STEP 1: SCAN YOUR ITEMS WITH THE HP SPROUT
Halloween is just around the corner, so I decided that my first project would be candy corn wrapping paper. I simply spread out the candy corn on the HP Sprout’s project mat, turned on the overhead camera, and clicked the capture button.
Within a few seconds, I had digital versions of each candy corn. The Sprout with 3D Technology features a touch screen, so I was able to drag each piece around into a design that worked well for my wrapping paper. The computer allows me to interact with my content in a natural, hands-on manner that’s incredibly intuitive. While I just moved the pieces around into a different pattern, you can easily layer, re-size, or manipulate scanned images to your liking.
I got a little scanner-happy and decided to capture my great grandmother’s pearl necklace as well as a few cute bows I’d picked up for fall.
While this project only called for 2D images, the Sprout is also compatible with the 3D Capture Stage by HP. I simply plugged this compact 3D scanner into my computer’s USB port, and I was able to capture accurate 3D models of so many items. Be on the lookout for several cool 3D projects on the blog over the next few months!
STEP 2: CREATE A COLLAGE OF YOUR SCANNED IMAGES
Once your images are scanned and perfectly designed, it’s time to create the file for your wrapping paper! I simply copied and pasted my images in Microsoft Publisher to create a large image file for printing; however, you could easily use Photoshop, PicMonkey, or any image editing software that you like to create an image file.
STEP 3: PRINT YOUR FILES
The last step is to print out your designs! I sent my image files to a local printer to print on large paper in high resolution, but you could easily print a smaller version at home!
I couldn’t be happier with my three wrapping paper designs, and I already have plans for a least a dozen more designs. Let’s just say I might win the “best wrapped gift” award at my family’s Christmas celebration this year!
This type of project would have been way out of my technical scope without my Sprout computer. Even though I work in digital content creation, I lack the technical skills to make my creations come to life. The Sprout by HP makes creative projects incredibly easy, and it’s also a perfect fit for my business needs. If you think I’m exaggerating the awesome-ness of this device, just go ahead and take a look at the #GoMakeThings and #SproutByHP hashtags on Instagram or browse through the Sprout Creator Gallery. I guarantee that you’ll be inspired by the amazing projects that makers around the world have created!
What wrapping paper design would you create?
Thanks to HP for sponsoring today’s post!