You will use two pieces of software to create your poster:
Photoshop - to remove backgrounds from your photos and other images
PowerPoint - to put all your elements together and create the final product
Note: you can also use PowerPoint to remove backgrounds.
Do NOT attempt to create the whole poster in Photoshop unless you are very skilled at it already.
Follow these steps to ensure you complete you poster with minimum fuss!
1. Come up with a design and sketch it out on paper. (Remember 2 people maximum!)
Will you be using the Book Week theme or just promoting reading?
You MUST have a slogan.
2. Show this design to Ms Palmer or a teacher for approval.
3. Once approved, start to create.
4. Create a ppt slide, save and name it: Ben and Toby (your names)
5. At the end of each session, save the file and then email it to your partner. You do this in case one of you is away the next time you need to work on it.
6. Have your photo/s taken (see the top box on the right with advice for you) and then download it/them from G drive as per the image below:
7. Locate other images to add to your poster. Find or create a background. (See the 2nd box on the right with advice for you)
8. Remove the background of your photos using Photoshop. There is a 6 minute video in the box below to help you. You can follow it step-by-step.
When you are happy with your image, save it as a PNG so that it will work in PowerPoint.
Use File....save as and look for PNG in the list.
There are other ways to remove the background in Photoshop. You can also use PowerPoint. There is another box below which shows how to do this in PowerPoint.
9. Add in your slogan. Have you spelt everything correctly? Check the font, the colour, the size....should you make some changes so it looks better?
10. Show your poster to a friend for feedback. Show it to Ms Palmer or your teacher. Once it has been approved, save it as a PDF. Check that it has your names as part of the file name eg Ben and Toby
11. Submit it to the dropbox in Year 6 English on MyGrammar.
BEFORE you have your photo taken:
Sometimes when we use pictures from the internet we find that they will be pixilated when they are blown up. We want to avoid this problem, especially if it is your background image.
Google Images has some tools to help you.
Firstly, we want to make sure we use images that have been cleared for re-use. Look at the image below. We want to choose the third option: Labeled for reuse. Your result list will change.
Secondly, we want to make sure we use large images (this means large file size). Look at the image below. We want to choose the second option: Large. Your result list will change again.
DO NOT COPY from the thumbnail image...make sure you click on the image so that it opens up. It will then open into a small window on the right-hand side of the screen. Click on this image and it should open up and be quite large. You can then save this image to insert into your PowerPoint slide.