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    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 ® ® Lessons for Educators Chinese New Year Project Adobe Education
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 CHINESE NE W YEAR PROJECT Chinese New Year Foldout Book This project will introduce the Adobe® Photoshop® Elements type and layout capabilities. The Chinese New Year project is to create a foldout book about the symbols of the traditional Chinese lunar year. The book will contain 15 pages or panels, one for each animal in the Chinese Zodiac, a new year blessing, and the story of the zodiac symbol. If this is a team project, a title page listing the names of the team members who created the book would also be included. Materials: • Paper: This project works best printed onto paper no less than 24 lb. in weight. • Glue stick or rubber cement Research: For more online information on the Chinese New Year, go to www.c-c-c.org/chineseculture The traditional Chinese calendar is cyclical in nature, rather than linear as in Western society. The Chinese calendar is based on cycles of the moon. The Western calendar is based on cycles of the sun. This means that the date of the Chinese New Year changes every year, but is the second new moon after the winter solstice, occurring in January or February. Modern Chinese society now adheres to the Western calendar, but celebrations are still held according to the lunar calendar. Many other cultures also celebrate the New Year according to a lunar calendar. In the cycle of the Chinese calendar, an animal represents each year. The animal year in which you were born is said to determine your character. At the end of the project instructions, you will find a description of the traditional characteristics of each animal sign on the Chinese calendar. Animals in the Chinese calendar: Rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, pig Photoshop Elements 2.0: Chinese New Year Project 1
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 CHINESE NE W YEAR PROJECT Before Photoshop Elements: Images: The first step in this process is to create pictures of the animals in the Chinese calendar. These can be hand-drawn, cut and pasted from magazines, or downloaded from Web sites for classroom use. All paintings created for the sample in this tutorial were drawn with permanent marker and watercolor. • Introductory End Plate: From your research, write a short paragraph explaining the Chinese New Year. This paragraph will be typed onto an introductory page for your book. • Text: Research and write approximately three sentences of text describing the characteristics of each animal in the Chinese calendar. This text will be typed onto the pages of the book next to each animal image. • Credits: If this is a group project, you could have everyone write their signatures on one page and scan this page for use in the book. • File Management: Create a new work folder on your computer. Name this folder with a unique name that you will recognize. Always keep all image files for a single project in their own unique folder. • Scanning: If you scan images, be sure to save them inside your work folder. If this is a group project be sure to save the files with recognizable names, such as “Scott's Dragon.” This will make it easier to find your own files as the project progresses. Refer to the illustration of the palette well (Figure 1) and the toolbox (Figure 2) for steps requiring the use of any of the Photoshop Elements tools. Figure 1 Figure 2 Photoshop Elements 2.0: Chinese New Year Project 2
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 CHINESE NE W YEAR PROJECT In Photoshop Elements: To undo any steps in this project, from the menu bar, choose Edit > Undo. Create a new Photoshop Elements master file: From the menu bar, choose File > New. In a new file window set the new file size to Width 6 inches, Height 5 inches, RGB Mode, and Resolution 150 Pixels/Inch (a good pixel range for printing on a digital printer) (Figure 3). 1. Save the file. To do this: From the menu bar, choose File > Save As and browse the dialog box for your folder. Open the folder, name this master file a short, easy-to-remember name, choose PSD, format and Save. Be sure you save your work inside the new work folder. Figure 3 2. To make a cutting guide. From the menu bar, choose Select > All to select the borders of your document. From the menu bar, choose Edit > Stroke and select a bright red color and a stroke width of 1 px. This will allow you to see where to cut when you print out the pages of your book, when you print out the pages of your book on a standard 8.5 x 11 piece of paper (Figure 4). Figure 4 Photoshop Elements 2.0: Chinese New Year Project 3
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 CHINESE NE W YEAR PROJECT 3. Accommodating an overlap for connecting the folding pages. Images and words must be placed within a set image area to establish the borders needed to attach the individual pages. To create this image area: from the toolbox, select the rectangular marquee tool. In the options bar, set Style to Fixed Size, Width to 5 in, and Height to 5 in. Click in the center of the image area and a dotted-line outline of a rectangular selection will appear. Move the selection to the far left of the image area. This will allow you to leave a border for assembling the final book (Figure 5). 4. Creating a colored image area for each page. From the palette well, click on the Swatches tab. Figure 5 Move your pointer over the color boxes in the Swatches palette. Notice that the cursor turns into a little eyedropper, which will be used to select a color. Choose a bright red color. (Red is the color that signifies good fortune in the Chinese New Year tradition.) 5. From the toolbox, select the paint bucket tool. Click once inside the rectangular selection to fill the defined image area with the selected color. This will create a red square (Figure 6). Figure 6 Photoshop Elements 2.0: Chinese New Year Project 4
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 CHINESE NE W YEAR PROJECT 6. Placing the animals in the calendar. Open the first animal image file. From the toolbox, select the magic wand tool. Click the background of the animal image. From the menu bar, choose Select > Inverse to select only the animal image. From the menu bar, choose Edit > Copy to copy the animal image. Click the red rectangle in the master file. From the menu bar, choose Edit > Paste to paste the animal onto the page (Figure 7). 7. Resizing the animal image. If the animal image is too big you can resize it by dragging on the corner boxes that appear around the image area when it is first pasted Figure 7 into the master file. If the selection and corner boxes are not visible, from the menu bar, choose Image > Transform > Free Transform. A box with corner handles will appear around the animal image. Press and hold the Shift key, then drag on a corner handle. Holding down the Shift key will resize the image without changing its proportions. When the animal image fits properly, release the Shift key and press the Return key (Figure 8). TIP: You will want to have the animal fill about one quarter of the page. The finished example shows a size guide. Figure 8 Photoshop Elements 2.0: Chinese New Year Project 5
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 CHINESE NE W YEAR PROJECT 8. Cleaning up the image area, part 1. From the toolbox, select the magic wand tool and click the background of your animal. Press the Delete key to remove the majority of the background (Figure 9 and Figure 10). 9. Cleaning up, part 2. Figure 9 There may be bits of background around the edges of your animal image. To remove these unwanted bits of background image: from the toolbox, select the magnifying glass tool. Click on the animal image to enlarge it to an easily viewable size. From the toolbox, select the eraser tool. From the brush selection menu in the Options Bar, select, and drag on the bits of background you want Figure 10 to erase. To save your work: from the file menu, choose File > Save As and be sure that the name of your work file is in the title bar of the Save window to insure that you are saving to your work file (Figure 11). Figure 11 Photoshop Elements 2.0: Chinese New Year Project 6
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 CHINESE NE W YEAR PROJECT 10. Placing the title on the page. From the toolbox, choose the horizontal type tool. In the shortcuts bar, set the font size to 18 points. Select a font style that you like. The example uses Arial. Select a font style for the title. At the top of the page, write "YEAR OF THE [type the appropriate animal's name]” (Figure 12). 11. Positioning the title on the page. From the toolbox, select the move tool, and click your line of text. A box will appear around the text, which indicates that you can move the text. Center the title at the top of the page (Figure 13). 12. Placing text on the page. From the toolbox, choose the horizontal type tool. In the Figure 12 shortcuts bar, set the font size to 10 or 12 points. Select a font style that you like. Use the same font for all the text in the book. You can use a different font for the title because the title stands alone. But the text is read in sequence and if you type it with different fonts it adds confusion to the design. Type the description of the animal and other text composed for each page. TIP: Notice that you can press the Return key to wrap the type to the next line. 13. Positioning the text. From the toolbox, select the move tool, and click your text. A box will appear around the text, which indicates that you can move the text. Move the text into position with the animal image on the page (Figure 14). Figure 13 Figure 14 Photoshop Elements 2.0: Chinese New Year Project 7
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 CHINESE NE W YEAR PROJECT 14. At the bottom of the page, type the Western calendar years that correspond to the Chinese calendar years (Figure 15). This is a fun way to let everyone figure out their own Chinese horoscope sign! You can obtain this information from your Web research. 15. To create a new master file for the next page, repeat steps 1 through 14. 16. Creating the cover and end plates. The cover of this book in the sample has "Happy New Year" written in three languages. The back cover will be blank. To make the cover, follow steps 1-6. Save the file in your work folder. Name the file “Cover.” You can use the background layer for the back cover by printing it with the text layer turned off. 17. Placing text on the cover. Figure 15 From the toolbox, choose the horizontal type tool. In the shortcuts bar, set the font size to 24 or 30 points. Select a font style that you like. 18. Typing Happy New Year in three languages. At the top of the page write XIN NIEN KUAI LE! This means "Happy New Year" in Cantonese, one of the two major Chinese languages. In the center of the page, write “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” in English. At the bottom of the page, write SUN NIN FE LOK! This means "Happy New Year" in Mandarin, the other major Chinese language (Figure 16). Figure 16 Photoshop Elements 2.0: Chinese New Year Project 8
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 CHINESE NE W YEAR PROJECT 19. Merging layers to create front and back covers. In the Layers palette, notice that the background and the text are all on separate layers. To use the same master file for both covers: Click on all the Eye icons next to all layers to turn off all layers. The layers will all be invisible. Click on the Eye icon box next to all text layers. Notice that a chain link appears in the paintbrush box next to these layers. This means that these layers are linked. Go to Layer > Merge Linked. This will create only one layer for the cover you just created. 20. Creating the back cover. The back cover will not contain text. To create this layer, turn off the Text layer. Only the Background layer will be sent to print, when printing the back cover. 21. Creating the front and back end plates. Follow steps 1 to 5 to create the end plates file. Name this file “End Plates” and save it. 22. Typing the introduction (front end plate). From the toolbox, choose the horizontal type tool. In the shortcuts bar, set the font size to 10 or 12 points. Select a font style that you like. Type the introduction you wrote. TIP: Notice that you can press the Return key to wrap the type to the next line. 23. Positioning the introductory text. From the toolbox, select the move tool and click your text. A box will appear around the text, which indicates that you can move the text. Drag the text to position it on the front end plate. Double-click on this layer and rename the layer "Intro Plate." 24. Adding credits for the Back end plate. Open the file containing the scanned list of names of the team members. Drag the list to the end plates file. This will create a new layer (Figure 17). Figure 17 Photoshop Elements 2.0: Chinese New Year Project 9
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 CHINESE NE W YEAR PROJECT 25. If the text area is too big or too small, resize it by following step 8. 26. Double-click the Credits layer and rename the layer "Credits Plate." You have now created all of the internal pages, front and back covers, and end plates for the complete book. 27. Printing. To print the book, open the master file. From the menu bar, choose File > Page Setup and select Landscape. This will insure that the pages will print on standard 8.5 by 11 paper. From the menu bar, choose File > Print to print each page. 28. Printing the covers. Open the cover file. From the menu bar, choose File > Page Setup and select Landscape for each file. To print both covers from the master cover file: Turn off the Eye icons on all the layers. This will make all pages and the background invisible. Click on the Background layer. Click on the Eye icon on the Front Cover layers. From the menu bar, choose File > Print to print the background and cover layer together for the Front Cover. 29. Printing the back cover. Turn off the Eye icon for the front cover and select the Eye icon for the background only. Send to print. 30. If you have created a new master file for each cover, from the menu bar, choose File > Page Setup and select Landscape for each file. Then from the menu bar, choose File > Print to print each cover. 31. Printing the end plates. Open the End Plates file. From the menu bar choose File > Page Setup and select Landscape for each file. Turn off the Eye icons on all the layers. This will make all pages and the background invisible. Click on the Background layer. Click on the Eye icons on the front end plate. From the menu bar, choose File > Print to print the background and the front end plate. 32. To print the back end plate: turn off the Eye icon for the front plate and select the Eye icon for the Credits plate. Send to print. Photoshop Elements 2.0: Chinese New Year Project 9
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 CHINESE NE W YEAR PROJECT 33. If you have created a new master file for each end plate, from the menu bar, choose File > Page Setup and select Landscape for each file. From the menu bar, choose File > Print to print each plate. All printouts will contain a red rectangle containing image and text and a narrow white rectangle showing you where to glue your book together. The red rectangle and narrow white rectangle will be bordered by a thin red line, which indicates where to cut. Book Assembly: 34. Carefully cut around the red and white rectangle designating the pages on the printouts. 35. Lay all pages in a line, in the following order: Front Cover, Intro Plate, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Credits Plate, End Plate, Back Cover. 36. Using a glue stick or rubber cement, put glue on the white strip on the cover and press this strip to the back of the intro plate. Continue for all pages, pressing the blue strip to the back of each subsequent page, including the credit plate and the back cover. Be sure there is no glue on the red rectangles. 37. Place books onto the glued pages to keep them flat while the glue dries. 38. When the glue is dry, fold the book at the glued seams for each page to create an accordion. Fold the book so that the front cover is on the top. Press the folded sheets beneath a heavy book to create sharp folds. Unfurl it to display or read. Photoshop Elements 2.0: Chinese New Year Project 9
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 CHINESE NE W YEAR PROJECT Legend of animals on the lunar calendar According to Chinese legend, the 12 animals on the calendar quarreled one day about who was to head the cycle of years. The gods were asked to decide and they held a contest to determine the animal that would head the cycle. The gods said that whoever reached the opposite bank of the river would be first, and the rest of the animals would receive their years according to their position in the finish. All 12 animals gathered at the riverbank and jumped in. Unknown to the ox, the rat had jumped upon his back. As the ox was about to jump ashore, the rat jumped off the ox's back, and won the race. The pig, which was very lazy, ended up last. That is why the rat is the first year of the animal cycle, the ox second, and the pig last. Characteristics of the animal signs People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. They work hard to achieve their goals, acquire possessions, and are likely to be perfectionists. They are basically thrifty with money. Rat people are easily angered and love to gossip. Their ambitions are big, and they are usually very successful. They are most compatible with people born in the years of the Dragon, Monkey, and Ox. People born in the Year of the Ox are patient, speak little, and inspire confidence in others. They tend, however, to be eccentric and bigoted, and they anger easily. They have fierce tempers and although they speak little, when they do they are quite eloquent. Ox people are mentally and physically alert. Generally easygoing, they can be remarkably stubborn, and they hate to fail or be opposed. They are most compatible with Snake, Rooster, and Rat people. Tiger people are sensitive, given to deep thinking, and capable of great sympathy. They can be extremely short-tempered, however. Other people have great respect for them, but sometimes Tiger people come into conflict with older people or those in authority. Sometimes Tiger people cannot make up their minds, which can result in a poor, hasty decision or a sound decision arrived at too late. They are suspicious of others, but they are courageous and powerful. Tigers are most compatible with Horses, Dragons, and Dogs. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky. They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind. Rabbit people seldom lose their temper. They are clever at business and being conscientious, never back out of a contract. They would make good gamblers for they have the uncanny gift of choosing the right thing. However, they seldom gamble, as they are conservative and wise. They are most compatible with those born in the years of the Sheep, Pig, and Dog. People born in the Year of the Dragon are healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered, and stubborn. They are also honest, sensitive, brave, and they inspire confidence and trust. Dragon people are the most eccentric of any in the Eastern calendar. They neither borrow money nor make flowery speeches, but they tend to be softhearted, which sometimes gives others an advantage over them. They are compatible with Rats, Snakes, Monkeys, and Roosters. People born in the Year of the Snake are deep. They say little and possess great wisdom. They never have to worry about money; they are financially fortunate. Snake people are often quite vain, selfish, and a bit stingy. Yet they have tremendous sympathy for others and try to help those less fortunate. Snake people tend to overdo, since they have doubts about other people's judgment and prefer to rely on themselves. They are determined in whatever they do and hate to fail. Although calm on the surface, they are intense and passionate. Snake people are usually good-looking and sometimes have marital problems because they are fickle. They are most compatible with the Ox and Rooster. Photoshop Elements 2.0: Chinese New Year Project 9
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 CHINESE NE W YEAR PROJECT People born in the Year of the Horse are popular. They are cheerful, skillful with money, and perceptive, although they sometimes talk too much. The are wise, talented, good with their hands, and sometimes have a weakness for members of the opposite sex. They are impatient and hot-blooded about everything except their daily work. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are very independent and rarely listen to advice. They are most compatible with Tigers, Dogs, and Sheep. People born in the Year of the Sheep are elegant and highly accomplished in the arts. They seem, at first glance, to be better off than those born in the calendar's other years. But Sheep year people are often shy, pessimistic, and puzzled about life. They are usually deeply religious, yet timid by nature. Sometimes clumsy in speech, they are always passionate about what they do and what they believe in. Sheep people never have to worry about having the best in life for their abilities make money for them, and they are able to enjoy the creature comforts that they like. Sheep people are wise, gentle, and compassionate. They are compatible with Rabbits, Pigs, and Horses. People born in the Year of the Monkey are the erratic geniuses of the cycle. Clever, skillful, and flexible, they are remarkably inventive and original and can solve the most difficult problems with ease. There are few fields in which Monkey people wouldn’t be successful but they have a disconcerting habit of being too agreeable. They want to do things now, and if they cannot get started immediately, they become discouraged and sometimes leave their projects. Although good at making decisions, they tend to look down on others. Having common sense, Monkey people have a deep desire for knowledge and have excellent memories. Monkey people are strong willed but their anger cools quickly. They are most compatible with the Dragon and Rat. People born in the Year of the Rooster are deep thinkers, capable, and talented. They like to be busy and are devoted beyond their capabilities and deeply disappointed if they fail. People born in the Rooster Year are often a bit eccentric, and often have rather difficult relationships with others. They always think they are right and usually are! They frequently are loners and though they give the outward impression of being adventurous, they are timid. Rooster people’s emotions, like their fortunes, swing very high to very low. They can be selfish and too outspoken, but are always interesting and can be extremely brave. They are most compatible with Ox, Snake, and Dragon. People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They have a deep sense of loyalty, are honest, and inspire other people’s confidence because they know how to keep secrets. But Dog people are somewhat selfish, terribly stubborn, and eccentric. They care little for wealth, yet somehow always seem to have money. They can be cold emotionally and sometimes distant at parties. They can find fault with many things and are noted for their sharp tongues. Dog people make good leaders. They are compatible with those born in the years of the Horse, Tiger, and Rabbit. People born in the Year of the Pig are chivalrous and gallant. Whatever they do, they do with all their strength. For Boar Year people, there is no left or right and there is no retreat. They have tremendous fortitude and great honesty. They don’t make many friends but they make them for life, and anyone having a Boar Year friend is fortunate for they are extremely loyal. They don’t talk much but have a great thirst for knowledge. They study a great deal and are generally well informed. Boar people are quick tempered, yet they hate arguments and quarreling. They are kind to their loved ones. No matter how bad problems seem to be, Boar people try to work them out, honestly if sometimes impulsively. They are most compatible with Rabbits and Sheep. Adobe, the Adobe logo, and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2002 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Photoshop Elements 2.0: Chinese New Year Project 9