Better a dish of vegetables…


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Better a dish of vegetables with love
than a fattened calf with hatred

Proverbs 15:17, from the New International Version Anglicized (NIVUK) of the Bible

I got the idea to do a cross-stitch effect for this proverb. Little did I know it was going to be a lot more work than I thought! Here’s how I did it. There has *got* to be an easier way! Please comment below with your suggestions!!

I started out following this tutorial from Tuts Plus. I am all about learning new things and Tuts Plus has taught me a lot over the years! However, after a while I decided to abandon the tutorial and do my own thing. : )

First, I created my pixel-based artboard according to the tutorial and set the size of the grid and set everything to snap to grid. <— This is the most helpful thing you can do!!

Then, I did the text layout and found some clipart carrots that kind of looked like what I wanted. I used the font Eurostile because it seemed a little more squared off and I thought that might be easier. I tried to somewhat align the text with the grid.

I then exported that rough design as a jpg and opened it in Photoshop. Here’s what it looked like:

Once in Photoshop, I used the filter Pixelate > Mosaic and played with the cell size until it kind of looked like it was breaking into my little cross-stitch pieces. However, this used the semi-transparent anti-alias edges, so I adjusted the threshold to make everything solid black. I then did a selection based on the black color. I saved the selection as a path and then did File > Export > Paths to Illustrator. I opened that in Illustrator and brought the path into my existing file.

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Well, of course things didn’t exactly line up! So I just adjusted my grid to fit the pixel size from the Photoshop path. From here I painstakingly used the Direct Selection Tool to drag the points onto the grid where needed. Thankfully, everything snapped very easily! I also drew some 1×1 pixel rectangles and use those liberally with my Pathfinder palette to fix up my shapes. I did the Scripture reference manually since it was too small to cooperate with the Photoshop plan.

Instead of the masking technique from the tutorial, I made several different colored pattern swatches and applied them to the different shapes (vector paths). I simplified my pattern swatches into just two lines crossed on top of a transparent square.

I basically followed the tutorial to make the background fabric pattern swatch and then added an inner shadow to that.

I think it came out nice, but wow, I really worked out my Illustrator and Photoshop skills on this proverb! Hope you enjoy!

Here are some awesome Library of Congress vegetable-related photos I found when brainstorming for this proverb:

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