The visual appearance of your e-learning course influences how (or whether) your learners engage with it. And since your slide background is often the most visible aspect of your course, it’s important to choose one that works well with your subject matter and supports your content—not takes away from it.
So how do you know what type of background to use for your course? Let’s take a look at some common choices and examples to guide your decision.
Solid color backgrounds are by far the easiest way to go. Simply choose a color and you’re all set! It’s also highly effective because the minimalist nature ensures your content will always be the focus.
When it comes to choosing a color, your options are endless! You can go with a simple white background or a bolder option. It’s up to you! Let’s check out some examples to give you an idea of what your course could look like with a solid color background.
Illustrated backgrounds are another great option. They can help you set the stage and add some context to your course. Whether the background is to simply add visual interest or an integral part of your content, illustrations can be a good way to catch your learner’s attention and maintain their interest.
And because there are so many different illustration styles, the possibilities are infinite. Here are some examples to inspire you.
Photo backgrounds are another great way to establish context, especially if you’re creating a scenario-based course. The key is to think about what the setting is for the characters or the information you’re presenting.
If you decide to go with an image background, make sure it’s high quality—not pixelated—so your course looks polished and professional.
Here are some example courses with photo backgrounds to get your creative juices flowing.
Textured, Abstract, or Blurry Backgrounds
Another background option is to go with a texture, an abstract shape, or an image that’s so blurry you can barely tell what it is. Adding this type of background is an easy way to add a unique spin on an otherwise classic design.
Let’s look at some examples.
Whatever background you choose, it’s important to ensure it supports—versus detracts from—your content. If your background is beautiful but your text is hard to read or your on-screen objects don’t stand out, your learner might get frustrated or miss out on important information. The bottom line is that while your design is important, legibility should always come first.
If you find a background you love but are having some contrast issues, try overlaying a white or black semitransparent rectangle to help your content stand out. For more ideas on how to make your text more prominent, check out this article: 7 Ways to Overlay Text on Photos.
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