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Murder Mystery Game Graphic

You will be working in layers. Think of it as a collage you did as a kid with magazines, cutting out pieces of paper and stacking them on top of each other. Changing the order of the stacked pieces of paper changes the look of your graphic.
When you need to "hide" a layer you either click the hide option or move it to a back layer so it is covered.
If your editor will not allow layering, make blanks and edit each for your parties.
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Equipment

  • Graphic Software such as Canva or Paint Shop Pro.

Ingredients

  • Royalty free graphics
  • 1 Party Host Name for the Victim
  • 6 Party Guest Names For the Suspects
  • 6 Product Graphics For the Weapons

Instructions

Making the Base Graphic

  • Find a nice, royalty free, graphic for your base. Pick a rectangle with a landscape orientation. You can uses something that fits your theme, a product, or a solid color.
  • Upload your graphic into your editor.
  • If your editor allows you to hide layers, such as PSP, this will be your background, go to "Making Sections"
  • If your editor does not allow hiding layers make a solid layer for the background and the base layer should be slightly smaller so the background looks like a border.

Making Sections - You will need 5 text areas,

  • Area 1:Title section "Who murdered Chef [HOST]" (You will edit this area for each party)
  • Area 2: Rules section "Post your guesses In the comments. I will let you know if you have any correct and how many. Guess once an hour or after I comment on your guess."
  • Areas 3 - 5: Suspects, Weapon, & location.
  • I added 50% transparent backgrounds to my text areas so they would be readable, depending on your background you may need to do this too. Eather paste in or draw one as it's own layer, just behind the text.

Suspects

  • In my sample I added silhouettes for effect. If you don't have a good editor this may be a bit too much to work with in each party.
  • Type the suspects first name and last initial only. Never use last name. Each suspect should have their own text box so it can be hidden later.
  • For each party, overwrite the names and save.

Weapons

  • I recommend sizing, styling, and labeling your product graphics in separate files then paste in. You may need to redo if something is discontinued, this will make it easier.
  • Paste your product "Weapons" in the weapon section separately, arrange so they are easy to read. You will need to hide them to make the answer graphic.

Locations

  • Add you six locations, I don't edit these, they are always the same choices. Each location needs to be a separate text box so you can hide them for the answer graphic.

Branding your Graphic

  • Be sure to add your business info or VIP group info somewhere on the graphic, you don't want someone else using it and getting YOU spammed or in FaceBook Jail

Making the ANSWER Graphic

  • In each section hide all but the answers. If your editor allows hiding, use that function. If not you need to move them backward in the layering until they vanish.
  • "Save as" or download the answer in a separate file.
  • Go back to the original file and undo until all the choices are showing.
  • Save the original file for use in next party.

Notes

When making your graphic you don't have to be as fancy as mine, pick a style in your abilities and unique to yourself.
Julie: Girl Firday
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