What is a Wallpaper and what should I know about using and making wallapers?

The terms Wallpaper and Desktop Picture refer to an image (usually in JPG, PNG or BMP file format) or repeating pattern used as a background on a computer screen, usually for the desktop of a Graphical User Interface (GUI).

'Wallpaper' is the term used in Microsoft Windows, while the Mac OS calls it a 'desktop background'.

Wallpapers can be used on any operating system that supports custom desktop backgrounds since all of them support the same standard screen resolutions.

Wallpapers on DeviantArt consist of art spanning virtually all mediums, but all share the common denominator of having standardized dimensions, meant to fit the specific resolution of a computer monitor.

And for even more information on this subject, including a secondary list of common resolutions, please read the article: The Wallpaper Guide.

What screen resolutions are accepted in the Wallpaper gallery?

(Resolutions marked in bold are the current most often encountered monitor resolutions)

Standard PC / Mac (4:3)
640x480 800x600 1024x768 1152x864 1280x960 1344x1008 1366x768 1280x1024 1400x1050 1600x900 1600x1200 2048x1536

Dual/Multi Display

960x600 1024x640 1280x480 1280x800 1344x840 1440x900 1600x600 1600x1000 1680x1050 1920x1200 2048x768 2304x864 2560x960 2560x1024 2560x1600 3200x1200

iMac Resolutions
1920x1080 2560x1440

Other Important Information About the Wallpaper Gallery:
Handhelds can be found in: Desktop & Customization >> Handhelds >> Backgrounds.

If your art submission is for any Portable device (that is not a Laptop, or comparable device), such as a phone or gaming platform, please be sure to consider the above listed submission directory.

What is a Wallpaper Pack?

A Wallpaper Pack is a usually a RAR or ZIP archive file containing multiple Wallpapers. Generally this means to include variations of color or theme of the same wallpaper, but more commonly a Pack will have several different resolutions to accommodate various monitors specifications. Such Wallpaper Packs will usually be downloadable via the deviation's Download File feature, however they may also be linked to off-site for download.

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