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Pine tree and it’s association with holidays.
How have pine trees become the emblem of Christmas, be it oak, spruce or fir? Why are we chopping down a perfectly good tree, bringing it into the house and decorating it, but without one, we can’t even consider Christmas? The history of Christmas trees and pine trees symbolize is surrounded by many stories.
The pine tree has historically been used for thousands of years to celebrate winter (pagan and Christian) holidays.
During the winter solstice, the Pagans used pine trees to decorate their houses, as it made them think of the coming spring.
To adorn their homes for the New Year, the Romans also used pine trees.
As a symbol of eternal life with Heaven, Christians have used many different varieties of pine tree.
Pine trees were often used as trees for Christmas. It possibly started in Northern Europe approximately 1,000 years ago.
Martin Luther became the founder of bringing Christmas trees into the house and customizing them in the 16th century. Today, for this reason, individuals use many kinds of trees. Common Christmas tree types are fir trees, pine trees, spruce trees, cypress trees, and cedar trees. People want to see decorations, ornaments, candy, and Christmas presents decorate the trees.
Pine tree species are widely used as Christmas trees, such as Scotch Pine and Virginia Pine. The explanation for this is that they have branches that are rigid and can bear big ornaments. In addition, for about four weeks, their needles remain green. They do not break when the needles dry. For Christmas tree lovers, another important explanation why pine trees are perfect is that they have an aromatic fragrance. During Christmas, the White Pine might be used, but its branches are thin. It can only hold light decorations.
Pine cones are a pest to be piled off the lawn for much of the year, but come Christmas season, they are raised in rank, decorated with gold and shimmer and hung all over.
There’s more to this breezy, riled seed-bearer than meets the eye, whether branded as lawn clutter or celebratory decoration.
In both nature and prehistoric culture, the simple cone, found on both redwood and pine trees, occupies important positions.
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How to turn any image into an SVG template
Interested in learning the easiest way to make your own SVG?
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to turn any image into an SVG format image without having to use any complicated graphics editing software.
First, a quick primer on what is an SVG… SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. It is a way to store digital information about an image. Most images you see on the web and other digital devices use a bitmap or pixel based image storage format. In other words, the image is captured with information about each dot in the image.
SVG format images are part of a category of images that are vector based. Vector based images store the image as a series of paths and nodes. Most cutting machines like the Cricut and Silhouette use SVG format images because the blade on the machine needs to know what direction (or path) to cut.
To turn a bitmap based image into a vector based image, you need special conversion software tools. This is an algorithm tricky conversion because there lots of different ways to do it with varying degrees in quality. Most graphic editing software like Adobe Illustration make you manually decide on those conversion settings which makes it really difficult to use if you’re not already familiar with Illustrator.
I use a software tool called Vector Magic. With Vector Magic, you just upload your image (you can even copy and paste it in) and it automatically just converts to an SVG format for you. You can make editorial adjustments afterward if you’d like but there is a baseline conversion ready to go if that’s good enough.
Here’s an image for you to give it a try yourself. It’s a bunch of cute animal drawings I did the other day. I just took a picture of it with my phone. Try copy and paste this image into the Vector Magic interface. (Right-click on the image below, select “copy”, then head over to Vector Magic and past it into the window or just hit Ctrl+V)
After you pasted your image into the Vector Magic window, it will automatically start to convert your image:
This will take a few seconds. When the process is complete, you will see the vectorized SVG image on the right with the original on the left.
If you don’t like the automated conversion, there are a number of different adjustments you can make from the right tool panel.
After making adjustments, you can download your converted image as an SVG and then upload it to your cutting machine interface like Cricut Design Space below:
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