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APR 2014

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Yutong Liu, grade nine. 33 Students can use the Pen tool or the Shape tool to make a path, then type can be added. When the Text tool is put next to a path, the icon changes, allowing text to be typed on the path. Font Choices In order to create contrast in their compositions, I encourage students to use a variety of type sizes and weights. Font choice should also be made carefully. If the architecture is modern, a sans-serif font, such as Helvetica or Avant Garde would work well. Serif fonts, such as Garamond or Times, are more appropriate for archi- tecture of the past. Once the entire document is cov- ered with text, the original reference photo is turned off and students apply a background color of black, white, or gray. The choice that creates the most contrast with the text is usually the best selection. Stamping The last text illustration technique some students use is stamping with the Brush tool. Students can create a custom brush out of a word or group of words, then, using the Brush tool, they can stamp the words by clicking (not clicking and dragging) where they want to place the words. If desired, the brush can be rotated by using the Brush palette (select Window, then Brush). Adding Color Students can keep their projects black, white, and grey, or they can add color. If the type is not rasterized, students may highlight words and change the hue by clicking on the foreground color. If the type is rasterized, stu- dents should select the text with the Move tool. At the bottom of the layer palette, click on the Layer Style (fx) button. In the drop-down selection, choose either Color Overlay or Gra- dient Overlay. This will change the color of the selected type, but not the background. Words of Advice • If nothing seems to be working, hit the "return" key. • If nothing seems to be working, hit "command + D" (This is the short- cut for "deselect"). • Have students continually back up their work on a flash drive. Be sure to let it finish saving before ejecting the drive. Kristine Cobb is an art teacher at Shrews- bury High School in Shrewsbury, Massa- chusetts. kcobb @ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their art- works. W E B L I N K apps/slide/show.egov?cPos=&id= 284 B_pages_4_14.indd 33 2/25/14 10:44 AM

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