Design Tips & Images

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! ’tis th’ post fer th’ Monday, September 19, 2016 crew meetin’ arrr.

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Design Presentations

  • 2:30 Class: Victoria D.
  • 4:00 Class: Katie H.

Paying Attention to Design

We will review the Ten Design Tips page, and then apply some of the ideas to a student’s draft for the Formal Pitch:

Editing Images

  1. PicMonkey logoGo to It’s a free site, and it does not require a login.
  2. Watch for the crown logo, which represents Royale upgrades that you would have to pay for. Don’t waste time on them.
  3. Find and save an image that is “free to use” using Google Image Search. (You will read about Creative Commons in Chapter 4 of Writer/Designer.)
  4. Note the source information about the image for your documentation. (More on this next week.)
  5. Choose Edit at the top of the PicMonkey page, and then upload your image.
  6. Crop out any distractions in the background so that the image focuses on the main point.
  7. Edit the image as you like, adding filters, special effects, and so forth.
  8. Add text to the image that complements the image to help communicate your message, if desired.
  9. Save your image with a new name and make a backup.

We are using PicMonkey in class because it’s easy and free, but feel free to use whatever image editor you like for your projects. See other tools and how-to details on the Major Projects Resources page.


  1. Your Formal Pitch is due by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, September 21. The grace period ends at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, September 28.

  2. Have your formal pitch draft with you, and whatever you would need to work on it, on Wednesday.

  3. For Monday, 9/24, read Chapter 4 of Writer/Designer, and complete Design Journal #5 by finding and analyzing a still image (not video or sound).