What if everything had been plain white? No other color, no pictures, just white? Things would have been boring then. Vibrant colors add excitement to life and make you feel alive, be it the color of your walls, your dresses or your desktop. And when combined with an image, things start appearing even better.
Colorful desktop backgrounds are digital images that are used as decorative items to beautify your desktop. These images, either still or live, make your desktop look lively and fantastic. You can upload all sorts of pictures as your background, be it of a lake, a beautiful landscape, sky-soaring building, or any other thing. Its best part is that you can personalize your desktop by uploading your own picture so that whoever uses your laptop knows who the laptop belongs to.
Brief History of Desktop Backgrounds
Desktop backgrounds have been given a lot of names since they were created. They are called wallpapers, backgrounds, displays, and a lot more. However, the most commonly used word ‘wallpaper’ is derived from Microsoft Windows.
Desktop backgrounds have been used since 1975. Named as Officetalk, it was a trial system launched by XeroxPAC. Since it was the first wallpaper to be presented, it had only gray dots similar to that of a dot matrix. Wallpapers in those years were only black, white, and gray in color as there were no color monitors available.
Soon after color monitors came into the market, good pictures with high-quality pixels gained popularity. These days, three-dimensional images are seen as desktop wallpapers, making the screen look livelier than ever.
Microsoft Windows XP Default Desktop Background
Those who have used Microsoft Windows must have seen its default wallpaper known as “Bliss”. Controversies of it being fake hold no reality as the picture, clicked by Charles O’Rear in 1996, is that of Sonoma County, California. Later the photographer sold the photo to Microsoft before showing it to anyone else, which the company found to be the best for their desktops.
The Most Downloaded Desktop Backgrounds (Both Drawings and Photographs)
1. Spring Reflections
The wallpaper pictures a pond reflecting the surrounding beauty in the transparent water. The area encircling the pond shows huge trees and fresh, colorful flowers, all of which appear to be quite natural and mesmerizing.
2. Dragon Battle
The wallpaper shows two dragons engrossed in a terrible fight with a captain shown between them. The captain has a longbow in his hand, which he aims at one of the dragons.
3. Pets in Harmony
The painting shows pets including various dogs, cats, rabbits and parrots together with each other in peace and harmony.
4. Night Beach
Picture of a beach taken during sunset has also been one of the most downloaded backgrounds. The sandy beach with its water reflecting the rays of the setting sun can be described as the perfect picture.
This very painting by David Miller shows numerous dolphins and other tropical fishes swimming in the deep blue ocean.
6. Romans 15:13
This is a real picture taken by Robert Fulton Abernethy. There is a verse inscribed on the top right corner of the picture, which reads:
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
7. Fantasy Sky
The wallpaper pictures sun rays flashing through the thick gray clouds casting multicolored shadows below.
8. Enchanted Sky
This breathtaking scenery shows a tree in the middle of a lawn while the sky being at its best, portraying shades of different colors.
9. Pooh Spring Garden
The picture is a good revival of childhood memories, picturing Pooh and Piglet all happy in their garden, having planted a tree.
10. Colorful World
The background shows the underwater world with colorful fishes swimming in the blue water.
This is how desktop backgrounds have evolved, and now can be seen on almost every computer and laptop screen. People with different tastes use different backgrounds according to their personality, so these wallpapers make the desktop’s screen look beautiful and classy at the same time.