Have you noticed how the CNN website uses blurred images as a design element in some of their posts? Since the new image-formatting features in PowerPoint 2010 include a handy blur tool, it’s pretty easy to create a similar effect in your rapid e-learning courses. And it’s a really nice alternative to traditional bullet-style slides!

So, with inspiration from the CNN folks, below is a published example I cooked up, using PowerPoint 2010 and Articulate Presenter ‘09, with content adapted from heart.org. Following the example is a series of tutorials that show how to build the effect yourself if you have PowerPoint 2010.

You can also download the source files here if you’d like to take a look under the hood and adapt the project for your own courses.

Click to view the example