The Sky Is Crying.

Last week I attended a workshop that literally fell into the water. The skies opened and I was soaked before we even got started. Luckily the topic was watercoloring.

Looking at all the high buildings and the drops rolling down from them simulating the sky crying, I got inspired to recreate the drops falling down on my paper.

Express yourself with the brushes in Sketches to create your own backgrounds in Keynote.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

Open Sketches For Schools and start a blank canvas.

Tap on the paintbrush and select a color.

Start painting.

TIP: With watercolors you have to clean your brush in between to avoid the colors mixing and blending. To do this tap on the little red drop next to the color before you choose a new one.

Once you are done, tap on the share button at the top of the screen. Afterwards save the image to the Photo Library.

Now that the painting work is done, go ahead an open Keynote. Start a blank new template and delete any of the remaining text boxes.

Then tap on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner.

Import your watercolor painting from the Photo Library by tapping on Photo or Video.

The next step is to add the shapes. Tap on the the plus sign at the upper right hand corner and go to the Shape Library. Add a square and drag it over the whole slide and then add the skyline.

Select the shape and tap on the paintbrush to change the style to another color.

TIP: Make sure to change the color of the new shape to contrast with the other. this will make it easier to apply the subtract effect.

Create your skyline by copying and pasting the skyline shape. Then select all the shapes on the slide.

With all shapes selected, tap on the paintbrush and go to the Arrange section. Now tap on subtract at the Combine Shapes part. Your watercolor background should come through.

Let’s add a new slide for the text effect. Tap on the plus sign at the bottom left hand side and add a blank slide.

Then add a text box from the Shapes Library by tapping on the plus sign again at the upper right hand corner.

Write your city name and adjust the font and size. To do this, tap on the paintbrush.

Once you are happy with the result, tap on the play button to start your presentation and then snap a screenshot by pushing simultaneously on the on/off button and the home button.

The screenshot will appear at the bottom left hand side.

Pinch to stop the presentation.

While the screenshot is still there, drag and drop it into your presentation.

Tap on it to select it and then tap on the paintbrush. Go to the Image section and tap on Instant Alpha.

Use this technique to suck out the black from the letters.

Add the watercolor background and arrange it to the back.

Screenshot this slide and add it to your skyline slide.

TIP: Double tap on the image to crop the mask.

Going Further.

Take this activity even further by adding a Live Photo (with a Loop or Bounce effect) behind the mask. You can also start this activity from within Keynote using the drawing tools. Watercolors are unfortunately not available yet.

This is one of the activities that educators can participate in during The Playground.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:

Apple Teacher

Everyone Can Code

Everyone Can Create

Have fun!