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Layout Elements: Blue Marble Backgrounds

Layout Elements: Blue Marble Backgrounds

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We've all seen them--the background images behind the text on the pages of our favorite RPG products that make it seem like it's old paper, or grass, or even a mysterious spell book with soft arcane symbols in the margins.  While they're not necessary, they certainly boost the visual appeal of what we read! 

Finding those kinds of backgrounds legally can be challenging, especially if you don't have a strong familiarity with a graphics program so you can make your own.  And usually, when you do find one you can use, your only choice is to use the same background image over and over again for each page of your product. 

And sometimes, those images are just too over the top--it's your ideas that should take center stage, not the decorative filligree around the edges that dresses things up so much it's distracting.  Finding a subtle background image that strikes the delicate balance between "too little" and "too strong" can be like finding the mysterious bowl of porridge that's just right.

Perhaps you've found it.

This package contains 69 background images for your use when formatting your material for Dungeon Masters Guild.  Each features an ice blue marbelized paper with a soft canvas texture and a slight gradation from light to dark on one side.  But each of the images is subtley different, providing maximum variety. It's a hefty series of files.

Organized around the concept of a printed book, 25 images are intended for the left pages while 25 more images are for the right.  A soft gray line frames the side and bottom edges of each page.  Each page features a bit of "distressing"--dirt, stains, smears, brush strokes, dripping water color, etc.  No two pages are alike.

In addition there are 8 additional pages that don't have any staining or smudges on them at all, each with a slightly different background marbelization so none of them are the same.

In addition to that there are 6 more images that don't have any distressing or any gray framing lines whatsoever!

These images are 8.5" x 11", 150dpi JPGs, and designed to be dropped in as background images to your Microsoft Word Dungeon Masters Guild adventure template.  No overpowered layout program that you have to master, no graphic design program expertise required. And since they're 150dpi, they work within One Book Shelf's suggested PDF upload guidelines (which results in a smaller, more easily downloadable file than if they were 300dip or larger).

Within Word, you can format the image to match the full page of your product, and even adjust the transparency to make it even lighter if you desire.

These background images can be used by themselves or in conjunction with other art.  The featured examples below use graphic imagery from Graphic Elements I, II, III, and IV, and adjusted and layered in using Photoshop.  Using more advanced graphics programs may enable you to change the color, saturation, and vibrancy of the pages to your taste!

Example 1     Example 2

Example 3     Example 4

Example 5     Example 6

Example 7     Example 8

Example 9

Usage Rights:  Please credit the artist, Corey Johnston, when using these background images in your product. By paying the purchase price, you buy the right to use any of the pieces of art in this package for your projects and products as long as the product does not use the art itself for profit.

You may not place any of this art in other stock art.

All artwork rights are retained by the artist (Corey Johnston). All art in this product may be used to enhance your products for sale.  This art, however, cannot be sold in any other art projects or art compilations without written consent from the artist.

All artwork is copyrighted by Corey Johnston.

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Wyatt T April 07, 2019 10:20 am UTC
Did you accidentally put the wrong files in this? These don't look blue at all. The files are even named "...purple.jpg"
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Corey J May 30, 2019 6:51 am UTC
I did. My sincerest apologies. I have updated the files. They are back to being blue.
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Emily H February 22, 2019 9:42 am UTC
Would love to see this in purple
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Corey J April 01, 2019 12:34 am UTC
Emily, I just made it. At your suggestion. You can find it here:
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