Make any graduate know how happy you are for him with this Graduation Pennant. It is to make and assemble.

Graduation Pennant

Graduation Pennant

Open a new 8.5×11 inch image.

You can increase each image by clicking on it so you can easily see all settings used.

Graduation Pennant

Go to View  and put a check mark beside Show Grid and Snap to Grid. Then go to Image > Configure Grid. Make sure that the chain is NOT linked and change the width to 1650 and the height to 2550 px.

Graduation Pennant

Open a digital paper to serve as a background. Here, I chose one from the Say Cheese megakit from Digidesignresort. Scaled it down until it fits one half of the background layer (as per the grid).

Graduation Pennant

Using the Rectangle select tool, highlight the first half, making sure that the design is equal all around.  Go to Select > Invert, then press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Graduation Pennant

Right-click on the top layer and click Layer to Image Size.

Graduation Pennant

Copy the first half and copy it to the next. Two flags will be made from one sheet. Merge the first two layers together.

Click on the Pencil Tool and change the FG color to white. Write down in the middle of the image by following the grid line.

Graduation Pennant

Go to Image > Configure Grid. Change the width to 825 and the height to 2550.

Graduation Pennant

Hide the design layer we had just applied so we can see the grid. Click on the Move tool and drag it down to about 1 inch before the bottom.

Graduation Pennant

Using the Free Select Tool, create two triangles at the bottom to make the bottom of the flags.

Graduation Pennant

Unhide the top layer and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Graduation Pennant

Create a new transparent layer. Using the Rectangle Select tool, create a long rectangle in the middle of each flag. Click on the Blend tool, choose the Golden gradient, and change the Shape to Bi-linear. Click and drag down the selected area until where the arrow ends to apply the gradient. Do the same on the other flag.

Graduation Pennant

Create another rectangle inside and fill it with the white color using the Bucket Fill too.

Graduation Pennant

I added another element from the same kit, and attached it on the middle of each flag. This is where the letter would go.

Graduation Pennant

With that layer selected, click on Color > Colorize. I made it a black and gray image instead because the red color looked out of place.

Graduation Pennant

Using the Text tool, add each letter of the word “Congrats” to each circle. This means you may need to duplicate the background to accommodate the other letters. You may add an exclamation point if you want to.

Graduation Pennant

Right-click on the design layer and click on Alpha to Selection. Go to Select > Invert and press the delete key on your keyboard to remove the excess gold and white strip in the middle of each flag.

Graduation Pennant

Right-click on the same layer and click on Alpha to Selection again. Go to Edit > Stroke Selection and change the line width to 2. This will outline the flags so that it would be easier to cut when printed.

Graduation Pennant

Print them out.

Graduation Pennant

Cut each one.

Graduation Pennant

Using tape or a stapler, attach the flags to a ribbon.

Graduation Pennant

Your Graduation Pennant is now ready to hang!

Graduation Pennant

 

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