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					                                                               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
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                                                                                                                              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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