50 Mac Desktops for Maximum Visual Goodness

Having a beautiful desktop background can be a fantastic motivator – unfortunately it can be difficult to sort the great from the ghastly when it comes to wallpaper design. To make the search easier, we’ve hand picked a selection of 50 stunning desktop images for your viewing pleasure.

I’ve split the collection down into a few different categories for easier browsing; Apple & Technology, Design & Typography, Abstract, and Nature & Architecture. Do let me know if you have any other favorites which I’ve missed!

Apple & Technology Wallpapers


Applewood

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The Apple logo on a cold, wooden backdrop.


A Weathered Apple

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A wooden, colorful, Apple logo on a simple background.


It’s Like Chocolate

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Colorful stripes with a subtle Apple logo and some chocolaty goo!


MacRise

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Simply gorgeous colours with a lens flare effect behind the Apple logo.


Apple Stitched

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Ever wondered what it would be like to have an Apple logo stitched onto your denim?


Black Leather Apple

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A wonderful leather-y texture for this wallpaper, also available without the Apple logo.


Hardwood Lights

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A simple wooden texture, embedded Apple logo, and some spotlights from above


Apple Swirls

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Classic and subtle, something you’d expect from Apple themselves.


Wooden Wall

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A pack of 11 different wooden Apple styled wallpapers.


Apple Love

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A valentines tribute to Apple, with a fantastic play on the iconic logo. I used this as a desktop background for several months, and it’s very easy on the eye.


Leopard Server Aurora

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The alternative Leopard wallpaper for the OS X Server – arguably better than the default.


Dream Service Providers

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A scary concept, but a wonderful depiction. Dreaming of your Mac could be a sign you need to take a break…


Blue Tie

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A simple texture with a small, classic Apple tag in the lower left corner.


Grey Apple Splash

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A lovely play on the colorful, splashy iPod adverts with a darker twist.


Conquer The Universe

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There are no guarantees that you’ll be able to conquer the universe just by applying this wallpaper. But it will look nice.


Aqua Apple

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Aqua-licious, subtle and watery. Ridiculous adjectives but a wonderful wallpaper.


Green Apple Grunge

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A refreshing change from the typical glossy Apple desktop.


In The Spotlight

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A depiction of what it would look like to Spotlight search for the Apple logo.

Design & Typography Wallpapers


Accolades

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A wonderful type design from the I Love Typography collection.


I Love Typography

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Another from the I Love Typography collection – do check out the rest.


My True Love

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A great combination of typography, texture and colour.


Bloody Hippy

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An old wallpaper, but still looking good and chocolaty.


Freelance Switch Wallpapers

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Some cute and curious designs for a freelancer’s desktop.


Design Is A Trend

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Angles and warm colours give this one a really unique look.


Clip Art Design

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A stab at the clip-art generation, depicted in typical Veerle style.


Tangle

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A design tangle, with a stunning set of colors.


Spotlight

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Contemplating a set of design-related words, with a lovely image.

Abstract Wallpapers


Colorsplash

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A beautiful depiction of colour, smashing into your desktop.


Chroma Wallpapers

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A selection of four different styles from ColourCharge


Flow

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It’s time for some fresh, dynamic colors for your desktop.


Infinity Gold

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Wonderful orange swooshes and swirls, in a variety of different sizes.


Elemental

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Depicting each of nature’s elements in an abstract manner.


Inside Rainbow

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An explosion of colour.


Jacket Pack

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An odd concept, but it somehow works. Keeps your Mac warm too…


Colour Picker

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A great abstract rendering, with many more fantastic desktop graphics on the same site.


Aqua Wave

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There’s something typically Apple about this one, but with a completely different texture.


Strukt

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I’m not usually a fan of dark wallpapers such as this, but it works very well.


Flow

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A great lens flare effect with vibrant colors.

Nature & Architecture Wallpapers


Survivor

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Gorgeous photo manipulation, and one lucky tree.


Moody Waters

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Can’t help thinking that it would make a brilliant office!


Nature in Style

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Nature never does go out of style – great adaptation.


Nature Pack

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Containing a wide range of different nature-related desktops.


Mystery Bridge

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Wouldn’t mind going for a walk through this place, a perfectly exposed shot.


Little World

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Good use of colour, and a great concept.


Vista Wallpapers

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Originally designed for Windows Vista, there are some great images in here (go on, at least click the link – it’s not typical a Windows affair!)


Tower Bridge

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A great landmark in an abstract situation – particularly patriotic for UK readers.


Blue Moon

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I love the attention to detail in this one, a great ‘space’ style desktop.


Aker

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It really screams ‘Windows’ to me, but the colours are so vivid – it’s a great photograph.


Spectrum of the Sky

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Tracking the changing days and seasons – would be perfect if the reflection was a little more subtle…


Hunua Falls

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Idyllic, warm and a great distraction from wherever you’re working.


  • http://levitationdesign.com Aaron Leavitt

    Nice collection, and great company to be in. I’m constantly amazed when I see my work in settings like this (Weathered Apple).

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      good work ;)

    • Jacob Elias

      Great work use this wallpaper all the time love it!

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  • http://twitter.com/iTomath Thomas Furlonger

    Very awesome wallpapers. Thanks a lot!
    I dugg it!

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    Much thanks.

  • http://www.seraphimcollective.com Seraphim Collective

    Great collection here, I’m using “It’s Like Chocolate” on my laptop.

  • jhkjh

    This is awsome! Its hard to find nice wallpapers!

    YOU SHOULD MAKE THIS A WEEKLY THING!!!!!

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    Absolutely fantastic. I’m using the “it’s like chocolate” wallpaper. :)

  • http://www.jonathanpatterson.com Jonathan Patterson

    Great images.

  • Meromo

    Great desktop images – I’ll be using quite a few of these.
    And I suppose I must be a grumpy old-school Mac user, but back in the old days it was only Windows that put “wallpaper” on the desktop…

  • Edwin

    Nice collection :)

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    Few here I knocked up you’re free to use: http://is.gd/n1Dl :] Good post, shame I don’t use a Mac :[

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    Wow, these are absolutely amazing. Just got my Mac, so this is a great set of wallpapers to start off with! :)

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    Love ‘Colour Picker’ big shout out to the designer.

  • ragnar

    nice collection

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    Just another thing to distract me from work today. Can’t wait :)

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    I love Hardwood lights and Apple Swirls. Awesome collection !

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    Wow, thanks for sharing! :)

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      Love it

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    Mandolux is still my favorite.

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    this wallpapers are super cool! i’m definitely sharing this to everyone like its nobody’s business :-p

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    Great Post!

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    I like these. Not all Apple though, which is good.

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  • Aprozz

    Like them a lot. Good work.

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    I adore these wallpapers. I took the color explosion one at it looks beautiful. Thanks for the fantastic roundup!

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  • Sujay

    Beautiful Collection:)

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  • http://www.diligentdesign.net Corey Freeman

    Beautiful wallpapers! Sometimes I wish I could use separate wallpapers on different spaces. :)

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      I liked the bridge one is most.

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    Very, very nice stuff…”Colorsplash” is my favorite one :)

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  • Marta Bondy

    Absolutely beautiful, thanks. Hier my pictures
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    Really Gorgeous….all of them. I loved the vivid colour of flow and colour picker.

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    Thank’s!

    Nice Collection!

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    Cool collection! The JacketPack ist really funny *lol*

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    Great Collection

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    Cool selection! I had missed the very first Applewood one. I like it a lot. I will store it in my collection. Thanks,

    Nick

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  • dak

    I wanted the “Nature Never Goes out of Style” one.
    Then I realized it’s spelled “Nature Never Go’s out of Style.”
    Go’s????!!!?!

    Never mind.

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    wowow this is an amazing collection
    my favorite is the small blue house on the water and the round bales
    the country is such a beautiful place <3
    i love to just sit outside and watch such spectacular sunsets while sitting in my feild personally
    its the best thing in the world..

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  • Ithika

    Oh my god! That blue boat house is from Perth, Western Australia!
    I drive past it every day on my way to uni. So nice to see something from Perth on the internet. :)
    Some really beautiful designs, too.

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    And I actually didn’t even notice the apple logo till like the 3rd time looked at it. Which is cool because you see the apple logo so much it gets annoying imo.

  • teddy

    probably the best wallpapers i have seen in a long time. but i have still not seen the one mac wallpaper i have been looking for in months. my friends had it on his desktop and he left the country a while back i never asked him what it was, and now i cant get a hold of him to ask what it is. but i will keep trying until i find it.
    I bet most of you guys will be amazed if you see it. it is one of those wallpapers that when you just look it just looks awesome.

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  • Patty

    I had my favorite desktop background and I was showing a friend how to select different backgrounds and lost mine and can’t find it again. It was a background of an oriental houseboat – looked like 3-stories high. It was absolutely beautiful. I thought it was from Leopard, but it disappeared. Could someone help me find it?

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  • Maniyeri

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  • Chris

    I saw an article on Macbooks and they showed a couple of desktop backgrounds…one was such a beautiful place, I HAVE to know where it is! But there was no caption for the image, so I have no idea! It looked a bit like Horseshoe Bend in Utah, but it had more bends. The stone was a warm orange, and the water was a luminescent green – it was a magical place. How can I found out where that was?

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