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Drawing Backgrounds

Let’s look at the screen after we have created our project. In the middle of the right side of your screen, you will see a button with a picture of your backdrop. If the project you created is blank, then it is a white rectangle image.

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Now we want to click this white rectangle image. This will take us to a background editor. In this background editor, we can create commands directly on the background, and choose a starting background. For now, let’s focus on choosing a starting background. On the left side of the screen, there are three tabs on a pane. Let’s click the backdrops tab. It is the second tab in the pane.

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Once we click the backdrops tab, we are shown a new pane with a bunch of different tools. The first one is the selection tool. Once we add elements to our background, we can select, group, and move them with the select tool.

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Now let’s look at the second tool, which is also a selection tool, but when you use it you are shown a lasso. You can use this tool to select multiple elements at once that fall within your lasso.

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Next is the painting tool. We can use this to draw lines and shapes of our own.

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Our next tool is the eraser tool. We use this to erase any unwanted elements or parts of our painted lines.

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Now we are on the fill tool. We can use this to change the colors of elements.

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Now we are on the text tool, which we use to add text to our background. We can choose fonts and colors as well.

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Now we are on the line tool, and this is used to make perfectly straight lines. These lines can be used for drawing anything.

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This next tool is the circle tool. It makes circles.

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Our last tool is the square tool. It makes squares.

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These are our tools for editing our backgrounds. Now you can make your own background in a Scratch project!

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