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Over 100 Free Christmas Design Resources – A Design Bliss Mega-List
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Dec 20th 2007
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In the tradition of my Halloween Mega-List, here is my big Christmas wrap-up. This includes all the Christmas resources I’ve posted the last few weeks plus a few other surprises worked in here and there. Enjoy!

VECTORS

Robin Storesund (Adobe Exchange)
Vector String of Christmas Lights

minercia (DeviantART)
Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.
Vector Christmas Tree

Shad Fox (CreativeMYK)
AI file.
Vector Gift Box

jesse atwood (CreativeMYK)
Vector Christmas Tree and Snowflake

DjRodolfo (Adobe Exchange)
Vector trees snowflake Christmas card

Karen Jordan (Adobe Exchange)
Vector Christmas Tree with Christmas tree lights

N. Design Studio
I was very excited to find these the other day. They are available in EPS, GIF, PNG, and ICO formats and can be used in commercial as well as personal projects.
Christmas Vectors

The Peirce Clipart Collection
The Peirce Clipart Collection is another recent find of mine. As you can see, there is some beautiful stuff available in PDF, WMF, and Bitmap formats. The artwork is licensed under Creative Commons.
Vector Christmas Clipart

Free Clip Art
Free Clip Art (yes, that is the name of the site) has some nice ones.
Free Christmas Clip Art

Community MX
Here’s an interesting find. This is a large set of stencils transformed into scalable PNG files, easily manipulated and colored in Fireworks. Or in Fireworks, you can save the files as AI files and open and work with them in Illustrator. Community MX used to charge for this set but later made it available for free.
Community MX Christmas Stencils

Nicu’s Clipart Collection
Here’s a small but nice set of scalable SVG graphics.
Nicu Christmas Clip-art

Mana Media (Vecteezy)
AI file released under Attribution-NonCommercial (Creative Commons).
Vector Snowflakes Christmas Tree

DanielAlbin (Adobe Exchange)
AI file.
Vector Candy Canes

dmmuzicfan (DeviantART)
The AI file found at these links is ©2006-2007 *dmmuzicfan and was made available for “all you self holiday card makers” on DeviantART.
Oh, Christmas Tree Vector

Paul Wilson (Adobe Exchange)
AI file. (Appreciates donations.)
Christmas Scene Vector

Ben Blogged
Here is a vector elf, available in AI or EPS.
Vector Elf

YouWorkForThem
YouWorkForThem has released a 20 piece set of Christmas vectors in EPS format.
20 Vectors Christmas Set

Spoon Graphics
Spoon Graphics has released a set of 8 snowflakes in EPS format.
Vector Snowflakes

]La thénardière – le studio[ (Vecteezy)
A set of Christmas ornaments as an AI file. General license.
Multi-Color Christmas Ornaments Vector

jeni-cek (DeviantART)
AI, CDR, and PDF files released under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License.
Another Set of Vector Snowflakes

Vectorportal.com
Vectorportal has a whole section dedicated to Christmas. WMF and EPS formats. Be sure to take a look.Vectorportal Christmas Clipart and Vectors

Suzanne Powell (Adobe Exchange)
A nice set of Illustrator Brushes.
Present Box Illustrator Brushes

Mel’s Photoshop Brushes
Mel branches out with this set of Adobe Illustrator brushes.
Christmas Free Illustrator Brushes

PHOTOSHOP

Here are a variety of Photoshop brushes that could be useful for Christmas or holiday designs.

Scully7491 (DeviantART)
Licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.
Christmas Ornament Brushes

meldir (DeviantART)
Snowflakes brushes

hawksmont Universe :)
Christmas Ribbon Bow Brushes

Design by Alana
Christmas Brushes Cartoon Style

Keep Waiting (DeviantART)
Licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.
Scattering Snow Brushes

Obsidian Dawn offers a set of 39 Holiday Brushes. The brushes are “These brushes and patterns are free for commercial or non-commercial usage, and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 License.” Be sure to read the full Terms of Use, though.
Holiday Brushes

Obsidian Dawn also offers 26 Snow and Snowflakes brushes. Again, follow the Terms of Use.
Snow and Snowflakes Brushes

Bedazzling offers 17 icon brushes under the title “A Christmas Wish.” These are for personal use only, and a credit is requested.
Christmas Wish Brushes

Skeletor Imaging has 2 sets of Snow brushes available and appreciates PayPal donations.
Snow Photoshop Brushes Set 1

Snow Photoshop Brushes 2

Looking for more Christmas and holiday-themed brushes? Try the “Freeware” section at Seishido.biz, which offers “non profit sets, completely free and available for everyone.”
Seishido photoshop brushes

Free PSD files are a little harder to come by, but here are some I’ve found with a Christmas theme.

Zefhar (DeviantART)
This one is quite nice. Done with Photoshop shapes, this red ribbon is completely scalable!
Red ribbon psd

CatONineTales (DeviantART)
CatONineTales has made several attempts at Christmas ornaments in Photoshop. Here are a couple of his nicest ones.
Blue Ornament PSD

Glimmering White Christmas Ornament Ball PSD

Matthew Aaron (CreativeMYK.com)
Nice layered gift design.
Green present PSD

Aaron Skinner (CreativeMYK.com)
Aaron Skinner shares this awesome design for his church bulletin.
Church Bulletin PSD

Fasticon
UPDATE 12/17/08 – No longer offered for free. Now $29.
Fasticon provides this Santa Claus hat PSD with which you can decorate your own logo or icon for Christmas.
Santa Claus hat PSD

While most photoshop tutorials just show you how to make things, I dug around until I came up with 5 that include the original PSD files as well. Enjoy.

Photoshop Digest – Holiday Card with Snowman
Holiday Card with Snowman PSD

Free Photoshop Guides – Christmas Ornament
Christmas Ornament PSD

PhotoshopStar – Cartoon Christmas Tree
Cartoon Christmas Tree PSD

TutorialWiz – Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Ornaments PSD

Photoshop Tips – Christmas Ornament
Red Christmas Ornament PSD

I haven’t tried these out yet, but here are a couple of free Photoshop actions that look pretty cool.

Photography BB
Snowglobe Action:
Free Photoshop Action - Snowglobe

Snowscape Actions:
Snowscape Free Photoshop Action

ICONS

Enhanced Labs
The Real Christmas 2005 Icons

FixIcon
FixIcon Christmas Icons

Fasticon
iPod Christmas Icons

Yellow Icon
Yellow Icon Xmas

Zeus Box Studio
Zeus Box Christmas Dolls Icons

Fasticon
For those of you who loved my post on “Over 35 Different Styles of RSS Icons,” you should love these Christmas Social Bookmark Icons.

Christmas Social Bookmark Icons

Plus here’s a whimsical set from Fasticon.
Santa Claus Hat Icons

Iconfactory
Iconfactory always has great free stuff. Only for personal, desktop use.

World of Aqua Christmas Icons
World of Aqua Christmas Icons

Happy Holidays 2005
Happy Holidays 2005 Icons

wbc images
wbc images has a couple of sets available:
Christmas 03 Icons

Christmas 2003 Icons

Flameia Design – Xmas Gingerbread
Flameia Design has a couple of sets as well. Free for personal desktop use only.
Gingerbread Icons

Shiny Globes Icons

There are lots of free icon sets out there. Here are some more of the ones I liked the best.

Yumi Hoshino
Windows and Mac Icons. Desktop use only.
Merry Christmas Icons

Christmas Ornaments Balls Icons

Fluffy Christmas Icons

Snowglobes Snowdome 2004 Icons

sahoicon
Desktop use only. Here are a few of several sets available.
Christmas Icons from sahoicon

DesignMood
Some Christmas smilies for you. Personal use only.
Christmas Smilies

Ben Schlitter
Gift Boxes Icons

The Wackypixel Company
Christmas Lights Icons

Iconica
Christmas 2003 Icons

IconDrawer
Winter Holiday Icons

TEMPLATES AND WORDPRESS THEMES

Here is a great WordPress Theme, a tutorial for building your own Christmas template in Photoshop, and a few more Christmas templates that are freely available for downloading.

Design Disease: Christmas Days WordPress Theme
Wordpress Christmas Theme

PhotoshopStar: Christmas Theme
PhotoshopStar takes you step-by-step through building your own Christmas-themed web layout in this tutorial. They even make the original PSD file available for download.
Photoshop Christmas Theme

Looking for more templates? Here are a few others available for download.

Sarkis Design: All Things Christmas
All Things Christmas website template

Mango: Merry Christmas
Mango Merry Christmas Template

Open Designs: Christmas 1
Christmas 1 Template Open Designs

STOCK PHOTOS

Here are just a few of the great Christmas shots from stock.xchng. Click on the individual images to reach the download pages.

Red Gift Box

Abstract Christmas Tree

Isolated Christmas Tree Photo

Isolated Blank Christmas Card

Christmas Ornaments Photo

Now, we’ll take a look at a few of the Christmas photos morgueFile has to offer. As always, click on the individual images to be taken to the download pages.

Green Present Christmas Stock Photo

Red and Gold Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Tree Stock

Christmas Bells

Snowman Snowglobe

This time I chose to check out the free stock photos offered at Pixel Perfect Digital. They have 41 images in their Christmas category. Be sure to check out the Terms of Use. Below are a few samples. Click on each one to reach the larger copies at Pixel Perfect Digital.

Red Christmas Present

Blue Background

Red Bow

Christmas Orb

Gold Angel on Red Background

FONTS

typOasis
typOasis has a nice selection of Christmas fonts and dingbats. Here is a small sample:
Christmas Fonts

Specialty Fonts
You can find more Christmas fonts and dingbats at Specialty Fonts. Here are just a few samples:
Specialty Fonts for Christmas

dafont
As always, dafont.com has a great selection of fonts for the occasion.
Dafont Christmas Fonts

Acid Fonts
Here’s a quick look at part of what Acid Fonts has to offer in the Christmas category as well.
Acid Christmas Fonts

Christmas Spot
Here are some more fonts for you from the Christmas Spot.
Christmas Spot Fonts

Home 4 Christmas
And here’s what Home 4 Christmas has to offer.
Home 4 Christmas Fonts

PNG SCRAPBOOKING FILES

If you are not familiar with the digital scrapbooking world, there’s a whole wealth of material free for personal use out there. You can find some JPG and PSD files sometimes, but the majority of it seems to be saved as transparent PNG files. They are great to use in Fireworks or Photoshop.

Seventy-nine digital scrapbook creators have joined together to create “Christmas Around the World,” a wealth of textures, frames, etc. This material will only be available through December 16th in most cases so pick out what you want while you can (UPDATE: The deadline for most of the downloads has been extended to December 24th). Here are a couple of examples:

Christmas Digital Scrapbook Samples

Another website devoted to digital scrapbooking, DigiScrapDepot, has 933 Christmas freebies in their database as of the time I am writing this. Here’s a quick peek:

Christmas Freebies for Digital Scrapbooking

In particular, I love this Santa hat from Sindiego’s Scraps:

PNG Santa Hat

Well, that does it. Posting will be light the next couple of weeks but come back soon for more.

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29 Comments

  1. Great stuff. I like the fonts

  2. Surprising! Beautiful! huge number of designs about Christmas!

  3. Unbelievable and perfect. Merry Christmassss…

  4. jonathan triantoro

    thanks u, it’s very help us.. very perpect… happy christmas 4 u all from indonesia

  5. Thank you, guys, and Merry Christmas to you as well.

  6. Ryan

    Wow thanks! That sure saved me some time!

  7. Happy to be of service, Ryan.

  8. These are awesome!! great work! We’ll be making our Bravado logo Festive for the remainder of the month! Thanks Brian – Merry Christmas

  9. Great idea, Chris. Thanks.

  10. Santa Claus Hat from FastIcon is’nt free. It costs $29

  11. Thanks for pointing that out, Ruby. Last year it was free. That’s quite a jump from free to $29.

  12. autisticwonder

    WOW..and Many, Many thanks!! Awesome collection!!

  13. Very nice Christmas icons. Hope I can use it in my website.

  14. Ritik Gupta

    Very Beautiful Collection,Great Idea.
    Thanks……
    Merry Christmas Guys……………………

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