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Cool Backgrounds with a Few Mouse Clicks
Grade: K-12
Subject(s): Art
Required products: Fresco
Overview
Create stunning backdrops using nothing more than basic mouse skills. Use color blending and effects to create fantastic backgrounds for your slide shows or stories.
Instructions
SMEARED RAINBOW BACKDROP
Open Fresco
Click on the pink paint brush icon.
Make your brush size as large as it will go.
Select a color and scribble a pool of color on the page.
Pick another color and make another pool.
Gets pools of different colors all over your page.
Now select the yellow light bulb icon.
Pick the hand.
Scribble all over the page.

CLOUDY EFFECT
Scribble left-to-right all over the page.

VERTICAL EFFECT
Scribble up and down all over the page.

RIPPLED WATER
Use the menus to do AREA>APPLY EFFECT>RIPPLE
Do it twice for even bigger ripples.

SWIRLY PAINT CAN
Use the menus to do AREA>APPLY EFFECT>SWIRL

WATER MARK
A water mark is a ghosted image.
Open any image, even a photograph.
Use the menus to do AREA>APPLY EFFECT>LIGHTEN
Repeat until desired lightness is acheived.
Follow-up Activities
Use your backdrops in a slide show.
Downloadable Worksheets
Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Smear Backdrop
  • Smear Backdrop #2
    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 backgrounds were created by teachers during Tool Factory training labs.