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Making Banners Using a Regular Printer
Grade: K-12
Subject(s): Art
Required products: Tool Factory Word Processor
  • Paper
  • (Optional) Paint program such as Tool Factory Painter or Fresco
  • (Optional) Digital Camera
  • Overview
    Create a 4 foot banner for your classroom. Print it out on a conventional 8.5”X11” printer, then tape the sheets together to make a huge banner.
    Open Tool Factory Word Processor. The program automatically assumes you want an 8.5”X11” sheet of paper. We have to increase our page size, so that it becomes 4 sheets wide and one sheet tall.

    Here is how you make your page 4 sheets wide and one sheet tall.
    1) In the menus click FILE>PAGE SET UP
    2) Click the “Custom” button. (This is the step everyone misses!)
    3) For Height, enter 1 Sheet.
    4) For Width, enter 4 Sheets.
    5) Click OK.
    Your page is now very long. Click, click, click… your (-) magnifying glass to zoom out so that you can see your entire sheet of paper.

    *TIP* Notice the light blue lines. They show the separation between each sheet. You can put picture over the cracks and half will print on page 1, and half on page 2.

    Next you can add pictures and text to build the banner.

    1) Click on the #2 bank button.
    2) You can browse the topics using the bank’s scroll bar.
    3) When you find a topic of interest, click the little plus + to the left of the topic (double clicking works too). The folder opens.
    4) You will see a list of pictures appear below the topic. Click on any picture name in the list and a thumbnail appears at the bottom of the bank. (If a thumbnail doesn't appear, you've clicked on a topic name, not an actual picture. Open the topic and click on a picture name.)
    5) Click on the picture name again, and it will shoot onto your banner. If you don’t see the picture, scroll your banner to the top left. Most pictures will automatically enter into the top left corner of your project.

    1) Double-click the picture on the page. A red box appears around it.
    2) Roll your mouse over the picture on the page, hold the left mouse button down and drag it wherever you want (don't grab a handle, just grab anywhere on the picture).
    3) Let go of the mouse button to release.

    *TIP* There is a search at the bottom of the bank. Instead of browsing, you can search for a specific picture.

    1) Double-click the picture on the page. A red box appears around it.
    2) Roll your mouse over any of the red handles in the corners. The mouse turns into a plus (+).
    3) Hold the left mouse button down and drag on the diagonal towards the center of the picture. It will get smaller or bigger, depending on the direction you drag.

    *TIP* Banners are very big. Use your magnifying glass to zoom in and out frequently while construction your project. It is much easier to resize images when you are zoomed in very close. Then zoom out to see what your whole project looks like.

    1) Double-click any picture on the page. A red box appears around it, and a green handle will appear in the middle.
    2) Roll your mouse over the green handle. The mouse turns into a bulls-eye.
    3) Hold the left mouse button down and drag in a circular motion. It will rotate the picture in any direction.

    *TIP* Text can rotate too. Use the same steps on a textbox.

    You can enhance your banner with digital photos. Kids love seeing their pictures on the walls! Your digital photos are NOT going to be in the bank. To insert one of your own digital photos, scroll to the right on the toolbar, and find the "Picture" Icon. Here’s how:
    1) In the upper left of the toolbar is a left and right arrow. Click, click, click...the right arrow until you see the “Picture” icon (it looks just like the #2 bank button).
    2) Click the "Picture" icon.
    3) Browse your drive and locate your digital photo.
    4) Click on the photo name.
    5) Click "Open". The photo will appear in the upper left corner usually.

    *TIP* If you click the cursor onto the page before you insert a picture, it will insert the picture right over top of the cursor. This will save you from scrolling to the upper left to find your new picture.

    Once your banner is complete, print it out. Get scissors and cut off the little borders, and tape your 4 sheets together. Put banners all over your classroom!
    Follow-up Activities
    Let the students have a banner contest. Pick out a theme such as “Bicycle Safety” or “Keeping Healthy”. The kids can even work in groups.
    Downloadable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
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    Heather Chirtea
    Staff Development Trainer
    Tool Factory
    3336 Sunderland Hill Rd.
    Sunderland VT 05205
    Phone: 802-375-6549 Fax: 802-375-6860