Whether you’re building rapid page-turners or highly interactive courses, text and images will likely be two of your most-used elements.
Common slide layouts include text on the left with images on the right. You can mix things up by reversing the text and image layouts. And for those who like to really shake things up, image and text blocks can be stacked on top of each other.
But you aren’t limited to layouts that separate text and images.
For greater impact and variety, try placing text on top of images. This is a common design technique found in magazines, movie posters, and multimedia start screens. Here are some common ways text can be placed over images:
- Darken or lighten the image
- Add a text box or container
- Blur the image
- Add a gradient to fade part of the image
- Fade the image to add contrast
- Place text inside text using masks or clipping paths
The challenge for course designers is finding ways to place text over images while maintaining readability. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!
Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to share an example to demonstrate how text and images can be used in e-learning.
You can share static graphics such as screenshots or mockups, or you can share an interactive graphic or cover slide.
NOTE: Your entry can be anything from a rough concept to a polished example. The challenges are open to everyone, regardless of experience or skill level. If you need technical or creative help with your project, please ask in our forums and reference the challenge number you’re working on.
- Design an E-Learning Cover Slide with This Visual Design Tip #117
- Using Blurred Backgrounds in E-Learning #131
- 10 Tips for Designing with Type on a Photo
- The Complete Guide for How to Marry Text and Images In Your Designs
- 7 Rules for Creating Gorgeous UI: Rule 4: Learn the methods of overlaying text on images
- 7 Ways to Overlay Text on Photos
Last Week’s Challenge:
Before you share your creative text and image examples, check out the fantastic dial interactions your fellow community members shared over the past week:
Have a picture-perfect week, E-Learning Heroes!
New to the E-Learning Challenges?
The weekly e-learning challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.
***NOTE: Please don’t use Google Drive or Dropbox to host your projects. Both companies have announced that they’re no longer going to support HTML projects.
You can use our Dropbox file request link to send me your zipped output: https://www.dropbox.com/request/jrqHXAxWwbts234Y4xak. Please include your first and last name and challenge number in the file name: DavidAnderson_122.zip.