About this workbook The images in this workbook were created from AutoShapes by Debbie A. Gewand (DAG Original Designs). Debbie writes; As an artist it seemed only natural for me to see how "far" I could go with Excel's drawing tools. I use drawings for my databases to explain things better and give others a "visual" reference of what I am seeing. After experimenting with simple shapes and lines, I tried more complicated stuff. One day, I accidently stumbled on how to make clip-art of my shapes. 2002 I like using clip-art for the computer, but being a little bit of a perfectionist who likes lots of detail, I did not find many clips which met with my approval. So, it was a matter of seeing if I could design my own clip-art which would meet my requirements. I have no idea what program clip-art is really intended to be made on, so this is why I use Excel, it WORKS for me. Excel offers so many color options (fill effects, line effects, textures, gradients, etc). Excel is by far one of the most versatile programs I've ever dealt with. I can do my drawings on Excel and turn them into clip-art that can be pasted into MS Word or even MS Powerpoint. I start off by scanning a photo (or drawing) and then inserting it into my spreadsheet. Using my Kensington orbit ball I will trace over the photo or drawing using the free form line that Excel offers. I also use the Drawing options of 'send to back/front', flipping, or free-rotation frequently in my drawings. It helps if you think of the drawing as layers and which layer do you want to be in the front. In the sample below of the little sailor kid, I want the facial lines to be at the front also the one arm & hand. It takes a little practice at first, but the rewards are well worth the time spent. 1st: Insert Picture 2nd: Trace over major identifying lines 3rd: Refine lines, add fill colors DAG Original Designs P.O. Box 290 Crittenden, NY 14038 Excel XP gives the option of "flipping" entire clip-art, however, the detail isn't as crisp as the original. The butterfly "mirror" image was created by using Excel's "draw" and then "flip, horizontal". The direction of gradient effects also had to be altered to get a mirrored image of the original. The colors used for these butterflies were from Excel's pre-set gradient effects "calm water" This butterfly was inspired by using an imported image, and then tracing over the import using Excel's "free-form" line option. See below for what the original imported clip-art looked like. NOTE Select any auto-shape and different fill effect options can be used to change the appearance of this butterfly. Colors used for this indigo butterfly were from the "gradient" fill effects options from Excel's pre-set colors of "ocean" and "peacock" Original Clip-Art that was used to "inspire" my colorized version These two butterflies were essentially created using the SAME auto shapes, but different bodies. For the first style it was "flipped" to create the opposite wing, for the second style it was rotated to create the shadow wing. Also, the same auto shapes were used to create the colorings for both styles. The first butterfly was inspired using an imported clip-art image, modifications were made to get my version. See below for original imported image. SAME "wing" shape used Original Clip-Art that was used to "inspire" my colorized version 2002 Select any auto-shape and different fill effect options can be used to change the appearance of the girl. Her skin tone, hair color or dress can be changed using Excel's fill effect options. 2002 She was created by inserting the photo at the left into Excel. Using the "freeform line" option, major identifying lines were traced over the photograph, to get the drawing. Select any auto-shape and different fill effect options can be used to change the appearance of this patriotic angel. Her skin tone, hair color or dress can be changed using Excel's fill effect options. She was created by inserting a scanned photo . Using the freeform line option, major identifying lines were traced over the scan, to get the drawing. Stars were created using Excel's pre-formed "auto shapes" Hair, eye or even skin tone can be changed to achieve different effects using the same shapes. Notice the angel with white hair, the line colors were changed to a more subtle grey with pale blue highlights. For some of the skin shadows the line was totally eliminated to give a more blended appearance.
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