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Final Project – Papercraft Personalities 2019


Students will be able to produce a printed papercraft figurine that represents them and their personality by using all of the InDesign and Photoshop 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 .pdf”. 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″ (landscape-oriented) Indesign page (filling the entire page) and use it as a template to create a papercraft figurine of yourself. Use the InDesign 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, choose a partner and check out a camera. You will need to take eight pictures of your partner: 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 the white or brick walls in the hallway outside the room for an ideal neutral background. Remember your rules for taking great photos as you take these pictures. See me when you finish so your photos can be loaded into your computer.  

Next, adjust your photos in Photoshop (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 Indesign 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 Photoshop and Indesign, 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. Don’t forget to convert your type to Outlines to protect your cool fonts from getting replaced! 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 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 or Frostmourne) 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 Print format .PDF (File -> Adobe PDF Presets -> High Quality Print) and save the resulting .PDF 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 InDesign 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 .indd file + images) of the logo you created for your figure.
  5. Your exported High Quality PDF file.

Upload the entire contents of this folder to the “CGD 1 Final Project 2019” assignment post on the Google Classroom page. I will print out two color copies for you. Using a pair of scissors, cut out your papercraft figurine. Be sure to cut all slits before you begin folding it. Fold and assemble your figurine according to the instructions on the template. Cut out all your accessories as well. When complete, it should look like the examples in my window. Have your completed figurine and all four of its accessories assembled and under my Christmas tree before end of class on Monday, December 16th, 2019.

Failure to turn in the finished papercraft figurine by the Monday, December 16th deadline will result in a zero on this 300-point project. Late projects will not be accepted under any circumstances.

This is your final CGD1 project, and will be graded based on the effectiveness of your use of the principles of C.R.A.P. in your overall design, the design of your logo, and the assembly of your papercraft figurine. You have more than eight 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: Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
Due Date: Monday, December 16th, 2019

Adobe Photoshop – Holiday Advertisement 2019


I can use InDesign, Photoshop and the Principles of Design to create an effective advertisement for a real-world holiday attraction.


The North Pole Experience: https://www.northpoleexperience.com/
The Polar Express: https://www.thetrain.com/special-events/the-polar-express/
Glendale Glitters: https://www.glendaleaz.com/play/special_events___festivals/special_events/
Las Noches de las Luminarias:  https://www.dbg.org/events/las-noches-de-las-luminarias-0
Zoolights:  https://phoenixzoo.org/event-items/zoolights/

Topics Discussed:

Principles of Design
“Picture in Text” using Clipping Mask from Layer technique
Photoshop Image Manipulation
Composite Image


  • Choose one of the holiday attractions above, and design an advertisement to promote it.
  • You will design the ad in InDesign, using images edited in Photoshop.
  • Design the advertisement using the text provided on the instruction sheet attached to the bottom of this post.
  • After you read the text, go to the websites and read about the holiday attractions to get ideas on what to do with your advertisement design.
  • The title text must use the “picture in text” technique. You must use Photoshop to make the “picture in text” titles using Clipping Masks.
  • You must combine a minimum of three (3) pictures (clip art or found on the Web) in Photoshop to make a convincing Composite Image
  • Must demonstrate use of contrast through a dominant image
  • Use the Principles of Design (C.R.A.P.) to determine how you organize and place your graphics and text.
  • The text can use be used in any order that you think makes the most sense.
  • Ad size: 11″ x 17″ (landscape)
  • Limit your design to two fonts only
  • Export the file as a High Quality Print format .PDF (File -> Adobe PDF Presets -> High Quality Print) and save the resulting .PDF file to the “Holiday Advertisement 2019” assignment posting on the Google Classroom page by Monday, December 2nd. Note: If you do this correctly, you do not need to turn in the .indd file or your images!
  • On Tuesday the 3rd, we will do an online reflection writing activity in our Google Classroom that will ask how you used the Principles of Design in this assignment, so make sure you remember your C.R.A.P. (Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity)!


Christmas Advertisement Instruction Sheet

Christmas Ad Grading Rubric

Assigned: November 26th, 2019
Teacher Pacing Due Date: December 2nd, 2019