Bev's adventures in ICT

Archive for November 24, 2009

Reinventing the Classics…more PowerPoint fun!

Here’s an idea to link to your work on the great artists – it doesn’t take long, it’s fun to do and it’s a way of incorporating ICT into your art session. Find a good quality image of your chosen piece of classic art (I’ve chosen Starry Night, but it doesn’t matter what it is). Save it in it’s original form and then open it up in a photo editing program ( 2Photo Simple in the advanced setting is good, but an online application would be okay) add an effect to it ( greyscale, sepia – you choose) and save it as a separate file. Undo your last action,  add a different effect to it and save it a third time. Keep going until you’ve got eight different versions of the image (more if you want to, but eight works well for me).

Once you’ve got your eight images open up a blank PowerPoint and give the slide a blank layout.  Insert your first image – if you’re lucky the image will be a good size but if not just resize it. Then insert the other remaining images directly on top of the first, resizing if necessary (it’s important they’re all the same size).

Once you’ve got all the images in place carefully use the crop tool on each image to crop them into slices. I like to crop from the right going across to the left so the slices are vertical but that’s a personal thing 🙂 . As you crop the layer underneath will be revealed and eventually you’ll have a really effective composite image!

This idea also works well with portrait photos: give them a bit of a scary twist by using effects like night vision, heat map or negative/inverted image!

Rip it up!

For those of you who haven’t tried it yet, have a look at Ript. Ript is one of those ideas that is just so simple you wished you’d thought of it first. You just highlight the text or image you want to capture (from the web or your computer) and drag it to your pile, which floats on your desktop when Ript is running. Double click your pile and Ript opens up a slide that you can arrange your captured bits onto.

Now I know there are other ways you could do this sort of thing – you could just copy and paste things onto a PowerPoint slide. You could use a program like Gadwin Print Screen or Web Snap Shot to collect bits and pieces to use later on in another application. Ript just wraps it all up in one neat package and adds a fun element. Use it to gather research on a project or as a way to collect information and then sort it into categories. At the very least, download it,  (along with the Ript User Guide)install it and have a play: you wont be sorry.