The Arts and Crafts Computer

The Arts and Crafts Computer

Using your Computer as An Artist's Tool

Book - 2002
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The Arts and Crafts Computer shows you how to use your personal computer, scanner, digital camera and color printer as artist tools to create beautiful graphics and artful objects for your home, school and work. You'll learn how to:

  • Understand the basics of digital image-editing, typesetting and graphic design.
  • Gather the right tools, both digital and traditional.
  • Use the new inkjet printing media including cloth, decals, stickers, magnets, transparencies and more.
  • Work with art materials safely, avoid computer-related stress and find environmentally-friendly materials.
  • Create unique greeting cards and envelopes, artist books, games, toys, home decorations and gifts.
If you're a crafter looking for computer ideas or a designer or teacher looking for hands-on projects The Arts and Crafts Computer is for you!

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A well-illustrated guide to using personal computers, scanners, digital cameras, and color printers as tools to create graphics, art objects, and household items. Ashford, an artist and writer, strikes a balance between hands- on and keyboard creativity, viewing the computer not as a substitute for traditional, tactile media but as a way to boost their potential. She covers the basics of digital tools (hardware and software), working with photos, and type and design, and provides instructions and ideas for specific projects including cards, books, gifts, and decorations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Peachpit Press, c2002
ISBN: 9780201734829
Characteristics: 143 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm


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Apr 26, 2018

This book is extremely poorly titled. While the technical specifications may be outdated, there is a lot of interesting and valuable information on different crafting formats, including the history of, details behind and how to make paper, for example.

It's a good book to check out if you're interested in the history of crafting and how computers can be used to create traditionally handmade items as well as color theory, and how to make homemade cards, gifts and gift wrap using paper and design tools.


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