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Working with Clip Art - Awesome Tips & Tricks!

teacher avatar Kimberly Montgomery, Create + Design Your Creative Business

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There is so much beautiful Clip Art available and so much you can create with it! From products to sell, to home crafting and unique gift items, Designer Clip Art can make any creation unique.

Join me as I share some of my favorite Pro Tips & Tricks for working quickly, efficiently and creatively with Clip Art.

You'll receive the FREE Pink Joy Clip Art kit to work with and be able to follow along as you create your own beautiful designs.

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Kimberly Montgomery

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1. SS: Kimberly, 1 50 deals dot com and I want to welcome you to this class. You know, they're so much really gorgeous. Beautiful clip art out there right now that you can create wonderful designs for your business clogged as a home crafter but working quickly and expediently with apart, sometimes to be a little bit of a challenge. So I have been illustrating and designing get products for over 35 years. In that time, I've learned some tips and tricks that make it faster. That makes putting a design together so much easier. And I'm gonna share those with you in this wonder before. So come along with me. I'm sharing my very best tips and tricks, but working with clip art, it's gonna be fun. Let's get learning. 2. SS: Hi. This is Kimberly, with 50 jewels dot com. And in this first video of clip art tips and tricks, we're gonna learn all the different ways that you can manipulate one single clip art element so you can see that I have affinity designer open, which is my favorite design program. However, if you don't have offended designer, that's not a problem. Thes same concepts will work for you, whether you use the online version of Pick Monkey or Cambo or if you have Photoshopped or whatever design program you're using. So I have a file open on my desktop. You can see that, and I have one individual clip art element. It's just a leave, and we're gonna work without today, and we've learned in the basics clip art training. If you watch that that when we have our elements above our workspace, we want to go ahead and copy them down onto our work area so that it's easy for us to find it if we need to use it in a different part of our um, image later on. So I've copied that leaf down to my desktop, so let's go ahead and work with that leap and see all the different ways that we can manipulated to make it look like a different piece of clip art. So the first thing we can do is we can just grab this little tool up here and completely move that around in any direction that we want so you can see that we can make it, um, opposite upside down backwards. And then also we can do we can go up here and we can actually flop it. So if you're using it in a, um, illustration or a design, you could go ahead and make two of these leaves right here. Keep this one selected and flop it. And you've got two completely different looking leaves right there, which really doubles the impact of your clip art collection. So I'm gonna go ahead and just delete that one. I'm going to select this leaf right here and turn it up. And of course, the next thing that we can do is we can adjust the size of this So we grab on the corners, we can make it bigger, smaller, we can make it fatter. We can make it longer so we can take this one leave and actually make it look like a completely different leave. So let's go ahead and compare this leave to the original that we started with and you can see that you could take just one leave element and actually create a whole bouquet by just manipulating that particular leaf. So go ahead and I'm gonna delete this one right here and move this over and I'm gonna make it just a little bit larger. And this time I'm gonna work with the opacity on that leave so you can see over here we have the fill opacity, which is on the right hand side of many Designer, if you're working with camber pic monkey or another program, go ahead and just find the opacity setting there. They'll be one, and we can actually adjust that opacity way down so that we've got just kind of a hint or a shadow of the leave. And as we bring it back up, it starts coming into view. So let's go ahead and move this over. I'm gonna make a second copy of it, and we're gonna move the opacity up just a little bit and then I'm gonna move in third copy over and move that, um, all the way up. Well, this would went up 200. So let's move this one down just a little bit so you can see that just that one leaf right there has three different distinct looks. So if you were to create a bouquet, you could go ahead and use this leaf for a foreground leave. And as you move lighter and opacity, you could go ahead and use those as backgrounds or hints of foliage in the background. Okay, well, that's out and work with manipulate images and with clip art. This is Kimberly with 50 jewels dot com, and I'll see you in the next video. 3. SS: Hi. This is Kimberly with 50 jewels dot com. And in this clip, art tips and tricks video, we're gonna learn about placing items in front or in back of each other and how to do it really quickly to create a wonderful design that you love. So you can see that I have affinity designer open again. You guys know this is my favorite program, But if you have camber pic monkey, that's not a problem. You can go ahead and use the same concepts with those programs. So I have some clip art elements above my workspace. You know, I like to keep them very organized at the top, and I'm gonna go ahead and just select this flower and copy it down onto my work space. So I made enlarge that just a little bit so that we can see what we're doing a little bit. Batters, this a pretty little flower, And what I want to do is I want to create some foliage behind that flower. But I'm not quite sure how I want it to look yet. I want to go ahead and start placing the objects just so that I can kind of figure out what's gonna look best. So I'm gonna go up here and select this little three leaf foliage piece, and I'm gonna move that down onto my work space. Enlarge it a little bit and you can see as it is right now because we're bringing it down. Second, it's in front of that pink flower and we don't want that. So we're going to go up here toe, layer a range and move to back. So that moves that foliage piece to the back. Now I've got that selected, and here's a really quick way to build out the foliage. If you're doing a floral bouquet or flora border, go ahead and select that piece of foliage. Hold down the all clear whatever the command is for your program to copy and go ahead and just make a few copies of that piece right there and move them around now because that piece was already in the back. The copies you made are going to be in the back, too, so it makes it super easy for you to fill in the foliage. So then we can take these pieces and we can make them smaller or bigger. I'll go ahead and make this one smaller and I'll tuck it in right there and then I'll make another copy of that and, um, make it a little bit bigger. So it actually doesn't even really look like I mean, the viewer wouldn't realize that those are the same piece of clip art. It just looks like floral rose full foliage. So I'm gonna go ahead and select this one right here. And if I took that way back then, we're just seeing that one leave. And I could make a copy of that one and go ahead and move it over here. And I can click on this little button right here. And you probably have one in your program to that's gonna flop that image so that it's going to make, um, a mere coffee of the original. And then I got these two right here, and I'll go ahead and just move this one around. Maybe, um, stack them on top of each other a little bit like that. And there we have it. We've got a beautiful pink rose with a floral background with leaf background. That's all the same element. But you wouldn't even really know it by just looking at it. So keep that in mind when you're working with your clippard elements that you can go ahead and move them around a justice size, the placement. You can flop them, make them bigger or smaller, and create just a beautiful bouquet with just a couple of Clippard elements. All right, I hope you enjoy this. I'm so glad to hear things for watching. This is Kimberly with 50 tools and I'll see you in the next video. 4. SS: Hi, This is Kim. Really? With 50 deals dot com And in this video, we're gonna learn a little tip that I use. This is a trip that I've learned when I want to create more depth in my clip Art design illustrations. So you can see I have affinity designer up here. We know this is my favorite program, but if you're using camber pic monkey absolutely fine. You can use the same concepts with whatever your program you're working with. So you can see that I have a clip art collection here, and you're going to get this is part of this class to be able to download and use it and create some designs of your own. And you can see it here that I have made, um, a floral bouquet down here and this could be the bottom part of an invitation. And this could be the front of a card. Whatever, you'd like to work with it. So I brought my floral images down here and some leaf images, and I created kind of a little nice bouquet. But what's missing for me is some real depth. I want to get some real background sense and and fort foreground sense. With this design, it's looking just a little bit flat to me. So I'm gonna go ahead and grab this dark leave right here. It's the darkest leaf that we have and I'm an increased the size just a little bit. And then I'm gonna go upto layer arrange, and I'm gonna move it to the very back behind all the other images. And then I'm going to just start moving that around. I'm gonna make a copy of it. And I'm just going to start moving that around behind my design and you can see that it is just creating a dark depth back behind the rest of my images without really you know, the viewer is not even going to know that was a leaf. It's just a color that we're using that goes well with our design so we can go ahead and keep moving that around in creating that dark background with our leaf designs. I'm gonna go ahead and just, um, grab this one right here and move him right over here and where I think that's looking good . We wouldn't delete that one. And you can see now we have a beautiful depth field depth of field. We have a nice start background. We have our flowers and our leaves in the front. So that's a nice little trick that you can use when you want to create some depth with your clip. Art designs quickly and have him look really terrific. All right, this is Kimberly with 50 jewels dot com. In the next video, we're going to talk about putting even more depth into our illustrations. I'll see. 5. SS: Hi. This is Kimberly with videos dot com. And in this video, we're going to learn about creating some real background elements and giving some real depth to this illustration. Now, I've got a feeling the designer open and this is the last image that we worked with in the last video where I actually put some dark elements behind in this particular image to give it some depth. So what I'm gonna do now is I'm gonna create some even greater depth with this, and this is what's going to really kick your designs into high gear. I like to look at a design like a layer cake. The more layers the better. So the more layers that you can create in the design that you put together with your clip art, it's just gonna have much greater impact for the viewer. So I'm gonna move this, um, leave image right here on a selected I'm gonna move it down onto my work table. Let's get a little bit closer so that we can see what we're doing, and you can see if this is a little bit lighter color. So I'm gonna make this a bit bigger. I'm going to select the layer and I'm gonna move it to the back and then I'm going to change the opacity of this so it becomes almost just a faint image of a leave right back there. So I'm down to about 55% opacity on this, and I think that looks really pretty. So I'm gonna go ahead and just start moving that around and it's almost, like just sort of a shadow or a hint, creating some depth with that element, so I'll just go ahead and and place it, and this is just a really kind of an eyeball thing. You just decide where you need elements, how you want them to look. And you just keep moving them around until you've got somewhere you want, TEM. So I'm really liking how that's looking right there, and you can see that we have lots of different layers of shadow foreground background, and it's making the design really fill out and look beautiful. So I'm just gonna bring this one last image here and again. I'm gonna do this same thing. I'm going to keep it selected. I'm gonna go off the layer, arrange moved to back So I get it behind the rest of the elements and I'm gonna bring the opacity on that way down. So again, we're just seeing a slight hint of foliage like something that's in the distance. So I think that's really pretty right there. I'm gonna go ahead and select my all key so I could make a copy of that, and you can see how the opacity of that is allowing the leaves behind it in front of it to shine through. And I just think that that's a really pretty look. So let's just do a couple more of these to fill it out a little bit. And again, this is just something that you'll you'll get a sense for, where you need additional elements and it just sort of comes with time. So there we have it. We have a beautiful image right there with lots of different layers, lots of different death, and you can see that we really did not use very many pieces of clip art. So this is Kimberly, with 50 deals dot com. I hope you enjoy this Siri's and learn some great tips and tricks that you can use to create your designs with quicker, faster and better. Ah, thank you so much for joining me. This has been fun. I