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Arts and Crafts Computer, The: Using Your Computer as an Artist's Tool

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Arts and Crafts Computer, The: Using Your Computer as an Artist's Tool


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  • Inspirational Techniques and Projects.
    • Through the inspirational, full-color examples of projects, education students learn about the resources and digital tools to enhance their teaching and use of arts in the classroom. Ex.___

  • Addresses both Mac and PC Platforms and Popular Design Software—Useful for schools and education students learning and teaching on both platforms.
    • Demonstrates how education students can bring the use of industry-standard software into the classroom setting, using the projects in this book that their students will be eager to try. Ex.___


  • Copyright 2002
  • Dimensions: 8 X 10
  • Pages: 144
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-201-73482-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-201-73482-9

The Arts and Crafts Computer shows you how to use your personal computer, scanner, digital camera and color printer as artist tools to create beautiful graphics and artful objects for your home, school and work. You'll learn how to:

  • Understand the basics of digital image-editing, typesetting and graphic design.
  • Gather the right tools, both digital and traditional.
  • Use the new inkjet printing media including cloth, decals, stickers, magnets, transparencies and more.
  • Work with art materials safely, avoid computer-related stress and find environmentally-friendly materials.
  • Create unique greeting cards and envelopes, artist books, games, toys, home decorations and gifts.
If you're a crafter looking for computer ideas or a designer or teacher looking for hands-on projects The Arts and Crafts Computer is for you!

Sample Content

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Table of Contents not finalized at time of printing.)


1. Gathering Art Supplies.

Drawing and Painting. Appreciating Paper. Using Adhesives. Basic Craft Tools.

2. Understanding Digital Tools.

Choosing a Computer. Understanding Bitmaps and PostScript. Choosing Software for Graphics. Understanding Resolution. Working with Scanners and Cameras. Using Personal Printers.


3. Working with Digital Images.

Computer Drawing and Painting. Scanning Photos, Art and Objects. Basics of Image Editing. Altering and Enhancing Images. Combining Images.

4. Using Type and Design.

Basics of Computer Typography. Using Type as a Graphic Element. Basics of Computer Layout and Design. Creating a Business Identity. Designing Small Printed Pieces. Designing Packaging.


5. Designing Cards and Artist Books.

Creating Decorative Greeting Cards. Making and Using Envelopes. Accordion and Pamphlet Books. Bookbinding Methods. Decorating Ready-made Books.

6. Creating Games and Amusements.

Custom Board Games and Activities. Making Toys and Other Amusements. Creating Special Dolls. Costumes and Fantasies. Folded Paper Objects. Decorating Ready-Made Items.

7. Making Gifts and Decorations.

memorabilia for Family and Friends. Designing for Clothing and Fabric. Creating Home Crafts. Making Household Labels. Decorations for Parties and Holidays.


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