Earlier in the week I took part in an online where I was showing people how to create simple clip art images using autoshapes. The session was very popular and, near the end of the session, I shared some simple alien characters I had created using the same techniques. These were quite popular so tonight I’m posting a short video showing hot you can create your own. I’ve tried to include a few handy tips in the video that I think others might find useful. Here are a few more…
- If you create a shape or character you are particularly happy with save the Publisher or Powerpoint document so you can access it again and make simple changes – it’s much easier than starting things from scratch!
- If you want to save images with a clear background save them as PNGs – Jpegs and bitmaps will save with a white background (which you can remove easily when importing into some programs anyway.
- If you find things really tricky find an image you’d like to replicate and use the curve tool to trace over it carefully: this technique is particularly good for creating clip art images of historical figures and people as it will help you get the proportions right.
- In newer versions of Publisher you can sample fill and outline colours to get an exact match – this can be especially helpful when filling with pale colours and skin tones.
- If you have an idea what sorts of colours you want to use in your image, and you’re using 2010, select a colour scheme from the design tab first – that way you get graduated samples of the colours you want that are easy to access.
I hope you find that helpful – now it’s your turn to get creating 🙂