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.