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Valentine Graphics | Clipart for Valentines Day
In this article, you will find links to sites offering Valentine graphics images and clipart, tips for ways to use the images and illustrations, photos, a video and a recommendation for image editing software.
Looking for Valentine Graphics for your Valentine's Day décor? You're in the right spot. Cupid stopped by this lens and left a message just for you!
You will find links to free Valentine graphics and clip art, as well as links to quality graphic packages that are for sale. You'll find suggestions for how you can use clip art and suggestions as to how you can modify the images in graphics editing software.
You'll also find a few Valentine craft suggestions as well as a Valentine themed video that demonstrates a great use of 2D Animation.
Using Valentine Graphics
These Valentine graphics make it fast, easy and economical to create gorgous cards, party invitations, journals, tags, Valentine boxes, or decorations for your home, office or classroom. You can use them to decorate your computer desktop, your web site or your email messages. Or use them to make a special surprise for your sweetie on Cupid's Day!
The links on this page lead to various web sites providing Valentine graphics. Some are free if you use them for non-commercial purposes, and others are affordably priced.
You'll find the usual selection of Valentine graphics, including hearts, lace, cupids, candy, roses, etc.
The Valentine Poll
How do you use Valentine Graphics?
A Dozen Fun Things to Do with Valentine Graphics
Looking for ways to use Valentines graphics? Here are a dozen suggestions to get you thinking.
1. Use it to decorate your web site, blog, or Squidoo lens.
2. Use it to brighten your desktop computer or your lapsop.
3. Make Valentine's Day cards and invitations.
4. Make placemats, Valentine's Day menus and nametags or seating tags for your special party.
5. Decorate the newsletter for your church or other organization.
6. Use it to decorate various Valentine craft projects.
7. Use it in Valentine-themed scrapbooking pages and layouts.
8. Incorporate it as a still image into your Valentines Day videos when you are doing the video editing.
9. Include Valentine graphics in your HTML email messages
10. Use them to brighten up a Powerpoint presentation
11. Make decorations for your kids' classroom
12. Decorate office bulletins and memos
There's a dozen suggestions to get you started. No doubt you have many more ideas of your own for using your Valentine's Day graphics.
Adobe Photoshop Elements
It's the "kid sister" to the costly Photoshop software. Adobe Elements is totally the best image editing software you can get without spending hundreds of dollars.
Adobe Elements: Best Graphics Editing Software
You're not getting the best mileage out of your Valentine graphics if you're not using graphics editing software.
You can resize your graphics. Combine images. Add text. Strip the images down for use on the Web. Add filters and special effects. Add drop shadows. Correct color. Change the color of part of an image. Convert an image to black and white. Cut out unattractive parts that you don't want to use. And so much more.
You will find tips and examples of graphic editing at my article on Thanksgiving Clipart. Click here to visit it.
Using Your Valentine Graphics in a "Five Things I Love About You" book
Make this cute book using coin envelopes
This coin book makes a wonderful gift for someone special this Valentines Day - no matter what age. Created in pink and whites and gaily decorated with your Valentine Graphics, you'll give a gift that they'll long remember.
You use five coin envelopes to create a small book. Title the book "Five Things I Love (you can use a heart instead of the word) About You. Make a gaily colored tag to fit in each envelope, and on each tag, write one thing you love about the lucky recipient.
Detailed instructions are at this web site: Five Things I Love About You booklet.
Wonderful, Victorian Clip Art -- FREE Every Week!
For Valentine's Day and Other Days too!
Did you know that you can get free clip art every week from Dover Sampler? You sign up for their free weekly newsletter, which always contains links to beautiful clip art to download. Many of the graphics are Victorian themed or vintage.
Valentine Graphics: Make a CD Book for Your Valentine
A wonderful gift
Here's another great booklet or album you can make for your Valentines Day gift. The pages are CD or DVD disks that you have colored with paint or paper and decorated with your Valentine graphics. You can use as many disks as you want pages. The one at the link below uses eight.
The detailed instructions at the link below are not specifically for a Valentine book, but you can adapt it easily to suit any occasion.
Video Demo: See The Clever Use of Images
Free Clip Art and Valentine Graphics from Microsoft
Did you know that registered users of Microsoft Office products can get an unlimited supply of free clip art, photographs, sounds and animations from Microsoft's Online Clip Art Directory?
You'll want to read their licensing agreement before using the graphics, but typically, you can use any of the images for non-commercial purposes.
Photos of Valentine ProjectsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Where to Get Copyright-Free Images for Valentine Graphics
Did you know that many graphics found on the Web are copyright protected? This means they are displayed for you to look at, but you cannot use them without permission or licensing them from the person who owns the copyright. This protects artists and other creative sorts who want to be protect their intellectual property. And rightfully so!
The page below explains copyright law very briefly, and contains links to many web sites where copyright free images are available. Copyright free means they are in the public domain and you can use them anyway you wish.
Illustrations from The Graphics Fairy
The blog is sometimes a little difficult to navigate, but with patience, you can usually find something that suits you. If you look at the Category Menu, there is a Valentine category which makes this particular search quite a simple matter.
You will find the Graphics Fairy blog at this link.
© 2008 June Campbell