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Lesson Plans


Hyperstudio Projects

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Dolores A. Lombardi (lombardi.pa.us)
Wed, 21 May 1997 23:37:21 +0100


I have been using Hyperstudio this year to create multi-media projects on
artists and art history topics. It is a nice way to work visually with a
visual subject. One interesting method, using a floating graphic object,
can be adapted to make it appear that graphs are hidden or shown over the
picture, and other design ideas can further illustrate visual concepts;
relating music to art is another area that could be investigated through
this program.

Many of the pictures can be downloaded from the Internet; others scanned in.
Most pictures from the Internet are too large and need to be reduced;
however, I would advise using another program for reducing the images as
Hyperstudio's reductions tend to lose resolution, but its reductions are
good enough if that is the only program you have access to. In general, for
the best quality in any program, try to reduce only once from the original
image; if a new size is needed, delete and reduce again from the original
picture. I save the original and reduced versions with different file
names. Try to avoid enlargements; they become pixellated. For close-up
details, I crop segments from the original, oversized pictures.

Also, if you use Import Background, in Hyperstudio, for bringing your images
onto the cards, the quality looks much finer as the program will "fill in"
dropped pixels (but don't resize the imported images to fit the cards as it
will distort the proportions). Read through the manual and experiment with
the different methods for adding images; there are advantages and
disadvantages with each. In general, reduce the picture to fit onto the
Hyperstudio card before you Import it as a Background, and then select and
move it, or select and reduce it again, if necessary, after it has been
placed on the card. If you move the image around too frequently, it tends to
drag and drop pixels; you will have to delete and start that card over if
that happens.

Recently, I have started to use Adobe Photoshop for creating and designing
the cards since it is so much more flexible, and then the completed card can
be bought into Hyperstudio for interactivity, text objects, etc.

If anyone wants, I can send them more detailed directions that I put
together for my students.