Sunday, December 11, 2011

HOW TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENTAL THEME T-SHIRT DESIGN IN MS WORD

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 31

TITLE:   HOW CREATE AN ENVIRONMENTAL THEME T-SHIRT DESIGN IN MS WORD
TYPE:    GRAPHIC DESIGN

I still remember the time when a can opener was one of the most important utensils in the kitchen. Before the 1980’s, most canned food could only be opened with the can opener. Even a child nowadays can open a can easily just by lifting the tab attached to the lid and pull backwards to remove it. I happened to open a can of peanuts one day and after observing the lid for quite some time, I was struck by the idea of using this lid as the subject for a graphic design. In this project, I used a throwaway object as the subject for a t-shirt design where the concept of the design is “Recycle for the Conservation of Our Natural Environment”. Actually, readers can get plenty of ideas for visual art projects by observing nature and man-made objects around us.
       Readers can refer to MS Word Drawing Project No. 15 for tips on how to draw a plain t-shirt. After creating the design, paste it on the t-shirt. Below is the graphic design created with Microsoft Word 2007 drawing program. I used only four tools to draw it.  These tools are: Oval, Block Arc, Curve line, and Moon. I also used WordArt to insert the curved shape text into the drawing. Make use of the shadow effects to create emboss or bevel effects to enhance the illustration’s appearance.
 
This is a simple graphic design with the underlying message that recycling helps to curb pollution and gives us a brighter future and I’m sure that we all want that.
This is how the finished drawing looks like when the design is placed on the t-shirt.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD PART 4

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 30 PART 4

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD
TYPE:   STILL LIFE DIGITAL DRAWING

(C)  HOW TO COLOUR IT?
Make use of the Gradient effects in the Shape Fill group. Experiment with the Light Gradient Variations and Dark Gradient Variations to get the desired effects.


(D)  THE STILL LIFE COMPOSITION
I have created a simple still life composition with the half apple image to demonstrate that digital drawings can be combined with photographic images to create visual art compositions. I snapped a picture of the marble table top at the angle of 45° which is actually the proper angle for perspective view. I then pasted the illustration onto the photographic image. You can see that the half apple is viewed below you eye level. Don’t forget to add some shadow effects to make it look more realistic. Notice that I've used value contrasts in this composition. When a darker colour object like the apple is placed on something with a lighter colour, say, a piece of yellow coloured paper, the object with the darker colour stands out or seems more vivid, and vice versa. The knowledge of Basic Colour Theory is useful because it can be applied in fine art and graphic design to produce wonderful works of art. You’ll find terminology such as Colour Wheel, Spectrum, Hue, Primary Colours, Secondary Colours, Tertiary Colours, Value, Harmonic Colours, Complementary Colours, Colour Intensity, Warm and Cool Colours, Neutral Colours, and so on.




I love to use landscape or seascape scenery pictures as background for PowerPoint slides. Since the picture above is a bit darker, the used of Dark Blue which is also of a darker value for the text is not suitable because it doesn’t stand out from the background. A PowerPoint presentation with obscure text is the last thing we want, right?

The picture above has a lighter value and therefore the used of Dark Blue which is of a darker value for the text is suitable because it stands out from the background. A PowerPoint presentation with vivid text is just the thing that we want.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD PART 3

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 30 PART 3
TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD
TYPE:   STILL LIFE DIGITAL DRAWING

(B)  HOW TO DRAW THE PICTURE?
I dissected this drawing to show readers how it’s done. This method I feel will help readers understand better the principle of creating graphics in MS Word. Use the Curve line tool to draw the shapes and lines and then fine-tune with Edit Points. Rearrange the position of the drawing objects with the options in the Arrange group. I prefer to turn off the Snap Objects to Grid option and the Drawing Canvas while drawing a picture in the Word document. This is because by doing so, I can move drawing objects around the document freely without much restriction. As you can see, this picture is made up of 14 drawing objects. After finished drawing the subject, render it with colours.



The finished drawing was rendered with colours in MS Word 2007.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD PART 2

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 30 PART 2

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD
TYPE:   STILL LIFE DIGITAL DRAWING
(A)  THE DIGITAL DRAWING
The digital drawing below was drawn using only the Curve line tool. The Edit Points tool was used to fine-tune the lines. The Curve line tool is a versatile tool for creating organic shapes and fluid lines. If you can control the tool well, you can produce many complicated drawings with it.

Monday, November 7, 2011

HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD PART 1

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 30 PART 1

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW HALF AN APPLE IN MS WORD
TYPE:   STILL LIFE DIGITAL DRAWING
In this drawing project, I used an apple as the subject or element. Below is the freehand pencil drawing of a half apple. I have planned to create a still life drawing using the half apple as the main subject. You can arrange other objects around the apple if you want. An arrangement of inanimate objects in a drawing or painting is called a still life. As I had mentioned before in the previous project that it is better to draw the picture on paper first before drawing it on the computer because we can study the subject carefully. By doing so, we’ll know the details better which will eventually help us to produce a more satisfying picture.
      Cut an apple into half and put one half of the apple on the table. Observe the subject from below eye level. You will realize that you are able to see the width and the depth of the fruit. This is known as perspective view. Perspective view enables us to see things three-dimensional. Do you know that artists since the Renaissance period had been working to develop a recognized system of perspective. Let’s see, that will be about more than 500 years ago, right? The works of famous Renaissance artists like Paolo Uccello (The Battle of San Romano) and Leonardo da Vinci (Mona Lisa, The Last Supper) displayed well the illusion of depth or space on a two-dimensional surface. Thanks to them that we are now using this system in visual art or otherwise our works of art would look rather flat and distorted like the Ancient Egyptian drawings and paintings.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

HOW TO CREATE A PEACE THEME POSTCARD DESIGN IN MS WORD

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 29

TITLE:   HOW TO CREATE A POSTCARD DESIGN IN MS WORD
TYPE:   GRAPHIC DESIGN
A postcard has a picture or illustration on one side and it can be addressed and sent without an envelope. A short message is usually written on the reverse side. Postcards are categorized as graphic design because they are printed in large numbers and are used for commercial purposes. Tourists like to buy postcards as souvenir items. Postcards are also used for posting, publicity campaign or advertising purposes. They normally contain pictures on the front side but there are also some postcards that contain pictures and text. In this project, I used the broken heart image to create a postcard design that promotes world peace. The size of the postcard is about 12 cm x 17 cm. The postal system which was once the favourite method of sending information or communication is threatened with the advent of the internet.
(This postcard design was created in MS Word 2007.)
HOW TO DRAW THE PLASTER IN MS WORD?
A plaster is used to symbolize healing. Choose the pale orange colour in Shape Fill because it corresponds to the skin colour and therefore makes it possible to create a realistic looking plaster. Get started by drawing two rounded rectangles.

Fill the rectangles plus their outlines with pale orange colour. Do the following:  Format > Shape Fill > Orange, Accent 6, Lighter 40 %.                                 
To create the emboss effects, do the following: Format > Shadow Effects > Additional Shadow Styles > Shadow Style 18.

(Now you can put this plaster on something.)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

HOW TO DRAW A BROKEN HEART IN MS WORD PART 2

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 28 PART 2

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A BROKEN HEART IN MS WORD
TYPE:   GRAPHIC DESIGN
(A)  HOW TO DRAW THE PICTURE?
First, draw a portion of the heart shape. Then, duplicate it and flip it horizontally. Join the two portions and you’ll get a full heart shape. I once drew a cow head in Adobe Photoshop using the same principle. To create a full heart shape, cover the broken area with an Oval shape and then do the following:  Format > Shape Outline > No Outline. If you break someone’s heart, you make someone you love or someone who loves you feels very sad. Try not to do that, it’s bad.


(B)  HOW TO CREATE THE EFFECTS?

There are some new features in MS Word 2007 that I find useful for creating attractive visual effects to drawing objects. Adding effects can enhance the illustration.  In the Shadow Effects group, select the shadow styles of your choice to create the desired effects. I made use of Shadow Effects to create the emboss effects for the drawing objects in this project. This is what I meant by improvising.
         Here are the steps on how to create the visual effects for this illustration:
(a)    Format > Shape Fill > Red > Gradient > Dark Variations > Linear Right.
          Shadow Effects > Additional Shadow Styles > Shadow Style 18.
(b)    Format > Shape Fill > Red > Gradient > Dark Variations > Linear Right.
          Shadow Effects > Additional Shadow Styles > Shadow Style 18.
(c)    Format > Shape Fill > Light Blue > Gradient > Light Variations > Linear Up.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

HOW TO DRAW A BROKEN HEART IN MS WORD PART 1

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 28 PART 1
TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A BROKEN HEART IN MS WORD
TYPE:   GRAPHIC DESIGN
The heart shape is the symbol of love. But sometimes, the heart can also be broken. The saying, “You have broken my heart”, is just a figure of speech. In reality, a broken heart doesn’t literally crack or break into two as normally depicted in the media. On Valentine’s Day you’ll see a lot of graphic images with the heart shape as the theme.
       Here is an easier way to draw a heart shape in MS Word. All you have to do is to draw a portion of the heart shape with the Curve line tool. It doesn’t really matter whether it is the left side or the right side. After completing the drawing, produce a copy of the shape and then rotate it horizontally to create the other half. Adjust the broken portion with the Edit Points tool. Join these two portions together and you now have a heart that is ‘broken’. Experiment with the graphics effects available in the Format tab in MS Word 2007 to get the desired effects. I find it easier to break the heart this way. Try drawing this on your own first. I’ll show how the drawing is done in the next post.  By the way, blog readers are welcome to comment on the graphics posted on my blog so that I can make some improvement on its content.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

HOW TO CREATE LOGOS IN MS WORD PART 2

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 27  PART 2
TITLE:   HOW TO CREATE LOGOS IN MS WORD
TYPE:   GRAPHIC DESIGN
I use MS Word 2007 to create these logos but previous versions will also do just fine. To create the logo of the flying goose, you have to convert the digital drawing of the goose into a shape. Here are the steps to covert the picture (form) into a shape:
i.              Group the drawing into a single unit by using the Select Objects tool.
ii.             Click Format tab on the Standard Bar and then fill the drawing object with Yellow colour in Shape Fill.
iii.            Click Format tab on the Standard Bar and then fill the outline of the drawing object with Yellow colour in Shape Outline.
iv.           Click Insert tab and create the decorative text with WordArt.

Finally, to create the snail logo, you will have to group the picture into a single unit first. After that, click Format > Shape Outline > Weight and then choose the line thickness that you want.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

HOW TO CREATE LOGOS IN MS WORD PART 1

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 27 PART 1
TITLE:   HOW TO CREATE LOGOS IN MS WORD
TYPE:   GRAPHIC DESIGN
Logos are designs or symbols that represent the identities of corporations, institutions and organizations. They are also useful for advertising purposes. Since a logo is like a symbol, it is best to keep things simple when designing a logo. We don’t want viewers to scratch their heads trying to figure out what the logo is about. A good logo design reflects the image and reputation of the company or organization it represents. Logo designs are normally flat and two-dimensional but there are also logo designs that are three-dimensional. Compare the logos of the reputable companies like The Coca-Cola Company and Nestle Products. Can you see the difference between these two designs?
       In designing a logo, we must first choose the subject matter that represents the company or organization.  Most logo designs use letters, shapes or forms as subject matter.  Some logo designs use three colours, e.g. Red, Black and White. In this project, I’ll show how to use MS Word to create three logo designs based on letters, shape and form.


An IT company logo designed from Impact letters using WordArt.


An investment company logo designed from shape and letters.


An apparel company logo designed from form and letters.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

HOW TO CREATE AN ADVERTISMENT POSTER IN MS WORD

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 26 

TITLE:   HOW TO CREATE AN ADVERTISMENT POSTER IN MS WORD
TYPE:   GRAPHIC DESIGN
After creating the snail and the leaf, the next thing I did was to use them to create an advertisement poster for a clothing company that produces men’s wear. The brand name “SLOW” is associated with the image of the snail to highlight the concept of slower wear and tear which symbolises durable and quality products. To further emphasis the concept of durability, I used the picture of the tropical forest for the design’s background. Don’t you think that this idea will be quite convincing if these clothes can be worn for jungle trekking and camping?
          Art Education teachers can create graphic designs like this to teach Basic Design or Visual Art theories. The two main basic components in Basic Design are known as Elements of Art and Principles of Design. The elements of art which are present in the poster design below are as follows - LINE, COLOUR, TEXTURE, FORM and SPACE.
The principles of design found in the design as mentioned are as follows - BALANCE (Symmetrical Balance which is also known as Formal Balance as well as Proportion), HARMONY , CONTRAST, DOMINANCE and of course UNITY.
          Actually, the elements of art are the basic ingredients or building blocks needed to create works of art. It is the principles of design that guide the use of these elements to achieve unity in design which is the prime objective of every work of art. In other words, the principle of unity is the determining factor in the quality of a work of art.
         Furthermore,   a good poster should be simple but at the same time able to captivate viewers. It should also be able to convey the message or information to viewers in matter of seconds or at a glance. Let’s say, if people are driving on the highway, wouldn’t it be dangerous if they spend a long time looking at the billboards trying to figure out the messages or information that the advertisers try to convey? Therefore, posters or advertisements should be clear in their objectives, have clear and bold sans serif typeface such as block letters or Arial Black font, and relevant illustrations or images that are not too distracting. I prefer sans serif typeface or block letters in my graphic designs because they are easy to read.
         The principle of contrast in the poster below is demonstrated with the juxtaposition of the lighter coloured text with the darker background. This makes the text stands out clearly. And finally, to create this poster, just copy the pictures into the photographed background and then create the text using the Text Box tool. In fact, you can also insert text created by WordArt such as the brand name “SLOW” into the Text Box so that the text can be moved around. For MS Word 2007 users, try using Shadow Style18 to create the emboss effect on WordArt text.
Original Picture of Tropical Forest

Picture of Tropical Forest Cropped with  Paint Program







THE COMPLETED ADVERTISMENT POSTER DESIGN

Friday, September 2, 2011

HOW TO CREATE A COLOURED GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD PART 2

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 25  PART 2


TITLE:   HOW TO CREATE A COLOURED GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD

TYPE:   GRAPHIC ART

After creating the subject, the next step is to create the surrounding, right? In this project, I’d decided to place the snail on a leaf which will be used later to design an advertisement poster. Drawing the leaf is much simpler than drawing the snail, don't you think? Three tools were used to draw the leaf that you see below. The tools are Rounded Rectangle, Line and Freeform line.

The Drawing



The Dissected Drawing


The Completed Illustration


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

HOW TO CREATE A COLOURED GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 25  PART 1


TITLE:   HOW TO CREATE A COLOURED GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD

TYPE:   GRAPHIC ART

In this project, I’ll show readers how to create a graphic design with the digital drawing of a garden snail which is at the first place a fine art drawing. Works of art such as drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures that are created for display and to be admired for their esthetical values as well as mediums for artists to express their creativity, emotions and thoughts are known as fine arts. These works are not intended to be produced in large quantities for practical or commercial use. However, graphic art is more inclined to commercial purposes. Therefore graphic designs which are meant for a larger audience are produced in large quantities such as posters, advertisements, magazine covers, brochures, labels, and so on. Graphic artists got to produce works in accordance to the needs and expectations of the clients. As a matter of fact, I personally feel that until now naturalistic works are still the preferred choice of most clients.

      Adding colour effects to the drawing enhance its appearance. To create a coloured drawing of the snail, use the tools on the Format tab to create the desired effects. For example, to create 3-D effects for the shell, do the following:

Format > Shape Fill > Gradient > More Gradients, and in the Fill Effects dialog box, choose a colour or two colours and also a shading style (From Center). You can also try choosing an effect from Shape Styles.

Feel free to experiment with the tools to get the desired effects. Don’t worry, they won’t bite!



Monday, August 22, 2011

HOW TO DRAW A GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD PART 3


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 24  PART 3


TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD

TYPE:   DIGITAL DRAWING          

I have created a few diagrams to show how the snail is drawn in MS Word. As you can see, I started with the body first and then with the shell. The snail’s body is soft and wet and therefore the lines should be fluid. The shell which is round and hard should have curve lines. Notice that the shell has a spiral structure. This spiral structure makes the shell strong and hard and therefore acts as protective covering for the creature. This picture is drawn from the top view.




Wednesday, August 17, 2011

HOW TO DRAW A GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD PART 2


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 24  PART 2


TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD

TYPE:   DIGITAL DRAWING

(A)  THE DIGITAL DRAWING OF THE GARDEN SNAIL

This garden snail was drawn using only the Curve line tool and the lines were adjusted into the right shapes with the Edit Points option. I have started drawing pictures with MS Word since 2000 and until now I have a large number of digital drawings in my collection which are useful for my book writing projects. What started off as a hobby has later on developed into a passion.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

HOW TO DRAW A GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 24  PART 1


TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A GARDEN SNAIL IN MS WORD

TYPE:   DIGITAL DRAWING

One day, while I was looking at some pictures, a picture of a garden snail caught my attention. I quickly did a sketch of the snail on a piece of paper and later on when I had the time, drew the picture of the snail in MS Word. Here is the pencil drawing that I was talking about, and as usual, I would like readers to draw the picture of the snail in MS Word first before I show how it is done. Try drawing the picture using only the Curve line tool. In MS Word 2007, click the Insert tab to access the tool. As I have said before, the Curve line tool is a versatile tool, and without it there are many things that  cannot be drawn realistically in MS Word such as the squid and the goose. As a matter of fact, you can get ideas and inspiration from nature. Many a time when I run out of ideas, I turn to nature for inspiration.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

HOW TO DRAW A LIGHTED CANDLE IN MS WORD PART 3

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 23  PART 3

TITLE:   HOW TO DRAW A LIGHTED CANDLE IN MS WORD

TYPE:   GRAPHIC DESIGN

(B) HOW TO CREATE THE EFFECTS FOR THE ILLUSTRATION?
Users of Microsoft Word 2010 and 2007 can create effects for graphics with the tools on the Format tab. Click at a drawing object to reveal the Format tab on the Standard Toolbar.  Click the arrow next to Shape Fill and you will find most of the tools needed to create effects for your graphics. The Gradient option with a variety of variations is mostly used to create 3-D effects to drawing objects. By the way, if MS Word has the Feathering option like Photoshop, the candle light effect will be more realistic. I will use a table to explain how these effects are created.



Effect No.

Tools

How to do it?

1
Shape Fill
More Fill Colors
Fill object with Yellow colour
Move Transparency slider to 40% on Standard tab

2
Shape Fill  > Theme Colors
Gradient  > More Gradients
> Colors > Shading Styles
Two Colors > Orange, Accent 6, Darker 25% & Yellow
Horizontal > Choose Variant No. 1 (Top Left) > OK

3
Shape Fill
Gradient  > Colors > Shading Styles
Fill object with Blue colour
Vertical > Choose Variant No. 4  (Bottom Right) > OK
4
Shape Fill  > Texture
Sand

5
Shape Fill
Gradient  > Colors > Shading Styles
Two Colors > Purple & Purple, Accent 4, Lighter 60%
Vertical > Choose Variant No. 4  (Bottom Right) > OK

6
Shape Fill
Gradient  > Colors > Shading Styles
Fill object with  Aqua colour
Horizontal > Choose Variant No. 2  (Top Right) > OK
 7
Oval > Shape Fill
Fill object with Black, Text 1, Lighter 35%