Computer Lab

Syllabus:

  1. How to Screenshot
  2. How to Take a Screen Recording
  3. How to Recolor
  4. How to Edit
  5. How to Remove a Background of a Picture

Camps:

Sorry, no camps are available at the moment. Check back in a week or two!

Class:

It’s time to start learning!

(Note: I have a Mac and I try my best to be detailed in tutorials for both operating systems although Windows is challenging for me. If you see an error, please please please comment. I’d truly appreciate it.)

Lesson 1: How to Screenshot

For the whole screen:

On Windows:

  1. Press “Print Screen” on your keyboard (also called Prt Scrn, Prt Scr, etc).
  2. (Optional) Open Paint, and paste the screenshot.
  3. (Optional) You can crop it if you’d like by selecting the region you’d like to keep, right clicking and clicking “Crop” (in Paint).

On Macs:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 3
  2.  Go to your desktop to find the screenshot.
  3. (Optional) You can crop it if you’d like by selecting the region you’d like to keep, going to “Tools” then selecting “Crop.”

On Apple mobile devices and tablets:

  1. Zoom in as much as you’d like, just make sure that everything you want to screenshot is visible.
  2. Press the home button and power button at the same time.
  3. You’ll find your screenshot in your Photos Library.

For one window:

On Windows:

  1. Press Alt+Print Screen on your keyboard (also called Prt Scrn, Prt Scr, etc).
  2. (Optional) Open Paint, and paste the screenshot.
  3. (Optional) You can crop it if you’d like by selecting the region you’d like to keep, right clicking and clicking “Crop” (in Paint).

On Macs:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4 + Space
  2. Click on the window you’d like to capture.
  3. Go to your desktop to find the screenshot.
  4. (Optional) You can crop it if you’d like by selecting the region you’d like to keep, going to “Tools” then selecting “Crop.”

For a selective region:

On Windows:

  1. Press Print Screen on your keyboard (also called Prt Scrn, Prt Scr, etc).
  2. Open Paint, and paste the screenshot.
  3. Crop it if you’d like by selecting the region you’d like to keep, right clicking and clicking “Crop” (in Paint).

On Macs:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4
  2. Select the region you’d like to screenshot.
  3.  Go to your desktop to find the screenshot.
  4. (Optional) You can crop it if you’d like by selecting the region you’d like to keep, going to “Tools” then selecting “Crop.”

Notes:

For Windows:

There is also a program called Snipping Tool that may or may not be already installed on your computer. To use it, simply open it and click the arrow next to where it says “New.” You can choose what type of screenshot you’d like to take from that drop down menu. Then just take your screenshot (either click somewhere or select a region.)

For Macs:

If you don’t want to save a screenshot but just copy it to your Clipboard instead (so that when you do Command+V, which is paste, the image will be pasted), you can do any of the procedures above depending on your needs. Just remember to also press the option (alt) button.

For Apple mobile devices and tablets:

There are lots of screenshotting apps in the App Store. You can always get one of those if you don’t want to do it the way that was described.

Lesson 2: How to Take a Screen Recording

For all operating systems:

  1. Go to the Screencast-o-Matic website.
  2. Click “Start Recording.” NOTE: It may require you to download some Adobe Plug-In. It’s safe.
  3. The application will open and the rest is pretty self-explanatory.

For Macs only:

  1. Open Quicktime Player.
  2. Click File, then New Screen Recording.
  3. Click the red circle and the rest is pretty self-explanatory.

NOTE: I like this one better than Screencast-o-Matic because it doesn’t have a logo and the resolution is very clear. Plus, when I have the resource already, why not use it?

Lesson 3: How to Recolor

For all operating systems:

  1. Click here to go to the Pixlr Editor website, or you can connect the app to Google Drive and open Pixlr Editor from there (illustrated below).
  2. Click “Open image from computer” and open the picture you would like to recolor.
  3. Click the color replace tool. It looks like this: Color Replace Tool- Pixlr
  4. Choose your brush size and type.
  5. At the way bottom of the left-side toolbox, click on the biggest black box and choose the color you would like to use. NOTE: You cannot recolor anything white or black. If you really want to, try the Dodge tool (Dodge Tool- Pixlr) to lighten areas and the Burn tool (Burn Tool- Pixlr) to darken areas. Or, you can just use the paint bucket tool, also known as the fill tool, that looks like this: Paint Bucket Tool- Pixlr. However, this doesn’t keep the shading most of the time so it looks a little unrealistic.
  6. When you’re done recoloring, click File and Save to save it to your computer. NOTE: It takes some practice before your recolors start looking really good.

create docconnect appspixlr editor

Lesson 4: How to Edit

NOTE: Editing is changing the appearance of an image. In this tutorial, you will perform a simple edit on your Fantagian’s mouth. Once you master this, you can edit however you want because there are innumerable ways to edit a Fantagian. So, let’s begin!

To make your Fantagian frown:

  1. Open up Paint, Paintbrush (a downloadable Mac application like Paint), or Pixlr Editor.
  2. Paste or insert a picture of your Fantagian.
  3. Zoom in until the pixels are large and focus on the mouth.
  4. You will see either two layers of the mouth, one brown and one pink (girls) or just one layer (boys).
  5. Use the Eyedropper tool and select the color of the brown layer and use your Paintbrush tool at size 1 to draw a brown pixel below the pink one.
  6. Use the Eyedropper tool to choose the skin color of your Fantagian and use the Paintbrush tool to color over the original mouth’s sides.

That’s it! Now you can practice and once you feel you’re ready, you can perform a different edit on your Fantagian!

Lesson 5: How to Remove a Background of a Picture

For all operating systems:

  1. Screenshot your Fantagian. NOTE: This works best if you go to Mt. Fantage and get a white background.
  2. Go to the Clipping Magic site and upload the screenshot.
  3. Change your brush size to the smallest size.
  4. Scribble in green over the parts you want to keep (your Fantagian).
  5. Scribble in red over the parts you don’t want to keep (the background).
  6. You can zoom in and make finishing touches in the same way.
  7. Once you’re satisfied with the result, download and save it!

For Macs only:

  1. Screenshot your Fantagian. NOTE: This works best if you go to Mt. Fantage and get a white background.
  2. Open the screenshot in Preview (the default program).
  3. Click the arrow next to “Select” and choose Instant Alpha (the wand).
  4. Drag your mouse on the background to select it. Make sure that you don’t select any part of your Fantagian.
  5. Press delete on your keyboard.
  6. You can zoom in and make finishing touches in the same way.
  7. Once you’re satisfied with the result, close it (it will automatically save).

Congratulations! You have completed this course. Click here to go back to the Academy.

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