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How to Alter a Natural Rock Image to make Business Cards

November 30, 2011
Law Business Card Blue Grey Monogram Rock Texture One of the most unique images I have ever acquired is from a rock face on Lake Matininda in Blind River, Ontario. It's exceptionally special as you can only get to this location by boat. There are mountainous tree filled ledges and the odd tree growing out of the rock face. I'm amazed that these trees can grow so big with so little soil. The lake is amazingly blue and clean. But my favourite part is the amazing rocks from that remote rock ledge. They have incredible colour. There are purple greys and teal blues, with bits of beige brown. The colours swirl together to make an incredible, natural texture. This great natural design makes the most amazing business cards that really stand out. Here are few of my favourites. Notice how the last one has different colours. It is the same image, but the colours have been altered to make a cool grunge effect.

Spa & Salon Business Card Monogram Grey Plaid RockReal Estate Agent Business Card -Gray Blue BlackInterior Decorating Aged Gray Rock Business CardFashion Designer Business Card - Silver Blue RockFamily Dentist Business Card - Tooth Grey & WhiteBusiness Card - Grey & Black Grunge MonogramGrey Teal Rock Realtor Realestate Business CardMonogram Beige Turquoise Engineering Business CardInsurance Broker Business Card - Rock TextureWedding Event Planner Business Card ChandelierGrunge Hair Stylist Business Card Black Yellow

So, how do we go alter the rock image from the first image to the last image?

Start by altering the contrast of the image (go to colors, then brightness/contrast).  I used 53 for the contrast in the example.  Then press ok.

Next, to change the colours, click on colors, then hue-saturation.  Then play with the settings until you are happy with the effect, and push ok.

You can finish it off with some cool effect, like adding a new layer, filling it with black and changing the layer mode to grain merge. 

You can also highlight certain sections by adding a new layer, selecting a region (then click on select, feather (pick a large #  like 200), then drag the white colour from your toolbox over to the space to fill it.  Then, on the layers menu, change the mode to grain merge.


How to Make a Grunge Effect

November 7, 2011
Here is a fun design.  I love the grunge effect.  It's stylish and modern and I love the randomness of it. Here are a couple of examples some grunge style calling/business cards.

black and white - grunge - calling card- business cardpurple - business card - monogram - grungegrunge business card - monogram - business card - black and whiteteal - turquoise - business card - calling card - small business card - grungeSo, how do you make a cool grunge effect?  First, you need a texture to draw from.  You can make your own by taking a picture of something with texture, such as a rock and importing it into a photo editing program, such as GIMP, which is free and extremely powerful.  Next, use the select by colour tool . Choose a...
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