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Frame a Photograph
Grade: K-12
Subject(s): Art
Required products: Tool Factory Painter
Materials
  • Digital Camera
  • Photographs on the Computer
  • (optional) Printer
    Overview
    Open a photograph and use the Symmetry tool to draw a zany frame around the picture. Then use your image to make greeting cards or pen pal letters.
    Instructions
    Open Tool Factory Painter

    DRAW A FRAME ONTO AN EXISTING PHOTO
    Select FILE>OPEN
    Browse and select a photograph.
    **Note-If folders are empty** Painter automatically looks for BMP files and digital photographs are JPEG. After FILE>OPEN, you may have to change "Files of Type" to JPEG in order to find your photos.
    Turn the symmetry tool on. It's on the top toolbar and looks like a man with his arms out to the side. Click it.
    Go to the second bank and click the freehand pen.
    Now draw swirly lines around your picture.

    BORDERS MADE WITH SHAPES
    **This can be done with or without the symmetry tool turned on.
    Click the first Bank button.
    Select stars.
    Draw stars all around your picture.
    Try other shapes.
    ***Right mouse clicking on any shape lets you change the properties. For example, you can make a 10 pointed star, rather than a 5 pointed star.

    BORDERS MADE WITH STAMPS
    **This can be done with or without the symmetry tool turned on.
    Click the second Bank button.
    Select the stamp tool.
    Go to the third or 4th bank.
    Draw Stamps all around your picture.

    USING A DIGITAL PHOTO AS A STAMP
    Click the second Bank button.
    Select the stamp tool.
    Click the third Bank button.
    Use Menus for STAMP>OPEN FROM FILE and browse for your digital photo.
    **Note-If folders are empty**Painter automatically looks for BMP files. After STAMP>OPEN FROM FILE, you may have to change "Files of Type" to JPEG in order to find your photos.
    The picture will be entered into the third bank automatically.
    Right mouse click on the photo in the third bank and "Decrease Size" if it's too big.

    SWOOSSHY FRAME
    Use a photo as a stamp as described above.
    Hold the mouse button down and paint a border around the outside of the page. Don't let go until you drop the photo right in the middle of the page.
    It should look like the photograph swooshed onto the page.

    Follow-up Activities
    Use your photos for pen pal letters, greeting cards, or in stories.
    You can Paste your project into Tool Factory Word Processor, then create your greeting cards there.
    Cross-Curriculum Ideas
    Art/English-Work out your page layout in Tool Factory Word Processor, so that you can fold the paper into 4 quadrants for the greeting card after printing. Be aware that some quadrant will have to be created upside down!
    Author
    Heather Chirtea
    Staff Development Trainer
    Tool Factory
    3336 Sunderland Hill Rd.
    Sunderland VT 05250
    Phone: 802-375-6549 Fax: 802-375-6860
    heather@toolfactory.com
    Comments
    All of these ideas were created by teachers in Tool Factory's training labs!