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.

Enjoy!

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!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

How to Draw a Halloween Pumpkin.

This is a short video I made in Keynote with slides from Pages (to make screenshots: Command+Shift+4) showing how to draw a Halloween pumpkin in a few easy steps.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Free Banking.




'Free [us from] Banking' is another design I've added to my gallery on CafePress. You can see it there on various products, such as t-shirts, bags and mugs, as in the picture here. Click on the picture to see the products with this design on CafePress.

The effect I was aiming at is to have two slogans in one. When you glance at it quickly, you only see 'Free Banking.' When you look again, you see 'Free us from Banking.' 

I put each line in a separate text box which allows more freedom in moving the chunks of text. 

I made the key word 'Free' largest at 180 points, 'Banking' smaller at 144, and 'us from' at 34. The font used is Palatino Bold.

For best results when printing in black type, remember to change the colour to 'true black.' In the Colour viewer (Inspector), click on sliders, choose CMYK and set Cyan, Magenta and Yellow at zero, and Black (K) at 100 percent.

Convert your Pages document to PDF and upload to CafePress.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Talking man. A simple picture.


Here is a very simple design of a man with a speech bubble that anyone can do for their projects. Add him to your card, brochure or poster.


The main body shape is made with iWork/Pages Draw tool (Pen) which is at the end of the Shapes menu. Click several times to make a rough shape and then make it editable and smooth curves (Smooth Path) under the Format menu.
Arms are separate shapes. Double click on the last dot to make the upper part of the arm look  'connected' to the body. Fill the body and the arms with complementing colours in Graphic Inspector. The second arm is a copy (duplicate) of the first, you don't need to draw it again. Under Arrange menu Send to Back the second arm to make it look like a left hand.
The picture below shows how fingers are drawn. To make it easier, increase the zoom of your document from 125 to 300 or 400 percent.


The picture below shows editing points (red dots) for the arm.


And here is the full picture. Add a speech bubble and type in your words — a promotional slogan, a political point or a piece of advice.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Obama cancels summit with Putin. A cartoon strip.

Here's a cartoon I made the other day with drawings made in Pages with the Draw Tool (Pen) and put them into a ComicLife template. 

Read more on how to create a drawing/picture with iWork/Pages tools here.


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