Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Licorice and True Black.

Colour Viewer with Crayon Box
For print projects, especially when you deal with commercial (professional) printshops, consider changing default black colour in Pages to whay they call 'true black.'

It gives better quality.

Default black colour in Pages is in fact a composite colour.

In text inspector click on the Colour wheel to open Colour Viewer. It shows the Crayon Box.

Click on Sliders (second icon from left), then click on the drop down menu and choose CMYK.
CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (Key colour).

Licorice in CMYK
Drag C, M, Y to zero and K to 100%.

Click away to deselect text and save.

True black

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Study after Modigliani.

Italian artists Amedeo Modigliani was friends with Russian poet Anna Akhmatova in 1910s. He made several dozen minimalist portraits of her. 

Here, I am recreating one of Modigliani's drawings with Pages' Draw tool, adding colour and some other effects. 

This is an unfinished study. I am publishing it to show the work in progress. 

Detail, head.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Snowman (2015)

My traditional drawing of the New Year's Snowman. 

All details, including letters, made with Apple's Pages tools.

Happy New Year.

Friday, November 07, 2014

After Modigliani, a Study Made in iWork/Pages.

This is a study after Amedeo Modigliani, the great Italian artist of the 20 Century.

I drew it in Pages using the Draw Tool (find it in Shapes menu) and combining edited shapes with various gradient colour fills. Style options for lines in Graphic Inspector give additional possibilities when working on details, for example hair. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

St.Valentine Projects in iWork.

I designed this picture in Pages for a Valentine's project. You can draw one like this with just the tools provided in iWork Pages and transfer it to electronic and printed documents —cards, posters, letters, as well as putting it on button-badges, t-shirts and mugs.

Follow the Valentine's tag to see how to make one like this and other posts related to St.Valentine's projects.

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Sunday, December 01, 2013

How to Draw a Snowman.

This is a short video on how to draw a snowman in iWork/Pages. I made the slides from screenshots in Pages, then assembled them in Keynote and made into a video via iPhoto and uploaded to my channel on YouTube.

This version doesn't have additional explanatory notes and is intended for those who are already comfortable with iWork's basic tools.


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Christmas Clipart: Santa's Hat with White Background.

  1. Jennifer Grainger, a reader of this blog asks:
    What about layering on an image? For instance, I'm trying to create a Christmas card to print and send out today - and all I want is to put Santa hats on my husband’s and mine heads in the photos. I found a santa hat clip art on google but I can't seem to layer it on our heads, plus, unlike MS clipart - it has the white box around the image.

    This shouldn't be difficult.

    - Remove the white background around the image with Alpha tool. If it's not in your tool bar, it is under Format menu. Launch Alpha, click on the image and drag the crosshair over the white background several times. The white ‘box’ will disappear. 

    - to put hats on your heads (layering) use Arrange menu>Bring to front. The hats will be in the top layer. If you want the tops to point in opposite directions flip one of the images in Metrics Inspector. If hat proportions are awkward, try unchecking Constrain Proportions in Metrics Inspector. That way  you can stretch Santa’s hat.

    Hope this helps - and Happy Christmas!

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