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Do you also hoard wallpaper you never use?

ITT: random wallapers and share your hoarding techniques on acquiring and folder organisation
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I lost my entire harddrive last year and am building up a new collection.

Where I was very picky before with what I downloaded am I not as picky now anymore and just download and delete later. I use the chrome extension Image Downloader for this.
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What categories do you guys use for your wallpapers? This is what I use:

Abstract >
Abstract > color edits (different color version of the same pic)
Animals > domestic
Animals > wild
Creepy >
Edit > (pics that need to be fixed)
Edit > original
Edit > resize
Edit > remove logo
Edit > rename
Entertainment >
Entertainment > Anime Comics
Entertainment > Games
Entertainment > Movies TV
Entertainment > Music
Events and Actions >
Events and Actions > Action (people actually doing stuff rather than just posing for a camera)
Events and Actions > Military and War
Events and Actions > ruins (destroyed or deteriorating buildings & structures)
Fantasy >
Fantasy > SciFi
Ideas and Messages
Ideas and Messages > banksy
Locations >
Locations > Buildings
Locations > Cities
Locations > Roads and Pathways
Nature >
Nature > forrest
Nature > Phenomenons > (rain, lightings, tornados, volcanos, crystal caves, etc)
Nature > Phenomenons > seasons >
Nature > Phenomenons > seasons > autumn
Nature > Phenomenons > seasons > summer
Nature > Phenomenons > seasons > winter
Nature > sky
Nature > tree
Nature > water
Objects >
Objects > Food
Objects > Machines and Technology
People >
People > NSFW
Science >
Texture and Tiles >
Texture and Tiles > Tiles
Vertical >
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Same here, it's addicting af, don't know how to stop hoarding media and interesting links
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I also do the same thing but I love it.
I come here occasionally, like once a month and just hoard like hundreds of wallpapers and it feels so comfy doing so
I love this board so much and thank you anons for making such good threads
Also, I don't sort my images, I have it all in one folder
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Bumping this thread
lol I only have abstract, art, city, comfy, nature, rooms, SciFi&Space, Random
>Do you also hoard wallpaper you never use?
Shit tons. In just the folders I've found on my external drive labelled "wallpaper" or "backgrounds" there's about 3,000. That's not counting folders like "021jpg" (and a couple hundred other folders like it) where I know there are several, and folders with no discernible theme where I keep all the other things I hoard, like the ISO for a Linux distro I used almost 15 years ago and an employee handbook from a company I worked for 5 years ago.
>ITT: random wallapers and share your hoarding techniques on acquiring and folder organisation
Have a designated folder and dump them in there
I hoard them and i use them. I use a program called "variety" available on most - if not all - linux distro's.
Hoarded like 850.000+ wallpapers this way

from here (4chan, several boards) i Use the old DownThemAll browser addon.

Images from Wikipedia i use Imker for that

From other sites i use Ripme, available on github
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Me again:

oldest photo i have, from 1969, using as wallpaper
I review every thread on this board as they get archived so I save a fair few, only the ones I like though. I don't really "use" wallpapers so they all go into one of three folders and sit there
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I have a ton of comfy images I just like to look at from time to time. I never use them as wallpapers but that's how I have them filed
I have somewhere around 2,000 comfy papers. Many from oligarch threads. They get rotated at random and sometimes I’ll just watch them on Ken Burns mode screensaver while I listen to music.
I used to have very general folders;
and in every (sub)folder a "selection" folder with the ones I liked most of the collection

From the top of my head I had the following main-folder names:
you might like /r/datahoarder, they have loads of usefull tools and tips.
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Yes I do. I have folders 2021-08 ... 2021-07 ... 2011-08 with my hauls of that month. Not every month has a haul because my paper frenzies come and go, but every haul is generally in its correct folder. The folders are pruned using rmlint, retaining older versions of duplicates and retaining the newer ones. Recently I started using digikam and computing similarity between pics to find duplicates in scaled versions.

Here is a pic from 2011-09.
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The problem I had with categories is that I didn't have a good answer for walls that fit multiple categories.

For example, you have folders for People, Animals, and Nature.
What do you do for walls with both people and animals? Or people in nature? Or people and animals in nature?

Maybe you could choose based off whichever feature you consider to be the "focus," or have certain categories overrule others (Animals designation takes precedence over People designation), but neither solution felt good enough for me.

>Recently I started using digikam
I remember looking into that. Do you use it for anything other than finding duplicates?
>Maybe you could choose based off whichever feature you consider to be the "focus," or have certain categories overrule others (Animals designation takes precedence over People designation), but neither solution felt good enough for me.

I always went for the focus of the picture
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I put everything in one big folder and I have a program that renames everything to a random number
It's time for wallpaper hoarders to pay their fair share.
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yeah i got a shit ton, more 1700 papes now
i started collecting like 3 years ago and it's been really fun

i like to play some music, just browse /wg/ and it's comfy as fuck
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Personally I just save them for inspiration. I haven't changed my wallpaper in something like 5 years, and I'm not really all that into wallpaper "culture" in terms of collecting and actually using them.
This is just a nice board to get artistic inspiration for stuff. Which is useful as an artist, since you can't just stay in your own little bubble. To be a good artist you need to look at art from all kinds of places, not just the stuff you're into.

/wg/ is good for that.
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I download what I think looks cool, then I might or might not use it one day. I mostly actually use art that I find on artstation, but sometimes this board shows me an artist that makes good stuff.

No folder organization.
Didn't even think about this, with slow boards like this archived ones are the best to visit
Why do this? so when you upload it to a website people can't trace/see its you?
/wg/ is the comfiest board
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i have thousands, potentially tens of thusands, my desktop have been the same for like, 4 years
I just do it by color. Folders for each color of the rainbow, then pink, brown, and black/white. Any that doesn't fit those goes in it's own folder. Once a month I dump it onto a website called lensdump
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I don't really organize my wallpapers, but I have a folder for ~16:9 wallpapers and and ~4:3 ones, in case I actually commit to the idea for having a secondary monitor in 4:3.

I like to rename my papes to reflect either the location where it was taken, or the title + artist/photographer depending on the photo.

If I can't find anything to properly name the file, I just give the pape a filename I think suits best.

For my main folder, I just use windows to change my wallpaper daily.
Though it kind of sucks when you come across a conversation that you would've liked to join, but can no longer
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I just have one massive unsorted folder. It's too big and the time it would take to sort it doesn't seem worth it to me.
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>folder organisation
abstract and psychedelic
animated (gif)
buildings and architecture
diagrams and anatomy
living being
living being 2 (mostly insects, spiders)
miniature photography
back and white
cities and facilities
cosmos and sci-fi

Really hate it, will reorganize in future.

total of 881
NSFW (not in my normal folder structure) at 491

Every month I add around 40-60 new ones.
Been a habit since a few months. /wg/ is by far my most frequently visited board.
I don't know why, I'll never change my wallpaper, and if I do, I don't like the next one at that given moment.
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Same here, with the exception of an internal folder for phone papes
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DESU I actually don't even use many of these photos as wallpapers, I just like looking at pretty things. It's comforting.
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I have no sense of organization, I pick mostly nature/liminal papes and usually listen to dark ambient, atmospheric black metal, or the second part of Mirror Reaper when I select papes.
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I have ~100GB of wallpapers at this point. I use ychan to save them all. I even wrote a wrapper to make it easier to use.
I don't really have much of organization, but I wrote a script to check for dead threads and rename the folders to what I labeled it as
I keep them all in the same folder and just name them by number in the order i got them.
I only have ~50 rn, but on my old PC I had over 200.
Before it bluescreened.
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I have about 40GB+ of wallpapers saved over the years.

I used to use a program called Picasa which was absolutely phenomenal because you could tag images with multiple tags instead of being forced to sort them into strict categories. Eventually Google killed off Picasa so I went back to folders.

Images I download go into a folder called 'unsorted'. Every once in a while on a rainy day I'll sit down and go through that folder and reorganize them into the correct categories. This is pretty tedious and probably my least favorite part of the hobby.

Maybe one day I'll spring for an Adobe Lightroom subscription or something. If anyone has good suggestion for other image management software I'm all ears.
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I have two folders, ~/Nextcloud/Pictures/Wallpapers, and ~/Pictures/Wallpapers (and phone versions thereof). The one in my Nextcloud folder gets everything, unsorted. The one in Pictures gets symlinks to the files in the Nextcloud folder and I have XFCE4 set to rotate through images in that folder, so I can filter out ones I don't want to show, but in general, it's on permanent shuffle.
Oh man Picasa was great!

can't seem to find a good alternative either.
You should give "hydrus network" a shot.
Damn, i wish you share your anatomy pictures.
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Do you guys ever use a "temporary" folder? Somewhere to dump papes and once you have a few you organize them properly.
I've used a folder called "Unsorted" for a while but the more folders I create the harder it is to find this specific one.
I've tought about adding a dot at the start of the filename so it shows up at the top but that's how pCloud hides folders, and an underscore looks a bit weird. What do you use?
Yeah i have a rather big "ORGANIZE ME" map where I dump things in when I don't have the time.
I just have a big folder named /wg/ and set my desktop to randomly cycle through images from that folder every 15 minutes, that way all of them end up getting used since I don't have to consciously choose em
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I've been collecting on and off for a while. 3,000+ papes in about 4GB folder. they're all in one folder, and since 90% are from 4chan they are organized only by the 4chan image codes, so essentially by date.
I adore the chrome extension: Unsplash Instant

every new tab you open you get a random 2k/4k image with free usage wonder the unsplash license.
Is this autism: the pape?
please share anon
A share would be very cool
I second this. I don't use any of my wallpapers, I just like hoarding a gigantic collection of them. I use Hydrus, it's FAR superior to a folder organizing system, especially when you have a huge collection. My database currently has just under 2000 wallpapers in it. I particularly love it because it uses a tagging system, so I don't have to decide whether something fits more in one category or another. I can search for "space" "photo" images, or "location:asia" "architecture", or whatever combination I want. You set up your own tagging schema so it can be as simple or complicated as you want. Hydrus is a godsend.
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This is an old backup you can look through.

Real cool of you, thanks!
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I do. I have my digital hoard of wallpapers backed up. I also have them cycle through my Chromecast so that I can look at them and pretend I'm doing something there.
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holy shit how have i never heard of this before thanks anon my whole life has been a lie
I use this script https://github.com/uberdrivercom/mdownload
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once I reach 10,000, I'm gonna upload it to mega and make a thread so people can have an easy start to a collection. been collecting for nearly a decade now, but took it seriously with the goal to upload at 10,000 around 2017
holy shit thank you so much good stuff in here. do you ever find new stuff these days? if so, where do you look for it?
aw hell yeah, i spy that daft punk album cover
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i like water, but never use the papes i find
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been looking for idyllic paintings for wallpaper

thanks so much
This exact view is south of Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland, i went hiking there last summer with my girlfriend. One of the most beautiful views i have ever enjoyed, but unfortunately extremely touristic by now. Love this painting, thank you very much!
You're welcome, hope you found something nice.

Sometimes I find stuff on here or reddit. Other times you can get pretty far by using google with filters and search operators to look for large, high-quality images. Been down a lot of internet rabbit holes.
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Been using this one for like 6 years now
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Here's one I made called 4chan-wp for some reason. I don't remember how I made it or why I named it 4chan, but I make these images by piling on tons of effects onto random images, so it probably had to do with 4chan originally. It's sleek, it's inoffensive, it's minimal yet chaotic.
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I've tried hydrus and it's okay. The only thing I don't like is that you either have everything duplicated or your normal folder structure is removed. I still need a rather simple folder structure for actually setting wallpapers etc.

You could use any photo editing / organization software for the simple purpose of tagging images. Those programs also won't copy / change anything on the filesystem.

Currently testing out digikam and it's great so far.
Torrent ?
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my technique is throwing everything in one folder without renaming whatsoever. :)
pg 10 bump for more discussions
You heard of Diffractor?
I use it for sorting video files, but it might work for your purposes??
Man, I've been dying to share that might care.

You know those windows 10 lock screen wallpapers that get cycled through every couple of days or so? Whelp, those are saved locally on your machine for a short period of time, but they're just stored as generic files (no hint is given to the OS that they're png or jpg).

For a while, I'd just manually copy and add the file extension, but then I realized I could automate this quite easily. So I wrote a program that copies the files into a directory that's easy to access and adds appends a ".png".

After that I took the executable and put it in the startup folder, so every time I logged into my user account on my laptop, the program would run and grab some new pictures.

Well anyways, over the course of about a semester, I gathered roughly 300+ unique high quality desktop wallpapers in both landscape and portrait modes.
I'm interested
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I'm confused.
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I recently started using Eagle.Cool to organize papes and absolutely love it.
I tried Hydrus and a few other free ones. This one is a one time payment of $29 after free trial.
Super easy UI/UX. Worth every penny if you are lazy
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I'm a sucker for space pictures so I save most of them. Then I just use this one almost 100% of the time.

I also really like nature photos and save a bunch of those, but I hardly ever make them my background.
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Could you elaborate on the interesting links?
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i passed a 2000 mark few days ago
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ohh boy... i told myself i wasnt gonna go on /wg/ tonight, but im faded and i couldnt help myself desu

this thread literally spoke to me. while im here with equally minded gorgeous people, just wanted to share a cool idea ive had for a very long time that would mentally help me deal w the stress of hoarding all these kino photos;

making a website of sorts that would let you just click through it, and it would always just be a random photo from a big pile of photos, using these kinds of photos

i dont know how i would manage it, but id wanna make it the kind of website where you can put a footprint down; maybe add some nice little check-in book or something on the side, maybe allow people to also draw a 1x1 sketch or something? just a nice little site :)
This is the gayest post
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same but i have about 400. i have a script that sets a random one as my wallpaper every time i login
>Spend thousands of year hypothesising
>Invent everything you need to have an industrial revolution
>You don't do it because that's barbaric
>Get taken over be G*erms
Why are the Greeks and Romans looked up to they did literally nothing special, even for their times.
I save everything in one folder which I have set up as a slideshow so my desktop wallpaper changes every 30 min.
I currently have ~3k wallpapers.
I use a program called visipics to remove duplicates.
Sad news, unfortunately lost all my wallpapers as my main drive sudoku'd. like many here i just throw what i like into a folder then set the background to change every minute

scraping both /w/ and /wg/ atm at around 39k pictures atm, then to sort by resolution use a duplicate finder to shrink it a bunch and find what i like and resize any if needed

>>holy shit someone magnet me a /w/ batch gonna suck to find all the nice ones again
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Colours, abstract and psychedelic
Minimalist, pattern or simple
Nature and landscapes
Old papes
Phone papes
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Loving this thread.

Really curious about everyone's process.

I used to just leave one picture as a wallpaper for months, then 4 or 5 years ago decided to start having multiple on rotation on laptop and phone for the sake of variety. I remembered 4chan had a /wg/ board. So, every other month I come here and get almost everything, my wallpaper folder now has something like 8000 images.

This is how I usually do it:

1. Open every single thread in a new tab.

2. Expand all images in a single thread with a Firefox add-on.

3. Download page in a "PENDING" folder.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for every thread until completion.

5. After finishing with the entire catalog I start curation.

6. Inside "PENDING" I delete the HTML as well as every file that is not an image and the thumbnails.

7. Check wallpapers one by one, thread by thread and delete the ones that I don't like, move the ones I do to its corresponding final folder, either pc or mobile. This takes days and I do it in my spare time.

8. Mobile folder is synchronized with Google drive.

9. If an image needs tilting, cropping or some other form of editing (usually OC threads) I use Polarr Photo Editor or Lightroom.

10. After selection is done I open "Duplicate Photos Finder" and delete the lesser duplicate, It's not perfect but has worked great so far.

I downloaded Adobe Bridge yesterday to start tagging with keywords but will try >>7836086
is there a program (windows or linux) that can sort and find pics by color/colors
that would be very cool
I don't use categories, I use hydrus and tags.
Tags are motives on the pictre, composition, color, emotions, if I edited it or not, characters, series etc.
Your categories make sense though.
Can you post all the other slow rush papes in that quality ?
I use 4chan Downloader (it's on Sourceforge).
It stores with the original names, but doesn't like anything with accented characters)
DisplayFusion rotates may wallpapers on 2 screens.
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I keep papes that are just like... "yeah i like this." go in the main big wallpaper folder. It's a clusterfuck of just pretty & funny things I like.

Anything fandom related goes in a nerd shit folder. All of it. Sometimes the more 'aesthetic' ones get copied into the general folder as well.

Then I have a folder for tiled/repeating pattern papes

Then I've got a folder for holiday/seasonal papes. Fall+Halloween in one subfolder, and winter+crimmis in another. No others.

And last, a folder just for food papes. I had to quarantine them to their own folder when I started trying to lose weight.

This pape is from the big general clusterfuck folder.
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oh & my papes folder containing all of them is 3.5 gb
i dont order, i just dump em in a big folder and forget about them.
love it
thanks for the tip
This thread deserves to live

It's very simple, really: by month and year of acquisition, and deduplication using exact matches (as in: identical files) and similarity detection.

$ ls /pic

It becomes like a picture book or folder, seeing what you liked 10 years ago and now. I've been collecting since 2011-08 (begin of records).

Since storage is very cheap these days, everything is also backed up, just like my private, original pictures.
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1 folder
no subfolders
all custom filenames
298 papes
simple as
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pic related is the oldest photo I have as a pape
i have one folder called "bg"
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same bro
For me, it's classic (non-tranny) vaporwave when I want to look at papes
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Old faithful, huh? Classic.
The depth of field makes it seem like it's a miniature set. Interesting effect
I like the colours in this one.
the verisimilitude of the pape is what completes it.
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Had my nebulae for three years, its soothing.
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- and I had this one as well for two years. When I got my monitor with VA panel I used this one, shit was cash with those black levels.
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i use my papes i dont really horde
i have it set up as a background thingy that changes every 5 seconds
i store it all on one of my 3 external hardrives just labeled "papes"
most pics are names something, but I do have pics that i dont bother naming because i cant think of what to name them because im a simpleton.
is this a resort in denarau fiji?
Pretty comfy setup.
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wow someone positive on 4chins thx brother
here have another pape on me
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Clearly identifiable file names and categories
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I keep a curated collection of art I like. I do it manually, and I like to always keep a link to where the artist uploaded their work so I can easily give credit. Suffice to say, it's a pain in the ass and I'm addicted.
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>hoarding technique
I see a wallpaper I like (usually from /wg/, google or wallhaven) and I download it to my wallpaper folder.
>folder organization
I have a folder thats named "wallpaper" and its sorted from New to Old
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I have about 18,000 papes, all in one unsorted folder. I have the wallpaper randomly cycle through them every minute, so I guess I'll eventually see all of them. I just like the different images: scifi; mecha; women; retro-futurism; earth moving equipment; celebrities; fine art and sculpture; humor; fashwave; nostalgic images from many decades; quotations and inspiration; movies; abstract images; etc. I use inb4404.py (a Python script, for you noncognoscenti).
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i keep a slideshow of my collection on my desktop that cycles through my various papes. i wouldn't hoard any wallpapers otherwise if didn't think i'd ever use it.
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I don't even have a wallpaper-designated folder. I just get bored of what I am using every now and again and change it. I've had my current wallpaper for around 7 months now and I'll probably change it soon.

Pic unrelated by the way. When and if I change it I'm going to change it to something brighter.
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i do something like this too

how long until your desktop changes wallpapers?
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I just kinda download shit whenever I feel like it, usually going on random sprees and just throwing it all in my downloads folder (which is kinda an unorganized mess)
I compile a list of ~40 wallpapers every month and send a wetransfer link to friends.
do your friends ever respond back?
my friends wouldnt even know why I was sending something like that to them.
i just name them something relevant in case i want to share or delete them
i have them on random rotation every 10 minutes on 4 desktops
any1 got the heart of the andes painting?
Am too broke to own actual art so I make due with this. It's also nice to just browse around while am listening to music or podcast
Half tempted to switch to this because steam trains are neat
I have about 13,000 wallpapers or something like that, mostly from here but also from. A lot of other places. If I ever find a set of images more than three that don't fit in an already existing folder, I make a new folder. Not at my computer rn but I can post a screenshot later
Albert Bierstadt - Jungfrau
i'd like to see that
i like to see folder setups
How people can think that this is peak beauty of future society, is honestly disgusting...
Must be a homo global american thing.
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anyone has a higher res of this one?
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i just grub from here once in a while. started a few weeks ago, never thought it would be so fun. even then, this seems a pretty nice board.
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I have no organization - just throwing it all in my downloads folder, so it's all thrown together with everything else I ever downloaded on my laptop. Not really sure how I even find anything anymore lmao.
found this on google
Mine looks a lot more generic compared to this.

Anime -> Name of Series/Movie
Comic Book Covers
Deus Vult
DeviantArt -> Name of Artists
Entertainment ->Name of Series/Movie
Games -> Name of Game
J. R. R. Tolkien
Movie Posters
Sci-Fi & Cyberpunk
Screenshot folder that I organize by year
Superheroes -> Name of Hero
To Be Sorted
Vikings (in general, not the show)

All in all I have 38,065 files divided among 495 folders, not every one of those is in a 16:9 fullscreen wallpaper.
A lot of the DeviantArt stuff for example are portraits
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All those files and I still forgot to upload an actual wallpaper
For me, it's:

Sometimes I get confused, for example if a wallpaper has a train plowing through snow in Japan I'm not sure where to put it
chill nigger its just a filename
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>Aesthetic (read: mainly a handful of vapor/synthwave-adjacent papes back when that was cool with a couple of trendwhore and y2k style ones)
>Anime (it's just a couple of lain and jojo papers)
>Badass (a few political papes)
>Cool & Weird (memes basically)
>Film & TV
>Nature & Rural and Comfyness (nuff said)
>Scifi and fantasy
>Separate folder for risky wallpapers that's on another drive
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forgot, there's an Ancient & Medieval folder there as well. I keep forgetting about it sometimes lol
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didn't realize this thread was the one I posted in months ago lol.

anyways, instead of a screenshot of my folders, here is a mega link I just made containing everything.


password: papertaker

These have been hand-picked for nearly a decade (starting in 2013) so no scripts or programs to auto-scrape threads. Hopefully this means that most of the stuff in here is quality, but of course our tastes may differ. This should give your own collection a kickstart if you are still sitting in the low-thousands with some high-quality stuff (and some low-quality shitposts). mostly gathered from /wg/, but also from other places that I cant remember off the top of my head. I know that some old oligarch and >>7821126 stuff is in here, and many more pieces of OC.

I also included a folder with the VIP MELLOW flash and a standalone flashplayer, which is what I used over my years of browsing /wg/ to stay as comfy as possible; thought you would like to have that too.

love you guys and stay comfy
Feel that on media, went through my meme folder from the last 2 years, and I have just over ten gigs of memes
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seeing pic related in the mega made me go pic related
what can i say, its a good image
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I have no categories because folder branches did not work well with Windows 7 rotating wallpapers, but now I'm really having a tough time finding what's what.

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