Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: July 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 25 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for July 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 magazine1 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?

All Seeing

"An abstract, gold all-seeing eyeball. No real rhyme or reason to it – enjoy!" Designed by Evan Eckard2 from USA.

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Unwritten Stories

"For all the unwritten stories that happened to us this summer." Designed by Ivan Ushmorov19 from Germany.

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The Kingdom

"Old world atlas." Designed by Jarod Mottley32 from Trinidad & Tobago.

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Summer Feet

Designed by Pietje Precies43 from The Netherlands.

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California

"”Many of us are dreaming of spending the summer in California – who doesn’t?”." Designed by Lotum60 from Germany.

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Freedom Happiness

"July month is seventh month of the year. For this month I have choose the theme of illustration.The basic idea of my theme is Freedom happiness as in this month most of the country celebratestheir Independence Day. So I took that idea and design my wallpaper as Freedom is all equal toeach an d everyone, whether they are human being or other creatures as everyone love freedom.Lots of birds flying high in the blue sky escaping from the cage and enjoying their freedom.So lets celebrates the freedom happiness." Designed by Pooja Jha from India.

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The Colourful Animal

Designed by Dana Gerigk from Germany.

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Against The Gravity

"I was inspired by one of the Bible verse: “But a net is spread in vain before the eyes of them that have wings” (Proverbs 1:17- Douay-Rheims Bible). Spread your wings and fly :)." Designed by Dadsdouter from Indonesia.

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Summer Breeze (Updated)

Designed by Design 311131 from Belgium.

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Color Panels

Designed by Marcus148 from USA.

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Water_lily

"The Water Lily is the birth flower for the month of July." Designed by Edward Ellsworth165 from USA.

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Them Crooked Vultures

"Portrait of the 3 members of the band, made with the lyrics of their songs." Designed by Alexandre Bourgois180 from France.

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Ghost Jump

"Shot this pictures in Hamburg, Germany in the “Old Elbe Tunnel”.Enjoy July!" Designed by Marco Palma from Italy/Germany.

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Digital Beauty

Designed by Rewizja.net211 from Poland.

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Summer Night

"The magic of a summer night." Designed by Mandi Coleman224 from USA.

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Be Cool!

"Keep Cool in the Summer." Designed by Nenad S. Lazich251 from Serbia.

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Time For Ice Cream

"Even in Canada, July can get pretty hot. Who doesn’t love a nice cold ice cream cone on a warm summer day?" Designed by Athena Studios294 from Canada.

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Summer (Updated)

"It’s too hot to think of a description… Just spending summertime on the beach." Designed by Ron Gilad313 from Israel.

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July Heat

"a vintage fan for the heat of July!" Designed by Almog Shemesh340 from Israel.

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Knee High By The Fourth Of July

"A common saying around here, farmers in the American midwest use “knee high” as a way to test if their corn is growing normally by the 4th of July. The photograph was taken in Cascade, Iowa in the U.S." Designed by Jared Rogers355 from USA.

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Private Island

Designed by Kayro C376 from China.

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The Cocoons

"Viktor Mazhlekov’s painting “The cocoons” is one of the famous and favourited by people. It is oil on canvas painting 90×75 cm." Designed by Viktor Mazhlekov393 from Bulgaria.

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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 month414!

What’s Your Favourite?

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

    Some really good ones this month. I like All Seeing, Summer Feet, and Color Panels.

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  2. 3

    A great bunch! The first is my favorite, but they are all excellent. Great job :)

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  3. 4

    My favorite is the old atlas. the others are great too!
    Please let us choose whether the week starts on Sunday in all of them.

    2
  4. 5

    All are great. The first is outstanding and already is the wallpaper of my desktop.

    1
  5. 6

    Thank you for great wallpapers! Digital Beauty and Color Panels are my favourites.

    4
  6. 7

    I love California and Ice Cream for I was in California 2 years ago in the summer and I love purple :)

    1
  7. 8

    The “Summer” one says June instead of July.

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    • 9

      Thanks for noticing! I’ve just sent the updated files, hope they’ll be published soon.

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  8. 10

    be cooooooooool !
    happy summer everybody :)

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  9. 11

    the cocoons is super cute!! =)

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  10. 12

    Good to see my own entry in there! I’m really happy right now.

    The other designs are amazing though! Good job all.

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  11. 16

    Summer feet…feet in my desktop like a boss! Nice one :D

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  12. 17

    July Heat is the one I’ll be unsing :)

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  13. 19

    So few for 1366*768 resolution(

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    • 20

      Can I suggest you use the 1920×1080 wallpapers? These have the same aspect ratio so it really won’t be much of a difference at all. ;-)

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  14. 21

    Great wallpaper! But there a mistake in Summer Breeze: “2010″

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    • 22

      Iris Ljesnjanin

      June 30, 2011 7:27 am

      Thanks for the note, Carou… We’ll be updating that one soon — stay tuned! ;)

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  15. 23

    Be cool is my favourite

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  16. 24

    nice wall papers, i got all the 1440×900,

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  17. 25

    All the wallpapers are cool! But… in some countries it’s not summer :-(

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    • 26

      I hear ya, but it’s a nice change seeing a warm summery image during winter :)

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  18. 27

    Purushottam Kushwaha

    June 30, 2011 7:48 am

    Beautiful Collection for this july

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  19. 28

    so early!
    i like ‘knee high’ the best :)

    1
    • 29

      Thanks Marlaine! It was so last minute, I just took that photo of the corn last Sunday.

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      • 30

        How nice.. I love it :)

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        • 31

          Freedom Happiness and Summer Night are my favorites, although this was a good month all around. I may end up switching my backdrop every few days, just to get a taste of everything.

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    • 32

      Freedom Happiness and Summer Night are my favorites, although this was a good month all around. I may end up switching my backdrop every few days, just to get a taste of everything.

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  20. 33

    Freedom Happiness and Summer Night are my favorites, although this was a good month all around. I may end up switching my backdrop every few days, just to get a taste of everything.

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  21. 34

    A bit disappointing, you have give way better issues. Loved the summer feet though.

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  22. 35

    My picks
    be cool, july heat, it’s time for ice cream and summer feet.
    Grat job!

    1
  23. 36

    Love Summer Night and Against the Gravity!
    Although.. I’m not quite sure what “The future belongs to those who can fly” means. Anyone have any ideas?

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  24. 38

    Bigital beauty

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  25. 39

    My favorite is ghost jump – i will follow ;)).

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  26. 41

    So disappointed.

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  27. 42

    Akshata Shanbhag

    June 30, 2011 10:07 am

    Beautiful wallpapers. I especially love Summer Feet.

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  28. 43

    Great wallpapers, much obliged!

    1
  29. 44

    “This post features 25 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for June 2011.”

    This should be “July” right ?.

    Anyway thanks for great wallpapers !!.

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  30. 46

    Thx SM for showing my Wallpaper “Ghost Jump”!

    My fav wallpaper for July is “California”!

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  31. 47

    nice selection, thank you!

    1
  32. 48

    Excellent job! “Summer Night” and “Summer Feet” are my favorite. Thanks a lot!!!

    1
  33. 49

    Digital Beauty and Summer Night are my two favorites. My only problem with Summer Night is that it reminds that my Disneyland annual pass is blacked out during the summer :’(

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    • 50

      It’s funny you mention Disneyland, I used to be a cast member there!

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  34. 51

    Wow, slim pickins for 2560 options this month…

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  35. 52

    Loved the Serenity desktop wallpaper from June, but this month’s not doing it for me (though the “Unwritten Stories” one is kinda cool).

    Not big on text, which kind of gets in the way of desktop icons.

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  36. 53

    nice to see my work here (July Heat) thanx Smashing Magazine!

    and WOW so many great wallpapers this month, thumbs up for all the designers here!
    I can’t be specific, i liked them all :)

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  37. 54

    Windows 7 Themepack for this month’s wallpaper is now available to download :P

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  38. 55

    Nice, I like them all:)

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  39. 56

    Thanks again for the great wallpapers. One of these months you guys will demonstrate that you can actually count. The “25 free wallpapers” is wrong again since there are only 22. Seems like you get the number wrong every month. :)

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  40. 57

    Wow these are awesome collections :) My favorite were digital beauty , Be cool! and all seeing :)

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  41. 58

    dear smashing, thanks again for providing instant relief from the “i need inspiration” thought that bubbles up randomly; you are my first click to solve my creativity blocks. is there a way to possibly see these calendar wallpapers in some sort of a full page photo slideshow? i feel like this is art that is meant to be seen in a larger view, and i would really enjoy flipping through the lot of ‘em every month. for me it would definitely make the artists and their works more grand and memorable.

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  42. 59

    I like Ron Gilad’s, but it says “June 2011″ and not “July 2011″. The calendar is right though… ;-)

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  43. 62

    My favorites are Color Panels and Time for Ice Cream :D

    Thank you so much for all beautiful wallpapers!!

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  44. 63

    Love Color Panels and All Seeing! Thanks for the wallpapers! :)

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  45. 65

    There is “Freedom Happiness” i like that so much…
    And the Interested thing is that…. it is design by my office colleague.

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  46. 66

    How to choose… how to choose?! My 2 favourites are ‘Digital Beauty’ and ‘Summer Night’. (‘Digital Beauty’ won out as my wallpaper for the month.)

    1
  47. 67

    omg..everything is sooo good… very hard to pick one…. awesome collections this month…..anyways i wud pick summer feet, freedom happiness,icecream,digital beauty ,against the gravity

    2
  48. 68

    I love ‘Be Cool’ and ‘Private Island’ :D

    1
  49. 69

    The Cocoons! ♥

    2
  50. 70

    Great Work! Love the “Digital Beaty”!

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  51. 71

    “Private Island” is on my desktop now :) thanks

    1
  52. 73

    Vladislavs Judins

    July 1, 2011 1:49 am

    Long time waiting. It was worth it. Thanks. Thanks. Thanks!

    2
  53. 74

    After a testrun i choose Digital Beauty over Ghost Jump.

    Keep up the great work,

    0
  54. 75

    Great collectection this month! I can’t choose! I’m loving Summer Breeze, Summer Night and July Heat. Thanks again!

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  55. 77

    Nice collection :)
    My favorites are:
    1. The colorful animal
    2. Against the gravity
    3. Summer breeze (updated)
    4. Color panels
    5. Time for ice cream

    0
  56. 79

    It’s time for ice cream! Although I do miss not seeing an entry this month from cheloveche.

    1
  57. 81

    Viktor Mazhlekov

    July 1, 2011 7:31 am

    Great collection! Next time I will make better wallpaper! ;)

    1
  58. 82

    I love all of them, but my favorites are “Against Gravity”,”time for Ice Cream” and “Private Island”
    And I agree with Denise, i miss wallpapers from cheloveche
    Thanks to all…

    2
  59. 83

    I like the Summer Feet most! :)

    1
  60. 84

    Request to designers: Please include usable calendars! I appreciate the creativity in differing arrangements of the string of numbers from 1-31, but I still like to know what day of the week goes with what date. (Water_lily, I’m looking at you!) Kudos to Summer Feet and Digital Beauty for showing the calendar how I find it most useful, with Monday as the start of the week.

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  61. 85

    The Kingdom and Summer feet are my favorite this month!!! Good job!

    1
  62. 86

    Really cool guys!!!!
    This collection flow away the summer heat. Helping me stay cool in summer B-). I like the summer feet, against the gravity and….I think I love them all, lol. Looking forward for next month collection :)
    Thanks a lot.

    1
  63. 87

    “Be Cool!” in better quality PNG http://www.box.net/shared/9sijsbrxvt1znd4t5xru

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  64. 88

    Great work as always guys.

    Theres quite a few i like this month. digital beauty is my favourite.

    keep up the great work guys.
    Thanks.

    0
  65. 89

    Me encanto “Summer Feet”

    1
  66. 90

    Wow, i love all of them :XXX… and Summer Night is on my desktop :XXX. Thanks you so much!!!

    0
  67. 91

    Love “The Cocoons”. Thanks!

    1
  68. 92

    I like All seeing very much and it’s the reason for me to click onto the article. Summer feet had a color palette that make it very attractive

    2
  69. 93

    Using Summer Night on my desktop, Summer Feet is beautiful too :)

    1
  70. 94

    Hi,

    thanks for Freedom Happiness and Knee High!

    0
  71. 95

    ‘Digital beauty’ is extremely impressive! Love it

    1
  72. 96

    I like” Time For Ice Cream” best!

    0
  73. 97

    Love Summer Breeze!!! SO many other great ones but Summer Breeze is on my desktop rn :)

    1
  74. 98

    Emaan Thompson

    July 3, 2011 9:02 am

    Loved them all….they were so cool, esp “its time for Ice Cream” is the best one. Have it on my desktop :)

    0
  75. 99

    love the sumer night sky ! awesome insprations

    0
  76. 100

    Great wallpaper

    Like Be cool

    0
  77. 101

    love cats,love “Private Island”!

    1
  78. 102

    private island,I like!

    0
  79. 103

    Wow, fantastic wallpapers this month. Great job guys!

    1
  80. 104

    Thanx U so much 4 this post every month The wps are so cool and very original special mention to Kayro C from China. really funny WP

    2
  81. 105

    Wonderful Wallpapers! Loved them all!

    0
  82. 106

    Sendrakhi Smith

    July 4, 2011 8:17 pm

    All the wallpapers design is very cheerful and attractive in look. But among these all design, i really like starting wallpaper, i appreciate too it.
    naturalacai.org/

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  83. 107

    Against The Gravity is brilliant! Love it!!! %)

    1
  84. 108

    Well sometimes choosing one or two out of a list like this means somehow “forgetting” about the rest. And that is not fair.
    I mean, each of these is nice. One by one. Congrats to all, and thanks for sharing.

    0
  85. 109

    the wallpapers are really great ,thank you

    0
  86. 110

    i love the colors, they are smashing

    0
  87. 111

    i wish to comunicate with the artists

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  88. 112

    i wish to communicate with the artists

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  89. 113

    No fireworks wallpapers? I am in shock!

    0
  90. 114

    Seriously, this is the best month so far.

    I am absolutely stumped which one to use first.

    Loving:

    DIGITAL BEAUTY, Rewizja.net
    TIME FOR ICECREAM, Athena Studios
    Lotum’s new one and so much more.

    Thanks all.

    0
  91. 115

    Love Be Cool!. Thanks for sharing :)

    1
  92. 116

    SUMMER feet and night! Love them!

    1
  93. 117

    Amei o Digital Beauty, muito lindo mesmo! :D

    0
  94. 118

    María Cristina Alvite

    July 6, 2011 4:53 pm

    Private Island is just fantastic!

    1
  95. 119

    Digital Beauty…

    1
  96. 120

    Kashif M Qasim

    July 6, 2011 9:21 pm

    Well done all designers, this month’s quality is great. My favourite is a tie between Digital Beauty and Color Panels.

    0
  97. 121

    hey, what happened to submissions from Daily Overview? Was looking forward to something as wonderful as last month’s Serenity

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  98. 122

    Save the best for last: The cocoons is my fave!

    1
  99. 123

    Daily Overview, Isis

    July 7, 2011 3:58 pm

    Hi Jonah :) great apologies. we didn’t make any submissions for July. However, we’ll be back in August… that is, if our wallpaper gets selected. Do drop us an email on our website so that we can keep you updated on our latest icons and free vectors :) Have a great month ahead, Jonah, and thanks to everyone who voted for ‘Serenity’ last month.

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  100. 124

    Daily Overview, Isis

    July 7, 2011 4:07 pm

    am voting for Private Island, by the way. very cute ;)

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  101. 125

    All Seeing won out over Private Island due to the placement of the calendar. Beautiful color palette, but a little busy. However, I really appreciate having a calendar that starts the week with Sunday. And I love the typeface.

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  102. 126

    I like “Private Island” and “Summer Night”… very nice..

    1
  103. 127

    Just looking at “Summer Night” makes me smile. Thanks!

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  104. 128

    Really great selection this month! I’ll be using the Wallpaper Cycler program so I can enjoy most of them; too many I like to pick a favorite.

    Thanks to all the artists for their creativity.

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  105. 129

    Digital Beauty is really great, my only problem being the gradients which are not smooth enough (e.g., on top of the flower). Is this caused by the JPG encoding?

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  106. 130

    I like this

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  107. 131

    really osam work ,
    i select digital beauty …………

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  108. 132

    I like All Seeing.

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  109. 133

    First time in last few years, complete list of wallpapers is “pro” looking
    :)

    very nice, all of them.

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  110. 134

    Disappointed. Nothing relating to Independence Day?! One of our nation’s greatest holidays.

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    • 135

      Freedom Happiness was the closest I found. It represents freedom in every nation. But I agree, fireworks and flags would be nice. How about a picnic scene with fireworks!? or a beach/lake scene with fireworks?

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  111. 136

    Love the wallpapers. I look forward to the start of each month and selecting desktop wallpaper. Would be nice if there were a few more contributions from Southern Hemisphere. It is definitely not time for ice-cream down here!!

    Also would be good to have all available at 640×480 as this seems the best resolution for iPad wallpaper.

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  112. 137

    Ultimate collection.. Cheerz to all the talented spirits out there..

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  113. 138

    Sorry Guys this month Very last i like the digital beauty.

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  114. 139

    Lots of great ones to choose from this month! I especially liked Cocoons, Freedom Happiness, and Time for Ice Cream, but since I’m such a cat lover, I finally chose Private Island. Love those cats! Artists, keep up the great work!

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  115. 140

    I love Summer Feet! Thanks, smashing magazine. <3

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  116. 141

    so many beatiful wallpapers ~~~but I’m just lazy or I ‘ll change them everyday so that I can use all my favorite ones

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  117. 142

    Unwritten Stories is the best 1.. for this month..

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  118. 143

    In Southamerica July is winter. Any wallpaper for this hemisphere?

    Thanks

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  119. 144

    Be cool is my favorite.. Nice work :)

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  120. 145

    Private Island is my favorite

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  121. 146

    Late to the party this month but I love Summer night, Digital beauty, and The Cocoons

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  122. 147

    hi supper designs, i like all the wallpapers

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  123. 148

    Superb…

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  124. 149

    ssssssuuuuupppppeeeerrrrrr

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  125. 150

    ayyan tex tiruppur super

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  126. 151

    My favorites are Summer Feet and Summer Night. They both capture two very different aspects of summer, but are spot on. They are beautiful

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