A Slightly Ingenious Way of Exposing the Setting

The most useful piece of media in my story would have to be the poster I made based on the Design Assignment Vintage-ify A Place. Its pretty interesting to begin with.

Richmond Outside and Firefly Design, Inc. teamed up to create vintage-like prints of some favorite spots along the James in Richmond, VA.  Based on the WPA National Park posters of the 30s and 40s, these RVA posters add retro flair to some of the city’s popular spots.

Is there a jewel in your city or town?  What about an infamous spot?  Is there a fictional place that deserves its own retro poster?  Get to work!

But it also works perfectly for my story to subtly explain about the setting. The story centers around the fountain in City Square, where the protagonist discovers a special secret: there are dolphins who live in the water. However, introducing this place is a little hard; I’m tempted to get sidetracked explaining what it looks like and its history. This poster can do that without forcing the information on the reader, but instead presenting it in a visually-interesting way that lets the reader explore the information, and making it easy to find for reference. I will be using this strategy in my “real” writing (stuff written for the sake of publishing).

Here’s how I did it!

Tutorial

Step 1: Import Image

Because this is a full length tutorial, I’m going to include everything. That means finding the image is included too.

I went to Google Image Search and googled “dolphin fountain”, then selected images that are “Labelled for reuse with modification” on the menu bar, according to Google. The search yielded these results.

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I selected this image.

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To see it up close, first I clicked on the image.

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To import this image into WordPress and for editing in Google Drive, I right-clicked for the menu that allows you to copy the image URL.

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If this doesn’t work for you, you can just open up the website and click on the picture, or try the Open image in new tab option on the same menu, then copy the URL from the box.

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As promised, it should open a new tab.

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Just copy the address in the address bar above the image by right-clicking for this menu, and clicking on Select all. Alternatively, you could just right-click and hit Ctrl+A on your keyboard, assuming its a PC.

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Then of course, hit Copy!

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To import the image, paste that URL address as follows into a Drawing in a Google Document on Google Drive.

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And the image is successfully imported into a Drawing.

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Step 3: Overlaying Text

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To Read More: My Clever Little Add On

Although its not technically part of my narrative, I added on one more assignment in the design category. Its called Book Artist, and as per the name it asks you to:

Re-design your favorite book cover!

 

In GIMP/Photoshop/any image editor of your choosing, create a new book cover for your favorite story! Imagine that there’s a new, special edition of the tale coming out, and YOU are the special, super awesome artist who has been chosen to design the new look!

In this case, instead of using a favorite book, I used an imaginary book that contains my story and what happens afterward.

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I made my tutorial in slideshow format this time, just to change things up one last time. It was a little more effort, but probably a lot easier to navigate that cumbersome long posts.

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