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The case for clip art and stock photography

Clive on Learning

In the perfect situation you'd have unlimited time and money available when creating a presentation, print document or online learning materials. That's when I turn to clip art and stock photography. And there's a lot of poor clip art and stock photography out there which is horribly cheesy and, worse still, over-used. You'd be able to call in whatever specialist expertise you wanted and have the time to wait while they delivered the goods. know that visuals are often used for the wrong reasons, typically as a form of decoration or as a way of filling a space.

Be open, be nice

The Learning Generalist

One of my friends in the wildlife photography circle is very strict about the copyright notices on his images. A lot of his images have descriptions such as, "Copyrighted by. take it as granted that writing, photography and music are art forms. Trey travels the world and makes his best photography freely available on the web. No doubt about that. choose to do the latter.

Microsoft Illustration Styles for a Consistent look and feel in your document/ presentation

The Learning Generalist

I usually advocate the use of stock photos, amateur photography in documents and presentations. So I've learnt to look for specific styles to keep the look and feel of my document consistent. The way to seek out thousands of editable graphics is to go to Microsoft Office Online and search for images as I've done below: Here are some of the styles I recommend for your documents/ presentations/ e-learning modules. That said, I cant deny the need for high quality illustrations to add pop to your imagery and visualization. Sumeet Moghe, 2009.

Microsoft Illustration Styles for a Consistent look and feel in your document/ presentation

The Learning Generalist

I usually advocate the use of stock photos, amateur photography in documents and presentations. So I've learnt to look for specific styles to keep the look and feel of my document consistent. The way to seek out thousands of editable graphics is to go to Microsoft Office Online and search for images as I've done below: Here are some of the styles I recommend for your documents/ presentations/ e-learning modules. That said, I cant deny the need for high quality illustrations to add pop to your imagery and visualization. Sumeet Moghe, 2009.

Really…Were These the Best Images We Could Find?

eLearning Brothers

There are tons of stock photography sites online. Launch Document/Job Aid. JOIN THE CRUSADE…NO MORE CHEESY, ANIMATED CLIPART! How many times have you seen images like these? Images are an important part of online courses. The trick is that the images we use must enhance the instructional qualities of the content. The images must also look professional and give the learner confidence that the material is accurate. The images above do not look professional and certainly do not give me a feeling that I can trust the course content. So what types of images could we use?

Speaking with Passion and Connection

The Learning Generalist

When explaining the behaviour of the cats, he mentioned the solitary and territorial nature of the tigers - in that fact, this picture is a rare contrast and highlights one of the beautiful moments of wildlife photography. I've mentioned this in a previous blogpost - stock imagery is great, but nothing beats a high-quality photograph that you took yourself. That's it - no big deal."

Simplicity in Presentations and Why it Matters

The Learning Generalist

And our education has taught us about 1000 word essays, bullet pointed slides and the need for verbose documentation. Stock photography and cheap digital cameras make the availability of high quality imagery a breeze. This morning, the Times of India newspaper was an ad-fest. Turns out, they're not as smart as they think they are. Simplicity however, doesn't need decoration.