Where can I get floral images?
February 22, 2012 8:35 AM   Subscribe

Where would I find flower images similar to these?

What search terms should I use to find images similar to these on stock image sites?

I have tried what I would think would be right. thinks like Flower. rose, outline, isolated but all the results are a world away from what I want.

The actual designs I have attached are from wedding invitations, so obv I can't use direct copies, but similar would be good.

cherry Blossom
posted by MarvinJ to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: The roses look like a snippet of rose toile if that helps!
posted by Katine at 8:39 AM on February 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

Try Google Image search. Just drag the actual image file into the search box. It's not perfect: it's mostly about color than it is about content. But worth a shot. I had to up the contrast and exposure on the second image to get slightly better results.

First image, second image.
posted by Mo Nickels at 8:43 AM on February 22, 2012

Best answer: On iStockphoto at least, add "botanical" to your search terms. You'll find plenty.
posted by ThatSomething at 8:43 AM on February 22, 2012

The rose is definitely toile, and the cherry blossoms are letterpress. Here's a gardenia[?], and assortment in the same fashion.
It would help to know why you want them-you say you can't copy them directly- are you looking to use them in some sort of design you're making? If so, old toile wallpaper would be your best bet-it's probably not copyrighted anymore. The letterpress, however, is kind of 'in' now, so it will be harder to find royalty free images of it.
posted by FirstMateKate at 9:25 AM on February 22, 2012

You can try 'engraved' and/or 'woodcut'. I added '19th c' because that fit the 'feel' of the rose engraving better - it's sort of like the outline for wallpaper or decorative arts from part of the 19th century. That cuts down on modern and medieval woodcuts.

Offline, Dover press puts out books/CDs that are full of these sorts of collections.
posted by cobaltnine at 10:37 AM on February 22, 2012

Best answer: If you're looking in a place like istockphoto, you can try:
letterpress flower
cherry blossom vector
floral pattern rose
posted by biscuits at 11:57 AM on February 22, 2012

Response by poster: Thanks all. Best answers marked as the ones I'll use.
posted by MarvinJ at 8:40 AM on February 23, 2012

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