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« on: October 11, 2007 08:59:32 AM »

I've got to design and print holiday party invitations for my work's office party.  I found a card on tinyprints.com that I'd like to copy.  I'm probably going to make it up in Photoshop but I can't find a brush that looks like what's on the card.  Here's the card-



The description says winterberry and I've googled it and even tried to find an image I could make a brush out of but no luck.  So I'm hoping some of you craftsters can help me out!!  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2007 09:12:05 AM »

Make a brush from the image you posted?
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2007 09:13:07 AM »

I did a google search, too, to see what you were up against and I think I may have found a page with some good photoshoppable images.

http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us/eorn.html

If these don't work out, try changing the search parameters (under advanced search) to include only black and white or gray scale photos (these will typically have a lot less background noise and are easy to modify). I also recommend large file sizes since they can be infinitely more useful than tiny ones. Also, these berries don't have to be winterberries. They look similar to Holly berries as well. Try some berry variants and you should come up with something.

If not, try looking for some royalty-free clip art books of plants. These often come with cd-roms and are very photoshoppable. This is what I used to make my wedding invitations with a magnolia.

Hope this was helpful. Good luck--these invitations are beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2007 09:34:34 AM »

Make a brush from the image you posted?

I considered it but I don't really want to do it where it's the band with the image in the middle of the invitation.  I like the idea of the berries but it wouldn't work right to do it exactly like the invitation cause I have to print it on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2007 09:35:40 AM »

I did a google search, too, to see what you were up against and I think I may have found a page with some good photoshoppable images.

http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us/eorn.html

If these don't work out, try changing the search parameters (under advanced search) to include only black and white or gray scale photos (these will typically have a lot less background noise and are easy to modify). I also recommend large file sizes since they can be infinitely more useful than tiny ones. Also, these berries don't have to be winterberries. They look similar to Holly berries as well. Try some berry variants and you should come up with something.

If not, try looking for some royalty-free clip art books of plants. These often come with cd-roms and are very photoshoppable. This is what I used to make my wedding invitations with a magnolia.

Hope this was helpful. Good luck--these invitations are beautiful!

Thank you so much!  I had looked a little bit at getty-images.com and google images but hadn't had much luck.  I'll check out that link.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2007 09:44:32 AM »

Make a brush from the image you posted?

I considered it but I don't really want to do it where it's the band with the image in the middle of the invitation.  I like the idea of the berries but it wouldn't work right to do it exactly like the invitation cause I have to print it on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.  Smiley

Ahh... I got ya!
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2007 01:03:10 PM »

Well, if you find an image you like, its pretty simple to do in PS.

Here's the image I started with:



And after I

-changed it to a white background
-posterized it slightly
-and used the "variation" tool to add more red in all categories, and a bit of cyan highlighting, it changed to this:



that's not exactly what you're looking for, but I did it in like, ten minutes. If you played around with it a bit more (maybe less in the highlights and darken the colors), you could probably nail it pretty easily.
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2007 07:59:45 PM »

there is a free stock photography site called stock exchange. well, some are free and they offer some for really cheap also. another really cheap stock photography place is istock. happy hunting.

(ps: really cheap = like 1-7 dollars... your company could afford that, right?)
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