<img class=”alignnone wp-image-716″ title=”How a plain plastic sign became fun and dimensional using Photoshop, scissors, some glue, and double-sided tape.” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/gra3.jpg?w=584″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”438″>
For a long time we had a very bold and to-the-point purple sign (which tied-in to our purple-tinted labels that indicate our graphic novels). It did its job, especially when we ended up moving this particular section three times in as many months.
Well, naturally, I grew bored with it and decided that it was time to upgrade the sign. I saw the last image in <a href=”http://schoollibrarydisplays.blogspot.com/search/label/Graphic%20Novels” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>this post</a> posted on <em>Pinterest</em>, and thought that I could improve on it a bit. I knew that I didn’t want to use anything as serious as <em>Maus</em>, and thought that this fun “bursting-out” imagery would do better with the superhero genre. I also wanted to have the inside of the burst be the actual inside of the graphic novel. And since this sign would be visible on the next aisle over, I decided to take the back cover of the book and add one of the characters popping out to the sign to help direct people. So that’s what I did!
<img class=”alignnone wp-image-717″ title=”A super bright and dynamic sign for the graphic novel area! I truly love how fun this sign is (I so modestly declare).” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/gracollage.jpg?w=584″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”587″>
I love <em>Tiny Titans </em>(awwww yeah!), and thought that this cover would be super-dynamic and fun for the children – as well as being very eye-catching. I rocked (technical term) my mad <em>Photoshop</em> skillz, was helped by one of Bruce’s genuine comic fonts, then cut, glued, and taped my way to a fun dimensional sign. The paper bursts are actually on the <em>outside</em> of the plastic sign holder. I adore Wonder Girl, therefore she ended up being the helpful guide. I printed Wonder Girl and her word balloon out on a thicker cardstock paper so that she’d stay upright and not be see-through.
There you have it, folks! If you have any questions about what I did here, then please don’t hesitate to contact me. My first attempt at the bursting effect was an utter failure and had to be recycled – so I’d be more than happy to let you know what <strong>not </strong>to do.