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One month ago we’ve asked our readers1 to help us create a gallery of blog header graphics which every designer could use for free and without any restrictions whatsoever. We’ve announced a Header Graphics Contest and now, one month later, it’s time to present the most interesting, creative and beautiful works we’ve received.

38 graphic designers and artists participated; as a result we’ve received over 100 truly outstanding entries. The best ones are displayed below. Some of the participants will be randomly awarded with Poser 7, Anime Studio, and Manga Studio provided by Smith Micro Graphics2. Participants, please stay tuned — we’ll contact the winners within the next 24 hours.

This post presents the results of the contest — 45 beautiful blog header designs you can use for free. Below the designers have described their themes, intentions and shown us some examples of how header graphics can be used.

Please notice that

  • often also the source image (.ai or .psd) can be downloaded,
  • all images are clickable and lead to the full-size image of the header,
  • full-size images have the resolution of 850×200 px,
  • and you can also download graphics together with source files using corresponding links in the description.

Upgrade, Avto, Fireball, Nopolicy & Co. Link

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“Sending you our schedule. nopolitics means that the design of the laws, you can always open up a new direction, to develop the old, everything will change in its own way, freedom of expression is limited only in design technology.” Designed by Sergej Gorodenskiy5, Russia.

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Cosmosource Link

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This theme is based upon the cosmopolitan style of life. “I tried to show a cosmopolitan life full of style using modern colors (symbolizes fashion), a dynamic picture of a girl (symbolizes people) and buildings (means the the city work/style) in the background.” Designed by Paulo Loreto15 from Portugal.

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The Lighthouse Project Link

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“The Lighthouse Project” was brainchild of mine to do a daily blog of testimonies from the Christian walk to encourage others through life’s trials. Though the blog is not up, I thought it best to start with an awesome header graphic for the artistic direction on how the rest of the site should be designed. I wanted to go with an “urban” theme using a lot of vector and photo combinations like what a lot of the graphic artists are doing today. Tracey Jackson19, Miami, Florida, USA.

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[R] Evolution Link

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“For this Design I wanted not just to create a banner that could be used in any kind of blog like music, personal thoughts, design, philosophy, science, history or any other, but also passing through a deep meaning. There are some questions about humanity that really intriguing me since my early days. Where do we come from? Where are we going? And what is our mission here.

The banner concept is not trying to give an answer for these questions, but is actually trying to reflect these questions on user’s subconscious. So I developed the evolution idea to reflect our mission as humans. From left to right I try to show some steps of evolution process, since prehistoric history until these days.

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All big changes in human history were produced by revolutions. For that fact I Use [R] incorporated in the title. So users can read evolution and at the same time also read revolution. Evolution-Revolution. Revolution can also be noted in the design with the revolutionary Flag contradicting with the peace symbol within, French soldiers and the atomic bomb. All evolution process is being pushed by an elephant, which is a strong animal that exists from a long time ago. This idea is to create movement and consequently reflect the questions where do we come from? And where are we going? The elephant baby is also there to represent the different generations along the evolution path.

On the right side of the banner there’s a glimpse of what I believe will be the future. Human mind uses just 15% of his brain capacities, so when humans will use 100% I’m sure we can easily travelling around the universe 10 times or more the speed light, conquering new worlds… This fact is presented by the astronaut starting traveling to the universe (present) and the UFO on the top dropping small spaceships (future connections). For enhance mystery I used a blue light.

This banner is better viewed in a black background.” Designed by João Filipe Cunha12712312011524, Portugal.

Mindscape Link

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Designed by Michał Bronka from Mindscape interactive agency27, Szczecin, Poland.

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Retro Header Link

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“One day I drew an icon from a picture. This was a classic truck that is colorful and sweet. I want to use this icon in a design project. And I saw your contest. Then I designed a header that contains the classic truck icon. This was a cheery work for me.” Designed by Cem Ozdogan31, Turkey, Ankara.

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Typography Link

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“I think about a header graphic as a start of a page, like to start a conversation – so the idea was born. We all start a (good) talk with an easy greeting – so why don’t use this for a website? after trying some stuff i decided to keep the design as simple as the idea – so I used lovely RNS Baruta Black. Simple and clean, but also interesting and playful.

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The languages I used are just examples – of course it’s possible to use all greetings of the world (as long as it fits 800px).” Designed by Robert Winkler40, Dresden, Germany.

The Sexiest Dirty Underground Theme Link

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“What inspired The Sexiest Dirty Underground theme was a chance to explore some new styles. I’m very pleased with the results and I’ll be exploring these techniques even more. I’ll be finishing The Sexiest Dirty Underground header theme on my blog to bring the total to 20 headers in the next two weeks. For Rich-Bitch-Fish, Co-op-Bone, and Woman-Confident I used the process of first sketching on paper, then working with illustrator, and finally finishing in Photoshop. I’ll be explaining the process more indepth on my website coming soon.

My favorite headers from this theme are City-Under-Heat, New-Tech-Earth, and Woman-Confident-Fear.” Designed by Jimmy R.43, Manitoba, Canada.

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A New Day Link

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Designed by Jonathan M.51, Canada.

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Fellowsisters Link

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The first image is a little tribute to Escher’s “Drawing Hands”. It is an adaptation of the big old theme of the boundaries of representation but with the Fellowsisters as main characters. It also contains a reference to the Plinian Myth of the origin of Painting.

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In the second image the two cups of tea are associated with a moment of relax. Usually the Fellowsisters are represented by two female figures or by two analogue or complementary objects. Designed by María57 from Spain.

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Inspiration Theme Link

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Designed by Daniela Mincheva from Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Lucifix Link

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Designed by Nathaniel Heller64, New York City, Manhattan, USA.

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Rocket And Go Link

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This is what came out after more than an hour of mad photoshop and illustrator play-around, the whole themes were greatly influenced by my brother’s ear candy crave on Mika’s “Happy Ending” and my personal fave on young Youtube star Daniel Talevski’s “Rocket and Go”. Lots of stock images were used from across the Web, with massive blending, be it softlight, multiply, overlay in addition of some vector shapes, brush tools, photoshop patterns from deviantart.com. Designed by Mikel D.Lian68 a.k.a splashmilk from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Grunge Look Link

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Designed by Alex Frison72 from Germany.

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This Is How It Feels Link

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The ideas are quite simple. Valentines soon, so I got this idea of making this header. Each of them represents feelings as it is presented in ways such as the graphics itself, colors etc. I made all the images my self. Just got them after compiling all my artworks from my artbag and then I just simply paint them using Photoshop.

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Back to the feelings, I may make a list of definitions for it.

  • On the left side, the girl with plaster glued on her mouth means she cant say what she actually want to say. you know, sometimes people just cant spit the words out when someone likes this person.
  • Then, you can see these two couples, from this, I use colors to symbolize feelings. green is for envy and red is for desire. every couple fights — obviously. But in the end, they still love each other anyway. you can see it from the faces (the couple graphic).
  • And that sheep, it’s symbolizes a female. You might laugh about this, but its true! Sheeps fur is soft, like girls, soft on the outside but then you see the real deal inside. The reason I place the sheep like that is to show how girls can just simply make the guy fall for her and be the queen in just one blink.
  • And for the background, its just some doodles I made at my science class last 2 years, I think it fits this whole thing don’t you think?

Designed by Wirdy Hamidy77 from Brunei Darussalam.

Growing On You Link

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I have used different brushes from Aivult itself and symbols of vector from there as well. The brushes were used to create the flowers along with few splashes of paint. Then the sunburst effect in the background was used from one of its tutorials in order to come up with a creative vector header. Designed using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and was possible by hand and head co-ordination of one8edegree. Created by AiVault80, One8edegree, Pakistan.

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Sublog Link

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It’s the header graphic of my actual blog Sublog.ch84. The design is a collage of pictures I took some time ago and some free city landscape pics I found on the net, combined with some graphic elements. I used some grungy photoshop brushes to destroy the edges. The Swiss mountains at the bottom reflect a typical element of my homeland.

The contrast to the clean Swiss image is the grungy design and the city landscapes which are overlayed with a hard blend mode. a connection to the web and the modern world is made with the typo elements. I used a very clean, technical font called eurostile. Designed by Pascal Greuter85, Switzerland.

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Elements, Transition Link

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I wanted to put accent on graphics (drawing, sketching) development through years. Therefore, its an old clock with overlayed Van Gogh’s portrait (an axiom in art :) + painters brush….and it’s “transforming” into mouse pointer with some binary code in background. Designed by Ratko Horvat90 (e-mail), Zabok, Croatia.

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Graffiti Splatter Link

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Okay, here’s my little horror show for your header contest. Yes, it’s a little bit special, but I like horror movies, comics, books… Also like Graffitis (but not that stupid noob tags). Theme is free – so I splattered some this weekend. I included a “making-of”-screen in a .zip-file. Also as goodie a website-template with background images. Designed by Rainer Weber95, Pfungstadt, Germany.

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Designer’s Canvas Link

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The colors have been inspired by Mother Earth and her best friend, Nature. I draw real intricate designs on books and I always wanted to include this talent of mine into my website. Though I am creative I do not have anybody to guide (I guess this is the case with most designers).

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I was not sure of how to incorporate my talent into the web media, luckily I stumbled on your website where I found links to amazing designs and tutorials. Every time I look at the stunning designs I would open up my Photoshop and Illustrator. Since I work full time, my website is not complete as I get to work only during my free time. Photoshop has always been my canvas to my creative work hence I have included the Photoshop toolbar in my design. Designed by Savitha Shivaram100, India.

Lion design, the creative king Link

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The Lionshead I used for this header is a drawing that I made earlier for a friend in Illustrator. I thought it would work great with a grungy theme. Designed by Didier Depraetere103, Belgium.

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Ephemeral Link

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The main idea with ephemeral is a graphic that seems constant and changing, with no form or whatsoever. The artwork was created in Adobe Illustrator. I wanted to share a visual header that can be easily customize, can provoke an emotion or tone without too much details. Designed by Nate Legaspi107, Philippines.

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Monsteck Variketch, The Invasion Link

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Based on your Illustrator tutorial about how to create a blob monster I developed the idea of creating a monster family which I called the Monsteck Variketch Family. This family is just starting to invade the city. Their names, from left to right are: Vermistech, Vaitistech, Bilistech, Piriastitech and Kapastech. For the design concept I used a grunge and urban styles. This banner can be used in a big variety of blogs. Designed by João Filipe Cunha12712312011524, Portugal.

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The Magic Box Link

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This banner was created under the idea of the surprise element and good feelings when someone opens a gift on their birthday or in Christmas time. The moment of opening and discovering the gift it’s in my personal opinion a magic moment. That magic moment can be also translated to blogs, when we anxiously wait for a new post in some interesting blogs.

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So I tried to show that magic moment in the design, creating a kid discovering the new toys, and from the open box is getting out the energy that creates that magic mood. A very soft pastels color palette was used to create a very soft moment of magic. Designed by João Filipe Cunha12712312011524, Portugal.

Untitled Dream Link

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This banner was created for those dreamers out there. The idea was to create a dreaming environment, transforming the impossible possible. I came out with a sky landscape and in the top of a cloud there’s the dream focus. A natural landscape with some animal’s, flowers and ornaments. Mixing photography with illustration emphases the dreaming idea. Designed by João Filipe Cunha12712312011524, Portugal.

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Kultivating Link

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The main purpose of blogs is to share ideas, or ‘cultivating’ ideas in this big garden that we call the Web. So based on this idea I created this concept. I used an orchid which is my favorite flower; actually Orchids are my other passion. Is not just about the different shapes and colors that makes them another pretty flower, but yet what makes the reigning magic of the orchid is their invisible power of communication. I also used the tree and flower ornaments to reinforce the ‘cultivating’ idea. Some soul tech brushes were used to represent the Web as the main garden of ideas. Designed by João Filipe Cunha12712312011524, Portugal.

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Metamorphosis Link

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Metamorphosis is about a transformation of vector styles from simple lines to more complex line art. Seeing such different styles and moods being created with line and color, I also wanted to give a sense of relaxation that nature gives us. Designed by Carolyn Van Deursen131.

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Betsyness Link

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“I’m in the process of creating a website to showcase some of my drawings and paintings. I wanted this header graphic to reflect on my personal style and although created in perhaps the hallmark of the digital art process, Photoshop, to still have a hand-drawn essence to it.” Designed by Betsy Chang, USA.

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Nuestra Señora Link

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“This is a header graphic for my friend’s blog. This is how she initially described it to me: “I have decided on a name for the blog: Nuestra Señora. It is adapted from Los Angeles’ original name: Pueblo de la Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula. Plus it is feminine. I think it suits the blog. I am not sure if other people use the same name on their blogs.

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So the concept for the blog is: Los Angeles city politics infused with pop culture. I want to provide a counter-perspective to the city from a life-long Angelino and integrate art, culture, fashion, and more. But again, its all about how the city is changing, I want to be a cynic but also a resource. The blog should be an artifact. I need to write and be creative. The more I think about it, the more I want multiple blogs, but maybe we can do that later or make tabs on the blog page itself. I would like to talk about US politics, the world, pop culture, gossip, everything that encompasses my daily life.” Designed by Betsy Chang, USA.

War of the Good & Evil Link

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“Doing design that can affect people, with this theme to show that being good or bad is just a thin line of difference. So we should show others the angel side of us, letting the good triumph over the evil.” Designed by Koh Maw Shin141, Singapore.

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Dragon Link

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Dragon.png is a layered Fireworks CS3 file containing all the design elements used in example.gif. The elements are all transparent and can be moved around and combined to easily create a custom header image for your blog. All elements were created by us and you are free to use and distribute as you feel fit. Come show us your work at Heavychef.com145 were keen to check it out.”

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Dream On Link

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“This design was inspired by my thought process. Whenever I need some ideas, I think, research & analyse and then I just let my thoughts go blank. This is when the ideas begin to flow. I tried to visualize this whole process & this is how I imagined it. I am sure a lot of people out there would relate to this process as well.” Designed by Heavena Rayan149, India.

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Thanks to all participants!

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  107. 107 http://www.wiredfractal.com
  108. 108 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/ephemeral_header01.jpg
  109. 109 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/ephemeral_header02.jpg
  110. 110 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/ephemeral_header03.jpg
  111. 111 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/ephemeral_header04.jpg
  112. 112 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/ephemeral_header05.jpg
  113. 113 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/monsteck_variketch.jpg
  114. 114 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/source/monsteck.zip
  115. 115 http://www.kultivation.com
  116. 116 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/monsteck_variketch.jpg
  117. 117 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/magicbox.jpg
  118. 118 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/source/magic_box.zip
  119. 119 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/magicbox.jpg
  120. 120 http://www.kultivation.com
  121. 121 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/untitled_dream.jpg
  122. 122 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/source/untitled-dream.zip
  123. 123 http://www.kultivation.com
  124. 124 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/untitled_dream.jpg
  125. 125 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/kultivating.jpg
  126. 126 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/source/kultivating.zip
  127. 127 http://www.kultivation.com
  128. 128 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/kultivating.jpg
  129. 129 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/metamorphosis.jpg
  130. 130 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/source/metamorphosis.zip
  131. 131 http://www.mycvdesigns.com
  132. 132 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/metamorphosis.jpg
  133. 133 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/betsy.jpg
  134. 134 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/source/betsy.zip
  135. 135 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/betsy.jpg
  136. 136 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/nuestra.jpg
  137. 137 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/source/nuestra.zip
  138. 138 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/nuestra.jpg
  139. 139 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/koh.jpg
  140. 140 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/source/war-good-evil.zip
  141. 141 http://www.vibeacademy.com
  142. 142 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/koh.jpg
  143. 143 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/dragon.png
  144. 144 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/source/dragon.zip
  145. 145 http://www.heavychef.com
  146. 146 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/dragon.png
  147. 147 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/dream-on.gif
  148. 148 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/source/dream-on.zip
  149. 149 http://kre8ivity.blogspot.com
  150. 150 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/header-contest/full/dream-on.gif

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  1. 1

    Very nice, THx for the .psds.

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    Beautiful, only negative is after building a brand with one of these headers… then running into another site using the same :o

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    Duncan Philpott

    March 5, 2008 10:36 am

    wow, great resource, nice to see the psds with them too

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  4. 4

    Some great headers in there, although I’m surprised it’s mostly grungy stuff. Do I see a shift in SmashingMagazine?

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  5. 5

    Great inspirational headers. Some of these may even be used for my own blog somewhere in the future. But the best part, the psd’s… that means you can really learn something.

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  6. 6

    The best part is them being free+PSD, thus you can modify them as you wish and not find it somewhere else.
    Thank you for this SM !

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  7. 7

    Great little list & contest. Thanks for the raw files.

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  8. 8

    Hey I’ve been waiting on this one!
    I was afraid maybe there weren’t enough to publish.
    Turns out there were so many it’s hard to count them all.
    Thanks to everyone who entered one.
    If you don’t use them verbatim, you can always make an “inspired” original one.
    They are free!

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  9. 9

    great as usually

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  10. 10

    Very cool

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  11. 11

    Nice selection. Thanks.

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  12. 12

    THANKS SMASHINGBOYS CAUSE´ WITH YOUR WORK YOU ARE GETTING A MORE FRIENDLY
    INTERNET FOR ALL WHO LOVE THE GRAPHIC WORLD.

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  13. 13

    Good idea and some really good graphics. I’m having a contest on my blog….if you sign up for my feed and end up one of the top 5 commentators, i will draw a name to win $50.

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  14. 14

    They are all gorgeous. Thank you to all the creators for making such amazing free content.

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  15. 15

    Nate Legaspi’s work on here is pure dope.

    Really stands out. Fresh, crisp and abstract — what’s not to like?

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  16. 16

    thanks for putting my header on! go ahead and change the search, I don’t think I did a good job on that part

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  17. 17

    Quality stuff! I love the retro header.

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  18. 18

    will definitely use one of the headers. thanks guys for making it free!

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  19. 19

    Thanks a lot! This list is very impressive! Added to my bookmarks and stumbled.

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  20. 20

    It’s very beatiful!

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  21. 21

    Good collection, Revolution/evolution header is cool…

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  22. 22

    Wow, cool headers. It’s a good inspiration and a nice over view ;-)
    ThanX

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  23. 23

    Hey thank you :)

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  24. 24

    Very good header, explication and psd :D

    Thx SM !

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  25. 25

    Very good header, inspiration, psd :)

    Thx SM!

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  26. 26

    Definitely the best header collection for free use ever seen.
    Thanks for your work, well done.

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  27. 27

    Great selection ! I don’t think I’m going to use one of them but it’s still very inspiring for creating my own.

    Keep on rolling guys, you rock !

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    What a cool contest. All the work looks great and it’s wonderful to hear about each individual’s personal process for getting to the final design. The headers that respond to the site visitor’s expectations when they visit a blog are interesting. Are they expecting to be engaged in a conversation, to be reading news, to be invited into someone’s personal world. My personal favorites are the the ones that reflect an individual’s personal voice. I think someone else called it brand. Those headers are difficult to reuse because they don’t reflect the voice of the borrower. Perhaps someone should do a header theme that focuses on sampling other people’s work. After all – many blogs are really just references to others’ work.

    A cool contest. Thanks for setting this up. I wish I participated.

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  29. 29

    Very very nice collection.
    Thanks for adding the PSDs on some of them.

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  30. 30

    WOW, really smashing!

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  31. 31

    A great list – some fantastic talent on display. “Monsteck Variketch, The Invasion” stood out for me.

    Thanks.

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  32. 32

    OH VERY NICE!!!! I like how you’ve grouped them, so much easier to associate the theme to your own blogs or personal pages. I like em thanks!!

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  33. 33

    Wow! Great art! I like the Retro one the most :)

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  34. 34

    These are really awesome.

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  35. 35

    great art, thanks for share it.

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  36. 37

    So much thanks, beautiful headers.

    Headers:
    Untitled Dream
    Grunge Look

    Links are broken…

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  37. 38

    What license, specifically, are these being released under?

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  38. 39

    amazing work done by the designers. I would like to thank all of those who participates and worked onto providing us with such a wonderful resource.

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    sandie sørensen

    March 7, 2008 12:46 am

    very nice. Lots of beautiful designs!

    Could come in handy, if one got a hasty-assignment sometime.

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  40. 41

    Great graphics!

    I see there are lots of talented designers out there. :)

    My favs:

    Mindscape
    Woman-Confident-Fear
    Growing On You

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  41. 42

    :( i m late…i thought its gona be ending till the end of march.. :(

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  42. 43

    Very nice, thanks.

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  43. 44

    Very nice designs.. But I still couldn’t find what I was expecting

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    web designer bristol

    March 7, 2008 7:52 am

    A great collection of design pieces. The issue is that they come across as very stock photo looking. I know that they are a free resource and that the quality and detail that has gone into each one of these is worth a price in itself. But when it comes down to it as they are a free resource they are not unique to a individual blog.
    I think with a small amount of money you can achieve something better but also a unique design for what you want.

    As a set for a portfolio piece from a design point of view you can see that there is a lot of skill in the designs that have been drawn up.
    Very web 2.0 in style and is a great example of how the internet is evolving into this Social Media world.

    Great work look forward to seeing more soon.

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  45. 46

    wow these are amazing! thank you

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    Sergej Gorodenskiy

    March 7, 2008 3:37 pm

    Thanks =) Thanks for the contest, thanks to the existence smashing, my journey to the world of design started with him.

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  47. 48

    Nice selection. Thanks.

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  48. 49

    The first set is awesome. Good job all those who submitted!

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  49. 50

    Very nice work! Next time I will have to take part too. :)

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  50. 51

    Great share – thanks!
    I liked ‘kultivating’ with the flowers cut out

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