of links here. Try this useful large image search for popular, large nature wallpapers easily cropped. I can't post any here since they prohibit redistribution.



Graffiti Wallpaper is also excellent. Some of the nature images shown here are simply rotated from Mike Swanson's excellent collection.



If you've ever thought of making 1920 x 1200 wallpapers for your widescreen monitor from online map images, check out Earth Wallpapers.



Sources


Here are the source of some of the montaged and optimized images, in order from first appearing above:

  • Eagle Mountain Mist is a montage of several images and lots of photoshopping;

  • Lazy Days II by boss019; April 24th, 2007;
  • Neutron Revolver by Parth; November 18th, 2006;
  • Peace by Grant Erb; December 15th, 2005--Morfee Lake, Mackenzie, British Columbia, Canada;

  • Silence by shiftedreality; May 13th, 2007;
  • Epic Falls by Chris Fenison; June 15th, 2006;
  • Splash/3D rendered water by Ratow; January 15th, 2006;
  • Crepuscule, by Fabien Egot; August 16th, 2007;
  • Courage et dévouement (Courage and dedication) Cédric Sacilotto's photo taken with a Canon EOS 400D at f9, 1/200 s; France, copyright 2007;
  • Solar Wind effect on Earth's magnetic field: Scaling The Universe;
  • Modified from Haleakala Sunrise by Greg Martin;

  • If anyone can help me with the original source of the starry night over golden building (MIT) HDR image, I'd be grateful;
  • The rest are adaptations of classic Hubble Space Telescope photos from a variety of sources.
Photoshop optimization techniques include HIROLAM, LAB color adjustments, BlendIF layer styles to reduce white halos after sharpening, etc.

21 comments:

  1. these are great thanks!

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  2. Exactly what the doctor ordered! Really excellent work you've done. Thanks!!

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  3. Really like what you did with the Morfee Lake one .. didn't think I'd like it at first but now it's my favorite background!!

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  4. thanks so much for these. I have a funny set up, with one horizontal and one vertical 24" monitor, and I was finally able to have something fit on my vertical one!

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  5. @Laura, I tried that for awhile too (LCD + CRT, in my case)! Drove me crazy after while though :)

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  6. Would you consider optimizing some of the Vista style wallpapers for 1920 vertical? I'll check back. Thanks! (These are terrific, though, and I'm already using them.)

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  7. Nice page. Hey can you invite me to join the grandcentral call back feature please?
    empowered2dream @ yahoo

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  8. Go to their site and reserve a number; there don't give users invites to share anymore. I have heard some people have old ones they are selling (I don't have any) but I have also heard some old invites don't work any longer. Sent you a message at your email address also. Good luck!

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  10. You are a Photoshop Guru! These are great, thanks!!

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  11. You have a great blog, and i steal one of your pics to my blog ;-)
    I made a post about you (in french) with a link to your blog. Hope you dont mind!
    If you do let me know on my blog

    http://perso-pc.blogspot.com/

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  12. Thanks for posting these hi-rez vertical wallpapers. I've had a hard time finding them online.

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  13. AnonymousJuly 03, 2009

    Best collection like it I've seen anwhere...thx

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  14. Brilliant, thanks! It's difficult getting portrait landscapes...

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  15. I love these but my problem is I have 2 portrait and 2 landscape monitors. Also wanted to see all icons clearly. I was looking for a nice tiled pattern that would fill both situations. Solution was to search google images for floor tile. I came up with several patterns that did nicely.

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  16. Stunning pictures. I loved the one of the M81 Galaxy and Saturn.

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  17. Really what a great collections, I loved it.. :)

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  18. I was actually looking for a pic of outer space when I came across this post and saw the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. I'm about to change my Twitter background with a lot of stars. Cool, isn't it!

    You've got a great collection here, Dave. Thanks so much for sharing. I also know this site that has a lot of great Twitter backgrounds.

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  19. Nice collection..... I Like it also............

    Thanks

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