Hey everyone! Today we would like to share with you some great vintage stock images that can be applied as a special visual touch to print and digital cards, invitations, thank you letters, and many more.
But first off, let us introduce you to the amazing graphic resource that these images came from. GraphicStock is a huge database of digital graphics that carries just about everything, including textures, wallpaper, detailed images, and stock images. It is a fantastic source of inspiration and graphics for any designer.
To download any of the graphics from this post, you will have to sign up for a 7 Day FREE Trial, where you can download up to 20 images a day. If you don’t want to continue on to the premium membership where you’ll have privileges such as unlimited downloads, you can just cancel before the trial is up.
Or you can buy an Annual Membership for just $99/year – it is so worth it if you are going to use it more than a few times. Graphics from any other site would cost you about $10-15 per image and their licensing rules may not be flexible.
There are a lot of great vintage/grungy backgrounds on GraphicStock, too. In this post, we’ll show you how to overlay an image on one of the backgrounds so that the background shows through for a cool effect. We will be using the free online image editor Pixlr in this tutorial.
Start by opening a background in Pixlr. We’ll be using this one. Next, open the image that you would like to put on the background. Since all of these graphics come in their own individually themed assortments as one image, you will need to extract the one you want to use from the set. Don’t worry, it’s really easy and we’ll show you how to do it.
Let’s say we want to use that top right floral frame in this set. Once it’s open in Pixlr, use the Lasso Tool (L) to trace around the image you want. Then copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) that selection onto the vintage background.
Lastly, let’s say we would like for the frame to blend into the background and essentially become a part of it. Click the small button on the bottom left of the Layers window to ‘Toggle layer settings’. It is there that you can do all sorts of fun stuff with the overlay and opacity. We recommend just playing around with the different layer styles and see which one you like the most.
And there you have it! A quick and easy way to allow you to make those graphics suit your needs. We hope you enjoyed that quick tutorial and if you want to try out any of these awesome graphics that GraphicStock has to offer, don’t forget about their 7 Day FREE Trial. That’s up to 20 images a day for an entire week!