Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Let's design a Christmas card in Pages: Santa's Cap (4) - making clipart image

for Step 5 click here
Before we put Santa's hat on the photo, we need to make the three main elements of the image stay together while we move and resize it.

We can select all the elements and then Group them together under Arrange menu. That way the cap will move as one object.

But if you try flipping it, copy-pasting or resizing you will see that elements shift or proportions get distorted.

To make a reusable and flexible clipart image make a PDF or JPEG image. Open print dialogue window (Command+P) and choose a format from the 'PDF' drop-down menu in the bottom left corner. 'Save PDF to iPhoto' option gives you a JPEG image. PNG images are also good for online or print projects: press Command+Shift and type 4 – cursor will turn into crosshairs, drag it over the cap and let go. Camera shutter sounds and a PNG file appears on the Desktop.

Now we have our own original clipart image. Feel free to use one from this blog or send me yours - I'll put it here.

Next I will be putting the cap on photos. Come back soon and see how.

To go back to Step 3 click here, the link to Step 5 is at the top of this post.

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