To kick off this blog I decided to make a little tutorial explaining how I made my Welcome flower bouquet graphic (which is also how I made my logo). These flower bouquet graphics add a unique touch to whatever project you’re working on. They’re simple to make, (I’m very new to graphic design work, and I’m mostly self taught) but I’m sure you can follow along and make something beautfiul. So buckle up and bear with me!
*For this tutorial I’m using Corel X8, but I assume the same principals would apply for other graphic softwares*
Start by finding a clipart pack that you like. I found this pack that I absolutely fell in love with. Her work is amazing! When purchasing clipart always make sure that the artist is giving permission for either personal or commercial usage. Usually you have to pay a bit extra for commercial privileges. Follow the rules though! Artists don’t work for free, and there are reasons behind the different licenses. For this project make sure you buy a bundle of clipart, and not single images that are already arranged. Download the files and open them up.
Go to the left hand side on your tool bar, and find the Ellipse tool (or hit F7). Drag out an ellipse that’s slightly larger than you want the finished graphic to be. The color and line weight don’t matter, eventually this will be deleted.
Go to your folder of clipart and drag the images you want to use into your Corel window. They’ll probably import in different sizes, but that’s okay.
The fun part! Play around with resizing the images (try not to stretch them bigger, they’ll start to get pixel-y). Also rotate the images to have the flowers facing the outside boundaries or the oval. You’ll want to move some of the flowers in front, or push some behind if the stems might show.
There are a couple of ways to reorder the images:
- You can select the object, right click over it, go down to order, then select whether you want it back one, in front one, to the back of the layer, or the front of the layer. I generally send things to the back of the layer to start with, then move them forward to their final spot.
- Select the object you want to move, and hit CTRLPageUp to move in front one, or CTRLPageDown to move back one.
- Go to the right hand size and open the Object Manager Tab. You can drag and drop the images to be in the order you’d like. Be carefully not to accidentally group the images when dropping though!
Have fun with it until you get it to the point you’d like.
Go back to the left hand side of the screen, and select the pen tool. You’ll want it set to Freehand. Draw a rough oval that’s slightly smaller than the inside dimension of the flowers.
Change the inside color of the rough oval to a color that compliments (or contrasts!) the flowers. I chose a raspberry color. You’ll also want to make sure to remove the outline.
Next you’re going to add a transparency layer onto the shape. Go to Object Properties, Transparency, and select Fountain Transparency. I chose a circular design, and moved the focus of the transparency to the bottom of the shape. Copy the shape 3 times, and move the focus spot around to different spots on each shape. I also changed the colors slightly on one of the shapes, to add more depth. Now you want to layer the shapes together. Select all four, and click C and E to center them horizontally and vertically (You could also to the top toolbar, select Object, and under Align and Distribute you’ll be able to arrange them). Lastly you want to select the Shape Tool (it’s on the left hand side) and select one of the objects. Drag one of the edges to be slightly out of line with the others. Select the next shape down, and do the same thing at a different point. Do this with all of the shapes, and center them over the flowers.
Using the text tool, add whatever text you’d like, pick a font (I used this one), and size it to be just inside your wonky ovals. You could also put the text at an angle, just do whatever you’d like.
Go down the left hand tool bar and find the Drop Shadow tool (it looks like two squares stacked). I chose the Small Glow, and selected a grayish color. I played around with the opacity and feathering until I got a look I liked. You can see my settings in the pic.
Finally you’re almost done! Delete the outlining oval, and save your work (hopefully you’ve been saving every so often, it’s a good habit to get in to). Go to File, then Export (or hit CTRL E), then name your image. I like to chose .PNG for images, because it takes out the background. You can resize your image and toggle on and off the transparency of the background in this dialog box.
Hit OK and you’ve saved your image. You now have a brand spanking new graphic to use anywhere you’d like (as long as it falls into the artist’s permission guidelines). I hope you found this tutorial helpful, and if you did like it go ahead and share it on the platforms of your choice!