Another very common question I get from new designers is, “Where can I find good graphics for my projects? Google Images doesn’t cut it for me.” I hate hearing that folks have relied on Google Image search for so long—and I cringe thinking how many copyright violations are happening on the daily from those who don’t know how many incredible resources actually exist.
New IDs often ask me: “How can I remove the background from this image?” They’re usually working with a JPEG that needs a transparent background. The truth is, there are countless ways to achieve this; some are just easier than others. (Spoiler alert: PPT is my fave.)
The #1 question I get asked from new IDs is “What type of file should I use for this?” While there are many of files you’ll use throughout your instructional design career, a good rule of thumb when it comes to learning the basics is this: If you can easily identify the difference between a JPEG and a PNG, you’ll be ahead of the pack.
Looking for some help getting your graphics in a good-looking state? This blog-style mini course is for you! It covers tips and techniques to improve your design skills and have 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.
In the ID community, there will always be some debate over which program is best suited for storyboarding. One camp insists that text-forward Word or Google Doc storyboards reign supreme, while the other opts to tell a slide-based story using tools like PowerPoint or Google Slides. So the question remains: Is one type of storyboard actually better than the other? Let’s explore.