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10-28-10, 10:20 AM
http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/intro11.pngSeeing a lot of user-submitted artwork and animations via Blender (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-great-applications-for-the-graphic-designer-on-a-budget/), GIMP (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-10-beginner-level-video-tutorials-learn-gimp-fast/), and Inkscape (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/convert-images-to-svg-format-with-inkscape/) enthusiasts (some of which you can see in 10+ Amazing Short Films Made With Free Software (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-amazing-short-films-free-software/)) has made me really appreciate images illustrated by hand, which includes wallpapers. Given the season, illustrated wallpapers shouldn‚??t be too difficult to find, and it might even get you excited for Halloween!

Here is a set of wallpapers that feature this exact illustrated-by-hand concept, though authors have not indicated that they used GIMP (http://makeuseof.com/tags/gimp) or other open-source image editing (http://makeuseof.com/tags/image-editors) application. Also, some are from general wallpaper search sites, which I suspect don‚??t always link to the original author, but a number of these have a watermark (smart!) on them so they‚??re more traceable and attributable.

You can also find a few tutorials after the set of wallpapers, which may help guide you should you become inspired to create your own!



Wallpaper Collection

1. Halloween by Sandara (http://sandara.deviantart.com/)

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/14.png

Download at: Deviant Art (http://sandara.deviantart.com/art/halloween-141400112)

2. Halloween

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/21.jpg

Download at: Zastavki (http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Holidays/Halloween/wallpaper-3670-1.htm)

3. Halloween/Preparations For The Holiday

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/31.jpg

Download at: Zastavki (http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Holidays/Halloween/wallpaper-11252-14.htm)

4. Halloween/All Saints Day

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/41.jpg

Download at: Zastavki (http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Holidays/Halloween/wallpaper-11250-12.htm)

5. Untitled 2

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/53.png

Download at: Wallbase (http://wallbase.net/wallpaper/761715)

6. Happy Halloween by Anthony Altamirano (http://artkasdesign.com/) of ArtkasDesign

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/62.png

Download at: Slodive (http://slodive.com/freebies/halloween-wallpaper-exclusive/)

7. Halloween

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/7.jpg

Download at: Wallbase (http://wallbase.net/wallpaper/761723)

8. Halloween

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/8.jpg

Download at: Wallbase (http://wallbase.net/wallpaper/761724)

9. Halloween/House Witches

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/9.jpg

Download at: Zastavki (http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Holidays/Halloween/wallpaper-11256.htm)

10. Halloween by Hellen

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/10.jpg

Download at: Wallbase (http://wallbase.net/wallpaper/22169)

11. Hallowmas

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/11.jpg

Download at: Zastavki (http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Holidays/Halloween/wallpaper-11237.htm)

12. Untitled 3

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/12.jpg

Download at: Wallbase (http://wallbase.net/wallpaper/269830)

13. Halloween Haunts

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/13.jpg

Download at: Wallcoo (http://www.wallcoo.net/holiday/halloween_art/html/wallpaper1.html)

14. Witchcraft Magic Night Cauldron

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/14.jpg

Download at: Halloween Web (http://www.halloweenweb.co.uk/963/spooky-witch/witchcraft-magic-night-cauldron)

15. Halloween Theme

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/15.jpg

Download at: Zastavki (http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Holidays/Halloween/wallpaper-18383-12.htm)

16. Halloween/Holiday Decorations

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/16.jpg

Download at: Zastavki (http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Holidays/Halloween/wallpaper-11255-12.htm)

17. Castle Witches

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/17.jpg

Download at: Zastavki (http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Holidays/Halloween/wallpaper-11247-12.htm)

18. House At The Cemetery/Halloween

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/18.jpg

Download at: Zastavki (http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Holidays/Halloween/wallpaper-11248-12.htm)

19. The Night In The Midst Of Halloween

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/19.jpg

Download at: Zastavki (http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Holidays/Halloween/wallpaper-11240-12.htm)

20. Halloween Theme

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/20.jpg

Download at: Zastavki (http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Holidays/Halloween/wallpaper-11239-12.htm)

Halloween Wallpaper Tutorial for GIMP Users

Now if your creative juices are ready to work their way to your next piece of artwork, there‚??s a tutorial (http://sglider12.blogspot.com/2008/10/design-halloween-pumpkin-wallpaper-in.html) by Xcftuts (http://xcftuts.com/) to produce a basic wallpaper in GIMP (you can also make yourself other stunning wallpapers (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-tutorials-amazing-wallpapers-gimp/)). You may also want to read How To Create Top-Quality Desktop Wallpapers (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-create-top-quality-computer-desktop-wallpapers/) for tips on attaining the best quality possible for your wallpaper according to resolution and the like.

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/211.jpg

For more Halloween material, there‚??s also a video tutorial if you‚??re interested in creating a cute ghost like the following:

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/22.jpg



Deciding on whether or not to change your profile picture on Facebook or Twitter for the occasion? Here‚??s one way to do it with style.

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/24.jpg

Here‚??s the video tutorial to achieve the eyes-in-hands effect:


Tutorial for Photoshop Users

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/23.jpg

Since the previous text tutorial is actually based on a¬*PSDTuts+ (http://psd.tutsplus.com/) tutorial, anyone with Photoshop can follow the guide¬*here (http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/photo-effects-tutorials/design-a-halloween-pumpkin-wallpaper-in-photoshop/). Note that any stock images (source files) and final products in PSD are available to premium members of the site only.

If you‚??re like me, however, and just prefer to be amazed by others‚?? masterpieces, check out additional Halloween wallpapers on


Social Wallpapering (http://www.socwall.com/),¬*Foto Community (http://www.fotocommunity.com/),¬*Wallpapr (http://marcogomes.com/wallpapr/en/),¬*Customize.org‚??s Wallpapers (http://customize.org/wallpapers),¬*Deviant Art (http://www.deviantart.com/), etc. which were discussed¬*here (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-best-resources-to-pimp-your-wallpaper/) along with other great similar sites, plus 3 convenient wallpaper rotator tools, such as¬*Wally (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/wally-an-incredible-cross-platform-wallpaper-rotation-app/).
Do you have other great spooky wallpapers you wish to share? Let us know in the comments, and have a fun-filled Halloween weekend!

Photo credit:¬*Zastavki (http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Holidays/Halloween/wallpaper-11254.htm)
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