The ScratchJr camera tool opens up new fun possibilities to create your own ScratchJr characters and backgrounds. It’s very intuitive and easy to use, but there are some tricks that may not be obvious at first glance.
So, if you’re looking for new ways to engage your kids with the ScratchJr app… read this post and get inspired!
Camera tool – take your ScratchJr characters to the next level
After selecting the Camera tool, you can tap any section of a character or shape, and then tap the camera button to fill the section with a new photo.
This means that you can use the camera tool with any character from the app library or with your own custom character.
1. “Faceless” characters
In the ScratchJr app library there are 15 “faceless” characters that are specially prepared to be filled with a photo.
Choose your character and open up the editor. Tap the camera tool on the right and then tap the character’s face. The camera screen will pop up:
Take a photo and voila! You have an astronaut with your own face! Your students will surely love it! 😊
2. Fill the shape with textures
As previously said, you don’t have to limit yourself to dedicated “faceless” characters only.
Here is another idea for an engaging activity – choose a character, tap any part of it and fill it with a photo! You can use your iPad to take snaps of different shades, textures and patterns. You can play indoors or outdoors!
Here is an example: you can edit a Tree and fill it with a photo of real green twigs! Looks natural, doesn’t it?
3. Create a new character
Another great way to use the camera tool is to create your own character.
This method works best for regular shape items (objects in the shape of a circle, rectangle etc.)
Here’s how to do it: create a new character and draw a shape. You should use a thin line and make sure that the color of the line is similar to that of the object you want to photograph.
Make a well-framed photo… and voila, you now have an orange to be used in your animations!
Create new backgrounds with the camera tool
4. Full size photo backgrounds. Snaps of the real world and collages
The most obvious way to create a new background for your animations is to… just take a photo and make it your background! 😊
Start with a blank canvas, tap the camera tool and then tap anywhere on the canvas.
Take a picture… and you’re done! Here is a photo that I took in the backyard of my apartment:
Also, sometimes you would like to create a specific project, but there is no suitable background for your design. For example, I once needed to have a blank clock face background. You can draw it in the paint editor… or you can print a suitable picture and then make o photo of that printable!
5. Insert a photo into an existing background
You can use the camera tool with any area – this rule works for backgrounds as well.
For example, choose the Classroom background, open the editor and tap the picture on the wall, then take a photo.
This way you can “insert” a picture into any background from the ScratchJr app library.
How did you like those ideas? Happy coding everyone and have fun using the ScratchJr camera tool!
Psssst… Looking for other ScratchJr paint editor tips? You may like this post about creating irregular shapes by dragging points!