What you need: Scanner and printer; Kodak ESP C310 All-in-One Printer, $80; glue stick
Risk level: Low
There are some methods of cheating that are more difficult and time consuming than sitting down in a library and studying. This is one of them. If you’re handy with photoshop, you can take the label from a Coke bottle, scan it into your computer, and replace the text with your notes. Most professors and teachers allow you bring a beverage to the exam, so it shouldn’t seem too conspicuous. However, just to be safe, we’d probably go with a bottle of water or even a bottle of Vitamin Water which already has a gang of text on its label.
- Carefully peel label off of bottle. Be mindful of not creasing it too much as that will affect the reproduction.
- Scan the label into your computer at the highest possible resolution. Anything over 600 dpi will be fine.
- Use Photoshop (or your preferred image editor) to remove the text. This can be done using the clone tool.
- Type in your notes. Make sure to try your best to match the font, color, and size of the text you removed.
- Print the new label on glossy photo paper and cut it out. Make sure the size of the print out perfectly matches the original label.
- Carefully glue the new label onto the bottle.