Wallpapers for elementary OS
General wallpaper guidelines
Check out existing wallpapers to see what we're into. For starters, we typically prefer simple, pleasing photographs of nature with a shallow depth of field. Wallpapers that are less busy, have a single focal point, and are generally more out of focus near the edges are more likely to be chosen.
Also keep in mind the desktop environment: elementary OS has a transparent panel at the top, so wallpapers with lower-contrast top areas will look best. If the area under the panel is too high-contrast, it automatically get masked with a dark translucent overlay. We also use a small white dock at the bottom, and icons hang over the top edge of the dock. Wallpapers with less-busy, lower contrast areas near the bottom will look better.
- Wallpapers should look good in Pantheon on elementary OS
- Not too distracting if a non-maximized window is open
- No text or logos
- No people
- Avoid grainy images
- We prefer photographic wallpapers, but digital/abstract isn't 100% out of the question
- We prefer not to have photos with a single domesticated animal as a focus point
- Wallpapers should be at least 3200×1800px
elementary OS desktop, with the adaptive light and dark panel based on the wallpaper:
|Light Wallpaper||Dark Wallpaper|
You should avoid busy parts of the wallpaper in the top panel and bottom dock areas.
To submit a wallpaper
- Make sure your wallpaper is openly-licensed and okay for commercial use (see below)
- Fork the project and add the wallpaper
- Add license info to the
- Add artist exif metadata using command
exiftool -artist="Vincent van Gogh" The\ Starry\ Night.jpg
- Create a pull request.
Due to the nature of this repository, very few pull requests will be accepted.
Acceptable licenses include:
- Public domain (preferred)
- Unsplash License
- A Creative Commons license that allows commercial use. Share-Alike and Attribution are allowed.
Individual wallpapers will be evaluated to ensure they meet the licensing requirements.