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Create a Mouse Pad using Print Shop

Guest Author - Chris Curtis

Before you begin your project you should decide on a theme and choose your design elements such as:
Pictures
Clip Art
Quotes
Head Line
Greetings

You can combine any one or more of these elements to make a unique gift.

Materials you will need include:
Inkjet heat transfer paper Avery transfer paper is recommended
Mousepad blank designed for heat transfer
Appropriate pictures or graphics

How to design:
Launch Print Shop
Select Transfers from the Project Picker
Choose Start from Scratch to have the greatest creative freedom
Wide - Select 8 by 11 sized paper
Measure the mouse pad blank you will need to keep the design objects within these dimensions.

One technique is to draw a rectangle the proper size. The rectangle should contain "no fill" and a visible border so that you can determine your outside border. Position your design objects within this boundary.

Layout your design objects
Print on heat transfer paper. Be sure use "mirror" image print options when printing to the transfer paper. Print your project on paper first to assure any text is coming out in reverse mirror image so that when it is transfered to the mouse pad blank it comes out readable.

The head transfer paper will include instruction with the correct heat settings and instructions for the removal of the paper. Be sure to read the instructions carefully to assure the best results.

Layout Ideas:
Use the Photo Workshop Button (camera) to choose from 9 different cropping tools or freehand. Crop your pictures in a unique way.
Use Paint Shop's Headline Text to insert a title or greeting
Use WordArt in MS Word or Powerpoint to design your greetings, then copy and past it into the Print shop project layout.
Use the rotate handle to position photos or greetings at interesting angles
Add a frame around the picture or around the border
Add a Radiant Glow or Drop Shadow to the Headline
Use Special edges or Transparent effects

Ideas for your design layout:
Family photo collage
Pets
Grandchildren or children
Special hobby
Holiday
Antique Car
Humorous
Inspirational

As you create your gift, don't be afraid to use your imagination. Your thoughtful gift will show the love you have for the person for which you are designing it. Most of all have fun and enjoy the project.


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This content was written by Chris Curtis. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Laura Nunn for details.

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