Multimedia design is the design of content that uses multiple forms of media, such as text, images, audio, animations, videos, and interactivity. Did you know when you design and develop e-learning, you’re actually designing multimedia? Well, you are! E-learning is, after all, a mix of various types of media. So why not use these skills you already have as an e-learning designer to also market yourself as a multimedia designer and broaden your field of opportunities. If you are looking to sharpen your multimedia design skills, here’s a few areas of Storyline you should look to have strong skills in:
Create great-looking graphics and imagery
People often think they will need a graphic editing software to use in conjunction with Storyline, and while it may be helpful in some cases, Storyline’s shape features and image editing options will actually allow you to create tons of awesome graphics and icons without the use of any additional software.
In addition to the ability to create custom graphics with shapes, Storyline also offers some pretty powerful photo editing capabilities that can let you transform boring or unrelated images into an image set that works together cohesively.
With that in mind, take some time to develop your graphic-creation and image editing skills in Storyline. Here’s some helpful articles and tutorials to help you with just that:
- How to Create Custom Graphics for E-learning?
- 35 Flat Design Graphics for E-Learning
- Create Your Own E-Learning Background Graphics
- Here’s How to Create Custom Shapes in Storyline
- How I Turned this Boring Content into a Fun Drag-and-Drop
- 6 Tips to Customize & Edit Photos in Storyline
Incorporate screen recordings and videos
Video is an increasingly popular form of media that’s being used more and more in online learning. Storyline offers multiple ways you can work with video: use the screen recorder to create screen recordings and software simulations, or insert existing video files.
Using the screen recorder allows you to create rich, interactive simulations that can include captions, interactions, information pop-ups, and much more.
Working with existing video files? It doesn’t have to be a case of simply inserting the video and having the learners passively take it in. Storyline lets you create all kinds of awesome interactions that can be built right into your video.
Check out the following tutorials and articles for tips on using videos and screen recordings in e-learning:
- Tips for Using the Storyline Recorder Like a Pro
- Follow This Process to Create Software Simulations and Systems Training Like a Pro
- Screencasts and Simulations in Online Training
- 3 Steps to Using Cue Points to Pause a Video and Display Layers
- 3 Things You Need to Know About Adding Videos in Storyline
- Using Video Backgrounds to Visually Engage Learners
- Using Webcam Videos in E-Learning
These are just some of the tips and techniques you can apply to add awesome and engaging video to your next project.
Use animations, transitions, and motion paths
Another great way to sharpen your multimedia skills is to become an animation, transition, and motion path pro. These are the 3 features that let you create fun animations and let you move objects on the screen on demand.
Applying entrance and exit animations take just a few moments, but they can really take a project to the next level and make it appear more polished and professional. Transitions can help your slides move seamlessly from one to the next, and motion paths let you create a ton of new interactive options by letting you move objects from one point to another on the slide.
Check out these tutorials to become a pro with animations, transitions, and motion paths:
- Here’s how course designers use animations in e-learning
- Use cue points to trigger an animation
- Create this cool animated text effect
- 9 Super cool Storyline Animations to Inspire You
- 3 Good Reasons to Use Transitions in Storyline 2
- Create interactivity with trigger motion path animations
These are just a few of the options in Storyline that you should be a pro with if you want to call yourself a multimedia designer. Any other tips or ideas on what should be included in this list? Let me know in the comments.
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