I found this set of free prints via Pinterest, but when I downloaded them I was concerned about how well they would print. All of the backgrounds had quite varying shades of discoloration, and the yellowing of the pages seemed to have affected the artwork itself: not to mention the colored backgrounds would take a lot of ink to print. I took the time to clean up the artwork for my own use, and decided to put the digitally enhanced prints in my Etsy shop. I spent quite a few hours optimizing these versions, but you can download the originals for free, instructions compliments of this website.
Botanical prints: Before and After
Below you can see the before and after of the original scans, verses the cleaned up versions I created.
Here’s a peak at how they would look framed together:
I did quite a bit of research before putting these up in my Etsy shop. These are copyright free, mostly due to the age of the book plates themselves. Companies like Dover specialize in creating copyright free graphics from old ad clippings and postcards, which are used widely by graphic artists and digital scrapbooking companies.
If you want to try cleaning up the prints yourselves, or want to clean up a scan from other source, I do have a post on how to clean up artwork here. I used more techniques than those described in that tutorial, but it’s a good place to get you started.
Enjoy and look for a second set coming soon, as well as some free pollinators (bees).