Website design project (single graphic, not entire site)
September 7, 2011 11:30 AM

I'm building a simple website for a "PumpkinFest" event that my son's school is running this fall. I'm OK with the HTML, but I'm looking for some help creating a background graphic. I'm not sure how to find a designer/Photoshop expert for help with this small project.

In short - I'd like a background graphic that looks sort of like linen or parchment paper - a light shade of beige or khaki - with slight irregularities or imperfections. Then, in the upper left corner, I'd like one (or maybe several) large leaves (e.g., maple), showing rich fall colors. I don't want the entire leaf(s) - I'd like them to appear as though they were partially offscreen. I'd also like the leaves to look photorealistic.

So far - this doesn't seem too hard (although it's VERY hard for me, since I don't know how to use Photoshop or similar tools).

But here's the hard part - I'd like the leaf(s) to cast VERY realistic looking shadows over the background. In other words, I'd like the leaves to look like they're floating just off the background (or, perhaps lying on the background, but casting shadows where their natural curves lift them off the background.

It's also important that the leaves appear to have a natural three dimensional look that's consistent with their "placement" on the screen.

For a *rough* idea of what I'm looking for, check out

I'd be happy if the leaf(s) and background were part of a single graphic, or if the leaf(s) were separate graphics, with alpha shadows.

I'm paying out of my pocket, so my budget is small. I'm guessing a reasonable rate is $50/hr, but I don't have a realistic sense of how long this should take. So, we should discuss that.

As I said - this project is pretty small - I don't need an entire site designed, just help producing this single graphic.

Many thanks in advance!

payscale: $50-$250
job type: contract
posted by stuehler to Art/Media/Design

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