Earlier this year, the full force of post-it note art broke with some of the most amazing visualizations ranging from Super Mario and Kirby to Elvis Presley and Ray Charles. However, where do you start if you want to get involved yourself? If you’ve got a design package like Adobe Photoshop with a grid function, the whole process is actually quite straightforward to design, leaving you with a simple, but time consuming, job of just following your design when you start sticking post-it notes to the wall.
Below is the process you need to follow to use Adobe Photoshop to design your own post-it note picture.
The first thing to do is to measure your workspace, whether it’s a wall, ceiling or window and work out how many post-it notes it would take to fill the space by simply dividing the total space by the size of an individual note.
Once this is done, you need to turn on the grid function (select View, Show and check Grid, or pres Control apostrophe) and create a canvas size that matches the dimensions of post-it notes that you need for the collage to the squares in the grid.
The next step is to either sketch out your overall design, or import an image for the design into Photoshop and expand it to fill the canvas size you’ve selected. With Snap To Grid on (select View, Show, Snap To and Grid) use the Eyedropper Tool to select the main colour in the background of each square, then use the Rectangular Marque Tool to select the grid square and use Paint Brush Tool to fill it in. Repeat this process until every square on your canvas is covered.
You’ll notice the 8-bit change in the design pretty quickly and get a feel for any manual changes you might need to make to keep it looking good.
Now that you have your design in place, it’s simply a case of matching the post-it notes on your work surface to the squares on the Photoshop canvas. Before you know it, you’ve finished your first ever post-it note art.