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!
Shad Fox (CreativeMYK)
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.
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.
Free Clip Art
Free Clip Art (yes, that is the name of the site) has some nice ones.
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.
Nicu’s Clipart Collection
Here’s a small but nice set of scalable SVG graphics.
Mana Media (Vecteezy)
AI file released under Attribution-NonCommercial (Creative Commons).
DanielAlbin (Adobe Exchange)
Paul Wilson (Adobe Exchange)
AI file. (Appreciates donations.)
Here is a vector elf, available in AI or EPS.
YouWorkForThem has released a 20 piece set of Christmas vectors in EPS format.
Spoon Graphics has released a set of 8 snowflakes in EPS format.
]La thénardière – le studio[ (Vecteezy)
A set of Christmas ornaments as an AI file. General license.
AI, CDR, and PDF files released under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License.
Vectorportal has a whole section dedicated to Christmas. WMF and EPS formats. Be sure to take a look.
Suzanne Powell (Adobe Exchange)
A nice set of Illustrator Brushes.
Mel’s Photoshop Brushes
Mel branches out with this set of Adobe Illustrator brushes.
Here are a variety of Photoshop brushes that could be useful for Christmas or holiday designs.
Bedazzling offers 17 icon brushes under the title “A Christmas Wish.” These are for personal use only, and a credit is requested.
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.”
Free PSD files are a little harder to come by, but here are some I’ve found with a Christmas theme.
This one is quite nice. Done with Photoshop shapes, this red ribbon is completely scalable!
CatONineTales has made several attempts at Christmas ornaments in Photoshop. Here are a couple of his nicest ones.
Matthew Aaron (CreativeMYK.com)
Nice layered gift design.
Aaron Skinner (CreativeMYK.com)
Aaron Skinner shares this awesome design for his church bulletin.
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.
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.
I haven’t tried these out yet, but here are a couple of free Photoshop actions that look pretty cool.
Iconfactory always has great free stuff. Only for personal, desktop use.
wbc images has a couple of sets available:
Flameia Design – Xmas Gingerbread
Flameia Design has a couple of sets as well. Free for personal desktop use only.
There are lots of free icon sets out there. Here are some more of the ones I liked the best.
Windows and Mac Icons. Desktop use only.
Desktop use only. Here are a few of several sets available.
Some Christmas smilies for you. Personal use only.
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.
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.
Looking for more templates? Here are a few others available for download.
Here are just a few of the great Christmas shots from stock.xchng. Click on the individual images to reach the download pages.
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.
typOasis has a nice selection of Christmas fonts and dingbats. Here is a small sample:
You can find more Christmas fonts and dingbats at Specialty Fonts. Here are just a few samples:
As always, dafont.com has a great selection of fonts for the occasion.
Here’s a quick look at part of what Acid Fonts has to offer in the Christmas category as well.
Here are some more fonts for you from the Christmas Spot.
Home 4 Christmas
And here’s what Home 4 Christmas has to offer.
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:
In particular, I love this Santa hat from Sindiego’s Scraps:
Well, that does it. Posting will be light the next couple of weeks but come back soon for more.
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