On completion of this unit, you should be able to describe the purpose and basic functions of graphics software to create a simple graphic display.
Know and understand graphics software concepts;
Identify basic graphics software functions;
Describe the function and purpose of graphics software.
This is the first purely online unit! Your workshop facilitator is now offering online support. This means you need to be a self directed learner! Schedule regular times to access and complete the online units.
Click on the video below to watch a quick introduction to ICT Essentials Unit 07 Graphics Software
The purpose of this unit is to provide you with information and skills on using graphics software in order to enhance your learning materials.
Including images or videos can greatly enhance a teacher's learning materials. Graphics software can be used to create images and to edit and convert graphic files of different formats. Common types of graphics software include page layout, word processing, and desktop publishing applications; professional illustration and presentation software; digital printing and Web publishing programs.
Graphics software handles two basic types of images: raster graphics and vector graphics.
One can always use Google's image search at http://images.google.com to find an image, picture, chart or illustration but sometimes nothing seems quite right. Plus we have to worry about copyright! There will be times when it will be easier to just make our own image. In this unit we will investigate what graphics packages are available and learn to use them to create simple diagrams.
In this activity you will practice using graphics software by working with either MS Paint or Fresh Paint available for Windows 8 or 10 and creating simple drawings. Use the graphics package in your version of Windows and make sure you cover the following;
Software interface layout
Functions and tools
Opening, saving and exiting a work
Set the size of the drawing area
Drawing different shapes
Filling different shapes with colours
Changing the colours using the palette and making new colours to add to the palette.
Work through the online tutorials below to get started:
Digital Citizen. (2015). Tutorials: How to work with paint in Windows 7 and Windows 8. RichDragon on YouTube. (2013). What Can Fresh Paint Do On Windows 8? Youtube. OldGuyGeek on YouTube. (2013). Fresh Paint for Windows 8. Youtube. PDST. (2013). Paint Software - Focus on Literacy & Numeracy
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