Day of the Dead graphics, clip art, design inspiration and fun

by Fred Showker

Vintage Greeting Cards offer rich design inspiration Day of the DeadEach year we look at some of the most fun and most beneficial finds out there for both inspiration and for idea-starters for graphic designers. Here's an entire collection of images surrounding "Day of the Dead" celebrations. I think you'll have a lot of fun with : clip art illustration fun Photoshop Brushes, clip art illustration fun vector files, clip art illustration fun clip art, clip art illustration fun drawings, and clip art illustration fun fun coloring pages!
      Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. (more)

Day of the Dead Iron-On Transfer PatternsFonts, type and calligraphy

This original collection features elaborately decorated skulls, dancing skeletons, and other charmingly macabre images from Mexican folklore.
      Decorate pillows, jackets, placemats, handbags, and other clothing as well as accessories and homewares with more than 40 classic Day of the Dead motifs, all of them new interpretations of traditional designs.
Photoshop Madness type and lettering Full story :Day of the Dead Iron-On Transfer Patterns (Dover Iron-On Transfer Patterns)

Day of the Dead Clip ArtFonts, type and calligraphy

Fast-forward to the fun part of machine embroidery with this playful collection of skulls and skeletons associated with Day of the Dead festivities. Eliminate the time-consuming efforts of finding and copying patterns from elsewhere with the 88 motifs in this CD-ROM and book set, which are optimized for embroidery digitizing software. Use your creativity to personalize each design by selecting size, colors, stitch types, and other elements. The book offers a visual index of the designs, showing each one in black-and-white and in different color combinations. Each design is offered on the CD-ROM in both JPG and EPS formats.
      Compatible with all major brands of embroidery software, these meticulously processed digital files assure accurate, self-contained stitch patterns. The suggested motif colorways are specified for threads made by Isacord; color conversion tables for other manufacturers can be accessed on the CD-ROM. The files can also be used in print and web projects.
Photoshop Madness type and lettering Full story :Day of the Dead Clip Art for Machine Embroidery (Dover Clip Art Embroidery) Paperback – August 17, 2011by Alan Weller (Aut

The Day of the Dead: A Pictorial ArchiveFonts, type and calligraphy

Calaveras — grotesque yet lively images of costumed skeletons — represent a traditional aspect of the Mexican holiday known as the Day of the Dead, when people celebrate the memories of departed loved ones. This compilation of 187 multi-character prints and spot illustrations was drawn from a variety of authentic sources, including many works by José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913), Mexico's most illustrious graphic artist. Posada took the calaveras custom to new heights, transforming the cavorting skeletons into imaginative expressions of social and political satire.
      A century later, these striking drawings, engravings, and etchings continue to pulse with vitality, offering modern designers a timeless source of royalty-free art. In addition to the book's lavish selection of illustrations, a bonus CD-ROM features all of the print images in JPEG and TIFF formats.
Photoshop Madness type and lettering Full story :Dover Pictorial Archive : The Day of the Dead: A Pictorial Archive of Dia de Los Muertos by Jean Moss (Author)

Photoshop Brushes & Creative Tools: Day of the Dead MotifsFonts, type and calligraphy

Created for use with the popular Photoshop and Photoshop Elements software programs, 130 large, finely detailed brushes and 40 custom shapes offer skulls, skeletons, and other images associated with a holiday that celebrates the human connection with the souls of the departed. Additional features include 20 texture brushes, 20 custom styles, an inspiring design gallery, and helpful tutorials.
      The enclosed CD-ROM features a robust selection of design tools including: Brushes: it's easy to create photographic and painterly effects as well as "rubber stamps"; Shapes: a quick way to add customizable vector shapes to your Photoshop compositions; and Styles: ready-to-use shadows, glows, bevels, color overlays, and other effects for the featured shapes. The Book includes an index of all custom brushes and shapes, instructions for loading and use, and a gallery of designs.
Photoshop Madness type and lettering Full story :Photoshop Brushes & Creative Tools: Day of the Dead Motifs - Clip Art by Alan Weller (Dover)

Day of the Dead Coloring Book Fonts, type and calligraphy

The Day of the Dead, observed annually on November 1 and 2, offers the living a chance to remember and honor their departed friends and family. Inspired by the Mexican holiday, 31 intricate illustrations depict dancing skeletons, skulls, and other traditional imagery, all festooned with flowers, butterflies, and additional lively decorations.
      Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Day of the Dead and other Creative Haven coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment.
Photoshop Madness type and lettering Full story :Day of the Dead Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books) by Marty Noble

These are all from Dover, and so low cost, you almost cannot afford not to get them -- specially now that they're all on CD! Enjoy! Full size samples from these books ... (click images for enlargement / slideshow)

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There's nothing better than getting inspired to create a new design -- and these vintage cards offer lots of inspiration in color, layout, image and typography. Don't forget ... we encourage you to share your discoveries with other readers. Just send and email, contribute your own article

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Fred Showker

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EDITOR'S NOTE : This article was first published in 1997, and then updated in 2001 as 60-Second Window #156. This edition has been updated only slightly -- and moved over into the new CMS system.

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