Students will be able to produce a printed papercraft figurine that represents them and their personality by using all of the Vectr and Photopea skills so that they can demonstrate their mastery of the use of the software to produce a real-world printed product.  


Topics Discussed:

  • InDesign Page Layout
  • Digital Photography
  • Photoshop Image Manipulation
  • Principles of Design


Phase I – Designing the Product

  • To begin, download the “Student Papercraft Template.jpg”. Open this file and examine its contents. You will notice that there are eight white spaces that need to be filled. You will need to place this file in to a standard 11″ x 8.5″ (792px W x 612px H, landscape-oriented) Vectr page (filling the entire page) and use it as a template to create a papercraft figurine of yourself. Use the Vectr tools to draw photo frames the same size as these white spaces and get ready to take some pictures to fill them with.  
  • To get your photos, get a partner and a camera. You will need to take eight pictures: one portrait, two profile shots (left and right), a shot of the back of their head, and four full body shots (front, back, left and right). Use a white wall or a brick wall for an ideal neutral background. Remember your rules for taking great photos as you take these pictures. Notify me when you finish so your photos can be loaded into your computer.  
  • Next, adjust your photos in Photopea (remove the background and replace it with a color or pattern of your choice) and save them as individual .psd files. Place these in your Vectr template in the appropriate photo frames. Resize, crop and position them proportionally (no squashing or stretching) so they look correct. You now have a papercraft figurine of yourself.

Phase II – Marketing the Product

  • Using Photopea or Vectr, design a logo for your papercraft figure, as if it were a product you were selling. Think of the logos on dolls and action figures for inspiration, and remember the principles of C.R.A.P. as you plan your design. Use at least two different fonts and include either your first or last name (or both, if you choose) in the name of your product. Place this logo prominently on your papercraft page.

Phase III – Accessorize!

  • Using your favorite image search engine on the Internet, find at least four pictures that represent your favorite things. Make the backgrounds of these pictures transparent and place them on your papercraft page under the headline “Accessories”.
  • Scale (resize) the accessories so they are proportional with your figure. These will be accessories for your papercraft figure, so they should be something that your figure can “wear” or “hold”.
  • Keep it school appropriate! Realistic weapons, drug or alcohol-related materials, and anything else not allowed on campus are strictly prohibited! Fantasy weapons (like Excalibur, Frostmourne or Master Chief’s Rifle) will be allowed on a case-by-case basis. See me if you’re not sure.
  • (Note: Things like “Music”, “Hello Kitty” and “League of Legends” are not things your character can hold and cannot be used. However, things like “Headphones”, a “Hello Kitty plush toy” and a “League of Legends Poster” can be used! Use concrete objects, not abstract ideas!)

Final Phase – Assembly and Delivery

  • Export the file as a High Quality .JPG file and save the resulting .JPG file to your desktop.
  • Make sure all of your page elements are arranged according to the principles of C.R.A.P. and place the following files into a folder with your name on it:
  1. Your final .JPG file
  2. The eight .psd files you created from the pictures your partner took of you
  3. The four .psd files you created from the pictures you used for your “accessories”
  4. The .psd file (or .jpg file) of the logo you created for your figure.

Upload all fourteen of these files to the “CGD 1 Final Project 2021” assignment post on the Google Classroom page.

Failure to turn in the finished papercraft figurine by the Friday, May 14th deadline will result in a zero on this 300-point project. Late projects will not be accepted under any circumstances.

This is your final CGD project, and will be graded based on the effectiveness of your use of the principles of C.R.A.P. in your overall design, and the design of your logo. You have more than nine full days of class time to complete this project, and late projects will not be accepted, so please use your time effectively and wisely. Good luck and happy papercrafting!

Assigned: Monday, May 3rd, 2021
Due Date: Friday, May 14th, 2021