For the Create A READ Poster assignment, worth 3.5 stars, DS106 students are challenged to make a poster urging people to read in the style of the posters made by the American Library Association. I immediately thought back to an unexpected discovery I made once. Apparently Marilyn Monroe loved to read. Just Google “Marilyn Monroe reading” to find more images like the one above. Sure, some of them are of her reading scripts, but she also often had her nose in all kinds of pleasure reading. In fact, there were supposedly 430 favorite books that Marilyn Monroe had read and kept in her personal library! Unlike many of the fashion icons, actresses, models, and celebrities of today (cough Kardashians), Marilyn was beauty and brains in one package (not to mention a lot more gorgeous than today’s models, but anyway, if you want more of that you can see from the many pictures of her that I have pinned).
As per usual, I used Drawings in Google Drive software. However, this time I’m going to structure my tutorial a little differently, in case the format of the other tutorials did prove helpful to anybody by itself.
How to make a simple text poster on Google Drive
Step 1: Insert Drawing into A Google Doc
Click Insert from the menu at the top, and scroll down to the fourth option, Drawing.
Simply open up a Google document, slideshow, or even spreadsheet, and this option will exist just the same.
Step 2: Inserting an Image into Drawing
When you click on Drawing under Insert, this window opens up:
Click on the the Image icon on the Drawing window menu, which I am mousing over in the following screenshot so that the label shows (my cursor will not show on screenshots for some reason).
When you click on that, the Insert Image window will appear. It allows you to add images by URL address.
To get the URL address for an image, just right click to get a menu like the one below:
On that menu, you click Copy image address in order to, that’s right, copy the image’s address! (I don’t know how I survived without this handy tool. If your computer’s menu doesn’t work like this though, you can just click on the picture and copy the URL address from above, just like I did for the YouTube video in my last post.)
And of course, you paste it in. A preview should appear as follows. If the preview appears and looks good, click Select. Otherwise, there may be an issue with your URL address.
Hitting Select should return you to the Drawing window with your image. And there you have it! It should look like this:
Step 3: Superimposing Text
After I got my picture, I still had to add text. To do that, you click on the Text box icon on the Drawing menu, which I am mousing over in this screenshot so its labelled:
Draw a text box by dragging the cursor to expand it. You can also move this text box around.
Finally, you can add in what you want to say. In my case, I wanted to make it clear that reading makes you beautiful. To add to my message, I considered the connotations of different colors before deciding on what color the text and highlighting (for text visibility) would be. Pink is a soft, feminine color associated with beauty, and its fairly visible on the pale yellow. I usually don’t like to do colored text, especially on a colored background, but luckily in this case it adds to the 1950s aesthetic of black and white photography and Marilyn, but is also fairly readable because most colorblindness is between red and green rather than composite colors like pink and yellow. Finally, the bright, vibrant color of the text and highlighting also set the text apart from the black and white image, making them more likely to catch your attention.
When you’re happy with the appearance of the text and image, just hit Save & Close to have your image in a Google document.
Hopefully this new format of tutorial helps anyone who still felt uncomfortable with Google Drive. Its such a lifesaver, as you can probably tell from the face I’m constantly using it for this class.
And remember: reading is beautiful!