Every major version of
Mac OS X macOS has come with a new default wallpaper. As you can see, I have collected them all here.
Choose from hundreds of free Mac wallpapers. Download HD wallpapers for free on Unsplash.
While great in their day, the early wallpapers are now quite small in the world of 5K displays.
Major props to the world-class designer who does all the art of Relay FM, the mysterious @forgottentowel, for upscaling some of these for modern screens.
If you want to see detailed screenshots of every release of OS X, click here.
The first two releases of Mac OS X shared the same wallpaper. The sweeping blue arcs and curves helped set the tone of the new Aqua interface.
Jaguar took the same Aqua-inspired theme but added some depth and motion to things. In my head, the trails streaking across the screen were from a set of comets.
While Panther inflicted Macs everywhere with Brushed Metal, its wallpaper stayed on brand, refreshing the original 10.0 image.
Many consider Tiger to be the best “classic” version of Mac OS X. While that may or may not be true, it has my favorite Aqua-inspired wallpaper.
Complete with a revised, unified user interface and shiny new Dock, 10.5 broke the Aqua mold. As such, Leopard was the first version of OS X to break from the Aqua-themed wallpaper. It ushered in the “space era” of OS X wallpapers, which was used heavily in the new Time Machine interface as well.
The “no new features” mantra for Snow Leopard didn’t ban a new wallpaper, thankfully. This starscape is still one of my favorites.
Lion kept up the space theme, this time showing off the Andromeda galaxy. The space nerd in me likes the idea, but the execution of this one leaves dead-last on my list of favorites.
Just like Snow Leopard before it, with Mountain Lion, Apple opted to clean up and revise the existing theme as opposed to changing directions for what would be a less-impactful release of OS X.
Mavericks marked the beginning of Apple’s “California location” naming scheme for Mac releases. The wave depicted looks as intimidating as the ones in the famous surfing location.
Yosemite brought another UI refresh to the Mac, making things flatter and more modern. The wallpaper ushered in a new era based on … well … mountains.
Named after a breathtaking spot in Yosemite National Park, El Capitan was a clean-up year after 10.10.
Even more mountains.
No more mountains! Mojave brought a new system-wide Dark Mode, and the OS shipped with two versions of its default wallpaper to match. Users could even have macOS slowly fade between the two background images over the course of the day.
Download 5K versions:
macOS Catalina brought big changes to the Mac, including the ability to run iPad apps natively, opening the platform up to a much larger number of developers than ever before. Catalina shipped with multiple variants of its default wallpaper, and the ability to shift between them as time progresses throughout the day:
Download 6K versions:
This version of macOS is such a big deal, Apple changed the version number to 11.0. It will be the OS that brings support for Apple Silicon-powered Macs, and features a brand new design.
Download 6K versions:
Become a member of 512 Pixels. Support projects like these, receive exclusive content in the monthly newsletter and enjoy advanced screenings of my YouTube videos.
Unique wallpapers have been always the memo of MacTrast. We bring you new backgrounds to refresh the look of your favorite Apple device, whether it is a Mac, Apple Watch, iPhone, or iPad. Updated every weekend, we source the best wallpapers from the web.
Find more Mac wallpapers here.
Scroll down to see some of our favorites. However, for the full gallery of our iPhone wallpapers, follow this link.
Mac OS 10.13-10.15. Windows 8/8.1/10. Please provide a valid email address, and be sure to adjust your Spam filters to accept correspondence from [email protected] Something went wrong. Please try again later. By checking this box, I agree to receive emails. Imagenomic portraiture for cs6 mac. Portraiture for Photoshop eliminates the tedious manual labor of selective masking and pixel-by-pixel treatments to help you achieve excellence in portrait retouching. BUY NOW DOWNLOAD. All current Portraiture licensees are eligible for a free upgrade to Portraiture 3.
In Safari, you can just right-click on the image in the browser and click “Use Image As Desktop Picture.” This command both changes the desktop AND saves the image.
If you do download several of the wallpapers and move them to your Watch, you can even set them to rotate between them each time you view your watch face.