You’ve bought some digital clipart and now you are wondering how to make your own digital watercolor bouquet and arrangements for use in your projects.
Creating custom arrangements does not have to be hard, and does not require expensive software.
In this tutorial we will create a digital watercolor bouquet using a free online tool called PicMonkey.
We will make an arrangement with a transparent background which can be used in various projects (and even on colored backgrounds).
What you need for this project:
- Digital clipart (separate elements) like those here
Step by Step Tutorial on How to Create a Digital Watercolor Bouquet on PicMonkey
Follow along this video on how to create a digital watercolor bouquet on PicMonkey. Make sure you have your clipart downloaded on to your computer.
Notes on the steps (and a few tips!) are included below the video.
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Step 1: Prep your Canvas
Go to PicMonkey (if you don’t already have one, you can create a free account).
Tip: Open PicMonkey on Chrome or Mozilla or any browser which supports Flash (Safari does not, unless you have it specifically configured).
Click on “Edit a Photo”
Resize the Canvas or Background if you need to.
Click on the tab “Canvas Color” and check the box next to “Transparent Canvas” (because we want to create a bouquet with a transparent background).
Tip: Even if you are going to be using your bouquet on a white background, I still recommend creating a bouquet on a transparent background because that way you will not have issues while overlaying or positioning your work for the final piece (read: white edges covering your text / other elements).
Step 2: Add your Clipart
Go to “Overlays” on the left. It is the little butterfly icon.
Click on “Add your own” and then “Computer”
Go to the folder on your computer which has the clipart you need to use & select the one you want to add.
Carefully resize it, rotate it (using the little circle on the top), and move it around until it’s right.
Repeat this process to add all the elements you need for your bouquet.
Tip: Be careful while resizing so that no element is stretched out or looks lop sided.
Step 3: Reorder Layers
In case you added something on top of another element, but it needs to go behind it, you can easily reorder the layers in the Layers panel. Simply drag and drop the layer to where it should be.
Step 4: Export as PNG file
Once you are happy with your bouquet, simply hit the “Export” button on the top bar.
Make sure it is being exported as a PNG file (it should be the default when you have selected a transparent background)
Click “Export to Computer”. Select the folder you want it to go to.