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Tattoos 4Life- Tutorial

Although there other tutorials exist for the assignment, I found another way for someone to complete this.

Many people like to know what their tattoo will look like before even entering the tattoo parlor, so I googled around and found a Tattoo Font Generator online. It’s completely free and very user-friendly.

  1. Go to Tattoo Font Generator, or type in tattoofontgenerator.net. The page should look like this: Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.16.51 PM
  2. The generator then has many features you can customize: TextFontArc, Direction, Size, Style, Forecolor, Backcolor. Below I will give a description on what each feature represents:
    1. Text: Allows you to type in the words, letters, etc.
    2. Font: Allows customization if you’d like the letter to be represented as symbols, be in script, typewriter, etc.
    3. Arc: Gives the text a curved feature, rather than running straight across in a line.
    4. Direction: Which direction do you want the text running? Use this feature to customize Up vs. Down.
    5. Size: Customize the overall font size: larger or smaller depending on where on the body the tattoo will be placed.
    6. Style: Normal or Italics.
    7. Forecolor: Change the color of the text itself. The generator offers shades ranging from black to gray.
    8. Backcolor: Customize skin tone. This gives you a great idea of what the tattoo will look like against your specific skin tone.
  3. Because this generator is user-friendly, it shouldn’t take long to get the hang of customizing the different elements of your tattoo in order to best represent your personality. When completed, the generator should look like this with all of the features filled in: Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.11.34 PM - Edited
  4. In order to embed the final product in your blog post, I took the screenshot and cropped out the generated tattoo. You can do this with any photo-editing software. You can then upload this picture to your post and begin to tell the story behind your tattoo. The picture will look like this: Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.30.23 PM - Edited
  5. In order to add different color effects to each picture you will include in the collage to tell the different stories, use a photo-editing software like Pixlr.
    1. Go to Pixlr Editor.
    2. Upload the picture of your tattoo. Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.32.52 PM - Edited
    3. To change color effects, go to Adjustment in the top tool bar. Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.41.31 PM - Edited
    4. Scroll through this tool, choosing different effects for your tattoo (e.g. Invert, Sepia, Solarize, etc.) Here is an example of what Invert would look like: Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.35.33 PM - Edited
    5. Once you’ve chosen and saved your different tattoos, it’s time to upload them into a collage. I like to use this great website that allows you to generate collages for free: BeFunky.
      1. At the website, click Get Started. This will take you to another screen that allows you to edit the template/layout/patterns/etc of the collage. It should look like this: Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.38.36 PM - Edited
      2. You can then upload the different pictures you generated with Pixlr, and the finished product can be saved and embedded into your blog post!

Layer Tennis- The Space Pug

For my final Design Assignment of the week, I decided to try my hands at Layer Tennis!

Layer Tennis is a two player game, so for this assignment you’ll need a partner. To count, this game must be played in public on Twitter so we all can watch! Find a willing partner who will play with you. Begin by posting a tweet on twitter announcing a new match. Include the twitter names of the two players, use the hashtag #ds106Layers and upload an image (preferably funny) that will be the first serve.

Your partner must now edit the original photograph into something new and amazing, but the new picture must contain some element or aspect of the original. The partner then replies to the original tweet with the new image and the #ds106Layers tag.

This back and forth play continues on Twitter, by editing and improving the previous image and replying to the previous tweet. Play continues until both players have edited and posted three images. After these six images have been completed, the ds106 community can debate who prevailed in the match.

I asked Douglas to help me complete this assignment given that he has taken the class before. I figured he could provide some legit edits to the pictures! I was right 🙂 In fact, he did more than I even knew how to do, and I learned quite a bit from watching his edits! Below I will embed the various tweets in chronological order and go into the details of how they were done after each image. I will also tell the story as I go. (These will all be bolded text.)

This is the original image. Douglas and I took Zoe to Petco to buy some fun treats and meet other animals/people. I figured that this would be a good spot to find a funny picture to start our Layer Tennis game! Above is a picture of Zoe making friends with a guinea pig. I’m not quite sure what her end goal was, but she was definitely very curious.

This is Douglas’s first edit (He used Pixlr.) He cropped Zoe out of the picture and pasted her image on a space background. Thus, we have space pug. It was now my challenge to change space pug and maybe set her up for an adventure!

For my first edit, I used Pixlr as well. To avoid redundancy, I will say now that we used Pixlr for all of our edits in this game of Layer Tennis. Using Pixlr Editor, I Inverted the colors and added space helmets onto all the space pugs via (Layer, then Image URL as Layer). Space pug needs to breathe if she wants to go on any adventures! Let’s see what Douglas did next…

For his second edit, Douglas re-inverted the colors and added an American Flag image onto the planet in the space sky. It seems that space pug is patriotic. But will she run into any issues as she claims America’s place in the night sky…?

Oh no! In my edit, it seems that and alien has come upon space pug and put her in a trance! Space pug is seeing multiples of everything. The whole atmosphere is spinning! How will space pug prevail? (For this edit, I used the Kaleidoscope feature in Pixlr found under the Filter tab. At this point you can manipulate the various levels of the feature to your desired setting.)

For his final edit, Douglas added space ships into the image. It seems that the alien has called in for back up. So many space pugs, yet only one alien. Space pug is still in her trance. What can she possible do to overcome?

In my final edit, I used a tool for color replacement. You hit ctrl and click on the color in the image you want to select. Then, you start clicking and coloring over what you want to change to the selected color. I chose to replicate the color of the alien onto space pug’s collar. In the end, space pug could not overcome the power of the alien’s trance, but they made a deal. Space pug agreed to join the alien forces in order to rule and keep the planet. Sorry America, but space pug has her own plans for galaxy domination.


Don’t Miss Manassas, VA!

I also decided to complete What Are You Missing Nearby. This was an interesting assignment to complete. I recently moved to Manassas, VA in July of 2015 from Woodbridge, VA so it really was only a matter or 10 miles or so. I’d spent plenty of time in Manassas before, but after this assignment I never realized how many attractions and natural landmarks I had been missing out on! I definitely need to take advantage of these spots before venturing into the rest of the world. Some of these places I’ve known about and some I’d never heard of until today! Here is my image:

What are you missing nearby?

  1. Manassas National Battlefield Park– Such a beautiful place! I’ve driven by plenty of times, and my mom is actually buried in a cemetery on the battlefields. Super cool, but I’ve never taken the time to tour and discover more of the history behind the battlegrounds.
  2. Ben Lomond Manor House– This was one of the attraction I had never heard of before. They even feature a beautiful rose garden and tours of the historic home!
  3. Hylton Performing Arts Center– I performed here with my high school chorus in high school in a singing of Carmina Burana. It was definitely an experience that I hold memorable, but I never considered revisiting as a spectator to enjoy a performance not given by myself!
  4. Old Town Manassas– Now, this was one that I slapped myself in the face for not taking full advantage of in my time here. I love, literally LOVE, old town/downtown areas (like downtown Fredericksburg). I live for the antique stores, quaint bookstores and homey coffee shops. Honestly, I’ll probably end up here over Fall Break next weekend!

How I created the image:

I took a break from Pixlr, and used a website called picisto that allows you to make various collages of different shapes, sizes and number of images. The website is pretty self-explanatory and user-friendly, so I won’t go into detailed instructions because I assume you all are smart individuals!

Pugs Not Drugs!

For another of the Design Assignments this week, I completed Create a T-Shirt.  Naturally, I had to create a shirt with a pug on it, and my website’s tagline “pugs not drugs.” As much as I wish this was my own creation and imagination, this saying has been used many times before I took it to heart! However, I have reimagined the phrase and created my own original t-shirt design. I’m sure there is a t-shirt out there somewhere with the saying, but none that I created. I like to think that the person wearing this shirt has a strong passion not only for healthy living and abstaining from drug use, but also a great love for puggies and their squishy faces. Wear this loud and proud! I know that I would 🙂 Here is my creation:


I used clip art and text features for this image via Pixlr. The t-shirt, pug face and paw print came from a Google search for those specific items. You can access detailed instructions through my previous post on how to use Pixlr, upload image layers, and add text. Pay special attention to Steps 6-7 for adding image layers and text to your t-shirt.

Mr. Pugsly and the Treat Snatching

For my first Design Assignment of the week, I decided to complete the required option This Assignment is Suspect!.

Have you ever seen those crime shows that organize a case using a suspect board? Like Scandal or Blacklist? Well, that’s exactly what this assignment is. You will create a suspect board (or a board that connects different characters) to show interaction between the people. Feel free to add text, objects, and locations that connect to the people/characters to develop the story even more. Make sure that the board clearly shows how the pieces are connected, and in your post, explain the story behind it. A good example is one completed by Julia James using Microsoft Word by inserting text boxes and connecting them with lines.

Mr. Pugsly, an innocent little pug, acquired a rare, European bag of treats after a successful sale at his 9-5 job at Petsmart. This was a Thursday. After stashing his winnings away Thursday night, Mr. Pugsly slept peacefully, dreaming of enjoying his international delicacy the next morning. Friday morning came, and the treats were missing! Mr. Pugsly searched his home high and low, hoping to recover his lost treasure but found nothing. He quickly informed authorities and they scoped out the scene.

After much interview and deliberation, the authorities have two prime suspects: Pam the Poodle and Miss Yorkie Mae. Through conversation with the neighborhood, police discovered that Pam the Poodle has been convicted in the past of malicious treat snatching. They need to investigate her further. Another suspect is Mr. Puglsy’s ex-girlfriend, Miss Yorkie Mae. Friends say the relationship did not end well. Miss Yorkie Mae seems prime for treat snatching given her emotional state. Authorities are out now to get the suspects’ alibis.

Monday morning, it has been a long weekend of searching for evidence and drafting alibis. Pam the Poodle checks out, photographic evidence places her at a family wedding the night of the treat snatching. Still awaiting conversation with Miss Yorkie. She seems to have left town for a couple of days.

Tuesday evening, authorities obtain search warrant for Miss Yorkie Mae’s home. Through searching, they discover treat samples shockingly similar to those stolen from Mr. Pugsly’s home. In the middle of the search, Miss Yorkie returns home, scared to find police in her house! She tries to run, but they are too quick for her. The authorities take Miss Yorkie to the station, confirming that the treats in her home are in fact those which belong to Mr. Pugsly. Miss Yorkie Mae is sentenced to intense obedience school for her jealous heart and hateful crime.

the assignment is suspect

I made this image via Pixlr. You can check previous posts like No Smiling at this Party and Drawing the Line Somewhere for detailed instructions on how to use Pixlr and its many features.

As and English major, I pride myself in my imagination and writing. I came up with this story pretty quickly. I had a great time completing this assignment, and I learned a lot more about using Pixlr such as how to resize layers and how to add a new image via its url. I hope you’ve enjoyed both the written text and the visual representation of my crime story!