Chasys Draw IES Help:

Poster-making Tutorial

What is this tutorial exercise all about?

This tutorial teaches the user the art of poster-making. The user will be guided through creating a poster for advertising a product. The user will be shown various trick and techniques, but will also be given room to explore and experiment with a view to make them find the techniques that they are most comfortable with.

This tutorial is a bit old and may need to be updated. Kindly bear with me.


Introduction to layer-based editing

This tutorial assumes you are conversant with the concept of layers. If not, please read the section on Introduction to Layers first.


The example below shows a simple layer-based edit process. The starting point is two images, one of an empty field and the other of a lightning strike at night:

Transparency is added to the lightning strike by using the blue-screening effect with a black base. A more elegant way of doing this would be to change the layer attributes, setting the blending mode to Additive.

A lightning layer is locked by right-clicking it and selecting is locked. this prevents us from accidentally modifying it. A new layer is added to the image by selecting Layer > Add New from the menu. The GT Shape tool in ellipse mode is then used to draw a lighting effect on the new layer.

The layers are unlocked and repositioned as need be. The image may then be flattened temporarily to see what the final image would look like.

This is not our exercise for today, so let's get down to work...


Task description

As promised, we will draw and modify a poster as a tutorial. The intention here is to get you to put the skills you have gathered so far to practical use. You will also be exposed to some techniques that we haven't covered yet, in the hope that you'll be able to learn through observation. Here is the poster we will draw first:

After drawing it, we will save it and close Chasys Draw IES Artist. We will then re-open it and modify some of its layers to produce this:


Step 1 : The background

It is always a good idea to put the background in its own layer, as this is one of the most commonly changed parts of a graphic. We begin by choosing an appropriate image.


After we open the image, we edit it as appropriate. In this case, white haze is added to the edges using the GT Shape tool in rectangle mode with white and white. The whole image is then faded using the fade to white effect.


Step 2 : The second layer

Now, we add a new layer to the image. This layer will be used as the main drawing layer, and will be used to draw any required markings and decorations. This is done to allow the background to be changed easily.


As shown above, decorative markings were added to the areas intended for the heading text and body text and graphics.


Step 3 : The title text

Now we add the title text. Using the TextArt tool , two new text layers are added with the title text as shown below. It is always a good idea to put each text element in its own layer so the it can be edited easily at a later date.

Next the IES in the title can be styled a little. Using the Recolor option (option #3) of the Effects Brush , the colors of the letters are changed as shown below:


Step 4 : The body text

Now that we have the title, we can now start working on the body. Using the TextArt tool , the area for the body text is selected and the text typed in, as shown below:

Where required, we can use the recolor technique above on other text. Bullets can be added by loading an appropriate graphic element as a new layer using the import layer from file command. The new layer may then be duplicated as necessary to create additional bullets, using the duplicate layer command.


These techniques are repeated for any other required body text:


Step 5 : The body snapshot

We've been working a lot with text, so let's now do some pictorial work. The Chasys Draw IES suite applications are opened after opening a blank Notepad window (to provide a white background). Using the Capture the Screen command under the image menu, a snapshot of the screen is taken as a new layer..

The results are clipped to end up with the layer show above. The Transparency Fill tool is then used to get rid of the white background.

We then use the Drop Shadow effect to add drop shadows to the windows. Remember to set color#1 to black if you want the drop shadows to be black:


Step 6 : The other stuff

Some text is typed and formatted in a word processor like MS Word. The text is then highlighted and copied. The Chasys Draw IES Artist notification area now shows a green clipboard icon, this shows that smart paste is available. Paste is selected from the edit menu to insert the formatted text as a new layer:

Other graphic elements are added by drag-dropping image files onto the window. Such images are modified as necessary. The CD case, for example, is rotated and given a drop-shadow:


Step 7 : The finished poster

Here is the finished poster, which is saved in CD5 format to preserve layer information. Chasys Draw IES Artist is closed, then re-opened and the previously saved image opened.


Step 8 : Changing the background

A new image file is drag-dropped onto Chasys Draw IES Artist and imported as a new layer. The image is then faded and modified as shown below:


The layer is then set as the background using the Lower to Bottom layer command. The original background is then deleted from the poster, to produce this:

See how easy it is to modify an image when you use layers?



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