Notepad Assignment

 

 

Assignment Details

Each student will produce at least one set of finished notepads. The layout will be done in PS. The end result will be four pads, each 4.25" by 5.5", of 30 sheets each. There is NO cost of the initial set of 4 pads. Each additional set of 4 or each additional 30 sheets will cost $0.25. These make excellent Christmas gifts for friends, parents, teachers, etc. See the bottom of this page for some of the feedback we have received for doing these Notepads.

 

1.      The first step is to plan your finished work on a clean, blank sheet of paper. Fold your paper into quarter sections. You will need to include a simple sketch/outline of any images you intend to use, and any text that you will have, for each pad. A person's name must appear on EACH pad...these MUST be PERSONALIZED notepads!

a.       Clipart should be used (rather than a picture). If you need to modify an image, it will have to be done in a separate Photoshop file and saved on your disk. You will then need to “Insert” the modified image and paste it into the Notepad File. Graying out an image for the background or a “watermark" can be done in Word…just keep in mind that you will loose some quality when it is copied. AVOID YELLOW OBJECTS!

b.      You will design 4 uniquely different Notepads per sheet. (You may also design more than 4 if you finish the first set).

 

2.      Use the template provided on the Public Shared Documents of the \\172.17.183.49\public server to design your pads (You will find the template in the folder path: \\172.17.183.49\Public\Clipart (more)\Templates). You will need to save the file after you open it. The light blue lines as guides and are to help with your layout.

 

3.      You may draw a border using the appropriate drawing tool. Modify the border by changing the properties “Format Object”. Or if you would like a special pre-made border, you will need to insert one from the clip art book.

 

4.      Bring the clipart in by Dragging and Dropping (see the instruction sheet for inserting ClipArt). ClipArt: Start\Run: \\172.17.183.49\Public\ <---  You will have to type that in to the Run Dialog Box. Click ClipArt more instructions.

 

5.      Do not do the lettering until you have all your clipart into place. Be sure ALL TEXT is placed in Text Boxes/Layers.

    a. If you are using lines on your pad...make sure the lines go ALL THE WAY ACROSS, OVER the gray guide lines on both sides ...and an equal amount. If they are too short...they will look REALLY short after you print and cut each pad out. Or BETTER YET...if you want LINES on your pad, I have already done some lines for you. Go back to the template folder and find the NotePad with Guides. Open it...and copy the guides, then PASTE to your NotePad.

    b. Create layers of the items for each pad.

 

6.      Printing: I will print your file. Please follow the instructions given below to submit your work for printing and final completion of your copy ready art. I will copy it and bring it back to class to finish the project.

 

7.      After your printout is complete, LIGHTLY write your name and period number in pencil on the BACK of the printout. If YOU If you want MORE than 30 extra sheets, please ask for a “Sticky Note” and write the total number of additional sheets you are requesting (i.e. 30 will get you 4 pads of 60 sheets each).

 

8.      You will make the finished product (cut & padded with board) after I Xerox your original.

 

 

* All text MUST go in SEPARATE text layers!!! Ex. "From the desk of" would be in one layer while the "Person's Name" would be in another layer.

 

Sample Rough Draft: Must include the name of the person, overall layout, and basic idea for the graphics to be included:

          

* Rough Draft Homework Makeup - AFTER the project has begun, to get homework credit, you will need to Write a 5 sentence paragraph about each person you are doing/did a NotePad for. So, 4 paragraphs, 5 sentences each...20 sentences.

 

If you FAIL to do your NotePad Rough Draft in a timely fashion, here is a makeup alternative. Write a brief 4-5 sentence description for EACH notepad recipient that you did. Describe the person, why you chose the design you did, and maybe even how you have seen them using their notepad.

 

* Details to Prep NotePad for printing and Printing in Photoshop:

  1. Make sure all graphics are pushed as close to the edge as possible ...TOUCH THE BLUE GUIDE LINE!!! (or even over the light blue guide line a bit will be ok, but not too much).
  2. Get a final approval for submitting for printing.
  3. Save one last time (Ctrl + S). Then, create a PDF. Use the "Save As". Turn OFF LAYERS, and turn OFF "Preserve Photoshop Editing Capabilities".
  4. Please submit the completed PDF file for printing to the \\172.17.183.49\Data\Notepads\Completed folder. I will print the NotePad from there. It is taking some time to print, so be patient...and look for your completed job to see if I need you to do step 6
  5. When your print job finishes (it will be on TOP of the printer), using the LIGHT TABLE next to the trimmer, write your NAME AND PERIOD # with PENCIL only, VERY lightly, on the back, behind the graphic on each of the four squares. AGAIN, PUT YOUR NAME 4 TIMES ON THE BACK OF YOUR PAD...one time on the back of each pad. Use the light table to determine where to best write your name.
  6. Turn the print out into the LEFT SIDE of the Turn in Station (LOWER SECTION)
  7. If you are going to want MORE than the basic 30, write that number on the back of the sheet as well and hand it to me personally as these will go into a different stack.
  8. If you have done an extra set, let me know that as well. Any extra sheets or pads need to be marked off your coupons at the time of turn in. Please order in increments of 30. The cost of which is 25 cents per 30 sheets (or roughly a penny a sheet).
  1. Print ONLY 1 TIME! AND 1 SHEET, 1 COPY ONLY!!!! First time is FREE...mistakes or extras, or duplicates, etc. cost YOU...12-25 cents per page. So, get it right the first time. If you WANT extras, please clear with me BEFORE printing.
  2. Steps to Print: 1) Set default printer to V61 HP3550 (start, Printers and Faxes, right click the printer and "Set as Default") 2) Go back to Photoshop, Cntrl + P, Enter, Enter, Proceed (yes to the clipping warning).

 

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Steps for Bulk Paper Cutting (for when your NotePads have been copied...and ready to cut). (These instructions are posted next to the Bulk Paper Cutter)

 ·       Jog the paper so that it is as straight as possible. Use Jogger machine if necessary and available. Be sure the paper is JOGGED really well…to ensure a SMOOTH cut.

·       Put a cover sheet of scratch paper on top of your stack.

·       Cut width-wise 1st…this means usually to put the paper stop at 5.5”.

o      Insert the paper into the center of the cutting area

o      Lower the Paper Press (wheel on top) down firmly onto the paper.

o      Lower the safety guard (cover in front)

o      Lift the safety catch

o      GENTLY lower the blade (big handle) until it comes in contact with the paper.

o      Pull the blade through the paper  until it stops. The paper sticking out from under the blade should all move freely. Be careful not to tear the paper away…if the stack doesn’t move…you may need to pull the blade down a bit more.

o      Lift up handle, raise the paper press and remove both stacks of paper. Remove the scratch paper from the bottom half, and join the two stacks for the next cut.

·       Cut the 8.5” side now by setting the paper stop to 4.25”

o      Jog the paper several times to insure a smooth cut

o      Insert paper and make sure it is perfectly straight up and down, left to right, and along the paper stop.

o      Lower the Paper Press firmly into position.

o      Lower the safety guard (cover in front)

o      Lift the safety catch

o      GENTLY lower the blade (big handle) until it comes in contact with the paper.

o      Pull the blade through the paper  until it stops. The paper sticking out from under the blade should all move freely. Be careful not to tear the paper away…if the stack doesn’t move…you may need to pull the blade down a bit more.

o      Lift up handle, raise the paper press and remove both stacks of paper. Remove the scratch paper from the bottom half, and join the two stacks for the next cut.

 

* Details for AFTER the pads have been printed, cut and padded:

NotePad Delivery Receipt: You will need to deliver your staff pad and get a delivery receipt for your final 10 points of this assignment. Even if you don't care about the 10 points, the lack of a delivery receipt is subject to investigation to make sure you aren't running around with a stack of Staff NotePads. So, get the delivery receipt in. Put your name and Roll Number on the Notepad and turn in to the HORIZONTAL Class Slot. For the NotePads...the Delivery Receipt is simply the top sheet of the pads...the one that is NOT in color.

 

Samples:

      

       

Good student sample from 2004 at Central...except that PLEASE NOTE...a NAME is NOW REQUIRED!!!!

 

A website that offers commercial NotePads:

 

Comments from Staff:

(We get many...here is one.)

Dear Mr. Loker,
Thank you very much for the notepad, I meant to e-mail you yesterday and thank you I have just been very busy you know how it is, that was a very nice and kind thought from your Communication Graphics class. 
Hope you have a wonderful and safe Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
 
Miss. Rios

 

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MS Word specific details:

* All text MUST go in a text box!!!

* All OBJECTS (text boxes, graphics, pictures, clipart, etc.) must be set to square objects.  - Set the Advanced Properties by turning on the "Lock Anchor" and turn OFF "Move object with text".

* Details to Prep NotePad for printing: