Using the Paper Cutout Effect to Design E-Learning Graphics #235

Hand-Crafted Image Effects in E-Learning #235: Challenge | Recap

One of my oldest, go-to image tricks is the magazine paper cutout effect. It’s one of the quickest ways to make tired stock graphics pop.

Using the freeform or scribble tools in Storyline or PowerPoint, make a rough outline around your photographic or illustrated objects. Fill the shape with white, remove the border, send to back, and add an exaggerated drop shadow. That’s it!

Magazine Paper Cutout Effect

The effect works great in desktop and office theme designs like the ones you shared in last week’s challenge. If you’re looking to hit two challenges with a single entry, this is your lucky week.

How to Create the Paper Cutout Effect

Here’s an older video that walks you through creating the effect in PowerPoint. The advantage to using PowerPoint is that you can edit the shapes points. But I don’t think that’s really important since the idea behind the effect is to look organic and unrefined.

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share an example that uses the paper cutout (or similar) effect for e-learning graphics.

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you begin cutting out your e-learning graphics, check out the desktop and office theme designs and course starters your fellow community members shared over the past week:

Desktop and Office Themes in E-Learning #234

Desktop and Office Themes in E-Learning #234: Challenge | Recap

Wishing you a great 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.

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