Friday, January 9, 2015

HOW TO DECORATE A MUG WITH A DESIGN IN MS WORD


MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 56
TITLE: HOW TO DECORATE A MUG WITH A DESIGN IN MS WORD
TYPE:  GRAPHIC ART


Here is an activity for an Art lesson in class that I think students would love. The art activity is to incorporate photography and digital drawing to produce a graphic design for a mug or a set of mugs. Graphic Art is different from Fine Art because the former is more inclined to commercial purposes and therefore most of the works are mass produced. This post is about putting text and graphics on a photograph to create a composite picture. Get students to bring  some plain mugs to school and snap pictures of them with a digital camera. The teacher can also give students some tips on photography techniques.  Students then have to draw a digital picture on the computer. Choose a suitable theme for the design, say, vegetable or fruit. Students can use any graphics programs that they  are familiar with to complete the task.  Crop the JPEG picture before copying and pasting the vector image onto it. Cropping is done to remove unwanted areas in the picture.

          For this activity, I used the pumpkin as the subject  for the design. After pasting the image of the pumpkin onto the picture, I Ungroup it and added Shadow Style 18 effect to create an emboss appearance. Students can actually learn some computer graphics skills by doing this type of activity through hands-on experience. They also learn some computer language or terminology as well. They can apply these knowledge and skills to other high-end computer graphics programs later on.

The computer skills that students are able to learn from this activity are as follows:
a)  Cropping (editing a JPEG picture)

b)  Copying and Pasting (importing a image from another source onto the document)

c)  Sizing (adjusting the size of an image by dragging the sizing handles)

d)  Adding text to the picture by using Text Box

e)  Grouping different drawing objects into a single unit (also known as layers in Photoshop)

f)  Knowing the difference between raster (JPEG) and vector (pumpkin) format images.

           Graphics and text are normally used to decorate the surface of mugs for merchandising purposes or for free distribution as gift items. The graphics can blend well with a lighter coloured subject and therefore the white coloured mug is most suitable. Other darker coloured mugs can also be used, provided that there is a strong colour contrast that makes the designs on these mugs stand out.
 


 
This is the original picture of a plain mug (unedited).
 
  
I used the Paint program to crop this picture.
 
 
This is the final product with the text and vector image incorporated into the picture.
 
 
Here is another design with a cheerful tone. You can see that the design (vector image) blends seamlessly into the photograph.
 
 

 

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