Design Better Graphics With These 3 Pro Tips [BLOG SERIES]

This blog-style mini course is made for IDs, LXDs, and more!

This Learning Nugget sampler—which I see as a mini-course—covers hands-on techniques to improve your design skills while you have some fun doing it!

Whether you’re a new instructional designer, a teacher transitioning into eLearning, or just someone who wants to make graphics and visual content look a bit better, you’ll walk away with valuable tips and techniques to improve your work right away.

Here’s a little sneak-peak of what’s covered in this 4-part blog series.

I love learning! But what’s the catch?

I am a firm believer in creating high-value content for new and aspiring instructional designers at a highly accessible price point, and the Learning Nuggets can really be seen as the “Best of Kaborzi” lessons that I’ve found to have the biggest impact on new LXDs.

My hope is that you’ll love this sampler content so much that you’ll be inspired to check out the on-demand courses and live workshops I’ve created, too. I’ve cherry-picked some of my favorite lessons right from the Learning Nuggets to create this blog-series—so if you like this material, you’ll like them! (Also: More are on the way!)

But also, no pressure!

This blog series is full of highly valuable information that I truly believe ALL should have access to, and I’m excited to put it forth for anyone hoping to learn how to become an instructional designer, eLearning developer, or LXD.

I truly hope you enjoy. <3

Quick Access: Lesson Menu

This Learning Nugget sampler is very much focused on the second “D” of ADDIE: Development. Not only is this stage my bread and butter, but it’s also where I find that new and transitioning instructional designers tend to need the most help.

Select a thumbnail below to jump to that lesson!

Pro Tip #1: Use the Right File Type

Learn the key differences between JPEGs and PNGs—and when and why to use both. This is may be 101-level stuff, but the fun animated explainer videos help solidify the knowledge!

Pro Tip #2: Remove Backgrounds Using PowerPoint

Stuck with a JPEG when you really need a PNG? Learn how to use PowerPoint to remove the background from photos and illustrated graphics. Practice your newfound skills with a downloadable PowerPoint workbook

Pro Tip #3: Avoid Low-Quality Graphics

Nothing says “ugh” faster than a pixelated photo in a presentation. Zooming in or expanding a low-res photo found on Google is a surefire way to make your audience cringe. I’m not judging! But I AM advising on ways to avoid this, including pointing you toward a few of my favorite resources for finding graphics! 😉 

Learning Objectives

After making your way through this blog series, you should be able to: 

  • Recall the difference between PNG and JPEGs
  • Remove backgrounds from images using PowerPoint
  • Avoid using low-quality graphics and use high-quality images instead 

My hope is that you’ll feel pretty confident getting up and running with some new projects, no matter where you are on your eLearning journey!

Meet Your Instructor

Hello! I’m Kathy Borysiak, and I’ve created these lessons!

I’ve spent the last decade as an LXD + instructional designer creating learning content for many household names across tech, retail, and more. While I do still love designing, my heart truly lies with passing along the info I’ve collected with those who can use it most.

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