Where To Find Hi-Res Wallpapers To Fit the New MacBook Pro Retina Display

Photo by Eliot Weisberg

Do you covet the new retina MacBook Pro? That screen has to be seen to be believed. With an ultra-high resolution and millions of pixels, it needs a worthy wallpaper to look as stunning as possible. Here are the best places we've found to download desktop backgrounds and other visual candy that can do justice to that 15-inch 2880-by-1800 resolution display.

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InterfaceLIFT is a long-standing wallpaper site with a great selection, and it now has retina-ready options.

WallpapersWide.com is one of the best and broadest retina wallpaper sites we've found. It has tons of categories and thousands of pages to choose from.

WallpaperFX also has a well-organized selection. Here's its 2880x1800 retina display section.

Here's an entire site dedicated to high-resolution wallpapers of varying quality.

If you already have a MacBook Pro with Retina display, you've already got these, but here are Apple's retina-sized Mountain Lion wallpapers.

Tomas Laurinavicius has a great blog post of 40 very high-resolution wallpapers to peruse.

And we found two retina-ready Flickr galleries that will probably be of interest:

And, of course, you can always search Google for Retina display MacBook Pro images.

These aren't exactly wallpaper, but we found an amazing gallery of Renaissance paintings in super-duper-high-definition that is a great way to show off the new machine's visual excellence.

Finally, check out this gorgeous, navigable 26-gigapixel image of Paris. If you go full-screen, you can grab whatever part you want for a retina background.

How To Set Your Wallpaper

Once you find a hi-res image you like, you can crop or resize it in Preview (the built-in imaging application) to 2880-by-1800 pixels. Just make sure the image you're starting with is bigger than that, because increasing the size of the image will make it look nasty on that Retina display. If you don't want to bother cropping, you can also just set larger images as "centered" when you select your wallpaper in your Desktop & Screen Saver system preferences.