Christmas is on the way! Whether you’re designing festive party flyers, looking for Christmas mockups, or a holiday icon set, we have a great collection for you today!

We’ve pulled together a fantastic collection of Christmas flyers and templates, mock-ups, icons, vectors, and much more. Some of them are completely free, some cost a few dollars, but all of them will get you in the festive spirit. Have fun looking through this selection of resources, and we hope you find a few that help out with your holiday design work!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Banners

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Banners

This is a collection of vector banners you can use to design different types of Christmas and New Year’s creations, promotions, and branding materials. The pack includes 5 gorgeous designs in AI, EPS, PDF, and JPG formats.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Cards & Graphics Bundle

Christmas Cards & Graphics Bundle

A massive bundle of Christmas vectors. It comes with 66 modern and creative Christmas card templates, 20 vector Christmas gift tags, and 16 logo templates, all packed into one download.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Wreath Creator

Christmas Wreath Creator

With this unique graphics pack, you’ll be able to create your own stylish Christmas wreaths by yourself. It comes with 22 wreaths, 2 bows, and 3 ribbons, all as separate elements you can drag around to create beautiful Christmas wreaths.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Vector Elements Toolkit

Christmas Vector Elements Toolkit

A Christmas design toolkit for designing creative Christmas designs. This bundle comes with more than 100 elements you can use to create your own beautiful Christmas cards, banners, posters, and flyers. It also includes 4 premade Christmas card templates.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Scene Creator

Christmas Scene Creator

This is a collection of isolated Christmas-themed elements you can use to create your own unique Christmas scenes for various designs projects. The bundle includes 32 Christmas elements, 5 premade PSD scenes, and 6 backgrounds.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Hand Drawn Santa Claus Illustrations

Hand Drawn Santa Clause Illustrations

A collection of cute and adorable Santa Claus illustrations you can use to design unique Christmas cards, banners, and flyers. It includes 13 different Santa illustrations with various poses in PNG and AI file formats.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Watercolor Christmas Florals Collection

Watercolor Christmas Florals Collection

A beautiful collection of Christmas florals featuring watercolor designs. All of the illustrations in this pack are hand-drawn to add a more authentic look to your Christmas cards, posters, and banner designs.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Overlays, Cliparts, & Graphics Bundle

Christmas Overlays, Cliparts, & Graphics Bundle

Another big bundle of Christmas graphics. It includes many creative photo overlays, Christmas photos, cliparts, lettering, and lots of isolated objects for crafting unique Christmas designs.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

White Christmas – Scene Creator

White Christmas - Scene Creator

If you’re planning on updating your website and social media page covers with a creative Christmas-themed design or even creating a unique scene to showcase your products, this bundle will come in handy. It includes 30 different Christmas elements that you can rearrange however you like to create beautiful Christmas scenes.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Merry Christmas – Handdrawn Lettering Objects

Merry Christmas - Handdrawn Lettering Objects

This is a collection of unique Christmas-themed objects. It comes with a total of 43 items in EPS, SVG, and PNG formats. You can use them to create unique greeting cards, packaging designs, flyers, and much more.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Santa Claus – Christmas Vector Collection

Santa Claus - Christmas Vector Collection

Looking for a cute Santa Claus to include in your new advertisements, promotions, and designs? With this pack of vector illustrations, you’ll have plenty of choices.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Mock Up Photos Collection

Christmas Mock Up Photos Collection

This bundle includes 21 unique mockup templates for Christmas-themed items, such as packaging, greeting cards, and much more. The templates are available in easily customizable PSD files.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Merry Christmas Backgrounds

Merry Christmas Backgrounds

A beautiful and a customizable Christmas background you can use to create a website header, social media cover, and product showcase. The background is available in an Illustrator file you can edit to change colors and text.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Outline Icons Pack

Christmas Outline Icons Pack

This is a pack of Christmas icons featuring 25 colorful icons with many common Christmas items. You can use it to create unique greeting cards, social media posts, ads, promotions, and more.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

85 Hand-Dawn Christmas Elements & Wreaths

85 Hand-Dawn Christmas Elements & Wreaths

This massive bundle of Christmas elements includes lots of useful items you can use to create greeting cards, posters, flyers, and more. It comes with 85 customizable Christmas wreaths, illustrations, and tons of other items.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

6 Vector Christmas Backgrounds

6 Vector Christmas Backgrounds

A collection of vector background textures for customizing your Christmas-themed designs. This pack includes 6 unique backgrounds with hand-drawn designs.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas and New Year’s Greeting Cards Collection

Christmas and New Year’s Greeting Cards Collection

This bundle comes with 72 unique greeting card templates for creating cards for both Christmas and New Year’s. The templates are available in high-resolution and can be customized using Illustrator.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

52 Christmas Overlays & Vector Set

52 Christmas Overlays & Vector Set

Another bundle full of hand-drawn Christmas overlays and vector elements. This pack 13 unique designs in 4 different color schemes. All of the designs are available in editable AI, EPS, and PSD file formats.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Sales Banner Collection

Christmas Sales Banner Collection

Working on a promotional banner for a Christmas sale? Then you can download this pack of sales banner templates to quickly design a promotional advertisement for your business. It includes 6 different template designs.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Sharp Badges

Christmas Sharp Badges

A collection of colorful and creative Christmas badges. These will come in handy when designing greeting cards, social media posts, and many other types of promotional material.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Social Media Posts

Christmas Social Media Posts

No need to hire designers to create Christmas-themed posts for your social media promotions, simply use these templates. This bundle includes 20 editable templates for creating different kinds of posts for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

X-Mas Seamless Patterns Set

Xmas Seamless Patterns Set

This collection of patterns include 12 seamless patterns featuring Christmas-themed designs. These are ideal for creating backgrounds for greeting cards, posters, flyers, and packaging.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

75 Christmas Cliparts

75 Christmas Cliparts

A bundle of creative Christmas cliparts featuring many different types of designs and illustrations. It includes 75 cliparts in vector format you can use with both print and digital designs.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Cards Mega Set

No need to go shopping for Christmas cards or New Year’s cards. With this massive pack of Christmas cards templates, you can print your own unique cards to send to your friends and family. It includes 78 Christmas and New Year’s greeting cards templates.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Vibes – 33 Elements and Graphics

This is a special bundle full of various Christmas themed elements including different types of graphics and illustrations. As a bonus, you will also get 2 beautiful print-ready Christmas greeting card templates as well.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Santa Claus Flyer

Are you working on promoting a special Christmas event? This cool flyer template will help you with the marketing process. You can easily edit and customize this A4 sized template to design a flyer to promote your holiday events.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

50 Flat Christmas Icons

Whether you’re designing graphics for a website, social media posts, flyers, or greeting cards, this pack of Christmas icons has got 50 beautiful graphics that will add a great festive look to your designs.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Flyer Template

Another Christmas flyer template for promoting events, parties, and concerts. It includes both Photoshop and Illustrator formats, which allows you to freely edit and customize the template to your preference.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

48 Christmas Doodles

Easily design your own flyers, greeting cards, and social media posts using these gorgeous Christmas doodles. This pack comes with 48 unique vector doodles you can use with your designs.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Retro Christmas Flyer Template

Another Christmas flyer that features a trendy retro design. It’s perfect for promoting holiday sales, concerts, parties, and various other events. The flyer template comes to you in both Illustrator and Photoshop file formats.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Graphics Bundle Gold Edition

This one is a mixed bundle of Christmas resources. This special pack includes 32 Christmas icons, 13 Christmas labels, 8 postcard templates, 10 patterns, 15 handwritten Christmas inscriptions, and more.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Premium Vector Christmas Collection

Design your own Christmas related graphics and greetings using this pack of vector illustrations. The pack comes with 50 premium Christmas illustrations in AI, EPS, and PSD file formats.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Vintage Christmas Kit

This bundle of Christmas illustrations features a vintage and a retro look. You can use them to design greeting cards, social media posts, and more with a classical design. It includes 17 different elements and 2 Christmas themed backgrounds.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Patterns & Illustrations

A set of 6 unique Christmas patterns and illustrations for crafting festive website headers, social media posts, and greeting cards. The files are available in JPG, PNG, and EPS formats.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Character Creator

This is a fun pack of elements that allows you to create your own Christmas themed characters. You can create Santas, reindeers, elves and more by combining different elements from the pack.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

66 Christmas Patterns & Graphics

Another mixed pack of Christmas themed patterns and graphics. You can use these to design greeting cards, website backgrounds, flyers, and more.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Vibes Flyer Template

This Christmas flyer template is perfect for promoting your holiday parties, DJ events, dance events, and more. The PSD format templates can be easily customized to change colors and rearrange elements as well.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

100 Christmas Doodle Icons

A big pack of 100 doodle style Christmas elements. You can use these to style your websites, design greeting cards, flyers, and do much more. The icons are available in EPS, PNG, AI, and SVG file formats.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Bundle

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This is a massive bundle that includes dozens of Christmas cards, text effects, Christmas photo cards, elements, and holiday flyer templates worth of $78, all in a 500mb pack for just $19.

  • Price: $19

Rustic Christmas Megapack

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With over 125 Christmas elements and 16 background patterns, this pack will provide you with everything you need to craft all sorts of Christmas related designs.

  • Price: $25

Christmas & New Year Flyer Bundle

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This 5-in-1 flyer bundle comes with five beautiful Christmas flyer designs and a new year flyer design, all in 4×6 size.

  • Price: $16

The Christmas Mockup BUNDLE

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A bundle of 7 modern and minimalist Christmas-themed mockups for showcasing your artworks and products. It includes 3 frame mockups for US size frames (8×10″), 2 front view stock photos, and 2 overhead flat lay stock photos.

  • Price: $35

Holiday & Christmas bundle

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Featuring 18 stunning character illustrations, 30 floral elements, 10 festive borders, 26 decorative goodies, and much more, the Holiday & Christmas bundle will definitely bring out the joy in your designs.

  • Price: $25

Christmas Set

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This pack includes plenty of beautiful Christmas icons and elements, which you can use to design all sorts of Christmas themed banners, cards, and more.

  • Price: $8

Christmas Assets & Mockups

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This massive bundle contains 106 Christmas asset photos, 13 greeting card mockups, 10 device and frame mockups, 26 3D rendered text, hero images, and much more.

  • Price: $24

Merry Christmas greetings & doodles

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In addition to 50 adorable doodles, this Christmas pack includes 13 greeting card templates, 3 patterns, and an Advent calendar.

  • Price: $14

Polar Bears, Christmas illustrations

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Polar bears make everything look adorable. This bundle features 8 cute polar bear characters, 12 greeting cards, 3 patterns, 7 labels, and more.

  • Price: $12

Christmas & New Year’s Icons

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This pack comes with 75 Christmas and 55 New Year’s icons, all hand-drawn. Each icon in the bundle is available in 4 different graphic styles.

  • Price: $32

Christmas Illustrations toolkit

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This cute Christmas bundle includes 16 character illustrations featuring a Dog, Santa, Bear, Penguin, and more. It also includes 40 Christmas items, 10 hand-drawn decorative elements, and many others.

  • Price: $9

Hand-drawn Christmas Tree elements

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This hand-drawn pack includes over 30 different Christmas tree elements, shapes, and icons in vector and PNG formats.

  • Price: $6

Christmas Characters Set

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Create your own unique Christmas story with this creative Christmas characters set, which comes with over 30 different elements.

  • Price: $8

Noël Christmas Collection

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Noël Christmas Collection takes an interesting approach to Christmas design. Instead of the predictable Red-colored Christmas designs, this collection adds a whimsical look to all of its 180 items.

  • Price: $25

Christmas Birds & Flowers Vectors

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This set features 58 different Christmas clipart elements including a cardinal bird, a chickadee bird, poinsettias, flowers, leaves, a pine cone, and a whole lot more.

  • Price: $6

Hand Drawn Christmas Quotes in Shapes

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These stylish Christmas quotes will fit in nicely with your Christmas card designs or flyer designs. The pack contains 5 hand-drawn quotes in shapes.

  • Price: $12

Christmas Wreath & Frame Collection

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This pack includes 25 designs of Christmas wreath and frames. Perfect for designing Christmas related invitations, newsletters, cards, and stationery.

  • Price: $12

Watercolor Christmas Clipart

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In this bundle, you’ll get over 100 Christmas elements, 5 Christmas card designs, and 2 seamless patterns, all in one affordable pack.

  • Price: $9

Christmas cards set

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No need to design your own Christmas cards. This pack includes 20 card templates for both Christmas and New Year.

  • Price: $25

Hand Drawn Christmas Badges

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  • Price: Free

White Christmas Badges

13
  • Price: Free

Merry Christmas Poster

2
  • Price: Free

Dark Blue Christmas Background

16
  • Price: Free

Retro Christmas Badges

15
  • Price: Free

Hand Painted Christmas Tree

12
  • Price: Free

Watercolor Christmas Card

11
  • Price: Free

Christmas Card with Red Ribbon

10
  • Price: Free

Retro Christmas Party Label

3
  • Price: Free

Cute Christmas Party Flyer

5
  • Price: Free

Green Christmas Background with Baubles

6
  • Price: Free

Christmas Card in Watercolor Style

7
  • Price: Free

Boxing Day Sales Labels

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  • Price: Free

Striped Christmas Flyer

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  • Price: Free

Christmas Greeting Card with Garlands

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  • Price: Free

Christmas Party Invitation Template

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Christmas party invitation with ribbons, stars and flowers. Two different color variations included – beige and green.

  • Price: $6

Christmas Party Invitation Flyer

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You can use this template for your home party or club party to invite friends, relatives and other people. Easy to edit the text and font.

  • Price: $6

Big Christmas Medallion Collection

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This big collection is all you need to make all of your Christmas and winter holidays stationery. A total of 113 + 2 hand painted watercolor elements, patterns and backgrounds – all in co-ordinating colors and high quality.

  • Price: $25

Christmas Party Flyer

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The PSD file is very well organized in folders and layers. You can modify everything very easyily. Changing the color style, pictures and the typo is no problem. The main folders that will require most customization are highlighted in different colors.

  • Price: $9

Christmas Party Flyer Template

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This Christmas party flyer template is very modern PSD (Photoshop) flyer that will give the perfect promotion for your upcoming event or nightclub party coming up on Holidays of Christmas and New Year. All elements are in separate layers and text is editable.

  • Price: $7

Christmas Design Elements Kit

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Cute doodle Christmas design kit. The elements are very easy to combine and will help you in making your own designs.

  • Price: $18

Seamless Christmas Patterns

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Perfect for making invites, invitation cards, and much more. The pack includes 6 PNG files (1000 x 1000 px) with transparent background so you can easily pick your own color to match with your project. The design is for your personal use or small crafts business.

  • Price: $5

Christmas Holiday Vintage Florals

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Our Christmas Holiday Floral Clipart set includes 40 PNG files with transparent backgrounds, 40 JPG files with white backgrounds and 1 Adobe Illustrator vector file containing all 40 images in vector format. The PNGs and JPGs are 300DPI and approximately 10 inches at their widest point.

  • Price: $6

Christmas Invitations

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This collection is perfect for printed paper products, handmade craft items and web design. You can use these invites for a number of purposes and occasions on Christmas.

  • Price: $6

Watercolour Christmas Set

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A beautiful set of Christmas Holiday watercolor designs, background and patterns to decorate your holiday projects! Use them in personal craft or in small business as a part of your own creative composition. Product contains ZIP folder with high quality PNG and JPEG clip art pictures.

  • Price: $6

Retro Christmas Illustrations

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Authentic, 1940s and 1950s Christmas illustrations scanned in high resolution. Carefully checked for copyright, thoroughly restored and ready for you to use for all kinds of personal and commercial design projects.

  • Price: $28

Christmas-Holiday Photo Overlays

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Christmas and holiday overlays with hand drawn and textured greetings and distressed textures.

  • Price: $10

Christmas Seamless Patterns

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18 Christmas digital papers in red and white colors. Each pattern is seamless and can be tiled seamlessly in any directions. JPG files at high resolution with 300 DPI. Vector files can be resized without losing quality and can be recolored easily.

  • Price: $7

Christmas Eve Digital Papers

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Twelve beautifully designed digital papers, saved as 300 DPI, 12 x 12 inches JPEG. You can use these backgrounds for your next Christmas based design projects.

  • Price: $8

Christmas Watercolors Based Elements

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50 elements (JPG on white background, 300 dpi). 20 different individual branches (12 branches of pine, 2 holly, mistletoe bush 1, 2 bumps, 3 branches with red berries + some red berries). 2 glasses of mulled wine (+ 2 empty glass glasses). Spicy ingredients for mulled wine (2 apples, ginger, cloves, anise, 3 orange slices50, vanilla, cinnamon). Sweets (biscuits in the shape of stars, cookies with chocolate, marshmallows, candy stick, cookies).

  • Price: $20

Christmas Vector Elements

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This pack is filled with icons, labels and many design elements based on Christmas format. All elements are organized by layers. It’s easy to hide or move any element.

  • Price: $6

Christmas Wreaths Clipart

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Hand painted wreaths and other floral elements are the perfect illustration for your Christmas cards, Christmas tags and other your Holiday ideas.

  • Price: $10

Christmas Lights Decorations Set

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Set of 11 vector brushes festive strands of Christmas lights makes it quick and easy to customize your holiday projects. These can be used on illustrations, cards and almost any similar design formats.

  • Price: $8

Licorice Christmas Watercolor Kit

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This set includes 37 high-quality elements, that will be very helpful in creating gift cards, apparel prints, posters, presentations and so much more.

  • Price: $19

Christmas Flyers Bundle

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These beautiful Christmas flyer templates are very easy to customise. All of the elements are isolated on different layers and the text is fully editable for each flyer and facebook cover. So you can use the fonts we suggest or use your own if you wish.

  • Price: $9

Christmas Patterns Pack

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Perfect for making invites, invitation cards, Seasons greetings cards, Christmas cards, party decorations, party favor tags, label stickers, scrapbooking, stationary, gift wrap, packaging, t-shirt, baby clothes, buttons, pendants, holiday gifts, print on fabrics and so much more.

  • Price: $5

Christmas Hand-Crafted Illustrations Bundle

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You can incorporate these Christmas illustrations into your creations. Included illustrations can be used in and out of the Christmas season, making this set an all-year-round resource.

  • Price: $25

Christmas Clipart

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This Christmas clipart pack contains 44 separate seamless elements that you can use in your Christmas related designs. All elements come in vector format with 300 DPI.

Price: $8

Christmas Icons and Elements Set

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This set of images can be used for printed paper products, web design, digital or paper scrapbooking, stickers, magnets, or invitations.

  • Price: $8

Christmas Trees Illustrations

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A collection of mod Christmas trees and snowflakes in red, green, pink, silver, and gold. Pack contains an EPS file and also JPGS and PNG files of each tree.

  • Price: $8

Christmas Posters

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  • Price: $7

Christmas Paintings Pack

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You will get tons of watercolor paintings and ready print greeting card designs with this pack. All of them specially painted and scanned in high resolution. And also specially cleaned backgrounds with tablet on Photoshop. You can use with any colored grounds.

  • Price: $17

Christmas Greeting and Sticker Illustrations

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A Christmas collection of graphic elements. Perfect to create greeting cards, invitation, stickers or other Christmas designs.

  • Price: $9

Christmas Cats

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Christmas cats for your holiday designs, greeting cards, invitations, web graphics, scrap booking, posters, blogs and banners.

  • Price: $7

Christmas Border Designs

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Hand drawn Christmas doodle seamless borders for decorative design, cards, winter backgrounds, gift tags and labels.

  • Price: $5

Christmas Party Flyers

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A Christmas and Winter Party flyer template, with 2 Photoshop layered files. It’s fully editable, and CMYK print ready.

  • Price: $6

Christmas Baubles

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This set comes with 18 hand drawn Christmas decorative graphic elements. You can use these graphics to create your vintage Christmas cards, invitations, gift tags, gift wraps, cupcake toppers, web graphics, scrap booking and a lot more.

  • Price: $8

Watercolor Christmas Collection

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Set of watercolor posters on Christmas theme. Watercolor elements different kinds of drawing. On crumpled paper, chalkboard and on kraft. All ilustrations are in vivid and very colorful. Font is located on a separate layer.

  • Price: $24

Christmas Lights

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Christmas lights on dark background. Pack contains vector set with Ai and PSD format.

  • Price: $5

Christmas Graphics Set

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Christmas Collection with cute characters and graphic elements. Perfect for create greeting card, invitation, stickers or other your Christmas design. All elements on a white and black background.

  • Price: $8

Christmas Patterns Pack

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Christmas Kraft Paper in red, green and white holiday designs on kraft paper, Christmas digital background paper with ornaments, reindeer, plaid, snow, snowflakes,Christmas tree and more. This paper has a kraft paper background texture to look like traditional kraft paper.

  • Price: $6

Beautiful Christmas Background

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Christmas decorations: fur-tree branches, colorful glass balls, a candle, red glittering snowflakes, cinnamon sticks and anise stars on a rough wooden background with a copy space.

  • Price: $9

Christmas Cards Bundle

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This pack contains Christmas lettering and Christmas cards with horizontal, vertical and square sizes. You can print this cards or use the web version.

  • Price: $8

Christmas Bundle

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Large collection of Christmas cards, invitations, ornaments, design elements and tags. Since they’re all in vector format you get lots of ornaments, backgrounds, textures etc. that you can play around with to make your own creations.

  • Price: $14

Hand-drawn Christmas Elements Collection

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Are you ready for Christmas? This package, with a brand new hand-drawn elements, contains everything you need for Christmas design. You can create greeting cards, invitations, party design, decorate blog, and do anything with these elements.

  • Price: $14

Holiday Christmas Design Bundle

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This grand Christmas design pack contains over hundreds of beautifully designed vectors, flyer designs and over 36 Christmas card designs.

  • Price: $10

Christmas Ornaments Clipart Pack

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Watercolor Christmas clipart set is a beautiful digital set of 22 watercolor styled Christmas elements, snowflakes, deers, balls, wreaths, twigs and dividers. Perfect for winter holiday invitations, cards, baby and bridal shower invitations, any other winter invitation design, scrapbooking, cardmaking, announcement cards, blogs, logos and photo overlays.

  • Price: $6

Decorating for the holidays can include more than putting up a tree and adding tinsel. Decorating can extend to the digital space as well with great Christmas desktop backgrounds and wallpapers.

We’ve collected dozens of great Christmas desktop backgrounds, so you can change your screen every day during the holiday season if you like. While many of these desktop backgrounds and wallpapers are free, others can be found using stock image services or graphic design asset tools or marketplaces. Happy holidays!

Pine & Berries

A beautiful desktop depiction of pine, berries, and mistletoe that still leaves plenty of room for icons on your computer!

Red Christmas

A bold, red Christmas wallpaper that really puts you in the festive mood.

Minimal Christmas Decorations

A beautiful collage of Christmas decorations with a plain background. Stylish and minimal!

Christmas Tree Close-Up Wallpaper

Forget the traditional Christmas tree form, this is a close-up texture-style wallpaper of a holiday classic.

Bringing the Christmas Tree Home

A beautiful tilt-shift image that shows off a Christmas tree on top of a camper van. At a novel scale!

Christmas Garland Desktop

A string of holiday decorations set against a red background.

Star Pattern + Blank Space

A red string and a collection of star decorations, set against a plain dark background.

Single Christmas Ornament

Just a single Christmas ornament, with a stylish depth of field. Wallpaper simplicity!

Snowflake Macro

A super-close-up of one of the most beautiful things in nature —  a snowflake. Perfect for your desktop wallpaper.

Mini Christmas Scene

A beautiful little Christmas scene for your desktop wallpaper, with a few Christmas trees and a festive church!

Minimal Snowy Tree

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A simple snowy tree – even undecorated – can get you in the holiday spirit. This Christmas desktop background is simple and leaves plenty of room for you to actually see desktop icons.

Santa Flying

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The artistic style of this Santa flying through the sky with his reindeer is a grown-up interpretation of the childhood scene. The dark style is beautiful and not too busy for a desktop wallpaper.

Christmas Tree

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If asymmetrical balance is your style, this Christmas tree wallpaper features a fun style with lights on a dark background.

Blue Christmas

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Not every Christmas decoration has to be red and green. This simple blue holiday ornament emanates holiday sparkle.

Gift Delivery

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Gift Delivery is a fun representation of how much time it seems to take for the holiday season to arrive. The desktop wallpaper is sure to be a conversation starts if anyone glimpses your screen.

Christmas Letters

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This Christmas desktop background should appeal to all the wordsmiths out there.

Snowman Wallpaper

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Not every Christmas desktop background has to be just for the holiday, a fun winter scene – such as this lifelike snowman – can be equally nice.

Christmas Garland

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Simple garland on a wood background is eye-appealing and features just a hint of the holiday season for your desktop wallpaper.

Snowman

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This cool snowman desktop wallpaper features a fun design with plenty of space around it. Great for people that prefer a background without too much going on.

Christmas Volcano

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An explosion of gifts is every child’s dream. This representation shows exactly that.

Happy Holidays Sign

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The texture of this Christmas wall paper is nice and provides plenty of room for visible icons on the screen. It has a bit of a trendy and retro vibe.

Christmas Lights

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Move a design trend to a holiday trend. This gradient Christmas desktop wallpaper includes fun color, holiday snowflakes and a cheerful design.

Holiday Glitter

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A characteristic of the season is certainly sparkle. This glitter desktop background fits the bill.

Happy New Year

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Here’s a little holiday greeting for the devs. Happy New Year is a fun desktop wallpaper to end the holiday season.

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s the time of the year to create a beautiful greeting card design for friends and family. We’ve collected the perfect Christmas card templates to help you create a stunning Christmas card design in Photoshop.

Most people usually just tag everyone on a Facebook post to wish them a Happy Christmas. But nothing beats a good old-fashioned Christmas card you can post to everyone to show how much you care (and appreciate the important people in your life). A thoughtful greeting card says a lot about a person!

There’s no need to buy Christmas cards in bulk. You can actually make your own using a simple Christmas card template. We’ve collected a bunch of amazing Christmas card templates you can easily download and customize with Photoshop to personalize the design as your own!

Cute Christmas Card Templates Set

Cute Christmas Card Templates Set

These cute and adorable Christmas cards will definitely help you create an amazing card that stands out from the crowd. The creative designs in these templates are not only colorful and beautiful but also help put a smile on your face. The bundle includes 4 different designs and comes in print-ready Photoshop and Illustrator formats.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Photo Cards Templates

Christmas Photo Cards Templates

Create a more personalized Christmas card using these photo card templates. This bundle comes with 2 different Christmas card designs. You can easily add a photo of your family into the design using Photoshop smart objects and print it out in landscape or portrait layout. As a bonus, there’s also an Instagram post template as well.

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Modern Christmas Card Template

Modern Christmas Card Template

This Christmas card template features a bold and an elegant design that will surely attract anyone’s attention. It comes with a dark color theme featuring lots of Christmas-themed ornaments. You can edit the template using Photoshop and print in A4 or A5 sizes.

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Colorful Christmas Card Template

Colorful Christmas Card Template

This Christmas card is appropriate for all audiences. Which means you can send it to everyone in your family and friends. It features smart objects to let you easily customize the design, text, and colors however you like.

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Minimal Christmas Card Template

Minimal Christmas Card Template

A quite an original Christmas card template that features a minimalist and a dark color theme. The minimalism certainly adds a more elegant look to this card design, making it best for sending to your co-workers, employees, and even to your boss.

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Red Christmas Card Template

Red Christmas Card Template

This template is also available in A4 and A5 sizes. The bright red and colorful design makes it certainly more attractive than most other cards. It can be easily customized with Photoshop as well.

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White Christmas Card Template

White Christmas Card Template

If you’re preparing to celebrate a white Christmas, this template will be perfect to spread the same feeling and the season of joy with your friends and family. It comes to you as an editable PSD file.

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Fun Christmas Card Template

Fun Christmas Card Template

This unique Christmas card template features an attractive design that makes it almost look and feel like a design out of a Christmas sweater. It’s available as a fully layered PSD file featuring smart objects.

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Reindeer Christmas Card Template

Raindeer Christmas Card Template

This Christmas card template will definitely grab the attention of the younger audience. The adorable reindeers on the front give it a fun and entertaining look to the card design.

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Simple Christmas Card Templates

Simple Christmas Card Templates

A set of minimal and simple Christmas card templates featuring different styles of designs. The templates are available in 4 x 6 size and in both Photoshop and Illustrator formats. You’ll be able to customize the design, colors, and shapes to your preference.

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Elegant Christmas Card Template

Elegant Christmas Card Template

An elegant and a beautiful Christmas card template that will make your card stand out from all the other cards out there. This template is perfect for sending season greetings to all kinds of audiences while also showing off class.

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Unique Christmas Card Template

Unique Christmas Card Template

Another minimalist and creative Christmas card template that features stylish cutout design. All of the objects, shapes, and colors in the design are fully customizable with Photoshop.

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Christmas Cards Templates Collection

Christmas Cards Templates Collection

This pack comes with 3 different card designs featuring unique illustrations, shapes, and colors. The template can be customized with either Photoshop or Illustrator and it’s available in A5 size.

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Editable Christmas Card Template

Editable Christmas Card Template

An elegant Christmas card template that features a minimal design with a creative letterpress-style illustration. The template features smart objects and available as a fully-layered PSD file.

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Pixelated Christmas Card Template

Pixelated Christmas Card Template

This card design comes with a modern layout featuring a creative and pixelated background. The template is easily customizable with Photoshop and it’s available in A5 and A4 sizes.

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Creative Christmas Card Template

Creative Christmas Card Template

This creative and colorful Christmas card template comes with lots of Christmas-themed objects and ornaments all over its design. The template is fully customizable with Photoshop and includes free fonts.

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Clean Christmas Card Template

Clean Christmas Card Template

A clean and a unique Christmas card template that features an unordinary design. This template is also fully editable and comes with smart objects, free fonts, and multiple sizes.

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Christmas & Happy New Year Card Template

Christmas & Happy New Year Card Template

Get two birds with one stone by using this Christmas card template. This card will allow you to send greetings to both Christmas and the new year at the same time with one card. That’s smart thinking.

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Joyful Christmas Card Template

Joyful Christmas Card Template

Another colorful Christmas card template featuring seasonal designs, colors, and patterns. The template is easily customizable with Photoshop and its available in A4 and A5 sizes.

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Kids Christmas Card Template

Kids Christmas Card Template

This fun and attractive Christmas card template is perfect for making cards for children. The design is simple and fun enough to attract a kid’s attention. You can edit it with Photoshop.

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4 Vintage Christmas Cards Templates

4 Vintage Christmas Cards Templates

If you’re a fan of vintage designs, you can use these unique templates to create a vintage-themed Christmas card that stands out from the crowd. The bundle includes 4 different templates in editable PSD files.

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10 Christmas Cards & Backgrounds Set

10 Christmas Cards & Backgrounds Set

This is a collection of Christmas-themed designs that can be used as both Christmas-cards or backgrounds for your various other designs. It includes 10 different customizable PSD templates featuring modern designs.

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The countdown is on. There are just weeks, days even, remaining until the holiday. We all know that designers can be tough to shop for, so our gift list should be a life-saver!

We’ve collected a list of super cool gift ideas for designers, to help you be the perfect secret (or not-so-secret) Santa this holiday season. We’ve got you covered with everything from 3D printing pens to metallic artwork!

New iPad Pro

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We couldn’t compile a gift guide without something new from Apple. The newest iPad Pro is this season’s most-wanted item. It’s got all the power of a computer, works with the Apple Pencil for easy drawing, features an add-on, full-size keyboard. Plus, this iPad will even run Photoshop. It’s the perfect tool for working on the go, playing or both.

Timbuk2 Laptop Bag

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The Timbuk2 backpack is better than any laptop case and is commuter-friendly. This bag looks great and has pockets for everything from a computer to pens and chargers. The sleek design is appropriate for men or women, too.

Mark One Pen

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Mark One is a minimal, seamless pen that looks as good as it feels. It’s custom machined, all-metal, retractable pen with a ceramic-based exterior coating for long lasting durability. These pens are designed to last forever and it will likely be the favorite of whoever gets it.

Lap Desk

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The Lap Desk is a lightweight all-in-one solution to using your laptop on the couch or in bed. It features a large area to hold a computer (15 inches), built-in mousepad and place for your phone.

Panobook Notebook

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Panobook is a panoramic notebook that’s made to lay flat on a desktop for easy use with a beautiful cover and materials, so you’ll want to keep those sketches even after the notebook is full. The pages feature dot grid markers to make it easy to draw, sketch UI designs and outline artwork.

LED Word Clock

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The LED Word Clock displays time as text on a black and white, minimal-style display. It comes in several sizes – for a desk or wall – and can be a real conversation piece for a home office or other workspace.

Pantone Solid Guide Set

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Every designer loves a Pantone Guide. The Solid Guide Set includes all five spot color guides: Formula Guide Coated & Uncoated, Pastels & Neons, Metallics, and Premium Metallics. It includes all 2,678 colors in the Pantone Matching System to provide designers with the greatest array of Pantone’s spot colors.

Displate Metal Poster

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Take your poster game to the next level with Displate magnet-mounted metal prints. These posters are way nicer than paper prints and serve as a true talking point in a room. Each print – and there are so many to choose from – features a matte finish on a metal backing using a giclée print process. They even come gift packed to make the holidays that much easier.

“Lettering and Modern Calligraphy”

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Hand lettering is a trend and useful design technique. This book provides tools and techniques for beginners to start drawing letters by hand – it’s a lot like sketching. (Pair it with a nice notebook and pens for a gift that almost any designer will love.)

Chalkboard Mug

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Forget trying to find a coffee mug with the perfect saying on it – let your favorite designers write their own on this chalkboard mug. The microwave safe item allows you to use standard chalk to pen a doodle or message and then erase it and try again later.

Micro Sleeve Slim Wallet

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The Bellroy Micro Sleeve is a slim, leather wallet that fits a few credit cards and bills. It’s so small that you won’t worry about carrying too much junk, but just the right size for essentials in a sleek design.

Gather Desk Organizer

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The Gather desk organizer in a minimal, modular organizer. You can adapt it to your workspace by moving elements on the organizer within the sliding grid tray. The design is sleek as well – something designers will love – and it will look great in any workspace. You can also add extra pieces such as a coaster, sticky notes holder, headphone stand and more.

CMYK Socks

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Sometimes a total geek-out gift can show how much you care. These CMYK socks are just that gift. The artwork is simple, and designers will know this comes from the heart.

3D Doodler

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The 3D Doodler is a pen that allows you to draw real objects. Draw shapes, lines and anything else imaginable for a sketch that comes to life. It works using click-to-extrude heated plastic which hardens rapidly, allowing you to draw in 3D, freehand or using stencils. Make art, fix things, design wearable items, build models and decorate a space. Plus, it brings out your inner child in a hurry.

Wake-Up Alarm Clock

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If getting up in the morning is an issue, this clock gradually adds natural light to the room. The lamp and alarm can make it easier to get moving … and keeps you from waking in the dark.

Wireframe Card Deck

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Here’s a card deck that’s fun and practical. The Wireframe Deck includes 80 cards with common website and UI elements to help you arrange and build projects on the tabletop before starting with a computer. It’s a great brainstorming and visualization tool.

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Are you looking for a subtle black and white background texture to make your designs stand out from the crowd? In this collection, we’re featuring some of the most beautiful, simple, and modern black and white background textures you can use for your design projects.

A black and white texture is the ideal choice for crafting a background to better highlight the content of your design. Whether its a website, a presentation slideshow, a poster, a book cover, or a social media post, a B&W background will help emphasize the text and the content of your design above all else.

Melt – 76 Abstract Black and White Backgrounds

Melt - Abstract Black and White Backgrounds

Melt is a big bundle of black and white backgrounds that feature modern and smooth designs. The pack includes 6 unique background designs and they are available in 19 different color variations. You’ll be able to use these backgrounds on many different occasions.

10 Black & White Marble Backgrounds

10 Black & White Marble Backgrounds

The beautiful marble effect in this backgrounds pack is truly amazing. It’s perfect for creating a background for a landing page, website, or a social media profile. The bundle includes 10 unique backgrounds featuring different designs.

Black and White Space Polygon Backgrounds

Black and White Space Polygon Backgrounds

This is a pack of black and white backgrounds featuring space-themed designs. It includes 12 different backgrounds in 5120 x 2880 resolution. You can use them to design backgrounds for websites, apps, greeting cards, and more.

Lines – Abstract Stripes Black & White Backgrounds

Lines - Abstract Stripes Black & White Backgrounds

This bundle of backgrounds features a stylish black and white striped design which are ideal for crafting greeting cards, invitations, packaging, and more. The pack includes 39 different backgrounds in 4500 x 3000 resolution.

10 Black and White Polygon Backgrounds

10 Black and White Polygon Backgrounds

Another pack of stylish black and white backgrounds with polygonal designs. It includes 10 different background designs in 5000 x 3333 resolution. You can use them to craft backgrounds for product landing pages, websites, presentations, and posters.

Subtle Black Layered Backgrounds

Subtle Black Layered Backgrounds

A dark yet a subtle backgrounds pack that’s most suitable for designing websites and apps, especially with a focus on highlighting its content. The bundle includes 10 backgrounds with different textures.

Diagonal – 24 Rounded Lines Subtle Backgrounds

Diagonal - 24 Rounded Lines Subtle Backgrounds

This bundle of backgrounds includes 24 different stylish designs that feature rounded lines. The backgrounds are available in 12 different color variations, including black and white and in 4500 x 3000 resolution.

Abstract Black & White Particles Backgrounds

Abstract White Particles Backgrounds

The subtle backgrounds in this bundle feature creative black and white particle design. It comes with 11 different backgrounds in 6K resolutions. You can use them to create stylish website and app backgrounds as well as for presentations and promotions.

Dark Stone Wall Texture Backgrounds

Dark stone is a collection of textures that feature designs based on real photos of stone walls. It features 27 unique stone wall texture backgrounds in 3000 x 3000-pixel resolution and includes 1 additional texture of dry leaves. The stone wall texture of these backgrounds will give a bold look to your designs.

Waves Subtle Textures Backgrounds

Waves is a beautifully minimalist textured backgrounds collections that feature subtle wavy lines in a clean background design. The pack includes 10 different backgrounds in 3000 x 2000 resolution, which makes them perfect for your website backgrounds, app designs, logotype presentations, and much more.

Chalk Texture Backgrounds

This is a pack of 12 unique black and white backgrounds that features chalk-like textures in different designs and styles. You can use them in your print designs, presentation slideshows, website header designs, and more.

Grit Texture Backgrounds

Grit is a background textures collection that emphasizes the white color of the design. The bundle features 10 different textures with unique, rough, and attractive designs. These backgrounds are perfect for crafting quote photos for social media posts as well as backgrounds for website headers and apps.

Leather Texture Backgrounds

A collection of highly minimalist backgrounds that includes textures based on leather material. The subtle design of these backgrounds and the level of minimalism is beyond any other B&W background you’ll ever see. This seems like the ideal background pack for designs related to a luxury fashion brand or a high-end product website.

White Lava – Background Textures

White Lava background textures pack comes with 15 different designs that feature subtle textures as well as a lot of white space. These backgrounds will be perfect for making a header image for a minimalist website design.

Grunge Wall Texture Backgrounds

Even though our collection is supposed to be all black and white backgrounds, we couldn’t resist including this one on the list. This pack includes 10 amazing wall texture backgrounds in 3000 x 2000 resolution and featuring a delightful mix of color and depth unlike any other.

Stripe Textures Backgrounds

Use this pack of texture backgrounds to add a subtle stripe based header image to your website, app, or make an attractive cover for your social media profiles. This bundle includes 7 unique stripe background textures, in both light and dark versions. And it also comes with an additional pattern file featuring 14 pattern designs.

Geometric Textured Backgrounds

A bundle of textured backgrounds featuring subtle geometric patterns. This pack comes with 10 unique texture backgrounds and you’ll be able to choose them from 6 different color variations. These backgrounds are especially suitable for web-based designs.

Black Dark Watercolor Texture

This pack of background textures features a set of watercolor-based designs. It includes 24 unique backgrounds for using with your website and print projects. It also comes with an additional Photoshop pattern file for easily creating your own unique backgrounds.

Inverted Black Ink Backgrounds 5

A collection of dark backgrounds featuring a subtle handmade ink design. The pack comes with 15 unique backgrounds in 6000 x 4000 resolution. These are ideal for designing a background for a website design, social media covers, print design, and many others.

Vintage Book Textures

This bundle includes unique textures with patterns that you usually see on vintage books. It features 8 unique vintage-style textures, which you can use to craft your own black or white backgrounds for your website, app, and print designs.

15 Dust and Hair Particles Backgrounds

Dust and particle effects are a common texture you usually see in many modern graphic designs, especially combined with vibrant colors. However, it also looks great in black and white as well. This bundle proves that with its 15 brilliant backgrounds which have been made with “optically captured dust particles”.

20 Wood Textures

This bundle comes with 20 unique background textures that feature wood-based curvy designs. If you’re working on a children book cover, a kids-themed website, or any other quirky design, these textures will help you craft a unique background for your project.

30 Dust Particles Backgrounds

Another bundle of dust particles backgrounds featuring 30 different textures and backgrounds in many different colors, including dark and black backgrounds. These backgrounds will work well with both print and web-based designs.

Inverted Black Ink Backgrounds 6

This pack of black ink-based backgrounds features a collection of hand-made textures that are perfect for designing banners, posters, website headers, social media posts, and more. It includes 15 unique backgrounds in 6000 x 4000 resolution.

WEB Delightfully Subtle Texture Pack

A collection of 30 unique texture backgrounds design specifically for web-based design projects. It features subtle textures featuring a design based on lightly distressed papers with different styles and hues. It also comes with layered PSD files for easy editing and customizing the textures as you like.

Black Dark Texture

A bundle of 12 dark background textures for using with your luxury design projects and many other print designs, including business cards, book covers, phone covers, and more. This pack also includes a Photoshop pattern file as well.

Realistic Textile Backgrounds 6

This is a bundle of unique background textures featuring designs and patterns based on clothing. It comes with 25 different textures in 3000 x 2000 resolution and they are perfect for crafting a background for all designs related to fashion and clothing brands as well as many others.

Silver Texture & Patterns

A pack of background textures featuring a subtle pattern. The backgrounds in this pack feature a dark design with a touch of silver color, which adds a certain originality to all backgrounds in this bundle. It includes 12 backgrounds and 1 pattern file.

Painted Backgrounds

This is a collection of unique background textures that features artistic patterns of painted styles. It includes 12 background textures in 3000 x 2000 resolution. These backgrounds will certainly give your designs a stylishly artistic look.

Network Turbulence Backgrounds

This unique bundle of backgrounds features an unusual pattern that’s been computer generated to fit many modern websites, apps, and other digital designs. It includes 10 different background textures in 5000 x 3333 resolution.

Black Ink Backgrounds Vol.4

A natural handmade ink-based background textures collection that you can use to craft many different types of backgrounds, social media posts, posters, book covers, greeting cards, and much more. The bundle includes 10 backgrounds in 6000 x 4000 resolution.

Hand Crafted Textures and Patterns

Another big bundle of subtly textured backgrounds. This pack comes with 26 hand-painted foam textures that highlight the white color. It also includes 12 seamless patterns and Adobe Illustrator files for customizing the backgrounds to your preference.

Glassy Atom Array Backgrounds

If you’re working on a background for an app landing page or a technology website, this bundle of backgrounds will come in handy. It includes 10 unique abstract backgrounds featuring a futuristic Atom-based design in 5000 x 3333 resolution.

Users are spending a lot of time interacting with websites on mobile devices, rather than desktops. And that number seems to be growing daily. According to eMarketer, adults in the U.S. spend an average of 3 hours and 35 minutes on their phones, and the amount of time engaging on these devices is expected to pass TV viewing next year.

That has significant implications for all web designers and developers. You must be creating effective responsive websites or apps to meet this need. Today, we’re exploring eight rules to make sure you follow whenever you’re designing a responsive experience (whether for a website or an app).

1. Declutter the Design

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The best thing you can do to make the most of a responsive website or app design is to declutter it. Don’t pack the design full of too many options or buttons. All of this only overwhelms users. There are a couple of ways to do this effectively:

  • Streamline the content: Pay close attention to what the user needs to know to interact with the website or app. Present this information in a logical manner using a series of screens or steps. Jumbling everything on the screen at once is overwhelming on small screens.
  • Only use interface elements that are essential to the function of the design. Why include buttons for options that users aren’t interacting with? (If you aren’t sure, look at analytics data. You should be able to see a pattern of interaction and user flow from certain actions.)

2. Make Tasks Digestible

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When the form looks easy, people are more willing to provide information

One of the most common tasks for users is to complete a form. So we’ll use that as the example here for thinking about how to make actions digestible. Imagine a checkout screen after you’ve put something in your cart online. What happens then?

Is there a long screen with tons of fields to fill out (some of them very small)? Or does the interaction start with a simple ask that you can complete on one screen?

My guess is that you are more likely to fill out the latter form. And so are most users. When the form looks easy, people are more willing to provide information and click through to the checkout (or other desired action).

One more tip when it comes to data and forms – use smart features when you can. Functionality such as autocomplete will make a user more likely to actually convert that form all the way to completion because it is easy. The fewer things a user has to actually type (or tap to type), the more likely they are to keep going.

Another example is clear in the example of Evernote, above. One of the main tasks is to add a new note. The green + button is highly visible at the bottom center of the screen, making this action easy to find and complete.

3. Create Buttons That Are Obvious and Easy

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Stick to common usage patterns and functionality.

Sometimes there’s this tendency for designers to want to create something new and exciting and overthink the obvious: buttons should look like buttons.

Don’t try to reinvent the wheel here. Don’t get fancy and design a new way to complete actions. Design buttons that look and act like buttons. Stick to common usage patterns and functionality.

If users have to think too hard – or at all – about how to engage with the responsive website or app design, the likely scenario is that they don’t engage at all and move on to another option.

4. Match the Keyboard to the Data

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When it comes to responsive websites or apps, there are plenty of small engagements that have a big impact. Using the keyboard properly might be one of your biggest assets.

Make sure to consistently match the keyboard type – alpha or numeric – to the type of query. If you are asking for certain information, such as an email address, include the @ key. These little details delight users and make your website or app easy to use. And it only takes a little extra effort on your part.

Need more information on how to do it?

5. Use Simple Language

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Provide simple, clear and direct instructions.

The words you use can dramatically impact the usability of a responsive website or app as well. An effective design includes language that’s easy to read and understand, both visually and cognitively.

Don’t try to get too cute with language or elements that users need to understand. Provide simple, clear and direct instructions. Avoid jargon or unclear language. Then take it a step further. Use clean, clear typography to help provide further emphasis and understanding with text elements.

Understanding and readability have two parts – cognitive understanding (a user knows exactly what the words mean or what action is implied) and visually (every word is clear and easy to read on the screen).

This means you need to write in a way that’s understandable, pick out a font that’s readable and provide plenty of visual contrast between the background and text so that it all comes together in a way that’s easy for users to understand.

6. Be Mindful of Errors

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“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” – Murphy’s Law

Things are going to go wrong. It’s no big deal if you are ready for it.

Users will tap an odd combination of elements, or copy a strange URL, or lose their internet connection, or do something else you just don’t expect. Provide as much information as possible when things do go wrong so that users can get back on track with ease.

When designing error messages, try to explain what went wrong and why – such as “no internet connection” – and how the issue can be resolved. Both pieces of information can be conveyed on a single screen with a link to the fix (when appropriate). Smashing Magazine has a nice long read on how to design error states for mobile here.

7. Be Wary of Video – For Now

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While we love to use video on responsive websites, it’s still not always the best option for mobile. (Many devices are still spotty when it comes to playing video in this way. And even if the device can handle it, the internet connection might not be ready for the load.)

That’s not to say you have to avoid video altogether, but make sure to account for this content type and provide an alternative for mobile users. It will make for a better overall experience. The simple solution is to always have a still image that works in place of the video for mobile, only playing the video if specifically requested by the user.

8. Use a Consistent Design

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Finally, the best thing you can do when it comes to creating an effective responsive website or app is to develop a consistent design that looks and works in the same manner across devices. The only real difference in the design should be device-specific functionality or user patterns.

Visually, this means you should use the same fonts and color palette, imagery and calls to action. Most of this might seem like common sense, but the fact that it has to be said means that too many websites and apps aren’t honoring this design principle.

The goal is that any user can use your website or app on one device and move to another without really noticing that things are different. The same is true if you have both a responsive website and app. Note the similarities from the ESPN homepage (left) and app home (right), above.

The bottom line? There’s a strong possibility that the majority of what you are designing is made for mobile. That’s not going to change any time soon.

When it comes to creating images for the web and other digital purposes, what file formats will give you the best result? You have to think about speed versus image quality and scale. So what should you use: SVG vs PNG vs JPG?

There was a time when you just used a JPG sized to fit the space at 72 dpi and moved on. Not anymore. High-resolution screens, multiple viewports and a need to have a snappy website have made it a much more complex process. Let’s dive into the pros and cons of each of these formats!

SVG

SVG looks great at any size and works for pretty much any type of image other than a photo.

SVG, or Scalable Vector Graphics, is incredibly practical. That’s why designers are using it more frequently.

Because SVG is a vector format, they look great at any size and work for pretty much any type of image other than a photo.

SVG is a lossless format – meaning it does not lose any data when compressed – renders an unlimited number of colors and is most commonly used for graphics and logos on the web and for projects that will be viewed on retina or other high-resolution screens.

Pros of SVG

  • Vector format renders well at any size
  • Ability to create simple SVG renders in a code or text editor
  • Design and export complex graphics from Adobe Illustrator or Sketch
  • SVG text is accessible
  • SVGs are easy to style and script
  • SVG formats are supported by modern browsers and are future-proof
  • Format is highly compressible and lightweight
  • Good for search because of text-based format
  • Supports transparency
  • Allows for still or animated images

Cons of SVG

  • Designing SVGs can get complicated
  • Don’t render on some degraded browsers
  • Limited support for email clients

Want to know more? We have two other guides explaining more about SVG: The Practical Beginner’s Guide to SVG and How (& Why) SVG Is Going to Take Over.

PNG

PNG offers something a JPG can’t – transparency.

PNG, or Portable Network Graphics, is a format designed for the web that offers something a JPG can’t – transparency. This alone is why PNG has been so popular for uploading elements such as logos to website designs.

There are two types of PNGs – PNG-8 and PNG-24. PNG-8 uses a more limited color palette with just 256 colors, has somewhat better transparency and exports at a small size. PNG-24 uses an unlimited color palette, maintains transparency but exports at a larger size. Both PNG types have lossless compression.

While PNG formats are similar to GIFs, they do not support animation. This format is most commonly used for icons, small still images or any image that needs transparency.

Pros of PNG

  • Supports transparency
  • Good for images with text in them
  • PNG formats render logos well
  • Includes embedded text description for search engines
  • PNG-8 has small file size and is most lightweight
  • Exports without jagged edges

Cons of PNG

  • File sizes grow quickly for large files such as images
  • Some older email clients have trouble with rendering them
  • No animation
  • PNG-24 files can get large; not as good for web sharing

JPEG

Every time a photo is resaved and exported as a JPG, it will degrade.

JPG, or Joint Photographic Experts Group, or JPEG, is probably the most well-known image format. It’s the default option for most image saving because it is photo-friendly thanks to a practically unlimited color display.

JPG also offers the ability to choose how compressed an image should be from 0 percent (heavy compression) to 100 percent (no compression). Most designers opt for something in the 60 to 70 percent range. Images still look good at this compression level but file sizes are considerably smaller.

JPG uses lossy compression and does not maintain original data during compression. Every time a photo is resaved and exported as a JPG, it will degrade.

The JPG format is most commonly used for images, photography, and anything with a lot of color.

Pros of JPEG

  • Great for high color and photography
  • Easy to reduce file sizes
  • Renders consistently in email clients

Cons of JPEG

  • No transparency
  • Creates jagged edges for text
  • No animation
  • Lossy format
  • No automatic metadata for search, must include alt information

What Format Should You Use?

Now that you know what some of the differences are between SVG vs PNG vs JPG, what should you use?

You can ask yourself a few questions to get at that answer.

Do you need a vector or raster format?
Vector: SVG
Raster: JPG or PNG

Do you need transparency?
Yes: SVG or PNG
No: JPG

Are you using a high color image?
Yes: JPG or PNG
No: SVG

Is it a large photo?
Yes: JPG
No: PNG

Does the image contain text?
Yes: PNG
No: JPG

Is lossless compression important to you?
Yes: SVG or PNG
No: JPG

Do graphics need to be updated and redeployed?
Yes: SVG
No: PNG or JPG

Are you using animation?
Yes: SVG
No: JPG or PNG

Conclusion

All three image formats – SVG, PNG, and JPG – have practical and wide-ranging applications. While SVG is the newest format, and can often be saved to the smallest file size, it’s not always the best option.

Think about how you are using images in your project as you select a file type to find the one that will work best for what you are trying to accomplish. You might even find that projects include images that use all three file types. (It’s actually pretty common!)

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The spookiest day of the year is right around the corner. Take your Halloween pumpkin game up a notch by showing off your graphic design skills with a custom carving, and get inspired with these Halloween pumpkin ideas!

It’s not too late to find the perfect pumpkin at a local patch and spend some quality time (along or with your family) crafting a carving that no one else on your street will have. Not sure where to start? Here’s we’ve collected 20 creative Halloween pumpkin carving ideas, from simple scenes to iconic graphic design elements to a few customized spooks.

1. Show Off Your Skills

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Design a carving that isn’t a traditional Jack-o-Lantern. You can carve almost any scene that strikes your fancy with the right tools.

2. Pantone Pumpkin

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Show off a little design humor with a Pantone-inspired carving that shows your favorite orange hue.

3. Geek Out

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Show your code humor with a clever line that only designers and developers will understand.

4. Group Gourds

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Come up with a creative way to create multiple carvings that connect using several pumpkins together.

5. Carve a Logo

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Show your love for Adobe or WordPress with a logo carving.

6. Dedicate to a Special Character

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Everyone has a favorite letterform or type element — mine is the ampersand — carve it creatively or using your favorite font.

7. Try a Trendy Element

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It seems like sugar skull images are everywhere this season. Go trendy and carve one of your own.

8. Craft a Fictional Character

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From star of horror movies to video game heroes, use your pumpkin carving skills to create a replica of your favorite fictional character.

9. Try Something Unexpected

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Most pumpkin carvings feature designs on a round, head-on canvas. Turn the pumpkin around and cut out parts of it to create new shapes for a different spin on the carving, such as the fish, above.

10. Be Silly

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Try a silly pumpkin carving design instead of creepers. This more family- and kid-friendly option might just be a hit at your house.

11. Take Advantage of Mistakes

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Admit it, there’s been a time or two when you dropped the pumpkin and smashed it a little or when the carving just went a bit awry. Make the most of it with a double-pumpkin design and turn that mishap into a happy accident.

12. Pumpkins Plus Other Elements

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Take your carving to the next level with add-ons. Organic elements are a natural fit, such as the greenery above. But you can also add lights or other materials for a mixed-media Halloween decoration.

13. Tattoo-Style Carving

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One of the more recent trends in pumpkin carving is to create a design with cuts all the way through the flesh of the pumpkin as well as carving partially through the outer shell. (This can allow varying amounts of light to shine through and accommodate more intricate patterns.)

14. Make It Scary

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Get in the holiday spirit with an absolutely scary design, such as the homage to Comic Sans above.

15. Use a Creepy Character

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Or you can highlight the scary season with a character that’s actually creepy, such as a ghoul, goblin or less-than-friendly face.

16. Carve a Cool Pattern

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Rather than focusing on just one side of the pumpkin, develop a pattern or texture that can be incorporated all the way around. (It’s a great chance to use a trendy geometric shape.)

17. Think in Theory

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Go beyond a simple carving with a pumpkin concept that uses a lot of imagination. Note how the example above mimics the golden ratio in the shape of a nautilus.

18. Highlight a Fav Font

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Show off your design skills with a special message featuring your favorite font. Who said a carving has to be a picture? Words are OK, too.

19. Think About Lighting

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If you plan to put a candle your pumpkin make sure the carving is designed to let that light shine through. Create a design that will look great in the dark, even if you can’t see the pumpkin itself.

20. Stick with a Classic

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Just because you can go crazy with pumpkin carving doesn’t mean you have to. Sometimes the best idea is the most simple, classic one. Carve a classic Jack O Lantern with and put a candle inside to light the way for trick or treaters.

How Do You Carve a Custom Pumpkin Design?

Turn your design into a template for a custom Halloween pumpkin graphic design carving. Here’s how you do it:

  • Create the design in Photoshop or Illustrator. Make sure to use plenty of thick lines between cut areas or you might end up with a butchered pumpkin. The easiest designs include full cutouts. The most complicated entail carvings that require more detailed cuts on thin lines or elements.
  • Print the design at a size to match your pumpkin. An outline design is sufficient and easiest to work with.
  • Transfer the design to the pumpkin for carving by covering the back of the paper with graphic or charcoal, taping the paper to the pumpkin and then tracing the design. Other options include adding a sheet of tracing paper between the printed design and pumpkin before tracing or attaching the design to the pumpkin and then “tracing” the design to the orange orb by poking holes in the paper through to the pumpkin as a carving guide.
  • Remove the paper from the pumpkin and then carve it using the outline guide you’ve created. Just make sure to cut the top off and scoop all the seeds out first. It will make for much easier (and cleaner) carving.

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Designing an amazing flyer is an effective way to get everyone excited about a party or an event. You can find a great flyer design to promote your next event from this collection of party and club flyer templates.

You don’t have to be a designer to make a professional looking party flyer (we’ve written about how to design your own flyer before). But for an even quicker solution, these pre-made templates come with attractive designs made by professionals. All you have to do is open the template with Photoshop or Illustrator and edit them.

Whether you’re planning a summer beach party, a birthday party, or a club night, this collection has a template for every fun occasion.

Happy New Year 2019 Party Flyer

Planning a party for the New Year’s Eve? Then grab this easy to use template to make a professional flyer to spread the word about your upcoming event. This template comes in A4 size and lets you easily change its colors and text however you like.

Halloween Event Party Flyer

Halloween Event Flyer

It’s always Halloween when you’re hosting fun events and costume parties. This template comes in 2 color versions for designing flyers for your Halloween parties as well as other fun events. The template can be customized with both Photoshop and Illustrator.

90’s Music DJ Club Party Flyer

90's Music DJ party Flyer

A retro-themed club flyer template that’s ideal for promoting your DJ and music events. It comes in PSD format with smart objects and an easily customizable design.

Christmas Dinner Party Flyer

Christmas Dinner Party Flyer

Whether you’re planning a Christmas party at home, a hotel, or even if you’re a restaurant hosting a special Christmas dinner event, this creative flyer will help you promote the event like a professional.

Blues Night – Club Flyer Template

Blues Night - Club Flyer Template

Use this beautiful and minimalist club flyer template to spread the word about music events and parties. The template comes in A4 size and it can be easily customized using Photoshop and Illustrator.

Halloween Event Party Flyer

Halloween Event Party Flyer

Another cute and creative Halloween party flyer template. This design is ideal for promoting both children’s parties as well as for grown-ups. The template is available in A4 size and in AI and PSD file formats.

Back to 90s Flyer Party Club Flyer

Back to 90s Flyer Party Club Flyer

A minimal club and music event party flyer that comes with a 90s theme. This template comes with a fully editable design with vector elements and organized layers. You can edit the file using Photoshop or Illustrator to add an image as well.

Halloween Party Flyer Template

Halloween Party Flyer Template

This Halloween party flyer comes with a slightly scary looking design. It’s great for promoting parties, events, and gatherings in a fun and original way. The template comes in AI and PSD file formats.

Happy Hour Flyer Template

Happy Hour Flyer Template

Tell everyone at your pub or club about your upcoming happy hour events using this creative template. The template is fully editable and comes with well-organized layers.

Urban Club Flyer Template

Urban Club Flyer Template

This urban flyer template comes with a retro-modern design, making it perfect for promoting your new club openings as well as special events, DJ music parties, and much more. You can also choose from several different color variations of the template as well.

Summer Party Flyer Template

Summer Party Flyer

This modern and beautiful flyer template comes with a design that fits all kinds of summer parties, beach music events, and DJ events. The fresh and nature-inspired design of this party flyer makes it more attractive as well. The template can be easily customized using Photoshop.

Halloween Party Flyer Template

Halloween Party Flyer

Planning a spooky Halloween party for grownups? Then this template will help you design a cool flyer to promote your event. The illustration of the zombie hand grabbing a bottle will surely give your guests an idea of how fun your party is going to be. The template comes in A4 size.

Birthday Party Flyer Template

Summer Party Flyer

This party flyer comes with an adorable design featuring cute illustrations and it’s made specifically for designing party flyers for kids. This flyer template is available in 2 different versions for boy and girl. It’s fully customizable so you can easily edit the names and numbers however you like.

Barbecue Party Flyer Templates

Barbecue Party Flyers

Make your backyard barbecue party official by designing a great party flyer. This template comes with a design that fits barbecues of all sizes. It has plenty of space for detailing your event in style. The template comes in an A4 sized PSD file.

Valentine Party Flyer Template

Valentine Party Flyer

This minimalist party flyer template is perfect for designing a flyer for Valentine’s day party or an event. It features a simple yet an effective design and you can easily edit the PSD file to customize and add content of your own.

Hot Sun Party Flyer Template

Hot Sun Party Flyer

This creative summer party flyer will let you show off the fun side of your party or event. It comes with an attractive design that lets you design a party flyer for all kinds of events. The template is available in both Illustrator and Photoshop formats to let you customize the design to your preference.

Christmas Party Flyer Template

Christmas Party Flyer

If you’re working on a party flyer design for a Christmas party, grab this template to instantly design a fun flyer for the event. You can use it to promote a Christmas party at home or even promote a discount or a sale at a store.

Watercolor Halloween Party Flyer

Watercolor Halloween Party Flyer

This simple and creative Halloween party flyer comes with a unique design featuring realistic watercolor illustrations. The flyer is available in 3 different versions and in fully-layered A4-sized PSD files.

Easter Party Flyer Template

Christmas Party Flyer

Another cute and fun flyer template you can use to design a flyer for an Easter party event. This template also comes in 2 different color variations and features lots of colorful elements to grab the attention of children.

Summer Beach Party Flyer

Summer Beach Party Flyer

This cool and natural party flyer template is perfect for promoting beach parties and summer events. It features an attractive design with a modern touch to show off professionalism. The template comes in both Illustrator and Photoshop file formats as well.

Creative New Year Party Flyer

Creative New Year Party Flyer

Promote your new year parties and events using this creative flyer template. This template is fully customizable and also comes in PSD and AI file formats so you can easily edit the template to change colors and text however you like.

Elegant Christmas Celebration Flyer

Elegant Christmas Celebration Flyer

Another Christmas-themed party flyer to help you promote your events. This template features an elegant design that makes it perfect for promoting your official business and formal parties and events.

Club Event Flyer Template

Club Event Flyer

This flyer template comes with a design made specifically for club parties and music events. It features space for featuring a photo of your featured guests and artists as well as a colorful design to attract attention.

Tango Dance Flyer Template

Tango Dance Flyer

Promote tango dance club events and contests using this elegant flyer template. The template comes in 2 different color variants and in PSD format to let you easily customize it to your preference.

Happy Hour Flyer Template

If you host happy hour social club events, this flyer template will come in handy. It features a creative design with colorful illustrations. You can also use it to promote bars and pubs as well.

Future Club Flyer Template

Future Club Flyer

This is a modern flyer template featuring a futuristic design. It’s perfect to promote new club openings and other special events. The template comes with multiple color versions and you can easily edit it using Photoshop.

Motorcycle Club Event Flyer

Motorcycle Club Event

This minimalist flyer template is made for motorcycle clubs and events. It features a retro-themed design that fits both modern and old-school bikers. The template is easily customizable and you can even change its colors.

Club Dance Party Flyer Template

Club Dance Party Flyer Template

Another club event and party flyer template for promoting dance parties. This template comes with a colorful and an attractive design. You can also include your own model photo for the flyer using Photoshop.

Electro 80’s DJ Party Flyer

Electro 80's DJ Party Flyer

A retro-themed party flyer template you can use to promote your special club events and DJ parties. This template comes in a 4 x 6-inch PSD file and it’s easily customizable as well.

Cocktail Party Flyer Template

Cocktail Party Flyer

Planning a fun cocktail party? Then use this template to get everyone’s attention. The template comes with a creative and a fun design. It’s also available in 2 different color variants.

Pool Party Poster & Flyer Template

Pool Party Poster

This template is designed specifically for making flyers for pool parties. It will come in handy for hotels and restaurants that host pool parties for guests. The template comes in both A3 and A4 sizes and it can be easily customized using Illustrator.

Happy Hour Typography Flyer

Happy Hour Typography Flyer

This is a unique flyer template that comes with a creative typographic design depicting a beer glass. It’s designed for promoting happy hour events at clubs and pubs. This template also comes in a fully layered PSD file.

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Minimalist design is simple. But it is not boring. Just because a minimal style design often lacks some of the embellishments or color palettes or crazy typefaces in other projects, doesn’t mean it isn’t great to look at. In fact, designs featuring minimalism can be some of the most beautiful and usable websites around.

And even though minimalism is a design style of itself, what types of elements show up in these projects and how they are used tend to change over time. You might call them minimalism trends. Here’s a look at 10 tips for creating a modern minimalist graphic design with examples.

1. Keep It Simple

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The key to a minimalist graphic design is simplicity.

But that doesn’t always mean it is easy to design. Sometimes the simplest visual and functional designs are actually quite complicated to develop. (It can take a lot of work to look so easy.)

To help streamline elements and keep the design simple, start with a font and color palette that’s rather limited. Consider a key element that will serve as the visual in the minimalist graphic design and focus on how to get users to look at that.

Create messaging that matches the visual theme, and you’ve got a solid start to create a simple design.

2. Be Selective with Typography

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Fonts will make or break a minimal design. Since there’s not a lot of other visual material competing for attention, a minimal style needs to feature clean and readable typography to be most effective.

Develop a font palette with one or two type families and create a hierarchy for how to use type elements. Stick to this hierarchy like you would a grid. It should be the foundation of the type design for a minimal project.

Add a few subtle elements to highlight keywords, phrases or messaging, such as color.

If you question the type, rethink it. Typography is a key element in a minimalist graphic design and should be treated with utmost care.

3. Streamline the Color Palette

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The color palette should be as simple as the typography palette. Aside from black and white (or your base neutral), pick one color to drive the design.

This color can be bright or light and can serve as anything from a background texture to accent. To maximize the impact of color in a minimal graphic design, use your preferred hue consistently. But don’t be afraid to use it.

The example above shows a minimal design with a bold color option for the background. It’s the only color but sets a mood to the project and helps drive its visibility.

4. Design a Consistent UX

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Not only should the visual design be rather simple and intuitive in a minimal graphic design, but for websites the interface should be just as easy to understand.

From user interface elements and buttons to scroll actions and engagements, create a consistent user experience that isn’t complicated and that doesn’t require an instructional manual to use. Each visitor should understand, without even thinking about it, the interface and how to interact with it.

Keep the engagements simple and direct so that the feel is consistent with the visual design. If the overall aesthetic is minimal and every hover action explodes animated confetti, there will be a disconnect and it will impact usability.

5. Use Color

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While you probably want a more streamlined palette for a minimal graphic design, you don’t have to have colorless design. There’s a misconception that minimal means black and white. That’s just not true.

A minimal design can be black and white, but it can also feature a full color palette. The trick here is to create a simple palette in terms of number of colors and usage.

The Curious Agency, above, does a great job with a bright background that’s bursting with color in an otherwise minimal design scheme.

6. Strip Out All the Extras

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Getting rid of clutter in a minimal graphic design is important. (It is the essence of minimal.)

Once you get the design in pretty good shape, think about each element individually: Does it serve a purpose that will create a better journey for the user? Does it help meet a good? Or is it pure decoration?

If the answer is the latter, you might want to rethink whether that element should be part of the design or not.

7. Be Bold with White Space

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White space is one of the elements that most minimal graphic designs have in common. You won’t have any mushed, smushed or crowded elements here.

Every piece of a minimal graphic design should have meaning. And it should have plenty of space around it so that that concept is clearly discernable.

Studio Firlefanzski, above, does this with plenty of space around the edges of the canvas, but where the design really excels is in the spacing between lines on the main block of text. This extra space makes every line stand out so that you read each word, fully taking in the meaning.

8. Create Open Spaces

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This might seem like incorporating white space, part 2 … it is that important.

Create open spaces to draw the eye and balance heavier parts of the design. The key difference here is not to get stuck in a symmetrical flow or pattern of linespacing and padding.

Make space part of the design.

Verho, above, does this in so many different ways:

  • There’s interesting space for the vertical navigation.
  • Image elements line up a little off-center to create spaces that move the eye from element to element.
  • Text elements are light and just a little more tracked out than average.
  • Elements are also placed “off-center” vertically, changing the way space feels from scroll to scroll.

9. Seek Balance and Harmony

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For every heavy element in the design, look for a way to balance it with space or lighter elements to establish harmony in the overall design.

Many minimal graphic design projects can be text-heavy, leading to some really dominating elements and spaces. Establishing a counter balance to that weight is important to keep the design from feeling lopsided or overwhelming.

Lissi, above, does this with plenty of white space and alternating regular and bold typefaces to create more balance.

10. Incorporate Imagery

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One of the things that many designers forget about or ditch when working with a minimal project is images. It’s ok to incorporate images into a minimal design project. (In many cases you probably should use images.)

When picking out photos, look for photos that also feel simple and easy-going. Avoid cluttered scenes or crops that feel exceptionally tight.

Caleb Johnson Studio, above, uses a handful of serene photos in the hero slider with bright, light colors and simple visual ideas. The photos match the overall tone and feel of other design elements for a colorful, visually impressive minimal design.

Conclusion

Although you can strip away elements as you create a minimalism graphic design, remember there is more to it. Some of the trends we are seeing in minimalism, have a minimal feel with some maximal elements, such as photography or color.

Mix and match styles to get a simple graphic design that you love and meets the goals of your project.

Source: Design Shack