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GT10 Portfolio

I want you to have something to show for all of your hard work and creativity this semester, so I’d like you to put together a portfolio of your best work, as well as a demonstration of the skills that you should have picked up along the way.

I will guide you and show you a great way to do this, but if you prefer to take the information and display it another way (create a website, put together a video, or some other creative use of your talents), that might be fine (check with me). This should be the kind of thing you could take with you to a job interview to dazzle someone with your skills, or prove to your parents that you’ve learned and created a lot this semester.

Your job in your portfolio is to display a range of projects that you’ve created and explain the skills that you’ve gained along the way. You should be demonstrating work completed in Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop, as well as coming up with a few new pieces made specifically for this portfolio.

 

Using InDesign, you’ll put together a multi-page document that combines your best work from the course and describe some of the things you’ve learned and created along the way.

Using Adobe InDesign, create a MINIMUM eight-page portfolio of your best work completed in Graphic Tech. This portfolio will serve as the final exam for this course and should provide you with something useful to document your time here up to now.

All previous projects should be PLACED in this document so you have an editable copy of those files along with the portfolio. The finished portfolio must be properly packaged without any missing links and handed in electronically. You can even publish electronically when done and you may have a printed copy, if you wish.

Your portfolio must include:

  • A new title page, created in Photoshop: Title, image(s), your full first and last name, section (class), and graphic design elements that make the page aesthetically pleasing. (Use contrast, high quality, appealing elements, effective colour choices, etc.). You could put together a new composite image or use clipping mask Photo Letters for the title, or use one of your Fun with Photoshop tutorials, or just come up with something interesting in Photoshop! Remember to use HIGH QUALITY images and set up your file to be the correct size and resolution (8.5 x 11, 300 pixels/inch)
  • Somewhere in your portfolio (probably the first or last page), you will create a NEW LOGO in Illustrator that has your name AND “Graphic Tech” or “Design” or something along those lines.
  • AT LEAST one Photoshop project that you previously completed. (creature, photo letters, trading card, Fun with Photoshop, etc.)
  • AT LEAST one Illustrator project that you created. (vinyl cutting, original sticker design, logo design, etc.)
  • AT LEAST one InDesign project that you completed. (postcard, brochure, quiz, etc.)
  • AT LEAST one other project of your choice. (personal project that you completed, or just another one of the above projects)
  • A final summation of what you learned, accomplished or gained from the course. What kind of things have you learned and how could you use these skills in the future? What types of things are you qualified to do/create?

In order to print these properly, they need to have 8 or 12 pages. If you don’t care about printing, you could have a different number, but ideally, 8 or 12 pages would

EACH PAGE will contain enough information to explain the project/process/software to someone who did not take the course. Your parents, relatives, friends not in the course, or a prospective employer should be able to look at your project and understand the following things:

  • What was the goal/objective/assignment? What were you supposed to learn/include/accomplish?
  • What was your personal goal – how did you figure out what you were going to create/do/accomplish? Was your goal to make something classy, interesting, silly, serious, weird, etc.?
  • What steps were involved in completing the task?
  • What did you have to learn in order to complete the task?
  • What did you struggle with along the way?
  • How do you feel about your work in hindsight?
  • What would you do differently if you had to do this project again?

Make this as informative, interesting, and appealing as you can. This will show that you learned and accomplished something in this course and will demonstrate some of the skills that you should have picked up along the way. You will get a good mark if you do a good job, and you should be able to bring this portfolio to a job interview to show what a creative and intelligent person you are!

I would recommend setting this up to be Letter size. You can decide whether to add a bleed and cut it out or just accept a bit of a white border. You definitely want Facing Pages for this one:

 

InDesign Brochure tutorial

InDesign is one of the most useful and interesting programs we work with. So far, you should have created a Postcard and a Greeting Card. Building on those skills, we’ll build something slightly more complicated, a tri-fold brochure. To make it easy, you’ll complete a tutorial that will show you how to do the project that I want you to complete:

Download these files to follow along with the sample. Those files are “zipped” together, so you’ll need to Unzip the files in order to use them. This is a very common way of delivering files, so you should know how to unzip a folder…

If you prefer to have the files unzipped for you, you can also find all of the files in the HANDOUT FOLDER, although you’d have to download those one at a time or download a zipped file anyway… If you’re really struggling, I could give you the files, if you ask nicely (although I might roll my eyes a bit.)

Follow along with the tutorials here

Complete those videos and create the sample brochure. Show it to me when you are done! You will complete your own, original brochure for marking in the next step!

If you show me the completed brochure, you don’t really need to hand it in. Remember that if you are handing anything in that is created by InDesign, you need to PACKAGE the files!

First InDesign Project: Vacation Postcard

So far, we’ve worked with two image creation and editing programs, Photoshop and Illustrator. Now it’s time to turn to InDesign and see what it can do. InDesign is the industry choice for creating professional documents of all shapes and sizes.

See what you can create with InDesign

Explore InDesign basics

First up, learn how to create an appealing postcard! I encourage you to do the sample contained in the tutorials:

You will need these files in order to follow along with the tutorial

Click the image below to go to the tutorial, or click this link

After working through the tutorial to learn how it’s created and put together, I want you to DESIGN YOUR OWN! Yours should use the same tools, size, and layout as the sample, but SHOULD NOT RESEMBLE IT AT ALL! Yours should look entirely different.

This should look like the kind of card that you would buy on vacation and send home to some poor sucker who didn’t get to come with you. You’ve surely seen these in a gift shop or at the Forks or something.

I’d suggest using one of high quality photos from Unsplash to create a postcard for a destination that you would like to visit.

Most postcards are 6 inches by 4 inches with a .25 inch bleed. I recommend setting up a .25 inch margin to keep important text and elements away from the edge of the page.

Setup:

You could rotate your card if you wish. You will design a front and a back. The front is usually just a beautiful photo or multiple photos from the place you are visiting. The back contains a space for you to write a letter and a space for you to write the address that you are going to send it to, as well as a stamp (or at least a place to put a stamp). We could print these out when you are done and you could even mail it to someone if you wish!

Remember that in this program, everything goes in a frame. You’ll PLACE your files into frames (File/Place or Ctrl + D).

When you are done, you’ll PACKAGE your file to drop it off!

Check for errors or missing links!

That will create a folder that includes your file as well as any linked files and fonts that you may have included. Check OneDrive for a folder when you are done.

Have fun and be creative. Where would you like to visit?

Samples of finished postcards created by past students:

 

Introduction to InDesign

So far, we’ve worked with two image creation and editing programs, Photoshop and Illustrator. Now it’s time to turn to InDesign and see what it can do. InDesign is the industry choice for creating professional documents of all shapes and sizes.

Adobe’s InDesign can do everything that Microsoft Word can do and MUCH more, and it does it all so much better. It’s a souped-up super powered version of your usual word processor. It also incorporates the power of Photoshop and other programs to create one killer creator of documents.

See what you can create with InDesign

Explore InDesign basics

One of the many things that InDesign does much better than a program like Microsoft Word is handle multiple pages. Our yearbook is put together using InDesign and it makes it so much simpler to make the pages look good and organize pages and sections. Using InDesign, we’ll create a bunch of other useful documents.

Watch the tutorials below. Those teach you how to use the program. Much of this stuff you WILL NOT figure out on your own, so pay attention to those.

 

Illustrator Business Card

Once you have a logo designed for a customer, one of the most common jobs for a designer is to come up with a business card.

Your job now is to take the logo that you’ve designed, and come up with a business card that would suit that logo/business.

You can start from one of the templates within Illustrator for this one, but you will need to CUSTOMIZE it to match the fonts & colours that you chose for your logo.

CHECK OUT THIS PAGE FOR SOME INFO

Then, take your logo, and design a card using that logo/business. You can make up a name, address, and phone number to put on the card if you like, or use a real one (like the school’s address and phone number, for example.)

DO NOT hand in a business card that looks like the template/sample! Change the colours, fonts, images, and text to suit your project. Your creative logo should be on there somewhere. The colours and fonts on the card should ma

First Logo Design

One of the most common jobs for a graphic designer is to come up with a company/organization’s logo. Once a business has a good logo, they can use it to help build their business, and a good logo can go a long way toward building brand recognition and helping to get the word out about a product or service.

But what is a logo and why is it so important?

There are different types of logos as well. Some are more detailed and descriptive, and some are extremely simple.

Should you continue on with Graphic Tech next year (and I sincerely hope that you do,) you’ll do a lot more logo design and there will be more to consider. For now, you can be as creative as you want.

If you come up with a great logo, it might even look good on a shirt or hat or bag or coaster or…

What makes a great logo?

You can even technically use whichever program you want. Logos could be made on InDesign, I suppose, but Photoshop or Illustrator would be the best choice. Illustrator, in particular, is what we would use to make a proper logo because a professional logo needs to be scalable, so having a vector graphic is essential for commercial use.

Later on, your logo would have to be fully original, but for now, you could incorporate elements from places like Unsplash or The Noun Project.

If you want to see samples of logos for inspiration, I recommend looking at Brands of the World.

Illustrator tips/tutorials:

Build your logo with basic shapes

Add text to your logo

Essential techniques for effective logo design

Build a logo (step by step)

Combine shapes to build a logo. (step by step)

 

If you want more logo design tips, I like this video as well:

Illustrator Drawing Tools Practice

Before we get too carried away with Illustrator, let’s slow down and practice some of the amazing tools available in the program.

You’ll work through some tutorials. Show me the completed examples when you are done.

Tutorial 1: Create with Drawing tools

You can download the practice files HERE

Tutorial 2: Start creating with the Pen tool

You can download the practice files HERE

Tutorial 3: Edit Paths you Draw

You can download the practice files HERE

Tutorial 4: Transform and edit artwork

You can download the practice files HERE

 

Get to Know Illustrator

It’s now time to start with a simple look at one of the more complicated but important programs we’ll look at this year, Adobe Illustrator.

Illustrator and Photoshop create and manipulate images in very different ways. In order to understand this, you need to know the difference between RASTER and VECTOR images.

Here’s a good tutorial that will help demonstrate this. Click THIS LINK, then find the button that says Begin Tutorial in Illustrator

 

THIS TUTORIAL will take you on a tour of the app. CLICK THIS LINK, then find the button that says Begin Tutorial in Illustrator

Here are some tutorials that will help you get started:

Get to know Illustrator tutorial

 

Get started with shapes. Read the instructions below or check out THIS TUTORIAL. CLICK THIS LINK, then find the button that says Begin Tutorial in Illustrator

Adding and editing Text in Illustrator is very similar to Photoshop. For some great information, check out THIS TUTORIAL. CLICK THIS LINK, then find the button that says Begin Tutorial in Illustrator

 

Open Illustrator

The first step is to create a new file

Make your file 14 inches wide and 6 inches tall. You can easily change the size later if you need to.

Before you even start your work, you should always SAVE your work. In this case, clicking Save (Ctrl + S) OR Save As will do the same thing:

When you save your work, make sure it has a name that reflects the contents.

Make sure you save your work On your computer.

Hopefully you have already opened OneDrive today. If not, do that now!

Save your work into your OneDrive folder. You might even have a Graphic Tech folder to organize your work (NOT the one with your name on it that you use to hand things in. Only put your work in there when it is DONE)

You don’t need to change anything in this box:

Up on the top right of the Illustrator window, you will be able to choose the way your panels in the program are laid out. You can always change this later. I like my Workspace to be set on Essentials Classic. If you want your screen to look like mine, choose that Workspace. You are free to choose whichever one you like, but keep in mind that your screen will look different than mine.

Up across the top of the screen you will see the program menus. Perhaps the most important one is the Window menu. If you can’t find a panel or want to change your workspace, go there.

There are a couple of ways to look at your primary toolbar. For right now, mine will be set to Basic.

The basic toolbar usually shows up in one column like this:

But if you want, you can change it to two columns with the little arrow at the top:

There are many more tools that you can see by clicking the three dots at the bottom:

The tool we use the most is the Selection Tool. It looks like a grey arrow outlined with white. You can activate it by pressing the letter v on your keyboard:

NOTE: There is another selection tool that we won’t use nearly as often. It’s the one that’s filled in with white. That is the Direct Selection tool, and it works very differently. We’ll ignore that one for now:

The other tools we’ll work with for now are the shape tools. Yours will probably look like a rectangle. You can activate that tool by pressing m on your keyboard:

If you hold your mouse button down on that tool, you’ll see the other shape tools hiding underneath:

If you wish, you can Float those tools by clicking the tiny triangle on the right.

This will pop out a separate panel that you can move around

On the right side of your screen, you will find another super important panel, Properties

Each shape is made up of two parts, the Fill and the Stroke. The Stroke is the outline and the Fill is what’s in the middle.

If I draw a shape with those Properties, my rectangle will have a black outline and will be filled in with white:

To change the Fill, click on the little square next to Fill. Choose a colour to fill your shape in with:

You could also change the outline by clicking on the Stroke square (swatch)

You could also make that outline thicker or thinner

My rectangle now looks like this:

NOTE: if you want to draw a square instead of a rectangle, hold SHIFT as you drag out your shape:

I really recommend that you turn OFF the Stroke for this assignment. Pick a fill colour and turn the stroke off by choosing the empty white square with the diagonal red line through it:

To move or resize a shape, use the Selection Tool

If you look in one of the corners of a rectangle, you will see a tiny dot. If you click that dot and drag it in, you can round off the corners of your shape:

If you want to rotate a shape, move the Selection tool outside of a corner and click and drag to rotate:

Another interesting tool is the Polygon Tool. This one draws flat sided shapes but you can choose how many sides it has. Choose that tool on either the main or floating tool bar:

If you want, you can double click on your page (the Artboard) to choose how many sides before you draw your shape. You can also choose the size.

OR, you can draw the shape first.

On the right side of the shape, you’ll see a little diamond. Drag that down to add more sides:

Or drag it up to have fewer sides:

For today, just play around and draw something using these simple tools! Feel free to explore and play around. Figure out other tools if you’d like!

If you want to get to know more about Illustrator, you can click on the Help menu and go to Illustrator Help…

Click on Discover how Illustrator artwork is unique

There are many more tutorials that will help you to get to know the program. You can access those from the Help menu, then go into Tutorials…

If you’re looking for a good one to help you get started, click the link below:

Mouse Pad Design

Here’s a quick and easy project where you could take home a mouse pad with the design of your choice on it. Everyone will design one (for marks). You do not have to put your design on a mouse pad unless you want to and you meet a few simple conditions. Your design will only be put on a mouse pad if:

  • your file is dropped off with the right name and it is the right size
  • you have finished your earlier assignments and dropped them off correctly
  • your parents have paid the $10 course fee
  • you aren’t a pain in the neck

This same process could be used to apply a design to other items, which we can discuss.

The actual mouse pad is about 9.25 inches by 7.75 inches, but we make our design a little bigger so it covers the entire surface and there are no blank spots around the edge. Part of your design will be cut off on the finished product.

Set up your file: 9.5 inches by 8 inches, 300 pixels/inch, CMYK color

you can choose whether to create your design the wide way (Landscape):

Or the tall way (Portrait)

Once you have created the file, SAVE it in your OneDrive. As usual, make sure that OneDrive is running on your computer!

You can create the artwork yourself using whatever program you wish. As always, we want the quality of the artwork/photo to be as high as possible. If you want photos, I always recommend Unsplash, if you want icons, use The Noun Project, and if you want logos, visit Brands of the World. If you insist on using Internet images, make sure you know how to limit your Google search to Large images (REVIEW.)

Once you have created or found the images you want on your mouse pad, make sure you Place Embedded:

Depending on the image and the orientation of your canvas/background, you may need to resize the image. I’m using a tall image on a wide background, so I’ll need to resize it a bit:

Grab one of the corner handles and pull diagonally to resize. I need to make my image much smaller than my actual canvas/page:

You can add as much as you want to your design! Add other images, icons, or text, if you wish. Have fun and be creative!

Once you are done, you should, of course, save your Photoshop file, but you will not drop off the original file!

You need to drop off an image file that is not .psd. You can use .jpg or .png, but I prefer PNG. To create that image, go to File/Export/Export As…

You shouldn’t really have to change anything in the box that pops up. Yours should look like mine (with a different design, of course.)

Once you are done and have dropped off a .png, you could, if you wish, raise your hand and ask me to check that you have completed the conditions at the top of the page. If you meet those conditions and I have enough supplies available, I will print your image and show you how to apply it to the mouse pad.

Photoshop Creature

Open Photoshop.

Your file should be called “Creature” and should be 8 inches by 10 inches OR 10 inches by 8 inches. Your resolution should be 300 pixels/Inch. I like a transparent background for this one.

As always, we should save the project right away. Go into the File menu and Save As… (NOTE: You only need to Save As… the FIRST time. After that, you just Save (Ctrl + S)

As always, save your work in your OneDrive folder. If you have a Graphic Tech folder or a folder for work for this class, you should use that. You should NOT put it in your hand-in folder until you are finished!

Make sure you are saving On your computer:

I like using the Essentials workspace

I always like to have my Layers panel open, especially for this project:

The first job is to place the photo of the person you are working with. In Photoshop, it’s best to choose Place Embedded so all of your files are together:

You can start with whatever photo/person you like, but make sure it is HIGH QUALITY.

You may wish to start from a photo of me, which you can find HERE

or you could just go to UNSPLASH and find your own photo

The photo will pop onto the background and look something like this:

You do NOT need to fill the entire background (yet), so just hit Enter on your keyboard or click the checkmark near the top of the window:

You need to remove your Subject from the background. The simplest way is to go to the Select menu and choose Subject:

You should see a flashing line appear around whatever you’ve selected. It’s often called the “dancing ants.”

If you need to refine your selection (it didn’t perfectly select the subject), you may need to use one of the other Selection Tools to either Add to Selection or Subtract from Selection. See the previous post about those tools HERE

Now what we’ve got is just the person selected, no background. We want to take the person and put it on a separate layer without the background. To do this, we need to go into the Layer menu and choose New then Layer via Copy (Ctrl + J)

If you look in your layers panel, you should now have a separate layer.

In Photoshop, you often end up with a lot of layers, and sometimes it can get really confusing figuring out which layer is which. For this reason, I want you to get in the habit of renaming your layers as you add them. To change a layer’s name, all you have to do is double click on  it in the Layers panel and then type in a new name.

Name your bottom layer “Original” and the new one “cutout”

You can turn off a layer so that you can’t see it by clicking the eyeball icon next to the layer. Do this with your “original” layer so you can see your cutout.

The next fun thing to do is to change your character’s skin colour.  For this one, we’ll make sure the Quick Selection Tool is activated

That tool isn’t always as precise as we’d like, but it lives up to its name as a Quick Selection Tool. Just go draw on the face:

You should see the Dancing Ants around the whole face. If not, or if you select too much, you may need to adjust by switching your tool to either Add to Selection (if you miss a piece and want to add on – like if your arms or hands are showing in the photo and you want to add those on)

Or you can use Subtract from Selection if it grabs too much. I like to remove my hair, eyes, and lips from the selection with this:

I also like to remove my mouth from the selection and leave that alone.

 

If that tool isn’t working well for you (it doesn’t really do a good job for everyone), you might want to switch to the Magic Wand Tool

The Magic Wand Tool selects an area of a similar colour. You can control how many shades of that colour you select at once by adjusting the “Tolerance” slider. For my skin, we’ve found that a number around 67-70 works well.

Now all you have to do is click on my face to select just my skin.

If your number is too high, you’ll select too much. If it’s too low, you won’t select enough. No matter what you choose, you’ll likely have to fix up a few areas, like for example my many chins.

Here it might help to zoom in a bit to get a closer look.

Some of the most useful shortcuts I know are:

  • Ctrl – (control and the minus key (next to zero)) to zoom out
  • Ctrl + (control and the plus key (next to backspace)) to zoom in
  • Ctrl 0 (control and zero) to zoom out to see the whole image

You could also use the Zoom Tool (looks like a magnifying glass)

It can either zoom in or out, so make sure to select the right function.

With the Zoom Tool activated, just click on the area that you want to zoom in to.

There are a few selection tools that could help us here but we’ll stick with the Magic Wand Tool for now. It would be wise to turn down your tolerance for now though.

These selection tools can do 4 things. Start a new selection, add an area to an existing selection, subtract an area that you don’t really want selected, or merge selections.

You could also try the Quick Selection Tool

You may have to play with the size of your brush though

Depending on whether you want to ADD parts in that the initial selection missed or SUBTRACT things that shouldn’t be selected, you may need to adjust the buttons at the bottom.

I like to make sure that the eyes are not included (leave those alone)

 

Once you’ve perfected your selection, you may wish to zoom out. You can use the Zoom tool OR use the shortcut Ctrl + 0 (I use that one a lot)

Now it’s time to give your creature a new skin tone. Go into the Enhance menu, choose Adjust Color, and then Adjust Hue/Saturation (Ctrl + U)

Make sure that the new box that pops up isn’t blocking your creature’s face. Grab the top of the box and move it over so you can see the face.

Now basically you just play with those sliders and have some fun.

Hue changes the shade. Move it one way and the face should turn red/purple, the other way it turns green

The Saturation slider makes the face more or less colourful (it adds in or removes colour)

The Lightness slider does exactly what you’d expect. It makes it brighter or darker.

Please do NOT go crazy with any of the sliders. If you adjust any of them too much, you will lose detail and won’t be able to recognize the person any more.

The ones below look TERRIBLE:

Once you’ve got your sliders adjusted the way you like, click OK

Now we’re going to turn off that selection (those Dancing Ants.) To do that, we need to go into the Select menu and choose Deselect OR Ctrl + D

Now for the most fun part! Go into the Filter menu, choose Distort, then Liquify.

There are 3 tools that I really like, but feel free to play around with all of them and see what they do. The first (top) one is called Warp.

For all of them, you may have to experiment with different brush sizes. Warp looks better with a bigger brush, but don’t make it too big!

Once you have a decent brush size, click on an area that you want to stretch and pull on it!

It’s that simple. That’s a lot of fun, but again, don’t get carried away. We always want to at least recognize the person.

Another fun one is Pucker, which closes an area in

Again, experiment with your brush size

Click on an area and hold down your mouse to close that area in. THis works great on open eyes or mouths.

Bloat is the opposite. It works the same way, but expands an area. Again, great for eyes and mouths.

You can also twirl an area clockwise or counter clockwise. It just takes something and twists it either way.

If you get carried away, you can press Revert (try again) or Cancel (no thanks.) If you like your work, though, press OK!

Make sure you’re zoomed out (Ctrl + 0) and you have nothing selected (Ctrl + D)

Click on your original (background) layer

We’re going to put your creature into a new habitat. Figure out what type of environment might be suitable for this character.

I highly recommend a photo site called Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/)  There, you can download Creative Commons images that you can legally use in your projects. This one is great because you don’t always have to even give them credit for the photos, which works really well for projects like this.

If you wish to use another photo site, please use a Creative Commons site. You can find many on my website on the Links page, under Copyright Free Content.

If you go to Unsplash, all you have to do is search for whatever background you want. Keep it general. Things like “mountains,” “trees,” or something like that will give you good results, but something very specific (George Waters Middle School) will likely not show up.

Type in your search and look for a good image. If you find one, you just have to click the little downward arrow at the bottom of the photo to get it:

When you use someone else’s content, you’re usually supposed to give them credit. Most Creative Commons sites make this easy. Normally you’d follow the directions below, but we don’t really have anywhere to put the credit, so we’ll skip that step.

Make sure you Save your photo. It’ll likely go in your Downloads folder.

Now you just Place the image into your file in Photoshop.

Use the Move Tool to stretch it out and fill up the background

Rename your picure layer to represent what is on it:

You should also use the Move Tool to move your cutout layer into the best position on top of the new background.

If you want to, you could add some neat effects to your character as well.

On the bottom of your Photoshop window, look for Styles and click it.

This gives you a variety of effects that you can add. It opens on Bevels (which are neat rounded edges) but there are many others hiding underneath. My favorite for this part is Outer Glows:

This is a bit of a common (overused) one:

Try some others:

If you like the style but don’t like the colour, you can adjust it:

 

The last real thing that we have to do is figure out what this creature will be called. You’ll have to come up with a clever name for your new creation.

Switch to the HOrizontal Type Tool (looks like a T)

As with anything else, I always want you to make your own choices about how your text should look, so make sure you take your time and choose a font that looks good to you. Never just go with the font that the program recommends.

Choose a colour that makes sense with your background and creature.

I chose one that was close to the colour of my creature:

It doesn’t stand out very well yet and is somewhat hard to read.

Again, switch to Styles down at the bottom

And look at your various options for making your text look better. Feel free to play around with any of the options and see how they look. You can always Undo (Ctrl + Z) if you don’t like an effect.

The two I like most for Text are Stroke and Drop Shadow. Stroke creates an outline around your text, making it much easier to read:

See, much easier to read!

But maybe you don’t want it black or want to adjust the size, or something else. Click on the little wheel at the top right of that panel (right below Share)

Here you can adjust the colour, size, position, or kind of fade out the effect

Drop shadows also make your text stand out. It kind of raises the text off of the page and gives it a bit of a 3D effect:

And that’s pretty much it! Just check that everything looks good.

Open your Layers panel

And make sure that your layers are named properly. Make sure that there are no extra, unnecessary layers. If you want to get rid of a layer, just highlight it and press Backspace or Delete or press the little trash can above the layers.

 

When closing/saving your work, make sure that you save it in your OneDrive folder!

 

Once you’ve got all of that done, DROP IT OFF!

OneDrive login

Drop Off instructions

I have some videos that will show you how to do this but they are with a different version of the program. All of the same tools exist in our version, things just look a little different:
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