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December 23 2013

14:00

How Christmas is Celebrated Around the Globe [INFOGRAPHIC]

Christmas is one of the best days of the year. In fact, I personally consider it the best day of the year. With food teeming and gifts overflowing, you enjoy the whole day in the company of the people you love, sharing stories, drinking beer and just having fun.

We all have our own Christmas celebrations to tell. Some are pretty normal, and some go beyond what is ordinary. Some follow traditions and others experiment every single year. Somewhere, some groups of people are celebrating Christmas differently than we do. We may find them queer but it’s how they roll and have fun.

True enough, as I’ve peeked at the world’s Christmas celebrations, I felt a different experience each place I looked into. It’s a whole new perspective on how to have fun. For that, I leave you these following countries that I have found great interest.

Infographic is at the end of this post. Feel free to embed it on your blog!

Austria

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Photo from Ripleys

Santa is absolutely the best good guy you could ever think of. But he has an evil counterpart, yes that’s true. Even Santa gets a nemesis; he’s called Krampus. This Krampus guy looks like a demon and punishes naughty children before Christmas.

Britain

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Photo from the Guardian

What’s interesting about this tradition is not the tangible product that it boasts but how people came up with it. In Britain, family members take turns in stirring the pudding mix clockwise while making a wish. Some even put coins for good luck, and others, rings or thimbles.

Canada

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Photo from Vanilla and Lace

In the northern region of the country, people partake in a Taffy Pull, in honor of Saint Catherine – patron saint of single women. Taffy is a candy which is very similar to toffee. Taffy is made by stretching or pulling a mass of boiled sugar, butter and oil mixed with flavors and coloring util it becomes light, fluffy and chewy. In this tradition, single men and women will be paired off and the organizers will heat molasses and pour in a think steam bank. This will result to the hardening of the taffy, making it very difficult to pull. This difficulty is projected to arrive with the couple getting to know one another. The taffy pull is for single women out there, this is the perfect chance to meet the man of your dreams. 

China

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Photo from Power House Museum

Despite the low percentage of Christians in China, Christmas still is considered to be a day of joy. In major cities, Christmas trees, lights and other ornaments are placed and people await for ‘Shen Dan Lao Ren’ (which we commonly know as Santa Claus).

On Christmas Eve, people give apples wrapped in colored paper. People do this because the pronunciation of ‘Ping An Ye’ (Christmas Eve) sounds like ‘Ping Guo’ (which means apple in Chinese).

Czech Republic

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Photo from MSN

In Czech Republic, single women perform a ritual to determine if they’ll marry in the following year. On Christmas Eve, a woman throws one of their shoes towards the door. If the shoe lands and the heel points the direction of the door, the said woman shall not marry next year. If it lands otherwise, she should immediately make the wedding preparations. 

Finland

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Photo from tyrol

In Finland, having a sauna isn’t that difficult to do. Why did I say that? Well, because most Finnish families have their own saunas. I repeat, their own sauna. They believe that an elf lives there and makes sure that members of the family act accordingly. And when Christmas Eve comes, people would go their sauna, and enjoy a good time.

Iceland

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Photo from  Stellar Four

If we had a yule goat in Sweden, we also have a yule cat in Iceland. This cat is depicted to be very scary and eats lazy children. (My goodness, I might be eaten!) How will you avoid being the Christmas dinner of a hungry Christmas cat? Well, finish your work and get new clothes before the calendar hits December 25.

Italy

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Photo from CRISTINA

Instead of Santa Claus, gifts are delivered by a witch! Called La Befana, this witch arrives on Christmas or Epiphany, bringing traditional holiday gifts. She gives fruits and candies for the nice kids and coal and garlic for the naughty ones. People leave wine for her to drink before she goes, and if you’re nice enough, she will sweep your floor with her broomstick!

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Photo from goodman theatre

Iraqi Christians celebrate the Christmas day through a great bonfire made of dried thorns and twigs outside their houses. The thing here is that you should really burn the thorns because it will imply good fortune. You can also make wishes whenever the fire is reduced to ashes.

Japan

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Photo from Australian Times

Kentucky Fried Chicken is the most famous Christmas dinner in Japan. The demands for these delicious chicken spike up to the point that you need to reserve your chicken 2 months ahead!

Mexico

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Photo from Wikipedia

In Oaxaca, Noche de los Rabanos is celebrated during December 23. At this day, radishes rule the earth as they are formed and designed to portray nativity scenes, historical figures, famous people and more.

Norway

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Photo from Ixigo.com

Brooms during Christmas Eve? No way in Norway. This is because of a very old and popular belief where witches came out of the Eve of December 25 to look for broomsticks to ride on. So, what people do is that they hide them really well. So, during Christmas Eve, expect brooms to be missing or lost.

Philippines

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Photo from Image Shack

Having the longest Christmas in the world that starts in September, the Philippines have a multitude of traditions including the Misa de Gallo (Dawn Mass), Caroling, Monito Monita (Secret Santa) and more!

The country is also famous for its parols, which are lanterns that have Christmas motifs.

Russia

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Photo from Wiki How

In Russia, Christmas is celebrated on January 7th instead of December 25. This is because the Orthodox Church, where most Russians pay worship, still uses the old Julian Calendar for their religious celebrations.

Slovakia

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Photo from myerchin.org

Early on Christmas Eve, the head of the Slovakian family gets a spoonful of Loksa, a dish made out of bread, poppy seed filling and water, and throws it on the ceiling. The more it remains in the ceiling, the richer the crops will be.

Spain

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Photo from Telegraph

People hide Caganers (famous people portrayed defecating) under their Christmas Nativity scenes and asks their friends to find them. Dating way back to the 18th century, this tradition has become a symbol of fertilization, hope and prosperity for the years to come.

Sweden

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Photo from Red Ice Creations

A giant goat made of straw is built at the start of the holiday season. People will do everything just to set this gigantic goat on fire before Christmas Day. Some dress as Santa Claus and others as elves just so they could get passed the guards and ablaze the goat.  Poor  goat.

Ukraine

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Photo from Kwintesessential

Christmas trees are decorated with real spiders and spider webs. According to tradition, this will give the home good luck.

USA

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Photo from fest300

For Santa Claus enthusiasts, here’s the Comi-con counterpart of your hobby: SantaCon! SantaCon is a gathering of New Yorkers dressed as Christmas characters. During this day, you see a lot of Santas, elves, snowmen and people just having a great time!

Venezuela

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Photo from Hotel Club

In Caracas, the government closes the roads for cars, allowing people to skate together to hear the Christmas Day mass.

Conclusion

Wherever we may go, whatever we may believe (or not believe) in, whoever we are, we will still find a way to celebrate this world-wide holiday. We may do it traditionally, or follow our hearts, but what’s important is, on Christmas, we are with the ones we love and we are happy.

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December 17 2013

10:00

Let It Snow: Festive Resources to Santa up Your Website


  

In these special times we tend to not only decorate houses, streets, the whole country, basically. We don’t even leave our websites untouched. Christmassy looks are mandatory these days. If you are on the lookout for a bunch of effects to implement on your blog, portfolio, whatever, look no further. We have compiled a small collection of just what you need to bring that Santa sparkle to the eyes of your visitors.

December 25 2011

17:06

Happy Holidays from Tuts+!

The holidays are upon us, and we’re feeling festive at Tuts+ this weekend! We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge Christmas thank you to all our readers, and wish you a very Happy Holiday. Read on for a video message from the HQ team, and a few freebies from around the Tuts+ and Envato network!


A Message from Envato HQ

Although the Tuts+ team is spread over the globe, Envato HQ is where much of the Tuts+ magic happens! It isn’t looking traditionally Christmassy in Melbourne at the moment, but we have a special holiday message from everyone at head office:

From everyone at Envato we want to wish you a Happy Holidays and look forward to seeing you all refreshed and ready for another big year in 2012! From Envato HQ to the community, we’ve created a little video to share the holiday cheer. Enjoy!

Music is Kids Holiday Theme by AudioJungle Author CraigHall


Gift Guides & Freebies!

Wondering what to buy your fellow geek this Christmas? Never fear! You may have left it it a little late, but our holiday gift guides can still come in handy. Here are a few great places to start:

We also have a couple of exclusive freebies and discounts, just in time for the holidays:


The Christmas Freelance Freedom Comic

The “holiday jingle” comic encapsulates everything that we love and hate about freelancing. Don’t forget to sing along to the “Jungle Bells” theme music as you read it…!

You can also enjoy the whole back catalog of Freelance Freedom comics over at FreelanceSwitch.


AppStorm Giveaways

We have two fantastic competitions running over at the AppStorm network over the holiday period, and there’s still time to get your entry in to stand a chance of winning:

  1. Business Productivity Bundle Giveaway —Each bundle includes a license to Daylite and Billings Pro – it’s the perfect combination for getting your business organised and making money!
  2. The AppStorm Holiday ’11 Video Game Giveaway — In the spirit of this season we’ve hand picked a few critically acclaimed, and award-winning, games released over this year to give away to our readers!

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

All that’s left is to wish you a very happy holiday on behalf of everyone at Tuts+! We hope you’ve enjoyed everything that we’ve had to share this year, and look forward to publishing thousands more top-quality tutorials, articles, freebies, and resources in 2012.

Here’s to another exciting year at Tuts+, and thank you for joining us on the journey!


December 20 2011

02:22

Last Minute Gift Guide For The ‘Design Snobs’ In Your Life

Ok ok, we aren’t ALL snobs, but we know what we like and there isn’t anything wrong with that. We enjoy well designed products and we get giddy when we see beautiful & functional accessories. We like things that look good on our desk, next to our bed, travel with us or just look downright damn good on us.

Ok kids, pull out your wallets and don’t forget to tack on some extra for shipping if you need it before the 25th. You know you’re a slacker, that’s why you clicked on this post.

The D.I.Y. Mighty Wallet, $15

The Blank DIY Wallet

Be Creative, Be Mighty! The D.I.Y. Mighty Wallet has a writable surface you can draw on with pens and permanent markers to personalize it and make it your own or to give it to someone special as a one of a kind gift.

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Camera Table Dolly $90
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The Camera Table Dolly is here to make sure your videos don’t come with a side effect of nausea. While it won’t teach your parents how to dress, it will give your videos a smooth, professional look.
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Glif, $20

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The Glif is an iPhone 4/4S accessory with two primary functions: mounting your iPhone onto a tripod and propping up your iPhone at various angles. Our goal was to create something small, simple, and elegant. But out of this simple design emerges countless uses. Mount your iPhone to a tripod for taking great pictures or making movies. Prop your iPhone up for hands-­free FaceTiming or to watch videos.

BUY IT NOW or BUY THE WHOLE SET.

Plus Pack for the Glif, $12

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The +Pack is for those that already own a Glif, but want the Serif and Ligature add-ons. It’s the “+” part in Glif+.

The Serif is designed to keep your iPhone incredibly secure on the tripod. While the Glif is great for normal use, the Serif will keep your phone safe in more extreme situations. And, when you are not using the Serif, it fits snuggly inside the Glif, making it very compact.

BUY IT NOW or BUY THE WHOLE SET.

Places on Earth (print w/pins), $180

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Signed screen printed on black Somerset 280gsm and limited to an edition of 250. Size: 34.5″ x 26.25″

Each print comes with 52 pins, 50 are orange, 1 is red and 1 is blue. Red is for headquarters, blue if for your next target.

Created exclusively for the Royal We by Oliver Jeffers, this limited edition signed print is a hand drawn map of the world. The whole world. With pins. But it isn’t to scale, because that would be very hard to ship. Screen printed in Brooklyn using white ink on black paper.

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Roll Up Travel Charger, $34

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This portable charger minimizes cable clutter and maximizes style by placing multiple charging outlets on a single bar that rolls up into a slip-proof, polyurethane mat. You can refuel up to 4 devices simultaneously while occupying just a single wall outlet.

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iPhone Minidock, $24

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The MiniDock by Blue Lounge keeps your iPod/iPhone off the floor. It plugs right into your original power adapter (not included) to create a wall mounted charger docking station with no trailing cables. Exclusively for the iPhone and iPod.

BUY IT NOW.

PlugBug, $35

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One accessory lets you charge two devices at once.

PlugBug is made exclusively for all MacBook Power Adapters, including current and previous models. Snap PlugBug onto your MacBook Power Adapter and you now have the first ever device that lets you charge your MacBook + iPad or iPhone simultaneously, from one wall outlet.

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Grid-It (Medium), $22

Screen Shot 2011-12-19 at 7.59.46 PMThe Grid-It organization system is a unique weave of rubberized elastic bands made specifically to hold personal objects firmly in place. Designed to provide endless configurations of digital devices and personal effects. Slim design and conveniently sized for your current laptop bag or travel case, lets you easily find what you need. Features rear zippered pocket for additional storage.

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Lux Delux – Cups, $18 each

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Might as well look good while you’re drinking your coffee or tea.

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Mute Watch, $260

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GLOW, SWIPE AND VIBRATE

The Mutewatch is designed to be simple and intuitive. Just tap the flat surface and the touch screen lights up, then swipe through the functions clock, alarm and timer.

You set the time for your alarms by tapping directly on the digits – tap on the top of the digit for a higher number or on the bottom of the digit for a lower one. When you want to erase an alarm, simply pinch the touch screen.

The Mutewatch also features a built-in motion sensor that registers your movement and automatically adjusts the strength of the vibrations. So, whether you’re sleeping, on stage giving a presentation or doing your work out, the Mutewatch will keep you updated on your next step.

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Nixon Watch – The Chalet, (3 color choices) $200

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MOVEMENT: 3 hand Japanese quartz. CASE: Custom 30 meter stainless steel with hardened mineral crystal, real wood, or enamel inlay and double gasket crown. BAND: Custom solid stainless steel with real wood, or enamel inlay and butterfly closure.

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Poster Clips, $10

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Nickel-plated display clips for hanging your posters, art prints and other cherished ephemera with style and ease.

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Incase – Snapcase, Warhol Collection, $40

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As a cutting-edge visual artist, Andy Warhol understood and embraced technology and saw it as the future of contemporary culture and the arts. The Warhol edition Snap Case for iPhone 4 features some of the artist’s most beloved works along with the same reliable protection and easy attachment of our standard Snap Case.

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Burning Love Desk Pad, € 50.00

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Classic Felt deskpad of Burning Love from Wiesbaden. A leather strip on the side brings order to your desk and it looks great. The soft material requires no additional mouse pad. 100% felt and a leather patch with blind embossing on Burning Love 75 x 75 cm.

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Book Holder, € 14.90

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A bookmark for the wall. Beside the bed….Material: steel powder coated. Dimensions: 4.5 x 22.5 cm. Color: black, white.

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Desk-It Weekly Calendar, $10

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The Desk-It is a combination of sticky note and calendar. You can write down your to-dos for the week then tack up the sheet on your computer or wall as a reminder. You can stick it to the refrigerator for weekly menu planning or grocery list. Once you’re done, just tear it off and enjoy your sense of accomplishment.

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Camera Table Dolly, $90

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You know that nauseous feeling you get while watching your family’s shaky home videos? The one that you always blame on your parents’ stunning fashion choices? The Camera Table Dolly is here to make sure your videos don’t come with a side effect of nausea. While it won’t teach your parents how to dress, it will give your videos a smooth, professional look.

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Headphone Stand, $59

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This versatile headphone stand will be your best companion to protect, showcase and organize your favorite headphones. Featuring an adjustable height arm bar, it is suitable for almost any headphones in any size and shape. Its stylish and heavy-duty design is made for daily use for years to come.

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Jawbone Jambox, $150

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Marshall Heaphones – Major, $119

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The Major encloses vast amounts of the massive Marshall legacy. The exterior of the headband is made out of the same vinyl used in Marshall amplifiers and it bears the original Marshall texture. Besides being straight up dazzling.

The Major is a solid workhorse with great stamina, designed with non-stop, all-day listening in mind.

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Fab.com Gift Guide

If you don’t find something that fits your fancy on our list, be sure to grab up some last minute gifts from my favorite store fab.com!

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December 17 2011

10:00

30 Beautiful Templates, Greeting Cards, Graphics To Get Ready for Christmas

Winter is finally here and Christmas isn’t that far away now. Christmas is the time of giving and the time when we give gifts to the ones we love and spend time with our families. We all love to receive Christmas greeting cards. Plus it’s a great solution if you have lots of relatives living far away. This article presents 30 Christmas and winter related items from Envato marketplaces to create the Christmas mood, put on greeting cards or simply touch up your email templates.

Raster Graphics

1. Jingle Jam Christmas Party Flyer ($6)

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Use this design for any Christmas advertisement or Christmas party at a nightclub, at work or use as a holiday party invitation. 4×6 inches, CMYK, 300 DPI.

2. 20 seamless christmas backgrounds ($5)

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This set comes with 10 patterned papers and 10 textured papers – that all look and feel like original Christmas wrapping paper. Patterns come as 500×500 jpegs.

3. Christmas Backgrounds ($5)

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Pack with six artificial Christmas textures and decoration patterns. 3000x3000px, 300 dpi.

4. Christmas & New Years Eve Party Flyer ($7)

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A clean, crisp, wintery, cold, exciting 6×10” PSD flyer template, perfect for any nightclub or party event. 3 variations, CMYK, 300 DPI.

5. Christmas Bash Party Flyer Pack ($7)

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Modern and shining design to spotlight your event. 5 PSD files, CMYK, 300 DPI.

6. Santa and Christmas Reindeer ($2)

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Illustration of flying Santa and Christmas reindeer

7. Typo Christmas Flyer Template ($4)

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8. Wonderful Christmas Flyer & Postcard ($6)

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This item includes a uniquely and carefully designed flyer & postcard. 8.5×11’’ + 8.5×5.5”, editable layers.

Vector Graphics

1. Santa Into the Winter Christmas Night ($3)

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Christmas winter landscape with Santa in the sky.

2. Red and golden christmas background ($4)

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3. Set Of Christmas Icons ($5)

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4. Christmas Banners ($4)

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5. Set vector christmas greeting card ($3)

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Editable and scalable vector Christmas greeting card

6. Christmas Background with Sparkles ($4)

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7. Santa Holding Wooden Banner ($4)

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Email Templates landing pages

1. FeastMail ($14)

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Feast Mail is an exclusive Christmas email template with business style. Snowy style with exclusively designed Christmas collages is a great way to share the warmth of the season your clients by sending them a beautiful Christmas email. 3 styles, 5 layouts and 6 color variations.

2. Simple Christmas ($15)

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Simple Christmas is a user-friendly and flexible festive template. There are three designs with many possible variations and layered 3 Photoshop files included. 3 different layouts, commented code, layered PSD files.

3. Holiday Mail ($9)

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Holiday Mail is a highly customizable email template. It comes with multiple modules which can be stacked over each other to get different layouts.

4. FeastMail 2 ($18)

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Feast Mail 2 is a Christmas email template with twelve exclusively designed Christmas collages. great way to share the warmth of the season your clients by sending them a beautiful Christmas email. Inline CSS, commented code, layered PSD.

5. Christmas Season Landing Page Template ($10)

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Included in this template package is one HTML page – the main landing page is perfectly formatted using good practices for landing page design including strong, obvious CTA areas (Call To Action) to help convert visitors into clients / customers.

6. XMAS Season ($6)

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XMAS Season is a Christmas special deal promotion webpage for any kind of product you want to sell. HTML and CSS3 markup, responsive layout, Javascript slider, layered PSD.

Photographs

All prices apply to medium size download.

1. Christmas ball($3)

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2. Christmas gift sitting on a table ($3)

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3. Christmas Present ($3)

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4. Brightly lit Christmas tree ($3)

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5. Beautiful xmas tree at dusk ($3)

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6. Door opening into a living room ($3)

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7. christmas($3)

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8. Christmas($3)

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9. Two candles with decoration ($3)

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December 15 2011

11:01

A Festive Collection of Christmas Themed Wallpapers


  

“Tis the season!” as the saying goes. And given that giving is the theme of the season, we figured that we should gather up some Christmas themed wallpapers to pass along to our readers. With so many wonderful and whimsical desktop decorations out there on the web, we wanted to be sure that we grabbed the best there was available for our seasonal offerings.

Below you will find a range of stunningly designed wallpapers that are sure to delight even the Grinchiest of characters. We hope that these graphically charged treats will provide you with a week’s worth of wallpapers and more. The more being a warm smile to take away with you as well, as we figure it will be hard to not be somewhat tickled by this collection.

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December 09 2011

21:00

20 Emergency Holiday Gifts For Geeks

Have you been naughty or nice this year? The holidays are just around the corner; we can even smell the mistletoe and your grandma’s eggnog in the air. The holidays are the perfect time for loving and sharing. Gift giving has long been a tradition associated with the holidays. What are you planning to give to your family and friends?

Designers and artists, and geeks in general, can be nitpicky when it comes to gifts. Most often, they don’t like gifts that are uncreative and uninspiring. If you want to make an effort this year by giving the best gifts for your designer friends, stop shopping at local shopping stores and malls. Sure, designers and creative types are easy to please–gift them with the latest iPad, smartphone, or a state-of-the-art Wacom tablet and you’ll be BFFs. But if you have a tight budget, better be creative! Explore unique gifts by going online.

We provide you the list of the best holiday gift ideas for designers and creatives. Gift this for your fellow designer friends or for yourself. If you don’t want to receive crappy, generic gifts from your friends again, you can share this link and hope they can get the hint. Enjoy!

1. Black and White Clock

The Black and White Clock is designed by Vadim Kibardin. The minimalist aesthetic is clean and beautiful.

2. Unique Coffee Cups

Coffee and designers have always come hand in hand. Sure, coffee mugs are often seen as generic gifts, but a one-of-a-kind mug will make it any designer’s best friend.

Slim Coffee Cup by Sharona Merlin

Mustache Coffee Cup by Peteri Bruegger

Mugs that are useful too, like this self-stirring mug is sure to quickly warm a recipient’s heart.

3. Lego Rings

Lego Rings are adorable for the female population of web designers. Their geeky, fashionable and whimsical. I would love to have one of these. Rock the look in the retro geek style. Get one from Skinny Bitch Apparel.

4. Cast Iron Ampersand

Designers love good typography. The Ampersand is a piece of work, and this cast iron version will work well in any designer’s home or office as a bookend, door stop, paperweight or simply as a sculpture. Each model is numbered & signed by the artist.

5. Nomad Brush

The Nomad brush is made of natural and synthetic fiber that allows you to paint on your iPad. It creates a more realistic experience of digital painting, as compared to using your finger or a stylus.

6. Star Wars Plush with Sound

Galactic and huggable friends from Think Geek are available in all sizes(4-inch, 9-inch and 15-inch). Darth Vader has never been this cute.

7. 8-bit Oven Mitt

Even designers have to do household chores (i.e. cooking). Give them the more reason to enjoy cooking and baking with this ultra geeky 8-bit oven mitt. Another great gift item from Think Geek.

8. 8-bit LED Holiday Wreath

A geeky holiday wreath to decorate your doorstep. One look at it and it screams: Mario Lives Here!

9. The Creative Sleep Pillows

After hours staring at the screen and working on Adobe Photoshop, wouldn’t it be nice to lie your head on one afterwards? Pillow logos are available for the Ps, Ai, Fl, Id, Dw and more. Grab these comfy Creative Suite pillows at My Suite Stuff.

10. DIY Mighty Wallet

The DIY Mighty Wallet has it all–it’s thin, it’s strong and it’s green. And it gives you total artistic freedom to draw on your own wallet. Now who wouldn’t want that?

11. Geeky T-shirts

There’s no place like 127.0.0.1. Or in layman’s terms, There’s no place like home!

The t-shirt speaks for itself. We may love computers, but we certainly have better things to do than fix other people’s computer.

A reference to the simplest markup knowledge that every web designer knows. The opening and closing tags are printed on the front and back of the shirt, respectively.

Ironman Light Up Shirt from Think Geek.

And finally, Threadless has many creative and inspiring t-shirt designs!

12. Ray Solar Charger

The Ray Solar Charger is a great gadget present for designers on the go. It charges your electronic gadgets as long as there is ample amount of sunlight. Now you’ll never go powerless again.

13. Geek Statement Socks

Celebrate geekiness and be proud of it with these adorable socks! Another awesome product from Think Geek.

14. Come In / Go Away Ambigram Doormat

The Coir Doormat has a unique ambigram design of ‘Come In’ and ‘Go Away’, depending on the direction you are looking at it. Welcome guests with the ‘Come In’ sign as they come in, and surprise them with the ‘Go Away’ sign on their way home. A great doormat to welcome guests during Christmas and New Year. Get this from Amazon.

15. Bose QuietComfort

Many designers don’t have their own office where they can work in peace. Instead, they have to deal with busy coffee shops and noisy environment. Now designers can get rid of that inconvenience and get rid of unnecessary noise and distractions with the Bose QuietComfort headphones.

16. Brookstone Wireless Key Finder

We all love items that are unique and useful. This Wireless Key Finder is a classic ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ item. You would never lose your keys again. The key finder works up to a 60 feet range.

17. Be A HeadCase iPhone Hard Case & Bottle Opener

The iPhone case offers protection to your phone, and an extra-handy beer opening feature for beer nights!

18. IdeaPaint Dry Erase Whiteboard

Every artist has that unfulfilled fantasy from childhood to draw on walls without being scolded. Now you will have that artistic freedom to draw on walls through IdeaPaint!  It can turn any wall into a dry erase surface, the perfect wall to any artist’s studio, home or office.

19. Star Wars Hans Solo Ice Cube Tray

Men (particularly Star Wars fans) will enjoy this present–it’s so geeky it’s just awesome. Aside from ice cubes, it works well with chocolate, too.

20. Mobile Office by Tim Vinke

Tim Vinke has created a clever design for a mobile office, which he calls the Kruikantoor. It has wheels to easily transport the office anywhere and everywhere. Plus it has all the necessary features for any office, such as a desk table, chairs, light, electrical connection and storage. It’s like an office on wheels!

December 01 2011

21:00

Perfect Christmas Package: Wallpapers, Web Designs And Fonts

Done with Thanksgiving Day and preparing for Christmas? Here we are at your service. 1WD presents a perfect Christmas package for web designers and Internet nerds. We will put forth some of the best Christmas Wallpapers, Christmas Web designs and Christmas Fonts to brighten your Christmas. Use them as and when necessary and do tell Santa that 1WD already sent you this special gift!

Christmas Wallpapers

To begin with, lets go through some of the amazing Christmas Wallpapers that will pop out of your screen.

1. Waiting for Miracle

2. Merry Christmas

3. My Christmas Tree

4. Merry Christmas

5. Christmas Wallpaper

6. Christmas Login – XP Version

7. Christmas Cowboys

8. Candy Christmas

9. Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie

10. HD Wallpapers

11. Frosted

12. Green Christmas

13. Christmas Time

14. NOEL New Year Wallpaper

15. Sweet Christmas Desktop

Christmas Web Designs

Here goes the list of Christmas web designs that have worked hard to make the most of this Holiday Season.

1. Christmas Dreaming

2. Site5 Christmas Theme

3. Christmas Tweets

4. Claus Kids

5. Fee XMAS MP3

6. Merry Christmas

7. Noella Designs

8. On the 12 Days of Christmas

9. Rap Your Presents

10. Red Web

11. Secret Santr

12. Snow Flakes for Christmas

13. The Kidz Page

14. Titkostelapo

15. XMAS Fun

Christmas Fonts

To wrap up, here is the list of Christmas Fonts that can make your documents more festive. It is time to add that touch of Christmas to whatever you are writing:

1. Kingthings Christmas

2. KR Christmas Frames

3. Christmas Lights

4. PC Snowball

5. Snow Persons

6. Bodie MF Holly

7. Candy Time

8. Frosty

9. Chausettes

10. Snowman Citadel

November 30 2011

18:40

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: December 2011





 



 


We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for over two years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

We continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration. This post features 30 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for December 2011. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,
  • You can feature your work in our magazine by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?

December Blue

"December Blue is reminiscent of a scene from a classic Christmas stop motion film." Designed by Colin Whitehurst from Philippines.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Retro Christmas

"Inspired by the old Christmas cards and 50′s style." Designed by Joao Lima Jr. from Brazil.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Sweater

"I really like christmas sweaters, and you are better." Designed by Zachary Vandehey from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Christmas Winter

Designed by Shravan Mishra from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Firebirds

Designed by Matej Loncko from Slovakia.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Crayon’s Snowy Sailing

"When I was a little girl, I was greatly fascinated about the magic of crayons. I still am. This illustration pays homage to the humble crayon. A life shared with children (and grown-ups who refuse to grow old). A small but a colorful, textured life. This winter season, I want to portray “Crayosa” as she peacefully sails through the snowy sea, carried by the stack of crayons in different shades of blue and purple." Designed by Jessette Dayate – Catral from Singapore.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Sign Of The Times

"The Holidays, the Winter Solstice, the End of the Calendar Year. Make sure you stop and enjoy December for it will be January before you know it." Designed by Deidra Wilson from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Winter Wonderland

"I took this photo whilst walking in the heavy snowfall in the UK last December." Designed by Ben Young from UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Holiday Lights

"It’s that magical time of the year. One can never have enough twinkle and glow!" Designed by Tirelessweaver from Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Merry Christmas Wallpaper

"Have a pleasant christmas and enjoy this beautiful time." Designed by Christian Goldemann from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Simple December

Designed by Lisa Temes from Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Hand Drawn December

"Warm, hand drawn letters defrost a cold month." Designed by Sean Mccabe from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Tongue Stuck On Lamppost

"Boy with tongue stuck on lamppost." Designed by Josh Cleland from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Pixel

"Christmas for pixel-lovers!" Designed by Lotum from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Winter Flakes

"A slightly different take on the traditional green and red of the holidays with delicate snowflakes and a touch of mistletoe." Designed by Soochie from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Jingle All The Way

Designed by Aeri Jeong from Australia.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Father Frost

"Happy new year! Na zdorov’je!" Designed by Cheloveche.ru from Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Candy Cane Monster

Designed by Agnieszka Malarczyk from Poland.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Merry Xmas

"Merry Xmas to all! December is the month of christmas, parties and shopping, and we all love it! Merry Xmas  —  don’t you just LOVE December?" Designed by Supreet Singh from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Night Snow

"Watching swirling snowflakes in the night sky is one of my favourite parts of the winter season. Cold, but beautiful!" Designed by Natalie Schulze from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Love Christmas

Designed by Mateusz Mackowiak from Poland.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Pow Time

"I’ve created this wallpaper in hope that december brings us many inches of bright white snow. There’s plenty of fun outside with this frozen water anyway!" Designed by Marek Chrenko from Slovakia.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Who Ate All The Christmas Cookies???

"Just a bit of Christmas fun with the birds Pipita and Milo. This time with a new (still nameless) character: the magpie stole all the Christmas cookies Pipita just made and of course she’s angry at Milo (as usual). Have a fun Christmas (and watch out for cookie thiefs!;))!" Designed by Nicole Bauer from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

The Little Things

"A wallpaper to represent the “Holiday Spirit” that is less commercial, and more inspirational by illustrating 150+ little things that mean everything." Designed by Winsome Interactive from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

International Christmas

Designed by Roland Szaboka from Hungary.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Deer December

Designed by Crystal Ho from Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Turkish Barbecue

Designed by Credo Global from Turkey.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Give More

"Remember to always give more than you take. If we could all do this, the world would be a much better place." Designed by Nathan Miller from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Time Is Ticking Away

Designed by Marcus White.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Southern December

"I can’t help but associate December with chilly nights and roast chicken, but here’s a little something for the Southern Hemisphere! Picture taken at Kamari beach, Santorini." Designed by Suety Kwan from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Mister Snowman

"Mister Snowman is coming." Designed by Thomas Danzo from France.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

Join In Next Month!

Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

A big thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month!

What’s Your Favourite?

What’s your favorite theme or wallpaper for this month? Please let us know in the comment section below!

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© Smashing Editorial for Smashing Magazine, 2011.

October 25 2011

05:03

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Christmas Greeting Card


  

Today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial will walk you through creating a nice greeting card for the upcoming Christmas holiday. In order to create nice, colorful presents to stuff a Christmas sock we will combine different kinds of tools, such as; the Pen Tool, Mesh Tool, Ellipse Tool and the Rectangle Tool.

Besides that we will have the opportunity to mix and match some vivid colors and gradients in order to create a catchy illustration to suit our needs. We will have a great fun exploring some nice techniques during the creation process. So, get ready to create a nice Christmas illustration.

This is how the final product will look.

Creating the Sock

For the basic shape of the Christmas sock we will be using a Pen Tool (P). Grab it from the Tool Panel and try to draw the shape of a distorted sock. Don’t forget, the sock looks little bit distorted because it is full of presents. Feel free to experiment with the shape, trying to achieve the look like there is actually something inside the sock.

To achieve the look of a distorted Christmas sock full of presents we will be using a Mesh Tool. It will allow us to play around with the shape of the sock by creating interesting shadows and highlights.

Grab the Mesh Tool (U) and start adding the anchor points. You don’t have to add all anchor points at once. After applying the colors you’ll be able to see the illustration more clearly and to decide whether to add or remove some anchor points. All anchor points are editable. You can change their positions and the length of the paths between anchor points. While you are doing this think about all the fabric wrinkles you are intending to create.

After adding all the anchor points grab the Direct Selection Tool (A) from the Tool Panel and adjust the position of the anchor points and the angle of their handles. This way you’ll be able to change the position of the paths, which will affect the spreading of the colors which we’ve applied to a particular anchor point.

On the following pictures you can monitor applying colors process.

The animation below is showing the rest of the coloring process.

Feel free to adjust the position of all the anchor points after applying colors, if needed.

Creating the Upper Part of the Christmas Sock

Now we will try to create the fluffy upper part of the Christmas sock. To do that we will use the Arc Tool.

Grab the Arc Tool from the Tool Panel and click somewhere on the Artboard. In the Arc Segment Tool Options box just hit the Ok button (don’t change anything).

Set the Stroke color to white #FFFFFF and make sure to create many copies of the path. Move them around to form the fluffy part of the sock. You should end up with something like this.

Place the fluffy part we have just created on the top of the sock.

Creating the Presents

In this part of tutorial we will create the elements to ‘fill’ the Christmas sock with. First we will create the Christmas ball.

For the basic shape of the Christmas ball we will be using the Ellipse Tool (L). Holding the Shift key on the keyboard create a circle.

Let’s apply a nice radial gradient to our circle. Feel free to use any color combination you like. We will use a nice purple gradient.

Grab the Rectangle Tool (M) from the Tool Panel and create a rectangle as it is shown in the picture below. Use the same radial gradient we have used in the previous step.

We will need to use the Rectangle Tool (M) one more time for the top of the Christmas ball. Create another rectangle, a bit larger, but make sure to make the upper part of the rectangle a bit curvy. To achieve that just grab the Direct Selection Tool (A) from the Tool Panel and pull the handles of the endpoints upwards, as it is shown in the picture below. This will create a nice curvy side of the rectangle.

Now grab the Ellipse Tool (L) again and create a circle. Holding the AltOption key on the keyboard click on the circle and drag it to the right. It will create a copy of the circle. Don’t forget to hold the Shift key on the keyboard for the straight dragging. Repeat this step four more times.

In order to create an equal distance between the circles select them all and under the Align Panel hit the Horizontal Distribute Space. You should end up with something like this.

Select the blue shape and one of the circles and under the Pathfinder Panel hit the Minus Front button. Repeat this step with the rest of the red circles.

You should end up with something like this.

Now, grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and create another circle. Remove the Fill color and set the Stroke color to any color you like. Set the stroke to 4pt.

Let’s apply some nice golden gradients to the upper part of the Christmas ball . This will give our ball a fancy look. But first we have to turn the red circle into an editable path. Select the red circle and under Object select Expand and send the ring to the back (Shift + Ctrl / Cmd + [). This way we will hide the lower part of the ring we actually don’t need.

In the following pictures you will find the information about applying a golden, linear gradient.

For the handle of the Christmas ball use the same linear gradient, just move gradient more to the left (to do that, select the Gradient Tool (G) from the Tool Panel and after applying the gradient grab the slider and move it to the left).

Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the handle twice and nudge one of the copies 1 pixel down and to the left. Select both copies and under the Pathfinder Panel hit the Minus Front button (just make sure that the nudged copy is below the copy we didn’t move).

You should end up with something like this.

Ungroup (Shift + Ctrl / Cmd + G) the new shape and delete the lower part. Under the Gradient Panel make sure to click on the Reverse Gradient in order to change the color order inside the gradient.

This way we’ve created a depth for the handle. Just make sure to place the new shape behind the golden handle. You should end up with something like this.

Now we have to do something with the part of the Christmas ball between the actual ball and the upper part. You will all agree that it shouldn’t be left like that.

One of the things we might do is to hide it with a nice blue bow. There are many different ways to create a nice bow. Just use your imagination and try to be creative.

Grab the Pen Tool (P) from the Tool Panel and draw the shapes as shown below.

These are the basic shapes we will need. With some nice gradients and additional shapes we will create a nice blue bow that will help us complete our Christmas ball.

Use the radial gradient for the knot. We will try to emphasize the upper part of the knot with the light blue color.

Use the same radial gradient for the inner part of the bow as well.

Select all the elements besides the knot, and under Object select Transform > Reflect. Set the Axis to Vertical and hit the Copy button. Scale down the copied elements a bit and adjust the angle and the position, just like in the picture below.

Now we have to add some details in order to make the bow more interesting.

First, we will create a thickness for the fabric. For each part of the bow use the same technique.

Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the shape twice that you want to give some thickness. Nudge one of the copies 1 pixel (downwards, upwards, right or left, depends on the position of the shape). Select both copies and under the Pathfinder Panel hit the Minus Front button. In the picture below you can see the improvement we have achieved with this technique.

There is one more thing we can do. We can create some nice yellowish stripes which can make our bow even more interesting.

Grab the Pen Tool (P) from the Tool Panel and create a curved paths as is done in the picture below.

It might look a little bit confusing like this but in the next few steps we will make it more clear.

First we need to turn the paths into editable shapes. To do that, select them all and under Object select Expand.

Now we need to crop them. Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the blue shape underneath the red stripe. Select the copy we have just made and the red stripe and under the Pathfinder Panel hit the Intersect button.

Repeat this step for the other red stripes as well. You should end up with something like this.

And now we will apply a nice linear gradient to our stripes.

Repeat this step to complete the other stripes as well. Use the same gradient, just make sure to match the highlighted part of the stripe with the rest of the bow. Group (Ctrl / Cmd + G) all elements of the bow.

Place the bow on the Christmas ball, just make sure to hide the flaw the best you can.

Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the bow. Ungroup (Shift + Ctrl / Cmd + G) the copy and under the Pathfinder Panel hit the Unite button.

Set the Fill color of the new shape to #4C0230, rotate a bit, move around and make sure to place it underneath the actual bow.

Select the basic shape of the Christmas ball and duplicate it (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F). Select the copy we have just made and the purple shape of the bow and under the Pathfinder Panel hit the Intersect button. It will create the shape of a shadow that the bow is casting on the Christmas ball.

Creating a Candy Cane

Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and create a circle. Remove the Fill color and set the Stroke color to any color you like.

With the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the bottom Anchor point and hit the delete key on your keyboard. You should end up with something like this.

Now select the Line Segment Tool (/) and draw a vertical line. Select both objects and in the Align Panel hit Horizontal Align Right.

Hit the up arrow on the keyboard until the vertical lines meet the arc. With the Direct Selection Tool (A) select the end points of both paths and under the right click select Join.

Now we need to set the thickness of the candy cane. Set the Stroke to 50 pt and under the Stroke Panel hit the Round Cap button. It will make the endpoints of the Candy Cane round.

Under Object select Expand in order to turn the Candy Cane into an editable shape. You should end up with something like this.

Creating the Stripes

This part of the creation process is quite simple. All we have to do is to create white and red stripes and to make sure to make them look as though they curve around the Candy Cane.

Grab the Arc Tool and click somewhere on the Artboard. It will bring up a dialog box like this.

Do not change the settings in the Arc Segment Tool Option box and hit the OK button. It will create an arc. Rotate it and place it as it shown in the picture below.

Holding the Alt / Option key on the keyboard click on the arc and drag it upwards (don’t forget to hold the Shift key on the keyboard for the straight dragging). Feel free to rotate some of the arcs if needed. Repeat this step until you get something like this.

Select all the elements and under the Pathfinder Panel hit the Divide button. It will divide our Candy Cane into the small segments whose colors we’ll change to white and red.

Ungroup (Shift + Ctrl / Cmd + G) the candy cane and get ready to apply some nice linear and radial gradients.

Applying Color Gradients to the Candy Cane

We will try to achieve a semi-realistic look by using some very nice color gradients. The most important thing is to highlight the middle part of the Candy cane. This way we will simulate the oval look of the cane.  For curved parts of the candy cane we will be using a radial gradient.

To the white parts of the candy cane we will apply a gray – white – gray linear gradient.

Apply the same gradient to the other white parts of the candy cane as well. For the curved part use a radial gradient with the exact same colors.

You should end up with something like this.

Let’s do the same thing for the red parts of the candy cane. Apply a red linear gradient for the straight parts of the candy cane, and a red radial gradient for the curved parts.

Our candy cane is done. We can add a small detail like a colorful bow to make it look more interesting.

Next Stop: Mistletoe

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a little mistletoe. This is the reason why we will include it in our illustration. The creation process is quite simple, all we have to do is create a few berries and some nice green leaves.

Let’s start with the leaves. For the shape of the leaf we will be using the Pen Tool (P). Try to draw the shape as shown below.

Remove the Stroke color and apply a nice green linear gradient.

Let’s “divide” the leaf. Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and create a small circle. With the Direct Selection Tool (A) select the lower anchor point of the circle, and holding the Shift key on the keyboard drag that anchor point downwards (we are holding the Shift key for the straight dragging). In order to create a sharp corner, grab the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C) from the Tool Panel and click one the lower anchor point.

Grab the shape we have just created and drag it to the Brush Panel. In the New Brush dialog box select Art Brush and hit OK.

Make sure to set the Colorization Method to Tints. This way we’ll be able to change the color of the brush without expanding the brush.

Now we have created a brush that we’ll apply to some paths. Grab the Pen Tool (P) from the Tool Panel and create few paths, just like it’s shown in the picture below.

Now apply the brush, that we have created in the previous step, to each individual path. Adjust the position of the anchor points, adjust the stroke if needed and set the Stroke color to #8DC63F.

Select the shape of the mistletoe and under Object select Path > Offset Path. Set the value for Offset to -4.

Select the middle path we created in the previous step and duplicate it (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F). Grab the Direct Selection Tool (A) from the Tool Panel and move the end points as it is in the picture below. This way we’ve created a path that will help us divide the smaller shape of the mistletoe.

Select the new path and the smaller shape of the mistletoe and under the Pathfinder Panel hit the Divide button. It will divide our shape in half.

Ungroup (Shift + Ctrl / Cmd + G) the new shape and apply some nice color gradients to the right side of the mistletoe.

We will use the left part to create a smaller shape. Select it and under Object hit Path > Offset Path. Set the value for Offset to -4.

Delete the larger part of the left side and apply the color gradient.

Select all elements of the mistletoe leaf and Group them (Ctrl / Cmd + G). Grab the Rotate Tool (R) from the Tool Panel and holding the Alt / Option key on the keyboard click underneath the leaf. Set the value for Angle to 120 degrees and hit the Copy button.

To create another leaf rotated for another 120 degrees simply hit the shortcut on the keyboard Ctrl / Cmd + D.

As far as the mistletoe leaves are concerned we are done. Now we have to create some berries.

Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and create a circle (hold the Shift key on the keyboard to create a circle). Apply a red radial gradient.

With the Ellipse Tool (L) create two ellipses and apply darker radial gradients, like it is shown in the image below.

Group (Ctrl / Cmd + G) all the elements of the berry, create three copies of the berry and place them on the leaves. Scale down some of the leaves and berries and rearrange them until you reach a desirable result.

Now Group (Ctrl / Cmd + G) all of our elements for the Christmas sock (Christmas ball, candy cane and the mistletoe) and place it “in” the sock. Adjust the position and the angle of the elements as needed.

With a nice floral background and some additional details and shadows you can turn your illustration into a nice Christmas greeting card. Voila!

Conclusion

As you can see, the creation of the Christmas greeting card can be great fun. Christmas is an amazing holiday characterized by many wonderful motives and elements. There are numerous things you may create; snowflakes, gingerbread, presents, snowmen, etc. The creation of these elements require the use of different kinds of techniques, but all together you are making a catchy illustration which can be used for many different purposes.

This time we’ve had the opportunity to practice again with the Mesh Tool. For more practice feel free to visit the Halloween ghost tutorial where you can find some additional information regarding this useful technique. It may seem that the Mesh Tool is complicated to use, but actually it’s not. Even when the illustration is finished it is possible to make minor or major changes in order to make improvements.

If you happen to have any questions feel free to post them in the comment section below. Hope you like the tutorial. Thank you for following along.

(rb)

December 24 2010

16:13

Happy Holidays 2010

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Happy Holidays 2010

December 23 2010

12:16

Beautiful Christmas Wallpaper

At this time of year you may be looking for a way to decorate your laptop or desktop to celebrate the season. Here you’ll find 30 Christmas wallpapers. If you see something you like, click on the image and you’ll be led to the source where you can download the wallpaper.

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: princepal

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: Chopeh

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: Vladstudio

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: Crossmap

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: Vladstudio

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: Rachel Fu

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: DigitalPhenom

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: Stamga

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: Vladstudio

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: freechristmaswallpapers.net

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: JPeiro

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: PixelResort

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: fragmentx

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: Vladstudio

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: DigitalPhenom

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: DigitalPhenom

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: offthewallposters.com

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: jusso11

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: PsdDude

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: freechristmaswallpapers.net

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: freechristmaswallpapers.net

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: freechristmaswallpapers.net

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: offthewallposters.com

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: offthewallposters.com

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: offthewallposters.com

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: Maquita

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: dim.po

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: sndk.no

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: indeziner

Christmas Wallpaper

Credit: spiritcoda

December 21 2010

06:27

10 Unique Gifts We Hope to Have Under our Tree

As Christmas is upon us and hopefully the goose has gotten fat, we’ve taken the time to select 25 gifts we hope are under out tree. There is a ton of creative gear in the worlds these days, and narrowing to 25 interesting gives was more than impossible. Let us know what you want to see under the tree this year!

Rusty Wired-In Stealth Zip-Up Hoodie

rusty-hoodieEven the most studious constitution needs their tunes to make it through lectures sometimes; the Stealth Zip Up Hoodie is your own little escape from academics in true 007 style.  Military style fleece zip up hoodie with custom built-in headphone drawstrings. MP3 player connects in front pocket and it’s machine washable! What more could you ask for?

Lowepro Pro Trekker 300 AW

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The Pro Trekker™ 300 AW is a lightweight, yet rugged, hydration-ready, expedition camera backpack. It offers superior protection and comfort with Lowepro’s premium suspension system. Inspired by Lowepro’s world-famous Trekker series of backpacks, Pro Trekker AW appeals to outdoor photographers, extreme sports shooters and serious enthusiasts who need a workhorse backpack that travels well—in rugged terrain or by air.

Specs:

Pro DSLRs with lens attached (up to 300mm f/2.8); 4-5 additional lenses; flash; tripod or monopod; accessories and personal gear; up to a  15.4” widescreen laptop

The Designers Balls

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Some designers have them, some designers don’t. Nuff said. 4 Christmas balls CMYK: 1 Cyan, 1 Magenta, 1 Yellow, 1 Black

Porsche Design Aluminum Sledge

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What christmas list would be complete without a sled? Exclusive design. Aluminium frame with stainless steel runners. Practical folding mechanism: no loose parts, ready for use within seconds. Porsche logo on top. Durable waterproof seat made from imitation leather. UV-resistant. Tested by German safety standards agency (TÜV). Highquality carrying bag. Black. Made in Germany.

Susan Kare – Limited Edition Prints signed and numbered

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Susan Kare is a pioneering and influential computer iconographer. Since 1983, the San Francisco-based designer has designed thousands of software icons that have become familiar to anyone who uses a computer. Designed on a minimalist grid of pixels and constructed with mosaic-like precision, her icons communicate their functions immediately and memorably.

BookBook for iPad

BookBook Need an ultra-stealth and quality made way to cover your iPad? Look no further. BookBook for iPad is a handmade one-of-a-kind, hardback leather case that doubles as a fully adjustable stand. Along with its vintage looks, this case makes iPad feel as if you’re holding a real book, and in many ways you are holding a book. BookBook for iPad forms a safe cocoon around your prized iPad. The hardback cover and spine provide impact protection, while the hard protective inner frame offers crush protection. Hand distressed covers mean no two look alike. As a bonus, the unique design of this case disguises iPad for an extra level of stealthy security.

U-Socket

USB-powerU-Socket is a duplex AC receptacle with built-in USB ports that can power any device that is capable of being charged via a 5V power adapter, but without the need for the power adapter! When a U-Socket replaces a traditional 3-prong AC wall socket, you can eliminate the clutter of AC Adapters that stick out & take up space in your home or office. Everything stays neat & organized. In additional, U-Socket’s energy efficient design only outputs power through the USB port if something is connected to it. Compatible with: iPod, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Nintendo, PSP, Bluetooth Headsets, Digital Cameras, GPS & more!

Cabledrop – Blue Lounge

Use it on your desktop

In an office environment one can never have too many ways to organize cords. Cabledrop can really blend in with your decor, use them hidden under ledges with the muted colors to match your furniture or bring them to light by using the bright ones. Beyond just preventing cables from falling off a desk, they make great cable clips on furniture legs or walls to control unruly cords. Sold in packs of six, each package includes three different colors, either muted or bright.

Plumen – The Designer Energy Saving Lightbulbs

plumenPlumen is the antithesis of low energy light bulbs as we know them. Rather than hide the unappealing traditional compact fluorescent light behind boring utility, Plumen 001 is a bulb you’ll want on show. The Plumen bulb uses 80% less energy and lasts 8 times longer than incandescent bulbs, giving you the opportunity to purchase an ecological product with style. It works just like any low energy bulb but it has a lot more presence.

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December 20 2010

12:03

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December 08 2010

14:06

Ultimate Secret Designer Christmas Gifts Wishlist Finally Revealed

Christmas is coming and people who deserve to enjoy it needs your presents! Below you’ll find a list of what a designer might like for Christmas.

There are too many items to cite but I only chose the coolest and most stylish. Things that a designer (developer, writer, etc.) would want to use not only at work but off-work, make your friend designer happier in this Christmas and remember there aren’t too many days left to get the gifts – huh..I need to remind that myself too .

SanDisk Cruzer 16 GB Flash Drive

Estimated price: $35.11

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Adding to the fact that it has a lifetime warranty, it is capless so you won’t have to lose the cap. Massive storage for immediate and more portable needs. Features boasts that it includes JetFlash Elite data management tools which can help you to “Take your E-mail with you on the road” and “one-click automatic website log in”.

Livescribe 2 GB Pulse Smartpen

Estimated price: $99.99

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I believe this is the smartest pen ever invented. Features include voice recording for over 200 hours, things that you write is written and at the same time recorded which in turn you can upload to your Mac or PC for a virtual image of your notebook. From there you can “search” a term and the software finds it for you. Also has built in translator and calculator. Of all the items featured here this is the one item I want. Works well for writers, developers, and designers who are in meetings or far from a laptop/desktop.

Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch Fun Small Tablet

Estimated price: $83.57

Wacom

Several months ago I had the chance to use one and I loved it even if I’m not really good at designing. For starters or pro this is a good tool in digital painting and other artworks.

Star Wars Darth Vader Mini-Figure Alarm Clock

Estimated price: $49.99

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Admit it, many designers have seen Star Wars and are amazed by it. Who doesn’t know Darth Vader? Let Vader wake you up!

MIMO USB LCD Screen

Estimated price: $149.99

Mimo

A busy designer’s screen has no place for e-mails and IMs, they won’t just fit in one. Here’s the solution, plug it and have an extra space.

Imagelab Slide and Negative Scanner

Estimated price: $80.56

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From negatives to digital images, I never thought such a technology existed. Insert your negatives, wait a moment, and view your scanned images on the LCD.

Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printer

Estimated price: $59.99

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Compact printer. Can print 4” by 6” photo in about 47 seconds with high quality. Wireless and has an LCD.

PanDigital’s 8.5”x11” Photo Scanner

Estimated price: $99.84

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A device which requires no PC to scan images. Can scan up to 8.5”x11”. Photos are scanned as 650dpi full color. Scanned images are saved directly to a memory card.

The Web Designer’s Idea Book, Vol. 2: More of the Best Themes, Trends and Styles in Website Design

Estimated price: $19.80

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A book to help avoid/remove designer’s block. Full of ideas, fresh and new.

Thinking With Type

Estimated price: $16.47

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Reviewers of this book mentions that they “became better designers” just after reading this. I wonder, what’s inside?

Wi-Fi Detector T-Shirt by ThinkGeek

Estimated price: $19.99

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Aside from its ability to detect human presence, it also detects Wi-Fi! Imagine that? You won’t have to ask people if the place is Wi-Fi enabled or open your device just to check. Cool guy, knows where Wi-Fi signal is.

App Magnets

Estimated price: $17.06

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Too much time spent on your smart phone results to real-life App Magnets. Decorate someone’s fridge with these either for a laugh or for style.

Holmes Black Robot Desk Lamp

Estimated price: $23.15

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You do not mess with the Robot Desk Lamp! Add a creative touch to a friend’s room, a designer would love this greatly!

365 Cats Page-A-Day Calendar 2011

Estimated price: $9.62

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Meow for inspiration. Meow.

Sharkoon X-Tactic SP Gaming Headset

Estimated price: $69.99

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Every designer needs silence but holidays are coming and they will need to rock. Note: This is a gaming stereo headset for PlayStaion 3 and Xbox 360 with detachable microphone.

One Piece Anime Nami Oppai Mouse Pad

Estimated price: $49.95

Nami

Ergonomic mouse pad has good pads for wrist support. Yes, wrist support.

Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi Reading Device

Estimated price: $189.00

Kindle

Imagine a pdf reader that you can use for a whole month in just one-time charging. Impossible? Wired Magazine’s comment about this product is “Battery life is long enough for space shuttle missions.” Kindle is also Amazon’s #1 bestselling item for 2 years and running. It boasts to be the most-wished-for, and most-gifted product in Amazon.

The Art of God of War III

Estimated price: $40.95

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If you know a designer who is a fan of God of War then this book will delight him/her. This book gives the reader a peek into the epic conception of its epic art.

Photoshop CS5 Digital Classroom

Estimated price: $31.49

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Perfect for beginners and even for experts. It has a DVD that will guide you along the way.

Designer Notebook Sleeve

Estimated price: $19.90

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Can fit in a 15.6” notebook and will protect it with its Anti-Shock System. Who wouldn’t love such a beautiful design for a notebook sleeve? I’d buy it for 30 dollars.

Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse (Black)

Estimated price: $152.99

Best mouse for designers. Offers vertical and horizontal scrolling. Scrolling is fluid, you will never have a problem with that. There is also a search feature, set your default search engine and just highlight a word or phrase and let the mouse do the rest. To sum all of the reviews, this mouse is one of the most smartest today. And it’s wireless!

Logitech Illuminated Ultrathin Keyboard with Backlighting

Estimated price: $61.21

Very thin, has 3 levels of  back-lighting to help see keys in the dark, ultra comfortable and the most elegant keyboard you’ll ever see. A reviewer says this is the best keyboard he ever bought. Good gift? Yes.

Logitech Comfort Lapdesk N500

Estimated price: $38.15

Has a heat-shielding design which protects your skin from the heat. Recent studies suggests that placing a laptop on your lap may trigger allergic conditions because of the heat on your skin. Be protected from harm. Aside from that, this lapdesk promises to give its users comfort whether on the sofa or on the bed, reviews from buyers supports this claim.

Shumacher PP-2200 Portable Outdoor Power Unit

Estimated price: $66.17

This is a good gift for a friend or to yourself. Going on a vacation far from civilization and you need access to your laptop or other gadgets? This one is for you. Reviewers of this product says it powers their laptop for several hours. Amazing, huh?

Optoma PT100 PlayTime LED Gaming Projector

Estimated price: $179.99

Who wouldn’t want to have a home theater at $179.99? Works with game consoles and computers, has built-in speakers, and exceeds general expectations for such a small amount. Clearly, a good gift if you want people to relax at home.

1TB USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Ultra Portable External Hard Drive

Estimated price: $129.99

You know what’s cooler than 500GB? 1TB. Powered by your laptop/desktop, no need for an external source for power. Ultra Portable can fit inside your pocket.

Wii

Estimated price: $197.00

In France they call it Yes. Need I say more? Best gift for everyone.

Sony PSP

Estimated price: $169.99

Every designer needs fresh ideas and Sony’s PSP is a good gadget to get them fresh. Already finished work? Relax and have fun through PSP.

Website Design for ROI: Turning Browsers into Buyers & Prospects into Leads

Estimated price: $27.66

Let’s face it, a website’s design is as important as the content.  Because humans are visual beings who decide quickly based on appearance of things, the principles should also be incorporated in web designs.

Fujifilm FinePix J40 12.2 MP Digital Camera

Estimated price: $59.00

Capture moments that inspire you. Great gift for an outgoing designer. Great price too.

December 25 2009

20:25

Getting Back To You & IconShocks Cartoon & Christmas

title-community-christmas-articleHello, my design friends and loyal readers!

I bet you’ve noticed little silence here and how articles don’t come out as often then they should, but I have really strong reason for it. For 2 weeks now, I have session and examinations in academy, so of course my daily work-flow is really messed up – I am working almost until morning, then sleep through days, wait for teachers, try to print everything out in time and so on. Very intense – since I left most of my exercises for last night.

All right, but on this Friday finally I finished everything and I am coming back even more seriously now!

Guest writers

I got many proposals for latest time through e-mails, I must apologize – I haven’t responded yet to many e-mails, but I will do now. Just don’t overreact – I really appreciate You contacting me and wishing to contribute, just I couldn’t get all works done in time, but don’t worry – I will write everybody back and hopefully 1stwebdesigner website will get several great new authors here!

And one more time – if you are designer, who would like to give some tips, educate and get involved – get in touch with me and we will discuss details.

Little peek in future

Yes, I worked all this time from my home sitting near my bed – I think it really distracts and don’t create right atmosphere. Things are changing and I will work in office from now on and even hiring more people and writers to help grow 1stwebdesigner even bigger. For me it’s something really big and new, we will see how this will work out in future!

I’ll keep focusing on webdesign topics, creating more tutorials and informing about new things happening in Internet world and blogosphere. Huge work has been done, but I think even bigger work will be in future, a lot of topics and article themes should be improved and I am working hard to do that!

Be patient, sit back in your chair and keep enjoying 1stwebdesigner articles, resources and tutorials! We will not disappoint you and with new writers contribution site will be getting a lot better for sure! Thank you, loyal readers and guest writers!!

IconSchock Great Cartoon

Iconshock company

A while ago, I pronounced our collaboration with Iconshock company. They also offered to me create cartoon from real photo with me – I was very excited about their idea and gladly agreed. Artist is really talented and outcome looks amazing! Yep, that’s me – with Latvian flag behind me, big smile and always patriotic about this website as you can see on my T-Shirt..:) I should create one like that though! Thank you, Iconshocks and our collaboration continues, I received free icon set from them already and I will release it shortly!

If you haven’t heard about them or just want to get unique icon set for your project, visit their website and I am sure you will find something suitable for you as well!

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SmashingMagazine Network

Yes, we got accepted in SmashingMag Network as well! I must say huge thanks to Vitaly Friedman and SM for this great opportunity! Here you can visit 1swebdesigner Smashing page. I am very excited and we’ll see how this collaboration will go and evolve, stay with us and stay with SmashingMagazine!

From now on you will see their badge on sidebar and in that way you will recognize all the blogs, which are in SmashingNetwork.

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And finally I wish Merry X-mas to all our visitors in these thanks giving and sharing holidays! Ho ho ho!

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Last year I also create several Christmas related tutorials and articles, maybe you would like to visit them as well!:


Night Before Christmas : Photoshop Tutorial And WallPaper


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Beautiful Christmas Vision Tutorial And Wallpaper


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Related posts:

  1. New Things Happening At 1stwebdesigner Website
  2. 25 Winter, Snow And Christmas Related High Resolution Wallpapers
  3. Beautiful Christmas Vision Tutorial And Wallpaper
  4. 48 Snow, Ice, Snowflake and Christmas Brushes
  5. Night Before Christmas : Photoshop Tutorial And WallPaper

December 21 2009

11:24

Free Christmas and New Year’s Eve WordPress Theme

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In this post we release our last freebie for the Christmas and the New Year season: a beautiful Christmas and New Year’s Eve WordPress Theme, designed by Site5 and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The theme is decorated using Smashing Christmas Icon Set and its main goal is to give a blog a very festive, snowy, New Year’s atmosphere. The theme has no particular requirements, except that the WordPress 2.8.5+ should be installed. As usual, the theme is free to use in private and commerical projects.

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Download the theme for free!

The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.

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Features

Here are some of the features of the theme:

  • CSS-based layout,
  • 2 columns of fixed width,
  • widget-ready,
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional valid,
  • multi-browser compatibility: tested on Firefox, Safari , IE7, IE8, Chrome,
  • easy to setup, theme options page,
  • JQuery Lightbox,
  • AJAX-based based contact form,
  • Live form e-mail validation.

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Thank you, Gabi. We appreciate your work and your good intentions. And Merry Christmas, folks!


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December 17 2009

16:41

The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts


By Vailancio Rodrigues

It’s a festive season and we all are busy. 24 hours a day are not enough to finish our work. And, sadly, Christmas is a holiday season. Time to be with family, time to prepare gifts for friends and special ones, attend gatherings and parties, and the time when the air is full of delicious dishes which are hard to resist. Just too many temptations and too many things to do in a small amount of time. Not a wonder that it is so difficult to keep up with the work routine. And, most importantly, it’s the time when designers are most wanted than in any other time of the year. So in order to finish up your work, you need to focus on productivity and find some shortcuts. Otherwise you will end up finishing your work while others are celebrating in the other room.

Here we present free Christmas fonts, vectors, patterns, PSD and brushes which can come in handy just before Christmas. For example, if you are designing a web layout for Christmas, you don’t have to create every single piece of graphics from scratch. You can easily utilize “off-the-shelf”-brushes, fonts, icons, vectors etc. to save your time. Or you can use them to create some nice last minute Christmas cards. In either case, please make sure that you read the license agreement before using them, as some owners will not allow you to use them for commercial purpose.

Christmas Patterns

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Silver And Gold Flake-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas PSDs

Christmas Bows

Christmas Bows 3-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Ribbon

Ribbon-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Pack

Christmas-pack-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Santa

Santa Psd-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Photoshop Brushes

24 Christmas Brushes

Christmas Brushes Vol 1-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Brush Set

Christmas Brushes Set 2-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

21 Christmas Brushes

Xmasimagepack-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

24 Christmas Design Brush Pack

Christmas Design -christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Lovely Christmas Brush Set

Lovely-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

21 Christmas Snowman Photoshop Brushes

Snowman-brushes-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

31 Holiday Light Brushes

Silent Night Holiday Brushes-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

10 Christmas Balls Photoshop Brushes

Christmas-balls-1-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Brushes-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Snowtime

Snowtime By Crazy Alice-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Snowflakes

Snowflakes Brushe-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Ice Ice Baby

Icy-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

12 Ribbon Bows

Ribbon Bow Brushes-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

15 Crystal Christmas Miniature Brushes

Crystal Xmas Miniatures By Sapphire88-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

200+ Photoshop Brushes for Light, Sparkles, Glows and Glitter

Sparkle-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

16 Ball Brushes

Christmas-balls-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

24 Gift Box Brushes

Gift-boxes-1-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Tree Brushes

Tree-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Hello Kitty Christmas Brushes

Hello Kitty Christmas Brushes-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Brush Set

Christmas BRUSH SETi-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Holly Leaves Pack

Holy-leaves-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Pine Brush Pack

Pine Brushes MEGA PACK By Hawksmont-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Doodle Brushes
Also allonzo has a great Christmas Doodle Set.

Doodles-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Realistic Snow Brushes

Winter SnowFlake Brushes PS7 By KeepWaiting-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Santa Brushes

Snata Brushes-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Vintage Christmas Brushes

Vintage Christmas Brushes-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Realistic Christmas Tree Brushes

Realistic-tree-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Fonts

White Christmas

White-chris-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas On Crack

Oncrack Big-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas

Christmas-font-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Kingthings Christmas

King in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

PC Snowball

Pc Snowballs0-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Snowpersons

Snowpersons-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christbaumkugeln

Christbaumkugeln-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Wunderland

Wunderland-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Santa’s Sleigh

Santas Sleigh1-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

X’mas?

Xm in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Kringle

Kringle0-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Monbijoux

Monbijoux0-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Candy Cane

Candy Cane-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Humbug

Humbug-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Porcelain

Porcelain0-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Papa Noël

Papa Noel0-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Santa Time

Santa Time0-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Snowfall

Snowfall-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Bonnet

Bonnet0-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Vectors

Christmas Balls

Christmas Balls Prev Big-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Balls

Balls-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Balls

Christmas Decorations-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Big Red Bow

Setbowredgradient2-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Decoration

Christmas Decoration Ball Ribbon 2-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Decoration

Christmas Decoration Ball Ribbon-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Snow Flake

SnowFlake Vectors Sm-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Candy Caned

Can in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Buttons

Christmas Buttons-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Tags

Christmas Tags-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Ginger Bread

Ginger-bread-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Winter Trees

Winter-Trees-Background-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Gift Presents

Vector-Gift-Presents-by-DragonArt-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Chistmas Vector Set

P M-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Banners

Christmas Banners-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Card

Set2-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Snowman Greeting Card

Snowman Greeting Card-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Snowflake Tree

Snowflake Tree-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Vector Background and Title Packs

Christmas Background Bundle-441x600-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

5 Floral Ornaments

Floral Ornaments-preview-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Snow Landscape

Snow-landscape-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Sharptree

Sharp in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Vector Background

Christmas Background-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Vector Background

Christmas Background 1-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Foral Red Yellow

Floral-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Cold Winter

Preview-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

VectorStock: Christmas Vectors

Vector-stock-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Vintage Christmas

Vint in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Icons

Red Christmas

Red-christmas-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Silent Night Christmas Icons

Silent-night-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Gadgets

Gadget-icon-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Set

Rusell-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Feed Icons

Feed-icon-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Social Balls

Social Balls-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Christmas Icon

Christmas-icon-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Smashing Christmas Icon Set

Smashing-icons-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

XMas Icons

Xmas-icons-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

The Real Christmas

Real-christmas-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Santa Claus Hat Emoticons

Hat-emotions-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Archigraphs Icons

Arch in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Polar Express

Polar in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Winter Holidays icons

Winter-holidays-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

My Christams

My Chritmas-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

DelliXmas icons

Dell in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Archigraphs Xmas Icons

Archigraphs-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Feed Icon

Feed-icon2-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

Standard New Year Icons

Standard-new-christmas in The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

About the Author

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December 16 2009

13:27

Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop


Winter is a special time of year for people around the globe. Many will celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, the winter solstice, while others may celebrate the first heavy snow on the slopes and the season itself.

Throughout this traditionally cold and busy season, we find ourselves shopping for the holidays, visiting family and friends and bringing in a little cheer to our homes with food, drink and decorations.

Today we would like to share with you a beautiful collection of wallpapers consisting of lovely designs and photography to help celebrate the upcoming holidays. Most wallpapers will be available in 1600×1200, but for those of you with the extra large 30″ monitors or those who have dual, triple or even quad monitors for your desk real estate, we have some special wallpapers as well. If you click on the image or title, you will be brought to the source where you can download the wallpaper and make your desktop festive. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers

Festive Christmas Wreath and Bells

Wallpaper-christmas-wreath-bells in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Laughing Christmas Showman

Wallpaper-snowman-christmas-4 in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Silent Winter

Wallpaper-winter-christmas-silent-night in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Christmas Lighthouse

Wallpapers-winter-christmas-lighthouse in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Christmas Ornament

Wallpaper-christmas-ornament-blown-glass in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

White Christmas Presents

Wallpaper-christmas-presents-white in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

White Christmas Ornaments

Wallpaper-christmas-ornaments-white in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

White Christmas Ornaments

Wallpaper-christmas-ornaments-white-2 in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Christmas Gifts

Wallpaper-christmas-presents-white-blue in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter Snowflake Candles

Wallpaper-candles-snowflake-white-blue in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Christmas Candles in the Window

Wallpaper-christmas-candles-in-window in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Box of Christmas Ornaments

Wallpaper-christmas-ornaments-red-gold in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Gold Christmas Ornament

Wallpaper-christmas-ornament-gold in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Gold Christmas Presents

Wallpaper-christmas-presents-gold in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Christmas Wreath

Wallpaper-christmas-wreath in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Red Christmas Ornaments

Wallpaper-christmas-ornaments-red-2 in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Christmas Tree

Wallpaper-christmas-red-white-tree in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Red Christmas Ornament

Wallpaper-christmas-ornament-red in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Happy Holiday Lights

Wallpaper-christmas-happy-holidays in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Crystal Christmas Tree

Wallpaper-christmas-tree-crystal-blue in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Christmas Snowflakes

Wallpaper-winter-christmas-snowflakes in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Blue Christmas Ornament

Wallpaper-christmas-ornament-blue in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Christmas Tree

Wallpaper-christmas-tree-3 in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Christmas Candles

Wallpaper-christmas-candles-3 in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Christmas Elves

Wallpaper-christmas-sleigh-elves in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Santa and Sleigh

Wallpaper-blue-santa-and-sleigh in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Snowflakes

Wallpaper-blue-swirls-tree-snowflake in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Flowers and Snow

Wallpaper-blue-swirls-flowers-snowflakes in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Santa Hat

Wallpaper-red-santa-hat in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Dog with Santa Hat

Wallpaper-dog-santa-hat in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Christmas Dog in Basket

Wallpaper-christmas-dog-basket in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Christmas Kitty

Wallpaper-christmas-kitty in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

I Love Snow

Wallpaper-winter-landscape-polar-bear-snow in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter Landscape

Wallpaper-winter-landscape-waterwheel in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter Landscape in Finland

Wallpaper-winter-landscape-finland in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter Mountain Landscape

Wallpaper-winter-landscape-mountains-snow-3 in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Christmas Landscape

Wallpaper-christmas-winter-landscape-lake in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter Wonderland

Wallpaper-winter-wonderland-blue-white in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Frosted Trees

Wallpaper-landscape-winter-snow-trees-3 in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Reflections of Snowy Mountain

Wallpaper-landscape-winter-mountains-lake-reflection-2 in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Reflections in Winter

Wallpaper-landscape-winter-mountains-lake-reflection in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter Sunset in Alaska

Wallpaper-winter-sunset-alaska in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter Sunset in the Smokey Mountains

Wallpaper-winter-sunset-mountains in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Mono Lake in Winter

Wallpaper-winter-landscape-mono-lake in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter at Crater Lake

Wallpaper-winter-crater-lake in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Mountain Climbing

Wallpaper-winter-sports-mountain-climbing-1 in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Frozen Ski Lift

Wallpaper-winter-frozen-ski-lift in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Frozen Winter in British Columbia

Wallpaper-winter-nature-british-columbia in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter Snow

Wallpaper-winter-strange-snow in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter in Smokey Mountains

Wallpaper-winter-landscape-great-smokey-mountains-2 in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter Stag

Wallpaper-winter-landscape-stag in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Church in Snow

Wallpaper-winter-landscape-snow-church in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Mt. Everest

Wallpaper-landscape-winter-mt-everest in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Snow Covered Spruce Trees

Wallpapers-landscape-winter-snow-covered-spruce-trees in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter Snow

Wallpaper-winter-mountains-snow in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter Landscape for Dual, Triple and Quad Monitors

Wallpaper-nature-landscape-1-dual-monitor in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter Sunset for Extra Large and Dual Monitors

Wallpaper-winter-landscape-widescreen in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Winter Landscape for Extra Large and Dual Monitors

Wallpaper-winter-landscape-widescreen-2 in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Argentina Snowcapped Mountains for Extra Large Monitors

Wallpaper-winter-mountains-argentina in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Greenland Mystery for Extra Large and Dual Monitors

Wallpaper-winter-greenland-mystery in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Krokskogen, Norway in Large and Dual Monitors

Wallpaper-winter-landscape-krokskogen-norway in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Penguins for Triple Monitors

Wallpaper-winter-penguins-triple-monitor in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Bavarian Winter for All Sizes

Wallpaper-winter-landscape-bavarian in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Tervo, Finland for Large and Dual Monitors

Wallpaper-winter-landscape-tervo-finland in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Decorated Christmas Tree for Most Sizes

Wallpaper-christmas-tree-ornaments in Beautiful Christmas and Winter Wallpapers For Your Desktop

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