Modifying A Poster's Layout
I have had quite a few requests either in threads or via email lately asking how I do my layouts. While responding to these requests, I've come up with the "process" I use and thought I'd share it with everyone.
First off, I do not use any of the design software others have. Believe it or not, I use Microsoft PowerPoint to modify people's layouts. Here's what I do...
- Copy & paste a copy of the person's kitchen to be worked on into a new MS PowerPoint presentation and expand it to as big as it will fit on the slide.
In the GW thread, right click on the image
Select "Copy Image" (or similar, depends on your browser)
In the MS PowerPoint presentation, paste (Ctrl-V) the image on the page/slide (pages are called "slides" in PowerPoint) [Note: I sometimes crop off "extras" so I can make the image bigger.]
- Then, make a rectangle that's 2' x 2' based on the image (I create the rectangle & expand/reduce it until it's the size of a 2' counter in the drawing & then make the other direction match it in size)
Next, make rectangles of varying sizes based on the 2' x 2' rectangle . For example:
- 3/4 or 75% the width of the rectangle makes an 18" x 24" cabinet
- 62.5% makes a 15" x 24" cabinet (or 15" overhang)
- 50% makes a 12" x 24" cabinet
- 25% makes a 6" x 24" cabinet
- 12.5% makes a 3" x 24" cabinet/filler
- 125% makes a 30" x 24" cabinet
- 150% makes a 36" x 24" cabinet
- 175% makes a 42" x 24" cabinet
- 200% makes a 48" x 24" cabinet
- You can change the size by a %-age using the item's formatting (see note at the bottom of this post)
Then, make appliances with appropriately sized rectangles [BTW...ranges & cooktops are just rectangles w/circles on top of them. Sinks are just rectangles with rounded edges and a small circle on top for the drain (Draw --> Change Autoshape --> Basic Shapes and then select the rectangle w/rounded corners).] Sometimes, you may wish to use a picture of the appliance a person already has on her/his layout. To do this:
Duplicate the slide (Insert --> Duplicate Slide)
Crop the duplicate so all you have is the item you want a picture of
Simply copy & paste it onto the slide with the layout you're modifying.
To crop (need "Picture" toolbar, see below),
Click on the image
Then, click on the crop button on the Picture Toolbar
Move the left/right/top/bottom margins as needed to crop out the parts of the image you don't want
Sometimes you need to "blank out" a portion of the existing layout. To do this:
Create a rectangle
Change the color to match the background
Set the Line to either the same color as the background or to "No Line"
Move it over the area you want to "blank out"
Resize it to cover the area to be "blanked out"
To put things in a corner (like a cooktop or DOs), rotate the item in increments of 45 degrees until it's oriented properly (45o, 90o, 135o, 180o, 225o, 270o, 315o) Where necessary/helpful, insert text boxes, use arrows, etc. When done:
- Save it as a "jpg" file
- From menu bar: File --> Save...