This book will teach you how to draw beading diagrams using Microsoft Powerpoint. You probably already have this software on your computer, so you will not need to invest in anything new. The 40-page book shows detailed screenshots to guide you round the menu functions you will need, along with text explaining everything in really easy steps. You will learn how to set up a slide for a diagram, add a label, add beads and thread paths, arrange the beads into formations to show the beading stitches, and how to save your project into jpg photo files that can be used in your written instructions. Armed with this information you will be able to write professional beading patterns for selling, for teaching, or to get published in magazines.
You will be learning through a combination of screenshots (taken from Powerpoint 2016) and written instructions. I work on a laptop (not a Mac), so my instructions will reflect this. However, you should have no difficulty in using the lessons to apply them to a Mac or other versions of Powerpoint.
Blurb from ‘How to draw beading diagrams in powerpoint’
Do you want to design your own beadwork for teaching or submitting to magazines for publication? If so, then you will need to draw clear, professional-looking beading diagrams to accompany your instructions.
Gone are the days when hand-drawn diagrams are acceptable, but it can seem like a huge investment to look at buying professional drawing or design software. It is quite likely that you already have Microsoft Office installed on your computer, in which case, you may well have Powerpoint.
This booklet will show you how to use Powerpoint – a tool that you already have – to draw professional-looking beading diagrams that you can easily add to your written instructions. You will be introduced to the Powerpoint commands that you need, shown how to draw beads, add thread paths and label diagrams. You will learn lots of editing tricks for speeding up the drawing process and making your diagrams as clear as possible. You will also be shown how to create representations of shaped seed beads and taken step-by-step through the process for drawing a Peyote stitch diagram. This booklet gives you the opportunity to see professional diagrams and consider the techniques they have used. It is also packed with handy tips and ideas to make your diagram-drawing experience as painless as possible.
Katie Dean has been designing beading projects for over thirteen years. She was professionally trained in Powerpoint and is also a qualified adult teacher. She has also worked in the publishing industry and as a beading magazine editor, so she is well-versed in the needs of professional beadwork publishers. Katie brings all this experience together in this booklet, passing on her knowledge and personal tips to help you create your own professional beading diagrams. Whether you want to create professional hand-outs for teaching your projects or you are hoping to see your work published in a book or magazine, ‘How to Draw Beading Diagrams in Powerpoint’ will be an invaluable tool for you.