Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: April 2011

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

We continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration. This post features 35 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for April 2011. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

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

Pablo Cesar

"Pablo Cesar — not exactly a lone ranger — yet here he is, to defend your right to publish." Designed by Inet-design from Denmark.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Sakura

"Spring is finally here with its sweet Sakura’s flowers, which reminds me of my trip in Japan last year. Pray and support Japan !" Designed by Laurence Vagner from France.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Glowing Subway

"Well, I am still learning Blender 2.5 and so I wanted to create a nice wallpaperwith this program. I tried to use different techniques to realise this picture, such asEnvironment and Indirect Lightning and I desired to experiment Depth of Field." Designed by Claudio Lione from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

April Promise

Designed by Jonathan Carroll from Scotland.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Blooming

"Blooming tulips- a sign that spring is truly here." Designed by Britt Wilcox from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Championship

"Time for hockey!" Designed by Jaro Mlkvy from Slovakia.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Sun/clouds

"Enjoy the first warm sunrays in April! (at least in Middle Europe)." Designed by Marco Palma from Italy/Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Typeholic

Designed by Knsqnt Interactive from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Two Birds

"Welcome, Spring! :)." Designed by Anca Varsandan from Romania.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

April Showers

"April showers bring May flowers and umbrellas. This is my daughter posing under the greenery." Designed by Kerry Shellborn from Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Spider Web

Designed by Sureshsathanur from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Usher In The Year Of The Rabbit

"Everyone gets a chance to play the fool this coming April’s Fool." Designed by Siewhui from Singapore.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Help Japan

"Being Japanese Canadian and watching the devastation in Japan on television is heart breaking. I can only imagine how my friends and family living in Japan must feel. I admittedly avoided seeing images of the aftermath for at least a day or two, worried that I would start to cry. Instead I donated money and hoped that the reports I was hearing were exaggerated. Once I saw the scale of the destruction and finally saw images and video of what was happening in Japan, my heart started hurting. On the one hand I was happy to know my family was safe, however, on the other hand I knew this would be the start of even harder times for Japan, especially regarding their recent economic struggles. I could not just sit by and pray or hope, I needed to find a way to raise more funds.This is a wallpaper version of the second design in a Help Japan poster series representing the grace and calm that the Japanese people displayed when a tragic act of nature was struck upon them.All profits from the sale of the posters in the series will go to the Canadian Red Cross efforts for the victims affected by the recent tsunami and earthquakes." Designed by Linda Nakanishi from Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

The Smashing Wall

"The Smashing Wall showcases a new concept of creating virtual shelves or menus so that one can place the desktop icons in the slots provided to create a beautiful virtual effect and a super neat desktop wallpaper with all icons sorted in one place." Designed by Chetan from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Something Wrong

"We are a group of young Syrians, we create and publish CC licensed comics on our website. This wallpaper was created for our pilot series (Something Wrong)." Designed by Homeless from Syria.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Springlight

"We love spring colors – from pastels to neutrals to bright colors!" Designed by Lotum from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Psychedelic Spring Fairy

"The reference photo of the fairy was taken by Marcus Ranum." Designed by Andrei Verner from Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Easter Flower

Designed by Nathalie Lansbergen from the Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Fool’s Day

"April 1st is Fool’s Day. Don’t be afraid of being fool on other days, too." Designed by Olivia Osik from Estonia.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Silly Sheep

Designed by Pietje Precies from The Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Spring Is Here

"Wishing all of you a colourful and cheerful spring!" Designed by Ron Gilad from Israel.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Alien

"he Fools’ day is not the only holiday april is known for. Where is also april 12 – Cosmonautics Day in Russia. That day in 1961 the first man ever circled Earth in a spacecraft." Designed by Cheloveche.ru from Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Calendar Mz

Designed by Mz from Poland.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

April Showers

"Artwork from QR Codes." Designed by Jason Smith – Layer One Graphics from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Illustration

"An Art Nouveau inspired piece to give warmth and happiness at the start of spring. One of the flowers associated with spring is the daffodil and I used this within my design so that the the girls long flowing hair and ballet-like stance created this beautiful flower." Designed by Heather Williams from United Kingdom.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Temple Of Icons

"The story of the battle from the Temple of the Desktop Icons, fiercely guarded by the Dragon and the seven ninja warriors." Designed by Pal Ovidiu from Romania.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Scissors Trap

"These scissors have made a trap in a quite recursive manner. It`s not supposed to blow your head out of laughing, but when it puts a smile on your face it`s just fine :)." Designed by Marek Chrenko from Slovakia.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Vector Saraswathi

"Saraswathi – Goddess of Creativity (Indian Mythology) by Atma Studios." Designed by Atma Creative Team from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Spring Is Coming

"Go outside with Nerd !" Designed by Nerdart Team from Poland.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Poster Bunny

"A cheeky poster bunny just couldn’t resist the tempting easter egg." Designed by Isis from Malaysia.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

The Infanta

"A remake on the Infanta Margarita from Las Meninas by Velazquez." Designed by Cindy Zhang from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers

"This is based on the proverb “April showers bring May flowers”." Designed by Jusna Begum from UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Ghilli Du

"This is a digital illustration made for giclee printing, inspired by the performancedone by Titi Dimak for my performance art video “The Inanimate.” http://vimeo.com/17354393." Designed by Riki K. from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Steve In A Pit

"Here, Steve the dog is in a bit of trouble as he wakes up at the edge of a pit. It might be endless, but then againit might be ten foot deep. Either way, PERIL AND ADVENTURE ENSUES!" Designed by Michael Georgiou from United Kingdom.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Bonus: Smashing Twitter Icons

"The wallpapers consist of about 5000 genuine, original, most beautiful twitter icons harvested over a period of time on twitter. The wallpaper sized 2000×2000 consists of all 5000, the rest fit less." Designed by Agnieszka Anna from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Join in next month!

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

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

What’s your favorite?

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

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  1. 1

    The wallpapers this month are AMAZING! My favs are Poster Bunny, Two Birds and Sakura. I am impressed by the Twitter one. Very cool idea! I also like Jason’s use of the QR codes in April Showers.

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    Thank you Smashing for the amazing collection.
    My fav : “Something Wrong” designed by Homeless from Syria.

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  3. 3

    Been waiting (im)patiently for these today :)

    Love the “Silly Sheep”, “Scissors Trap” and “April Showers” wallpapers :).

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  4. 4

    The technique on the one entitled Illustration is pretty amazing. It’s now my Desktop Wallpaper. I especially like it’s subtleties, such as the suns rays on the grass.

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    April Showers Bring May Flowers is my favorite…

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    Las Flores del Sur

    March 31, 2011 7:54 am

    Sprinlight, April promise, April Showers, Two Birds…
    It was impossible for me to decide!
    Awesome work, all of them!!

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  7. 7

    One of the best collections, at least to my taste; like ‘em all! Top 7 faves r: Sakura, April Showers (green umbrella), Alien, Silly Sheep, Psychadelic Spring Fairy, Springlight, Typeholic

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  8. 9

    i like them all, but my fav one is
    “Something Wrong ” by Homeless, Hope to see more like this each month

    thank u Homeless

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  9. 10

    Love April Showers… simple but I like it – especially that green.
    Glowing Subway is cool and so is sun/clouds.
    Poster Bunny is fun.
    And Scissors Trap is pretty creative – nice job.

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  10. 11

    I love Silly Sheep and Spring is here.

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  11. 12

    omg this is one of the best compilations I’ve ever seen here !

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      I looove looove loove this weeks pics. Im saving them all and using them for a screensaver.

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  12. 14

    Sun/clouds… Thumbs up.

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  13. 16

    Thanks Dear,
    Smashing Magazine Owner I like this month wallpaper so Much

    Lot of Creativity and Multiple type of Wallpaper too. :)

    Awesome :)

    Thanks:)

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    Alexandru nastase

    March 31, 2011 9:04 am

    At last some amazing wallpapers this month i like’em all awesome work

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  15. 18

    Great details on “Temple Of Icons” made by SagaPixel.com, I think. A neat way to keep your desktop icons organised :)

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  16. 19

    I like The Smashing Wall best. Overall, a great collection this month.

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  17. 20

    Thanks a lot SM for showing my Wallpaper “Sun/clouds”!

    Compliments to all designers of April!

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  18. 21

    Not the best selection in my opinion, it’s my birthday month though!

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    Glowing Subway – so clean and nice!! it’s already on my desktop :)

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    Nathalie Lansbergen

    March 31, 2011 11:11 am

    Thx for placing Easter Flower! Would you please be so kind to add my website to the contribution: http://www.nlvormgeving.nl

    Friendly regards from The Netherlands, Nathalie

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  21. 24

    I like “Blooming”. Very simple but with lovely colors!

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  22. 25

    This month is the worst… :(

    -4
  23. 26

    Silly Sheep is my favorite !

    “En Avril ne te découvre pas d’un fil”

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  24. 27

    Glowing Subway’s very good!

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  25. 28

    I LOOOOVEE the Alien Wallpaper. Rolled over and laughed so hard.

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  26. 29

    Thank you SMag for featuring my wallpaper this month!

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  27. 30

    Great collection on this month! Dear designers, thank you a lot! Love all submissions!

    -1
  28. 31

    Good collection this month! Would still love to see some southern-hemisphere weather themed wallpapers though, it’s Autumn here ;)

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  29. 32

    My favorite wallpaper was April Showers, but this isn’t in 1920x1080px resolution u.U

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  30. 33

    Wow! I looove the usher in the year and alien wallpaper! hahaha! so cute! :)

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  31. 34

    Poster bunny is really creative. funny too. i’m using it as my desktop wallpaper now and it looks great. thanks!

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  32. 35

    i can’t decide which one should be in my desktop for a whole month…. these are all beautiful!! especially the sakuras!! love it!!!

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  33. 36

    I really dig smashing wall, just a shame there isn’t a full version for the 27″ imac

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  34. 37

    These all are Beautiful . its all for my desktop for April month especially the “April Showers” I love it. thanks

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  35. 38

    another cool wallpaper .. may fav is smashing twitter icon & steve in a pit.

    -1
  36. 39

    nice collection

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  37. 40

    Nice Wallpapers. I like “April Showers Bring May Flowers” most :)

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  38. 41

    the last one is so cool~

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  39. 42

    Thanks, very nice wallpapers ^^

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  40. 43

    It’s so nice
    ^^ I love sakura

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    Kazutaka from tokyo

    March 31, 2011 10:46 pm

    Thank you very much for concerning about Japan.
    We appreciate the help from the world.

    We are sure that we will rebuild the country.

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    Great Ok not that much of last april

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  44. 48

    I like “something wrong” because it just like a funny story and all picture is active, but i don’t like the calender showed in a black block. It looks like a big difference with the whole picture. How about let the calender shows in the fire? or just take a row on the bottom of the picture.

    My manage likes “spring is coming” because the colour is a strong strike for the eyes.

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  45. 49

    I like very much is “Vector Saraswathi”.

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  46. 50

    “April Showers Bring May Flowers” is so cute. It’s the best!!!!

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    Giovanna Lorenza

    April 1, 2011 1:55 am

    I just love Alien, it has been my favourite creature/character of all times and I find Cheloveche’s wallpaper witty and sweet beyond belief. Great work indeed!

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  48. 52

    Vector Saraswathi was my fav!!

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  49. 53

    Typeholic LOVE it! On my desktop background. :)

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  50. 54

    Smashing wall was smashing one :) neat and clean

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  51. 55

    Spring Flowers is my fav!
    Great works all!
    Thank you

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  52. 56

    I had the strongest emotional response to ‘Something Wrong’ by Homeless. Imagine using animation to telegraph a message about such a serious topic. Thank you and I wish you well.

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  53. 57

    love the Silly Sheep! Great idea!!!

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  54. 58

    Thanks for the desktop wallpaper!I’m always supporting,for April’s i most like the alien one.good work! thanks for sharing again.

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  55. 59

    I liked a lot of these, but for some reason my favorites just didn’t have the 1440×900 resolution :(

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  56. 60

    Awesome collections…Thanks

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  57. 61

    LOVE Sakura… absolutely beautiful!

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  58. 62

    I love sakura and the silly sheep!! Really great stuff±±±

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  59. 63

    Every month I change to a different wallpaper at work, but this month sooooo many of the ones I loved didn’t have the 1024×768 size! Don’t forget us little people on work machines!

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    • 64

      Why not just resize a larger wallpaper? Super simple with any basic graphics program. :-)

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  60. 65

    really nice collection…
    love ‘em all

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  61. 66

    my fav is April Showers Bring May Flowers, i like silly sheep :) great ideas

    1
  62. 67

    Some amazing pieces here, I love many, and with some I do not understand the choice.

    My preferred ones are silly sheep, poster bunny and illustration.

    -1
  63. 68

    i love silly sheep and poster bunny ,great wallpaper thanks!!

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  64. 69

    Wonderful collection this month and I will use several during the month. My favorite? Ghilli Du! Quite striking and different.

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  65. 70

    The bar just keeps getting higher and higher. Great work everyone.

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  66. 71

    Sakura! :D

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  67. 72

    Oh God! April is my month, and the wallpapers is so Beatifull. In especial Sakuras and Spring, the flowers, is simple and well-done. And my favorites is “Glowing Subway”, and “Sakura”

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    Logan Shellborn

    April 1, 2011 5:33 pm

    I am the girl in the (green umbrella) april showers! my dad made it, and my brother took the picture,wich was *cough*my idea.(plus it was taken with MY camera)Any ways, I love what my dad did to it,and I love every one else’s work!

    Injoy! (I guess “april showers” isn’t a very unique name)

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    All of these are very nice

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    Thanks, are awesome

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  71. 76

    Excelente set! I love it! Tanxx

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  72. 77

    Mariusz Slonina

    April 2, 2011 2:08 pm

    “Glowing subway”. The best.

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  73. 78

    I like this web

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  74. 79

    j’adore sakura ;)

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  75. 80

    I don’t like wallpapers with the calender on the left side. That’s where the icons are located so it’s pretty much unreadable and pointless.

    Good collection though, great work everybody.

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  76. 81

    Anca Varsandan :Thank you.
    Two birds : so sweet, so délicate !

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  77. 82

    Vector Saraswathi and Spring is coming

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  78. 83

    Cheers everyone for April’s wallpaper.

    Now the hard part is choosing which one for home and which for work!

    T

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  79. 84

    I like “Saraswathi – Goddess of Creativity (Indian Mythology) by Atma Studios” the most

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  80. 85

    Thanks for sharing.

    My favourite is Typeholic :)

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    Probably the best “wallpaper” post in the world ever!

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  83. 88

    this month is better than March. i like Sakura, Blooming, Two Birds, Silly Sheep, Poster Bunny, and Twitter Icons! Great job, guys!

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  84. 89

    Has to be Sakura for me – I just think blossom like that is sooo beautiful!

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  85. 90

    Poster Bunny is my fave this month!!

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  86. 91

    Lots of great choices this month, but glowing subway got my attention this month.

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  87. 92

    Great group of talent displayed here.

    Poster Bunny is my favorite this month. My honorable mentions are: Illustration, Silly Sheep, Fool’s Day, and Ghilli Du.

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  88. 93

    I should probably change from the December one.

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  89. 94

    Is it only me or ‘Smashing Twitter Icons’ only looks good on 2000 x 2000, the other resolutions look way too pixelated..

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  90. 95

    Blooming is my favorite. I usually go for the most graphic ones but tulips are synonymous with April for me.

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  91. 96

    April Promise, April Showers (blue) and Poster Bunny are my favorites, with Poster Bunny being my desktop choice for the month!

    1
  92. 97

    Why do you put the smashing magazine logo in all the wallpapers?
    I really think they would look even more beautiful if you didn’t put the logo

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  93. 98

    These are all fantastic. They are enlightening. I think I feel inspired to create now. Thank you for sharing!

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    Steve in a Pit… lol
    5 stars ***** =D

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  96. 101

    All those pieces of artwork are fantastic, especially the wall named ‘Glowing subway’! Love them!

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  97. 102

    Great backgrounds….but one tiny complaint. Not even ONE religious Easter background? It would be nice to at least have one option….

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  98. 103

    Two Birds is absolutely great!

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  99. 104

    Great work! Loved the one by Suresh Sathanur of the spider web! awesome!

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  100. 105

    I am waiting for next month for more creatives……

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  101. 106

    good !!!!!!

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  102. 107

    Good creativity!!! my favs are Pablo Cesar, Two birds and Allien in that order :)

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    Ghilli Du is the best!

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  104. 109

    Oh! the right is the perfect masterpiece, I really like the background of this picture, it’s really very nice

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  105. 110

    Amazing wallpapers this time!

    1
  106. 111

    I love the sheep wool one (hilarious), the Mexican and the character in a pit one too.

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  107. 112

    Great wallpapers.
    Don’t mean to sound ungrateful but where’s the love for 2560×1600?

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  108. 113

    the sheep made me smile … thanks for sharing!

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  109. 114

    I think my favorite is April Promise. However, all of these are just fantastic. Great month!!

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  110. 115

    my fav is silly sheep and april shower ^^

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  111. 116

    Horribly boring wallpapers this month.
    Nothing interesting.. I mean.. sheep? Really?

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  112. 117

    I heart the April Showers Bring May Flowers, so cute :]

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  113. 118

    where is the Windows 7 Theme link?

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  114. 119

    love sakura! wonderful work~

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  115. 120

    Pablo Cesar looks good on my desktop

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  116. 121

    really wonderful collection! but Twitter icon gotta be my fave

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  117. 122

    Thanks for the nice comments :)
    My favorits this month are Pablo Cesar, Sun/Cloud, Two Birds and Poster Bunny … great work!!!

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  118. 123

    Great, but i don’t know how i can download them. click where??

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  119. 124

    Glowing Subway and Blooming are my favorite!

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    My favourite is “Spider Web” by Sureshsathanur.

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  121. 126

    Nothing really strikes my fancy this month. Disappointing, but good job and congrats to all. Saraswati and the Temple of Icons are neat.

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  122. 127

    Springlight and Sakura , yes it is Abril ! the light, the color, the flowers, the joy !
    And then “Help japan”, is nice and important.

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  123. 128

    Good work,see you next month.

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    creative!!! really nice !! love them thank you!!

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  125. 130

    They are all lovely but some of the calendars are wrong?

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  126. 131

    i love all. but my favorite is April Showers. thank u ^^

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    my choice is kind of girlish, but still)) I like “Blooming” and “Two birds”

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    Loved the twitter one. and the one with the green umbrella

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  129. 134

    Hi!!!

    I need Calendar Mz Designed by Mz from Poland orliginal wallpaper without calendar!!!
    Please Help me!!!:)

    THX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  130. 135

    I love them all. Thanks for sharing it.

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  131. 136

    i love this site

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  132. 137

    i like it nd nice

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  133. 138

    i love all but i love april shower thanks for sharing it

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  134. 139

    i love all but cold season is my favrout

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