One of the biggest challenges for course creators is finding design elements (and inspiration) to help them build their courses. While there’s no shortage of free stock photos and videos, the more significant challenge is finding creative ways to leverage those free assets in their e-learning courses.
Solution? Extract individual objects from stock graphics to create the visual elements. Let’s look at an example to see how it works.
Leveraging Stock Graphics to Create Templates
This example from Andrzej is one of my favorites. Andrzej created a fantastic, six-slide course template using a single stock vector illustration. The key is to work with vector illustrations so you can select and extract the individual elements.
Take a look at the following example to see how his final project turned out.
E Pluribus Unum or Ab Uno, Multi?
Looking at the illustration, you might see one composition, not the hundreds of smaller parts used to create the graphic. To view and edit the individual parts, you’ll need a graphics program like PowerPoint or Illustrator.
In your graphics program, open the vector file (.ai, .eps, .svg) and ungroup the illustration. Once ungrouped, you can begin selecting the individual shapes for each object.
Heads up: Depending on the complexity of the illustration, you could see hundreds of layers. I like to begin with the more minor elements because they're easier to select. Another tip is to hide the layers of the objects after you group them. Hiding the layers makes it easier to select the remaining elements.
These elements can be selected, grouped, and exported to use in your course.
And now, you have everything you need to create the visual design elements for your e-learning template:
Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to build a simple interaction or course starter template using a single illustration.
Please include a screenshot or a link to the stock graphic you used to help others learn from your example.
- How to Edit SVG Graphics in PowerPoint
- How to Edit Free Vector Images in PowerPoint
- 36 Mixing Photo and Illustration Examples in E-Learning Design #312
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Last Week’s Challenge:
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