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Trending This Week: Retro Destination Postcards from Stock Vectors

by Caroline Mercurio on February 15, 2017 No comments

Designers can be inspired by just about anything—and what’s more inspiring than traveling to a new destination? This week we caught onto a trend that really captures the wanderlust hibernating within each of us: destination illustrations influenced by the look and feel of retro postcards. Designer Ludmila Shevchenko grabbed our attention with her colorful, geometric design of Lofoten—a wanderlust-worthy destination far away—so we decided to recreate the look using stock vectors from our library.

Check out this rendition inspired by the snow-topped latitudes of Denver, Colorado.

 
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Download the stock vector illustration we used in this postcard design.

 

To create this simple geometric design, we selected elements from the original vector to refine the image to what we had envisioned, and then added additional elements within Adobe Illustrator. You could also choose vector elements from our stock image library and combine them with your own shapes and designs.

With stock vectors you can design an actual postcard—yes, on real life paper. You can also create an illustration for your website or brand collateral, and you can also add these illustrations within your app or web design. The options are limitless!

Ready to design your own retro destination postcard? Check out our collection of travel-ready vectors.

 

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Trending This Week: Dimensional Designs

by Caroline Mercurio on February 9, 2017 No comments

With all love for flat designs, renegade artists are starting to think outside the second dimension to rise above the noise. There are times when 3D really works–like whenever you want a futuristic, animated effect—and we have plenty of stock vectors and images that make it easy to replicate this trend. Dropshadow may be on the outs, but dimension is back in style. Take a look at a few examples from our library:

 

 

Dimensional graphics allow you to create an illusion of depth where there is none, bending space and shapes at your will. The result is trippy—in a good way—especially if you used bright, courageous colors. Pixar relies on physics within their animation technology to build life-like characters out of inanimate objects and imaginary whims—this trend allows you to take a similar approach in design. Go wild! The laws of physics should never limit your creativity.

If you make something amazing using dimension, let us know about it. We’d love to hear from you on Twitter or Instagram!

 

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Tutorial: Create Custom Seamless Patterns in Adobe Illustrator

by Maddie Stearn on January 3, 2017 No comments

Let’s talk patterns—sometimes it’s good to repeat yourself. From paisley medallions to bricklay to interlocking geometrics, there’s no end to repeating designs to choose from when looking for the right background or texture. And there are certainly plenty of stock seamless patterns out there—but what if you have a specific design in mind? In those cases, it’s helpful to know how to create your own custom seamless patterns.

Adobe Illustrator’s pattern tool makes creating seamless patterns incredibly easy–so easy, in fact, that the hardest part is deciding what to put in your design. Luckily, our library of stock vectors can help with that part of the process. We’ve even curated a gallery of vectors to help spark some creative inspiration.

To get started, pick a shape or design that you want to use in your pattern. It’s also easy to pick and choose elements from existing patterns or preset design elements. For this tutorial, we used these stock owl vectors and stock animal vectors.

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Step 1. Open the Files in Illustrator

Open all of the files that you’ll be using to make your custom design.

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Step 2. Select Objects

Use the group selection tool to select the first object for your design. If you select more objects than you intended, just Shift+Click on the elements that you don’t want to include in your final design.

Once selected, copy the element and open a new file (of any size) in Illustrator. Paste the element into the new file. Continue to copy all of your desired elements and paste them into the same Illustrator file.

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Step 3. Create a Custom Design

Experiment with the placement and colors of the objects until you’re satisfied (this is the difficult part).

Here is the design that we created and the hexadecimal codes for each color:

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Step 4. Add a Background (optional)

If you’d like to add a background, draw a rectangle that covers the entire canvas. Expand the Layers tab and find the rectangle layer. Double click on the empty space just to the right of the eye icon. A lock icon should now appear in that space. Locking the rectangle layer will ensure that you will be able to select your design elements without the rectangle getting in the way.

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Step 5. Use the Pattern Tool

Select your entire design and click Object > Pattern > Make. Click “OK” on the box that pops up.

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Step 6. Experiment with Placement and Spacing

The pattern tool has some great functions, so we recommend that you do some experimenting. In the images below, we highlight some quick and easy changes you can make to your pattern to achieve the desired placement and spacing.

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This function allows you to change the alignment of each “brick” in your pattern, In this case, we decided that we liked the “Brick by Row” option best for our owl pattern.

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Brick Offset
This function is only available for the Brick by Row and Brick by Column tile types. The Brick Offset button determines the location on the canvas where each row of the pattern starts. Click through the different options to get a feel for how this tool works.

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Width and Height
This option allows you to change the width and height of the spaces between each brick in your pattern.

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This function allows you to see what your pattern would look like with different dimensions. Each option measures your pattern by bricks, so for our current example, the 7×7 option will show 7 owls x 7 owls.

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The “Dim” option has no effect on your final pattern, but you might find it useful as you experiment with the size and spacing of the bricks. The lower the percentage, the dimmer the rest of the pattern becomes while the highlighted brick retains its original luminosity.

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Step 7. Click “Done”

Once you are happy with the spacing and placement of your pattern, click “Done.”

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Step 8. Put Your Pattern to Use and Start Creating!

This is where we get to test out our custom pattern. Select the rectangle tool, then select the last swatch under “Swatches.” This swatch is the new pattern that we’ve just made.

Once the swatch is selected, simply draw a rectangle. If you adjust the size of your rectangle, the pattern will automatically fill the entire area.

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But how can we tell that this is a seamless pattern? Simply copy and paste the rectangle you just made. Align the rectangles and you’ll see that the pattern lines up seamlessly!

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There you have it—your pattern is complete!

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Now you can let your creativity run wild and create your own seamless patterns. There’s no need to feel limited by existing designs—just pick and choose what you like to create something completely new. To get you started, you can check out our hand-picked gallery of stock vectors, all royalty-free with unlimited downloads when you’re a GraphicStock member.

 

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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 seamless winter vector

 
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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 image.

 
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Download this snowman in the sun vector image.

 
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Download this multicolored winter background vector image.

 
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Download this snowy landscape vector image.

 
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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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Download this winter frame with birds vector image.

 
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Download this wildlife winter vector image.

 
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Download this winter branch with red bird vector image.

 
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Download this snow geese in winter landscape vector image.

 
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Download this winter background with swan vector image.

 
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Download this wintry lovebirds vector image.

 
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Download this reindeer with winter background vector image.

 
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Download this cat with snowy home vector image.

 
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Download this fox with snow mountains vector image.

 
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Download this snowy owl vector image.

 

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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Welcome to GraphicStock! Find Out What Makes Us Different with This Short Video

by Caroline Mercurio on November 1, 2016 No comments

When you become a GraphicStock member, you get unlimited access to our library of 350,000+ royalty-free photos, vectors, and illustrations. It’s the easiest way to find and download high-quality stock images. Learn more about what makes us different from all other stock sites with this quick explainer video.

 

 

Ready to get started? Discover some of the graphics that our members have ranked highest, like our top 20 landscape backgrounds and most popular vector poster templates—all included with your subscription. No matter what your next creative project is, we have stock graphics to help bring your vision to life. And remember, once you download an image, it is yours to keep and use forever.

 

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25 Abstract Vectors that Stand Out—The Most Popular Picks from Our Library

by Caroline Mercurio on October 27, 2016 No comments

For centuries, abstract art has puzzled and fascinated audiences. In web and graphic design, using abstract vectors is one of the most practical ways to add flourish to any project. Stand out from the crowd with these top 25 vectors—we curated each of these designs from the most downloaded and popular stock vectors in our library.

The power of abstract visual elements lies in their ability to evoke emotion and imagination without getting bogged down in figurative representations. Abstract designs grab viewers’ attention immediately with their bold and striking compositions—which can be a major plus when designing marketing materials or branded creative.

The GraphicStock community has used them for all kinds of projects: website templates, album covers, phone backgrounds, and so much more. From bold watercolor designs to geometric patterns, our library has abstract designs to fit any creative project.

 
Here are the top 25 abstract vector graphics in our library:

 
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Download this water color composition vector.

 
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Download this abstract blue business background vector.

 
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Download this seamless mosaic pattern vector.

 
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Download this textured retro geometric background vector.

 
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Download this white crumpled abstract background vector.

 
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Download this colorful mosaic banner geometric background vector.

 
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Download this 3D monochrome background with cube vector.

 
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Download this abstract blue background vector.

 
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Download this retro pattern of geometric shapes vector.

 
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Download this abstract hand drawn watercolor vector.

 
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Download this seamless pattern with circles in retro colors vector.

 
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Download this colorful pattern with splashes vector.

 
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Download this abstract summer background vector.

 
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Download this old grunge paper background vector.

 
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Download this abstract background vector.

 
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Download this texture of rusty metal background vector.

 
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Download this diagonal watercolor stripes backdrop vector.

 
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Download this abstract flower seamless background vector.

 
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Download this interweaving of lines textured vector.

 
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Download this abstract hand drawn watercolor background vector.

 
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Download this seamless glossy rainbow scale background vector.

 
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Download this retro illustration with creative grungy background vector.

 
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Download this blurry lights vector.

 
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Download this hand painted corners vector.

 
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Download this abstract geometric background vector.

 
The sky’s the limit for your next design project. Download all of these vectors and more from our library of royalty-free stock vectors to find some abstract inspiration. What will you make next?

 

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Top 20 Vector Posters: Time-Saving Templates for Every Imaginable Purpose

by Caroline Mercurio on September 30, 2016 2 comments

No matter your industry, reaching and engaging an audience is a must. But how do you rise above the noise when people are bombarded with thousands of images and ads every single day? Never fear, because stock vector posters are here. Whether promoting an event or a product launch, these 20 top-ranked templates let you make stunning designs in minutes—allowing your work to stand out in a good way.

Vector posters are among the most versatile media you can master. They’re ideal for social channels as well as print, with minimal to no adjustments needed. Send your campaign out via email and Facebook, then print posters, brochures, and banners to really hammer the message home. Our members love these vector templates because they save hours and hours of design time, and they’re royalty-free so it’s okay to create ads with them.

From sales and inspirational office decor to theater performances and school events, there’s a vector poster to make your life easier. Try out our top 20 picks and see how much punch you can add to your next campaign.

 

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Having trouble picking your favorite? You don’t have to! With unlimited downloads of our royalty-free stock vectors, you can have them all. Download the whole batch here and make them your own with some clever, concise text. Because the files are EPS (Adobe Illustrator) format, customization is a breeze.

If you need more direction on getting started with Illustrator, check out our post on editing vectors in Adobe Illustrator.

Let us know what you end up creating in the comments section below!

 

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