50 Ways Technology Can Help You Cheat in School

The Coke Bottle Method

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. 

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