With Gravit we can create a greeting card for Valentine’s Day original and with fully vector graphics in a few minutes: here’s how.
With Gravit it is possible to create vector graphics in just a few minutes, even if the application is not too deep. We wanted to exploit the full potential to create a nice greeting card for Valentine’s Day, playing with colors and levels for an attractive result and effect. Obviously the possibilities are endless and, as in any case, creativity is the only limit.
We start our tutorial by creating a 105mm x 148mm work area, which is a standard- sized space for a greeting card. Click on the “Create!” Button and let’s get to work.
We immediately choose the basic color of the area: for the romantic occasion, the choice fell on a pink tending to coral, from the code # F8B8B5.
Since we have chosen “I love you to the moon and back”, the graphics will be based on a romantic moon, covered in heart-shaped craters. Creating the moon requires several steps: we start by inserting an ellipse and colorizing it with the #EBEBEB color. To give it thickness and brightness, however, we will need a few more steps.
Let’s start from the halo around the moon: we duplicate the main Moon level and bring it back to the levels already created. To the form, from the color #EBEBEB, then apply the Blur effect with a shade of 31.7 px.
It is the vault of shadow: we copy the ellipse and glue it twice, making sure it is centered with respect to our base Moon level (we rename everything carefully, otherwise it will be difficult to recognize the levels with non-talking labels ). Of the two levels created, we move the first one up and to the left with respect to the lower one, in order to leave uncovered a segment in the form, previously filled with the color #DFDEDE.
Now, making sure that the top layer is the translated layer, select the two new layers and choose Subtract from the Create Compound Shape button menu. If we have completed all the correct steps, we will have our clove overlapped, otherwise we repeat the steps by moving the levels according to what was previously suggested.
So let’s move to the craters : we choose from the bookshops the shape Heart , the second and “softer” of the two available. The shape has the following characteristics: color #DFDEDE and blur effect X 1px, Y 1px, Blur 2px, Opacity 25%. We multiply the level at will and arrange the hearts on the surface of our moon.
It is the turn of the background elements . It starts with the upper section, from the wavy elements to the stars. For the creation of the waves, the Freehand tool, belonging to the Path element, was used. Once the curves were modified with the Subselect tool of the Select tools aggregator, we brought them to the background by assigning them as colors # FBADA9, to the shape at the bottom and the background, and # F7A39F to the one at the top.
For the stars we have followed the criterion of craters: after searching the Star form from the Libraries menu, different elements were created, of different sizes and rotations, in two shades of gray: # FBADA9 and #DFDEDE with different opacities from time to time.
At the bottom of the area, we create hills instead : even in this case we preferred freehand drawing for practicality. Alternatively, the advice is to start from basic shapes – in this case squares and triangles, and modify the curves by double clicking with the Subselect tool on the lines and corners. In this way the commands for the management of the curves will appear and it will be easy to reach the desired result.
For the three elements, the selected colors are the following starting from the darkest element in the background are: # 7B85A6 (80% Fill), # AE91AC and # C3A6C1; for the external shade effect, the choice is X 0px, Y 0px, 15px; 10% Opacity.
Let’s move on to clouds : researched the Cloud form in bookstores, we take three copies to insert in the document and arrange them on the bottom playing with the levels. In the case of our postcard, we have chosen three random shades of gray, trying to stay in tune with what has been created so far.
We have almost finished the background. Only the most complex operation is missing: the creation of the reflection of the moon. We duplicate the hill level further back and overlap a copy of the Moon layer. With the intersection tool, then, let’s create a new level with a circular shape without an area at the top. To this form we assign # E8EDF2 as color and Blur to 41.9px.
Now only the section of the text is missing: after having divided the sentence, we have chosen the font Adamina for the text in small block letters and Petit Formal Script for uppercase. The font size may vary depending on the choice of the phrase but, importantly, check the Scale font on resizing box.
In this way the font will dilate or shrink accordingly, compared to how the dedicated box will be resized. To the text we have infin applied # F4F3F3 as color and Shadow Xo, Y0, 2px Blur, 25% Opacity.
The ticket is then completed: Happy Valentine’s Day!