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Our Spring Coloring Book—13 Stock Vectors That Turn Winter into Spring

by Caroline Mercurio on March 16, 2017 No comments

While it might seem like much of the world is still facing frost and snowstorms, the first day of spring is nearly here. To help celebrate the changing seasons—and the flowery foliage that comes with it—we’ve rounded up some of our favorite line art drawings from our library of stock vectors that truly capture this time of year.

What exactly makes these drawings so perfect for the first day of spring? Each image is a delicately drawn snowflake that—if you look closely enough—is entirely made up of flowers. (Metaphorical much?)

Best of all, the black and white line art style of these snowflakes make them ideal for coloring. And let’s be real, who doesn’t enjoy a chance to color every now and then? With Photoshop, it’s entirely mess-free—no crayons, markers, paints, or colored pencils to clean up after. Just pick your color and use that much-loved tool: the paint bucket.

Here’s an example of how we’ve colored one of these floral snowflakes.

 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
Not certain which colors to pick? We used a palette inspired by early spring blooms, like the warm yellows of daffodils and the vibrant purples of crocuses. Look to nature for your own inspiration—or make sure your choices are 100% on-trend and check out our guide to Pantone’s picks for this spring.

 
Try out your own palettes with these 13 floral snowflakes.

 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
Pick your favorite or download them all—with unlimited downloads from our royalty-free library of stock vectors, the possibilities are endless!

 

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A Visual Guide to Pantone’s Spring Colors: 10 Ways to Apply the Palette

by Caroline Mercurio on January 30, 2017 No comments

Hope isn’t just a feeling this season—according to the color experts at Pantone, it’s also a palette. Based on the prominent colors used in this year’s New York Fashion Week, Pantone’s most popular colors for Spring 2017 involve a playful yet thoughtful mix of vitality and relaxation. According to Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman, “designers applied color in playful, yet thoughtful and precise combinations to fully capture the promises, hope, and transformation that we yearn for each Spring.”

To help encapsulate the aspirational essence these colors represent in your next designs, we’ve compiled a guide to understanding the meaning behind each color choice—and we’ve created a few designs using resources from our library of stock images to get you started.

Pantone's SpringImage courtesy of Pantone

 

1. Primrose Yellow

 
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This vibrant yellow is bold and unabashedly cheery—especially as it skews more towards orange-yellow than green. Reminiscent of warm, sunny days, this color can be especially impactful when you want your designs to draw instant attention.

If the brand you’re designing for is a playful one, then this color is just right—but use it with care. When paired with white text, it can be difficult to read and therefore quite inaccessible for those with limited eyesight. It’s best used sparingly as an accent color—but then again, rules are made to be broken.

Pantone's Spring

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2. Pale Dogwood

 
Pantone's Spring
 
This beautifully subtle pink is soft and relaxing. It is innocent and pure, like a softly lit spring morning, which probably explains the name. This color is so unobtrusive, it could easily be used as a neutral in your designs. Let it lead from a place of support: the background.

For a brand that is calm and feminine, this color is ideal. It makes an excellent supporting color for bold and loud colors. For a minimalist feel, pair it with grayscale photos and rich black text to let your content carry the weight of your message.

Pantone's Spring

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3. Hazelnut

 
Pantone's Spring
 
As the most neutral color of the bunch, Hazelnut truly represents the earthiness of Pantone’s collection. It’s grounding, calming, and provides roots for punchier colors to contrast with. Described as “unpretentious and with an inherent warmth,” this color eases you into the transition of the seasons, with warm days spent outdoors just on the horizon.

As a neutral, this color is another excellent supporter for pairing with others. If you’re going for an approachable, earthy look in your design, Hazelnut can be more warm and friendly than the popular light gray as a neutral.

Pantone's Spring

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4. Island Paradise

 
Pantone's Spring
 
A strikingly vibrant and appealing color, Island Paradise mimics the pristine aqua waters of islands far off. It exudes an air of paradise and inspires tropical escapes far away from the colorless cold winter.

Blue colors generally evoke a sense of calm, peace, and responsibility for brands, but this brighter and more energized aqua radiates excitement. It has a freshness that is playful and fun. For a happy and bright brand, let Island Paradise take center stage. Try a monochromatic look with varying shades of blue—like Lapis Blue and Niagara—to really dive into Bahamian waters. Or try a look that pops by pairing it with Pink Yarrow and Flame.

Pantone's Spring

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5. Greenery

 
Pantone's Spring
 
As the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, this shade of green is all about breathing new life into the spring season and reinvigorating our passions. It’s about experimentation, exploration, and adventure. This green is fearless and borrows some of its boldness from the hints of yellow found within.

Use this color in your designs if you want to create a feeling of freshness and vibrancy. Green in branding can create a sense of balance and harmony—yet this hue is also energizing and invigorating. Pair it with a minimal and clean design that emphasizes the use of negative or white space to really nail a refreshing look and feel.

Pantone's Spring

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6. Flame

 
Pantone's Spring
 
Arguably the hottest color of the bunch, this color is also the loudest and most intense. More approachable than reds in general, orange has a friendly and energetic appeal—a common theme throughout Pantone’s collection. This shade is “gregarious and fun loving” and adds heat to the spring collection to balance out some of the more peaceful and relaxing colors.

Don’t be fearful of the bold and bright Flame color. In fact, if you’re going to give this color a shot, go all the way and flood your designs with it. With a color like this, it’s asking to make a statement. If your brand is strong and determined, this could be the color for you. Try using it in marketing pieces that have an informal voice and approach or for an intense call to action.

Pantone's Spring

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7. Pink Yarrow

 
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This pink is lively, whimsical, and quite the showstopper. It isn’t shy and it doesn’t mind taking center stage—which is exactly how you can utilize it. This bold, bright, and saturated hue is captivating and will immediately draw attention to wherever it is used in a design.

Highlight an important call to action with Pink Yarrow—or emphasize an area where the message is particularly important. But keep in mind that this color is not the most traditional or conservative. If you use it in your designs or for branding, understand that you’ll be giving the impression of youth and a casual approach to business—think T-Mobile, which emphasizes targeting youthful and open-minded consumers.

Pantone's Spring

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8. Niagara

 
Pantone's Spring
 
Niagara was coined as speaking “to our desire for ease and relaxation.” It was awarded as the most prominent color of Spring 2017. While it’s one of the more muted colors of the collection, its strength lies in its comfort and dependability.

Used alone, the mood it elicits is one of relaxation, comfort, and dependability, which makes it an excellent partner for pairing with bright Primrose Yellow. Or if you want to keep your designs calm, it could work very well with Pale Dogwood.

Pantone's Spring

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9. Kale

 
Pantone's Spring
 
Though the actual vegetable probably reached peak trendiness back in 2014, Kale as a color is making its way into fashion and design strongly this spring. Another green in the collection to emulate the beauty of nature and the desire to get outdoors, Kale is more muted and reserved than its Greenery counterpart. It makes an excellent backdrop and could almost get away with serving as a neutral.

For a complimentary collision in hue and saturation, try pairing Kale with Pink Yarrow—it will look modern and bold, but also quite fun. For a monochromatic look, work with Greenery and Kale. Or for a sweet and inviting combination, try Kale with Pale Dogwood.

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10. Lapis Blue

 
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Lapis blue is one of the more modest and traditional colors in Pantone’s collection. It radiates inner confidence and a calm, stable energy, yet it holds its own against some of the brighter colors like Primrose Yellow, Flame, or Pink Yarrow.

Paired with a heavy use of white space, Lapis Blue works well along side any of these brighter colors—especially when used in the style of Material Design for websites, web applications, or mobile apps. The heavy saturation of the color makes for an excellent contrast with white space and therefore makes a hierarchy of information easier to accomplish—a must-have for successful visual design.

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Want a little more in-depth analysis to color theory before you begin your designs? Check out our Color Theory 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Complementary Colors, RGB, and More.

And did you know that with Graphicstock you can search by any color for completely customized results—just by using the hex codes we provided!

 

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25 Stock Winter Landscapes: The Snowy Nature Photos We Can’t Get Enough Of

by Maddie Stearn on December 13, 2016 No comments

As the weather gets chillier, we’re embracing one of our favorite parts of winter: beautiful, snowy stock photos. Luckily, we can enjoy the scenery from the warmth of the indoors (all while wearing our delightfully ugly holiday sweaters). We invite you to take a look at some of our most popular wintry landscapes, selected from our highest rated and most downloaded images. Go ahead, sip your hot beverage of choice and explore this hand-curated gallery.

 

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To complete your project, check out our galleries of royalty-free stock photos and more stock winter landscapes. You can download all of these photos and more as part of your GraphicStock subscription. Once you’re done, go ahead and share your completed work with us in the comments!

 

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The Top 20 Nature Vectors for Winter-Inspired Designs

by Caroline Mercurio on December 2, 2016 No comments

With winter nature vectors, you can decorate almost any object and create your own digital projects. These snowy and festive images can help bring together your designs with winter-inspired scenery and graphics. So whether you’re hoping to create a winter snowscape scene to frame on your wall or design your very own holiday sweater, you can easily find winter nature vectors to personalize.

To help you along, we’ve curated our top 20 landscape and animal-themed winter vectors—use them to customize your winter gifts, create holiday cards, add a dramatic winter landscape to your computer desktop, develop your own social media banner, or print your own wrapping paper.

 

Landscape Nature Vectors

A landscape vector sets a scene and creates a mood for your design. Use one as a backdrop for other vector graphics or select a landscape to stand on its own. You can scale the vector to any dimension without distorting the imagery, so these vectors work well for projects as large as a billboard or as small as a mouse pad.

Beginning artists often use assets by other artists to inspire them or to add dimension to their work. Instead of creating an entire winter landscape scene from scratch, choose a pre-made landscape and add other elements as you see fit. For example, you might add galloping reindeer to a snowy hillside or add text to a simpler landscape.

You can also use landscape nature vectors as artwork for your walls. Adjust the vector as you see fit, then export the vector from Adobe Illustrator as a JPG. From there, you can scale the image to suit the dimensions you want for your artwork.

Use these landscape nature vectors to spark your imagination.

 
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Download this abstract winter birch trees vector image.

 
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Download this bright night with moon vector image.

 
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Download this festive pine tree landscape vector image.

 
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Download this wintry Rocky Mountain landscape vector.

 
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Download this winter landscape vector.

 

Animals in Nature Vectors

Cute animals never fail to draw smiles when they’re used in artwork and other projects. Animals that often make appearances in winter nature vectors include squirrels, deer, birds, and polar bears, but you can find almost any animal in a winter-related scene.

Some animal nature vectors feature a single animal with a transparent background—you can insert these animals into any design to add visual interest. Other animal vectors feature multiple animals, often in detailed scenes—use these vectors by themselves or add other elements to make the image your own.

Animal nature vectors also work great for holiday cards, storybooks, party fliers, and other projects that you might undertake during the winter. Kids often respond well to animals, so products or gifts for children tend to feature them.

Explore some of our most popular animal nature vectors with winter themes.

 
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How to Work With Winter Nature Vector Art

When you’ve chosen your winter nature vectors, download them and open them in Adobe Illustrator or other vector editing program. You can change the vectors or combine them for whatever project you’ve chosen. Use the software’s tools to change colors, move objects to different positions, and make other adjustments. Once you’re happy with your design, save the changes so that you can always access your vector file later. You can also save the original to ensure nondestructive editing.

At this point, you can open the image in Adobe Photoshop or other image editing program to make any final edits. Some designers prefer to work exclusively in Illustrator, while others shift back and forth between Illustrator and Photoshop to take full advantage of each program’s tools.

Winter nature vectors can add more variety to your digital assets and allow you to speed up the design process. Can’t decide which of these 20 winter vectors you like the most? Download them all from our royalty-free stock image library—all with unlimited downloads when you have a GraphicStock membership.

 

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What Thanksgiving With Family Is Actually Like, Told In Stock Photos

by Caroline Mercurio on November 15, 2016 No comments

Ah, Thanksgiving…It’s that time of year when family near and far draw together to enjoy a day of love, laughter, and feasting. But the idyllic gatherings shown in most stock photos don’t always capture the reality of “quality time” with relatives. Old sibling rivalries rise to the surface, and the in-laws ask awkward questions at the dinner table. But what’s Thanksgiving without a little family drama?

Inspired by our own fond memories of Thanksgivings past, we gathered the stock photos that more accurately represent the family feasting. For comparison, here’s how we like to imagine the holiday in pictures, followed by the more realistic version.

How We Like to Imagine Thanksgiving

 
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We think of all those we hold dear. We share memories and photos of all the things we are thankful for. Maybe we raise a glass to the years gone by or to the new year about to unfold. It’s a holiday in every sense of the word.

Or not.

What It’s Really Like

For many of us, Thanksgiving is the day when we’re are obligated to spend 12-48 hours with people who share our DNA—and not much else. Add to the fact that it’s an election year and…well, pass the punch, please.

If this sounds all too familiar, take a deep breath—you are not alone. To help you get through the day, we have put together a collection of images that are basically all of us on Thanksgiving. So come November 24, find a quiet corner (lock yourself in the closet if you must) and pull up this post for a quick Thanksgiving giggle.

 
 
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Come on, Aunt Nancy. We all know what’s really in that mug.

 
 
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Somehow it doesn’t matter if he’s watching the game or the parade—Pops will still spend the next 5 hours yelling at the TV.

 
 
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What do you mean you’re changing your major from Engineering to Interpretive Dance?!?

 
 
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Don’t mess with big bro, little guy!

 
 
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NEVER tell Christine that her corn muffins are dry.

 
 
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I can’t talk right now—Jason found chocolate and now he’s naked and destroying mom’s white couch.

 
 
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Fluffy is secretly plotting vengeance.

 
 
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Too…much…pie…

 
 
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So when am I getting grandchildren?

 
 
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You’re my only hope, Pinot Noir. Never leave me.

 
 
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And Aunt Helen is trying to use the rolling pin on her hair. Things just took a turn.

 
 
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Please just eat your fruit. Literally anything that’s not chocolate. I’m begging you.

 
 
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Yep, gave up and went to the bar with Uncle Larry.

 
 
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Sweet mother of turkey. Let’s eat!

 
 
Sometimes a little laugh and some commiseration is all we need to get through the holidays. Even though they make us crazy, today is about family, and we know we sure will be sad when we say goodby on Friday. So give everyone a hug and dig into that beautiful bird. Cheers!

 

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Tutorial: How to Create a Dazzling Holiday Card with Your Annual Family Photo

by Caroline Mercurio on November 1, 2016 9 comments

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and pretty soon Christmas music will start streaming in through your radio. Every holiday season, we decorate our refrigerators and mantles with cards from family and friends wishing us health and happiness through the cold winter months. This year, stand out from the crowd with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind holiday card that you can personalize to exactly your taste.

We’ve created this quick tutorial for designing a custom photo card that will dazzle everyone on your mailing list. All you need are a few easy-to-edit graphics and you best family pics, and you’re ready to get started. Here’s what we used:

 
And here’s a preview of our final product:

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Let’s Get Started

 
Step One: Create a Canvas

First, we need to create our canvas. Start by opening a new document, and set the dimensions to 5”x7”, with 300 px/inch.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

 
Step Two: Build your Border

Now that you have your canvas, select the shape tool and set it to the rectangle shape. Draw a rectangular fill shape ½ inch in from all sides.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

Once you have your shape, select the “Paint Bucket” tool to fill the square with an ivory color.

A popup will ask you to rasterize the shape, click “okay” and then click inside the shape with your paint bucket.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

 
Step Three: Add Some Sparkle

The holidays are a festive time of year, and how often do you have free reign to add some gold glitter to your life? We decided to use a gold glitter background for the border, and that’s just what you’re going to do next.

We used this gold glitter background. Simply go to File>Open, then select your image. Once it is open in a new Photoshop screen, select the “Move Tool” and drag it into the canvas. From there you can resize the image as you see fit.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

You will notice that it is currently in front of that pretty ivory rectangle we made. To fix this, go to your layers panel, and pull the layer labeled “Rectangle” above “Layer 1.”

 
Step Four: Add the Banner

For our banner, we started with this red satin image. Open and drag it into your canvas the same way you did for the gold background.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

Next you will need to crop out a long rectangle. To do this, you first need to set your primary color to black. Then, Using your marquee tool, draw a rectangle over the area you want to save. With this selected, go to the layers panel and select the “add vector mask” button at the bottom of the panel.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

Now you should have a long, thin red banner. Move the banner to the center of the canvas.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

We added an additional satin effect by going to the “fx” button at the bottom of the layers panel and selecting “satin.” Make sure the color is set to a burgundy red and adjust the settings as you see fit. You can see here the settings we used to give the banner a rich, velvety texture.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

 
Step Five: Add Your Family Photo

For our “family photo,” we used this stock image.

Insert your photo into your canvas as you did the other images, and crop as necessary using the vector mask and marquee tool like you did with the red satin banner. Move your image into place.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

We didn’t want to crop off the top of the frame any further, so we let the image stay a slightly larger than the frame and moved the banner in front of the image to cover the extra. We did this by dragging the layer above the photo in the layers panel.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

 
Step Six: Edit Your Photo

Go ahead and apply any edits you would like to your photo. We chose to desaturate this image so that it wouldn’t compete with the bright gold and red in the design. You can do this by selecting Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

 
Step Seven: Start Adding Text

Let’s start by adding text to the lower portion of the canvas, just to get the words in there and figure out what and how much we want to say.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

To make the card look really beautiful, we need to lay out our text in an interesting way and add exciting fonts. Play around with this and let your creativity really shine.

Don’t be afraid to rotate the text and use a couple of sizes and fonts. We also chose to move the “sentiment” up into the ribbon banner for better balance.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

Finally, to help the text really pop, we added drop shadows to some of the text layers. With the text layer you want to edit selected in the layers panel, click the “fx” button at the bottom of layers panel, and select “Drop Shadow.”

Here you can see the settings we used for the banner text.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

 
Step Eight: Send it to the printer

We recommend using a professional printer with a high quality cardstock to really make your card stand out. Or if email is more your pace than snail mail, save your cards as high quality PNGs or PDFs to share virtually with all of your loved ones.

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

 
That’s it! This beautiful card is simple, elegant, and entirely yours. Customize this design however you like–or if you are feeling inspired, you can start your own from scratch. With thousands of photos, vectors, and graphics, your options are endless.

What will you design? Share your finished project with us on Instagram, (simply tag @graphicstock_), and let us know how it goes in the comments section below.

 

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Have No Fear—These Halloween Stock Vector Projects Are Scary Easy

by Caroline Mercurio on October 7, 2016 1 comment

We love Halloween. As soon as the calendar hits October 1st, we start thinking of ways to utilize our royalty-free stock vectors for all sorts of inventive Halloween designs. Last year we created awesome printable Halloween masks, but this year we’re taking it to another level with festive posters, invitations, and pumpkin carving templates.

Our library is full of unique Halloween vectors, and the beauty of working with them is how easy they are to customize or incorporate into your larger design—even in Photoshop. Here are three fun and spooky ways you can bring your Halloween creations back from the dead this year.

 

1. An Eye-Catching Event Poster

 
Halloween Stock Vector Projects
 
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, starts the day after Halloween and brings colorful inspiration beyond orange and black. With one of the intricate sugar skull vectors in our library, we created a vibrant event poster highlighting this traditional illustration.

To recreate this poster:

1. Open a new Photoshop file with poster dimensions of 24 x 36 inches and color the background black.

2. Drop in this sugar skull vector, then select and delete the white background—you may need to rasterize the layer first.

3. Enter your desired text with your chosen typeface.

4. Warp the top text by clicking menu item Type>Warp Text>Style: Arc. Be sure Horizontal is checked and adjust to your desired bend.

To add a little more depth to the poster, we also added a few texture layers. Place this grunge texture image as the top layer. Resize it to the full width of the poster, change the blend mode to Multiply, and lower the opacity to 25%. Add another geometric texture above the background layer and adjust the opacity to 25%. These textures add visual interest and keep the poster from appearing too flat.

 

2. Spirited Party Invitations

 
Halloween Stock Vector Projects
 
Sometimes you’ve got to get punny, and there’s no better time than Halloween. Our library has plenty of festive and easily customized illustrations and vectors, like this owl artwork.

To recreate this invitation:

1. Open a new Photoshop file sized at 4 x 6 inches.

2. Place the owl image into the file as a smart object, resize it to 4 inches wide, and center it horizontally and vertically.

3. Rasterize the layer and fill in the remaining background by selecting the surrounding area and clicking menu item Edit>Fill>Contents: Content Aware.

4. Create new text and add in “Owl See You Oct. 31” or your own customized text. For this poster, we continued to use the Google Font, Creepster.

5. Add any additional party information below the owl.

Not much of a planner and afraid of using snail mail? Don’t worry, these graphics are also great for social media use. You can make the dimension of your artwork either square or horizontal and still achieve the same effect by posting to a Facebook event or even by sharing through email.

 

3. Spooky Pumpkin Carving Templates

 
Halloween Stock Vector Projects
 
Halloween is incomplete without an old fashioned carved pumpkin or two. While carving pumpkins maybe be a timeless tradition, you can apply some tech-savvy techniques to your artistry. We’ve gathered a few simple and spooky graphics that would make excellent templates for your pumpkins.

To create your own carving template:

1. Open the vector file in Photoshop and convert the images to a highly contrasted black and white graphic. (Image>Mode>Grayscale; Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast—and increase contrast to desired level.)

2. Print them out and stencil in the black areas after cutting them from the paper.

3. Carve the appropriate portions of each design into your pumpkin. We used these freaky teeth and added some basic eyes before printing. Or check out more vectors and illustrations we’ve used for pumpkin carving.

Halloween is about having fun and letting loose. Don’t feel like you have to play by the rules when creating your designs. You can take them to a scary, horror-inspired level or get silly and playful like we did. But start prepping soon—Halloween is just around the corner.

 

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15,000 New Stock Photos That Will Inspire You to Get Outside

by Caroline Mercurio on April 7, 2016 No comments

The birds are buzzing, flowers are blooming, and everyone is dreaming of spending slow, sunny days in the great outdoors. We crave new ideas and adventures that will get us out of hibernation and into the fresh air: hiking, swimming, or even just walking the dog (or adopting a dog to walk). So, in the spirit of the season, GraphicStock has added 15,000 new fitness, animal, and nature-themed stock photos to inspire your next project. We’ve even included a couple of DIY tutorials to use all these pics!


 
 

Fitness Inspiration

Are you a business owner looking to advertise your gym or athletic event event? Or, like many of us, perhaps you are an avid fitspo-pinner looking for your next dose of daily motivation. Either way, this super easy DIY “ad” is ideal for social media, internet marketing, or printing.

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To create this image, we took this photograph and opened it using Adobe Photoshop. Before we could edit the photo, we had to make a copy of the background image and hide the original (click the eye icon in the layers panel). Then, we used the eyedropper tool to select a skin tone from the model and drew a large rectangle over the entire photo. We moved this rectangle behind the main image by dragging it down on the layers panel, and lowered the opacity of the background copy to 70%. Finally, we reduced the saturation on the background copy photograph. These last two steps give the final product a faded quality. For the text, we used Existence Light font and added a drop shadow to make it pop.

Cute and Cuddly

Okay, so if you’re more into marathoning episodes of Game of Thrones than you are into actual marathons, we totally get it. You know what goes really well with binge-watching Netflix? Cat memes. We’ll just leave this here.

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If you want to make your own daily “aww” moment, look no further! For this project, we downloaded this image, and again copied the background layer, then hid the original background by clicking the eye icon in the layers panel. To blur the edges, we applied an Iris Blur (Filter> Blur Gallery> Iris Blur; we set the circle to include the kitten’s face, as only the area outside the circle will blur). Finally, we added our text and placed drop shadows to make the letters pop. For the fonts, we used Homemade Apple Regular and Coming Soon Regular.

The Great Outdoors

Who doesn’t love nature photography? There is something soothing about looking at beautiful photos of nature—even if it’s only on a screen. Our new photos are perfect for use as screen savers just as they are, but did you know you can also make your own cover photos and posts for social media? Check out our full tutorial here.

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For this example, we used this original photo and cropped it to 831 x 315 px. Then, we went to File> Export> Save for Web and typed 831 and 315 px into the spaces on the bottom right of the pop up, where it says Image Size.

 

 

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It’s Not Easy Being Green: Videos and Images that Tell the Story of a Symbolic Color

by Caroline Mercurio on March 14, 2016 No comments

Kermit knew what he was talking about when he said, “It’s not easy being green.” Few colors are packed with as much symbolism as this one hue. Green can hold varying significance depending on the context, from renewal and abundance to envy and inexperience—and those are just a few examples.

When using green in a project, creators should know that each shade of green represents something different. Dark greens invokes wealth and ambition, olive greens bring to mind the natural world, and bright greens exhibit energy and vibrancy. From fields of clover to stacks of money, artists can elicit these associations through the imagery they choose to employ.

We gathered some of our favorite green footage and graphics into a creator’s “toolkit,” so that anyone can experiment with the use of this eye-catching color. See if you can devise a visual story using the clips and images below, making the color green a central theme in your work. Every item shown is available for download at VideoBlocks or GraphicStock.

Green Footage, Backgrounds, and More

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Green Graphics, Images, and Photos

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Get Inspired for Spring with Stock Butterflies and Floral Graphics

by Caroline Mercurio on March 2, 2016 1 comment

The groundhog has spoken—it’s time to pack away our snow shovels and ready ourselves for April showers and May flowers. Soon, the trees will start sprouting green buds and spring will paint the landscape with the blooms of the season. It’s a time for celebrations and enjoying the great outdoors.

In that spirit, we have gathered the graphics you need to spring into creative projects  inspired by the season. Whether you need to create decor for an Easter celebration or build an idea board for a rustic wedding, we have you covered. Here are some of our favorites!

Spring-Themed Photographs, Vectors, and Backgrounds

 

 

The possibilities are endless—you can use this gallery for projects ranging from stationery to gift bags to seasonal packaging. So go ahead and lose yourself in sunshine and cherry blossom trees, and perhaps even frolic with a bunch of baby chicks in a field of dandelions (bunnies and daisies work too).

And once you are sufficiently lost in the splendor of Spring and filled with inspiration, be sure to visit our collection of stock flower backgrounds!

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