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Digital Scrapbook Artist Shapes and Embellishments
Digital Scrapbook Artist comes with a several built-in shape tools that can be used to create a number of designs. While there may not be a clover among these shapes, it's not too hard to create one with the tools that are already there – even if you're not all that comfortable with drawing and design.
There are a few different techniques that can be used to create a clover in Digital Scrapbook Artist, but I'm going to focus on a particular one that involves using the heart shape to make the leaves of the clover. For this tutorial, I'll be using Digital Scrapbook Artist 2, but a similar technique can be used in other digital scrapbooking applications. When completed, the clover can be used to dress up your digital photos for St. Patrick's Day or any other time when you want to add a bit of luck or "Irishness" to your scrapbook page layout.
At the end of this article, we'll also provide a link to a download file that contains several different clover images that were created using this technique. You are welcome to download these free PNG images for use in your own personal digital scrapbook projects.
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How to Make a Clover
Step 1: Although you can perform this step later, the first thing I like to do is pick the colors that I want to use. Okay, I'll admit that I usually change my mind and alter the colors several times during the creation process, Still, I like to pick some scheme as a basis to start with so I can actually see the clover as I'm creating it.
To pick your colors, go to the Color tab and either select a shade from one of the built-in palettes or define your own. For now, I am selecting a dark green color from the Earth palette for the Fill and leaving the Line transparent since I want to do something special with the clover leaf edges in a later step. (Click any image for a larger view.)
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If you haven't adjusted the points on a shape before, it may take a little practice to get a result you like – and it may even seem a little frustrating at first. But, don't give up! Also, don't worry about the shape looking perfectly symmetrical or try to make the leaf look just like the screenshot above. That's one of the great things about digital scrapbooking – the so-called "imperfections" of any embellishment or drawing actually add both character and personalization to the final result, making the design truly your own.
When you're done editing the point, click the Back option located near the object and it will return to Select mode.
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Adding Some Texture to the Clover Leaf's Edges
Step 4: Now, it's time to have a little fun with the edges of the leaf. Go to the Line tab and click on Edges, as shown in the image below.
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Step 7: After rotating, drag each leaf into the place. At this time, you may want to rotate individual leaves just a smidgeon more to get a placement that you like. Also, I like to select the top middle leaf and change the arrangement so that it is on top of the others. You can do this by selecting the leaf, going to the Arrange menu, and choosing Bring to Front from the Order Items set of options.
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Note: If you want to create a four-leaf clover instead, just make another copy of the leaf, rotate it, and place it in the right position.
We're almost done now! The only thing left is to create a stem for the clover.
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You can use this technique to create several types of clover images and embellishments in Digital Scrapbook Artist 2. A few different designs, all created using this same method, are shown below. A zip file containing the PNG versions of each of these images is available as a download in the Digital Photography Media Gallery. Feel free to download the images for your own personal projects or to use as an aid when creating your own clover embellishments.
Link to Download Page: Free Clover Image Files in PNG Format