Color Tessellation Claris Works Tips


Claris Works is a program that is most commonly used for word processing and an occasional data base or spreadsheet. With a few tips, it will be quite easy to complete the directions given on the Claris Works & Tessellation pages.

The following directions have been used with Claris Works 2.0 and 4.0. Please note that a "painting" file may require more memory than a "word processing" file. If the window appears smaller than expected, quit Claris Works and increase the memory allotted to the program.

If you are already familiar with painting in Claris Works, you may wish to go on without reading further.

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Claris Works & Tessellations in Color
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Directions

The following directions are not intended to be a complete guide for Claris Works, but reminders to use with a class where the primary objective is to use the painting tools of Claris Works to tessellate in color.

Step-by-step directions to a class.
How to open a new painting file.
Why is the drawing area so small?
Tools needed to tessellate in Claris Works.
How to draw a square.
How to use the lasso.

Step-by-step directions to a class.

  1. Open Claris Works.
  2. Make a new file - select "painting" as the type of file.
  3. Go to "save as" - name the file "tess".
  4. Select a color from the paint color palette.
  5. Select the same color from the pen color palette.
  6. Holding the shift key with one hand, draw a square (it will fill it with the color that was selected).
  7. Select the lasso.
... the remainder of the directions are on the Claris Works & Tessellations pages.

How to open a new painting file.

If you are already in the Claris Works program, go to "file" and select "new".
A window will appear and you should select "painting" as the type of file.
It is a good habit, once the file has been opened, to name it.
Go to "file" and select "save as" -
A window will appear. Type in "tess" or another appropriate name.
Press return.

If you are at your desktop, open the Claris Works program. The window will appear and you should select "painting" as the type of file and then follow the directions stated in the previous paragraph.


Why is the drawing area so small?

Painting files in Claris Works require more memory than a word processing file.
If the area available to paint seems unusually small, quit the program and locate the Claris Works program icon on your desktop.
Click on it one time (to select it) and go to "file" and select "get info".
A window will appear where you can increase the amount of memory allotted to the program.

Tools needed to tessellate in Claris Works.


How to draw a square.
- select the rectangle tool
- hold the "shift " key and draw
- you will notice that with the shift key pressed you cannot make a rectangle, only a square.


How to use the lasso.
- select the lasso tool.
- move the mouse so that the lasso is positioned at the beginning of what you would like to move
- click and with the mouse pressed down, move through the area of selection.
- once you have completed the loop, release (be careful not to click!)
- the area selected will be blinking

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