Tutorial for Concepts 085 – Mechanic
Using the Mechanic
Stanley is looking inside and/or fixing a company. Use the frameworks in this series alone or as a contrast to other Stanley frameworks, as in the series example. The downloads are ppt documents with the PNGs (uneditable), full color (editable), and tone-on-tone (editable) versions of the graphics. Refer to the tutorial for explanations of usage and formatting techniques.
One building is an office or institutional building, and the other is a retail establishment. You can use Stanley the Mechanic without the buildings. Place your own graphic beside Stanley.
Customizing the Mechanic
Each of the two versions have PNGs and line-and-fill drawings of Stanley and the building. The PNGs are on field, so you can hold the shift key down and resize as needed (holding shift key down scales the graphic). The other graphics need to be grouped first and scaled to the desired size.
The PNGs are like photographs. They can be tinted in PowerPoint 2007 with the photograph recolor tool. The individual parts of a PNG cannot be recolored. Below are examples of Stanley recolored as tone on tone and realistically colored.
These fields can be colored like clipart. Applying color can sync the illustration to your template (hues of your template colors, as in the example above left) or you can make it look realistic (brown hair, blue eyes, etc., without regard to template color considerations, as in the example above right).
Colorizing illustrations may take a small time commitment. Be sure that you get all of the fields colored correctly – it is not a push-button operation. Be sure that the eyes are filled in so that they do not appear "dead." Eyebrows and button should be filled, they're easy to miss. Just be sure to view your colorized illustration at about 300% to be sure you got everything before you consider it final.
Other coloring options: make Stanley whoever you want. When you get the skin tone that you want, just be sure to use that some color - only a little darker - to create the outlines.
These types of illustrations do not benefit from effects formatting. You should stay away from these and stick to the line and fill colors only.
3D does not look good with illustrations.
Don't use shadows on this type of framework.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
You can use gradients to add a 3D effect. You may want to add a gradient to the hair (lighter on top and darker below) for added realism. Be careful about the range of the gradient, however. Too much variance will look bad.
Stanley cannot be animated in any way other than simple reveals. Download the animated example for a simple animation scheme.