The picture of these plums make a great start for free header backgrounds.

While vacationing in New Mexico, our friends had this tree which was heavily ladened with baby plums. I had never seen a plum tree before and although the plums made for a pretty picture, they were much too sour for my liking.

By manipulating the first photo is a variety of ways, the end result is only limited by our imagination.

Plum lighten a little

Fresh plums on the tree

Sour plums enhanced with reflective tile

Sour plums enhanced with reflective tile

Header art of lightened plums and color inverted to black

Header art of lightened plums and color inverted to black

Watercolored plums - color values inverted

Water colored plums - color values inverted

Plums awash in water colors

Plums lightened and awash in water colors

Cubified plum art

Cubified plum art

Lightned, clothified and color adjusted plums

Lightned, clothified and color adjusted plums

Watercolored plum behind glass

Watercolored plum behind glass

Watercolored plums drastically lightened

Watercolored plums drastically lightened

The purple plums have now turned green

The purple plums have now turned green

Basket woven plums

Basket woven plums

Plums many time manipulated and color adjusted

Plums many times manipulated and color adjusted

Metalized sour plums

Metalized sour plums

Puzzilized and metalized plums

Puzzilized and metalized plums

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8 Responses

  1. Lori Hoeck says:

    Wow! This is awesome! Reminds me of my more artistic relatives’ water color work. Your sense of play comes through, too. Favs: basket woven, inverted, and clothified.
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  2. Your headers are striking. I really like this one because I have a plum tree in my back yard. Last year when it was laden with plums I made lots of batches of plum jelly as Christmas gifts – they were the best gifts ever (and I was done in July!)

    So your sour plums header was nostalgic for me. All the variations make me realize how I, too, can look at things differently. My favorite is the one enhanced with reflective tile.
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    • Barbara says:

      Hi Julie, and Sage, too,

      Thank you. You know, that’s a great idea. To make jelly out of those plums. How wonderful that you had your Christmas gifts done in July.

      It was great seeing you here. I checked out your blog and found it a real joy to read.

  3. These are magnificent!! Yummy plummy art. Are you working with Paint Shop Pro 3X? I recently bought it, and see some similarities in the effects. That basket weave is sweeeet!! I wonder how I ever lived blogged before my Paint Pro! :)

    Awesome!!

    xo
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    • Barbara says:

      Thank you Jannie,

      Although I’m not working with Paint Shop Pro 3X, I do work with others that are similar, such as Gimp, Paint.net, and a few others I’ve found online. Like you, I truly enjoy tweaking photos and/or graphics.

  4. What a creative way to manipulate such a wonderful photo. The original is fantastic and very pretty, but I also really like “Basket woven plums” as well. The variations in each of the banners from the original are so creative. You are right; we are only limited to our own creativity!
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