Writing Prompt Pit Stop: PoMoSco #23 Click Trick

Welcome to Writing Prompt Pit Stop! I didn’t get this one completed on the 23rd because of grading and going to auditions for a play that I’m directing, so I had to go back and do it as I plan to get all 30 poems in for the 30 days of National Poetry Month! So for this PoMoSco prompt, we were to use a computer program to create our “erasure” poem. I used Paint and Microsoft Word since I didn’t have time to play around with the free version of Photoshop…which I used to know a bit about…but that was years ago! Here is my Click Trick poem, “Reputation.” Enjoy!

Here is the Day 23 prompt, Click Trick:

Start by gaining access to Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Acrobat. Free 30-day trials of both software programs can be downloaded at http://www.adobe.com/downloads.html.

You’ll also need a digital copy of your source text in an image or PDF format.

If you are using Adobe Photoshop:

Open your source text in Photoshop — when you do so, it automatically opens the image in its own layer. Add a new layer on top of your source text. Select the brush tool and choose a color swatch of your choice. You can use the eyedropper tool to select the color of your page background (for a true erasure look), or select another color of your choice. Paint over your source text, obscuring lines until only the words of your erasure poem remain.

For a video tutorial, watch Jenni B. Baker’s 8-minute demonstration of how she creates erasure poems for her Erasing Infinite project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T__RD1aDsPY.

Save your completed work as an image file (JPG or PNG preferred).

If you are using Adobe Acrobat:

Open your source PDF text in Acrobat. Navigate to the “Tools” then “Protection” Toolbar. Click “Mark for Redaction” and then drag your cursor over the sections of the text you wish to remove. Click “Apply Redaction” to remove that section permanently. By default, Adobe places a black bar over any redacted text; however, you can change this color (to white, for instance) under “Redaction Properties.”

For a video tutorial, watch How Tech.Office’s demonstration, “How to Redact in Adobe Acrobat”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71Cm4Owomlg

Save your completed work as either an image file (JPG or PNG) or a PDF.

The Found Poetry Review. PoMoSco. Prompt 23. 25 Apr 2015.

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