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Get started with Photoshop for eLearning design


With just a few quick lessons in Photoshop, I was able to help these colleagues become confident about using this great eLearning design tool. Trust me, Photoshop is actually easy and very cool. If you don’t have Photoshop already, you can download it here  and try it free for 30 days. Essential Photoshop terms. New document settings in Photoshop. Raster.

How to use Photoshop for eLearning – Part 2: Cropping & Resizing


In the first post in this series, I explained the essentials you need to know before getting started with Photoshop. Today, we’ll take a tour of the Photoshop CC interface. I’ll also show you how to navigate through the main document settings and to become comfortable with performing important tasks like cropping and resizing images. How to open and save a document in Photoshop.

Crop to Circle in Photoshop


Cropping in a circle is an interesting visual effect, and is pretty easy to do in Photoshop once you learn these simple techniques. In this video tutorial, we’ll show you 2 different ways to crop in a circle in Photoshop. Today I am going to show you how to do a crop to shape in Photoshop.  Hope you found that lesson useful.  Synopsis. Download Source Files.

Design skill – add hat to photo


Don’t stress. I’ll walk you through how you can make Meg totally safe using either PowerPoint or Photoshop. You can also download the source files to do this in either PowerPoint or Photoshop to follow along and practice. If I can’t do it in PPT, then I attempt it in Photoshop (and I get nervous b/c I’m just not that skilled in Photoshop). Adding a hat in Photoshop.

5 Reasons Most Online Courses Fail (and How Not to be One of Them)


Perhaps you could do a course on how to use Photoshop CS7 or focus on Twitter Bootstrap responsive design best practices. Such experiences often offer the most priceless business lessons. The following article is a guest post written by Michael Eisenwasser. ELearning industry states that the global eLearning Market is expected to reach $107 billion by 2015. That’s HUGE. Bleak.

The Importance of Visuals in eLearning


Long paragraphs can be bent, stretched, condensed, or shaped into simple images that teach a lesson and skip all the confusion. If you’re making an elearning course and want to improve your images try one of our many courses on Photoshop, such as the Photoshop CS6 (Beta) Intro Training course. 3. The world is made up of many different learners. Color. Consistency. Design.

Why I don’t like WIIFM

Usable Learning

For example which photoshop course would you rather take? This is excerpted and expanded from a post that I wrote for the Tin Can blog  . We’ve talked about WIIFM (What’s in it for me?) Instead, they need to know that the thing they are learning is actually useful and necessary. One of my favorite studies is this one from Dan Ariely called  Man’s search for meaning: The case of Legos.

Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools

Jay Cross

Extracting the lessons of simply living my life. YouTube also showed me what we wrong with my fridge and taught me how to create 300 dpi imagery with Photoshop, Flickr. It’s time once again to contribute to  Jane Hart’s annual survey of tools for learning. I was the first person to take part in this project some nine years ago and now it’s an annual ritual. Friends.

The End of the Road for me at Adobe. 2012 and Beyond.

mLearning Revolution

For someone like me, who had been a huge fan of Adobe products and who started his career teaching Adobe products like FrameMaker, Acrobat, Photoshop and others, it was an amazing dream come true. First and foremost, Happy New Year! Without even asking anything about the job or the salary, I said YES. You have to believe that the products you are talking about are the very best there is.

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Cues that You Need an Image Instead of Text

Integrated Learnings

After drafting a lesson, I've developed the habit of scrolling back through it in search of opportunities to replace text with something more visually appealing (e.g., a flowchart, labeled image, etc.). Even if you don't have image editing tools like SnagIt Editor or Photoshop, you can usually edit basic properties in the programs you use to storyboard an eLearning course. By Shelley A. Gable. We know that meaningful images provide a memorable and efficient way to learn information. So, over the past year, I've made it an informal personal goal to get better at it.

Helpful Tools, Ideas and Templates for the Busy eLearning Designer

SHIFT eLearning

Not particularly groundbreaking, but a good outline to consult if you''re just starting out, or to use as a checklist for the more experienced to make sure your lesson is the best it can be. Rather than go searching through old project files each time, place all these elements in a single Photoshop or Illustrator document and label it clearly. Save inspiration with Pocket.

eLearning Lies or Truths? How do you find authentic stories?

Vignettes Learning

Synthesis: The use of a powerful storyline is one of the elements that makes eLearning lessons effective. Although fake pictures, “Photoshopped” photos and hoax stories serve their purposes for entertainment and amusement, they also cause serious harm to other people and to society in general. Using hyperbole is good but it should not becloud the meaning and context of the message.

8 Skills You Must Have To Become eLearning Master


GIMP is a free alternative to Photoshop, which is fairly easy to learn. The good part is that there is a wealth of e-learning lessons that are available to help you improve your accuracy and speed. If you were to ask what the top must-have skills to becoming an e-learning master are, you would more than likely get a wide variety of answers. Opinion skills

This Week in mLearning Podcast – Video in #mLearning [Episode 4]

mLearning Revolution

Also, some apps like Photoshop Touch, Adobe Proto, Adobe Ideas, Adobe Collage and Adobe Kuler and some thoughts about Adobe Captivate missing from Adobe Creative Suite. b- Google Drive: online cloud storage and file sync service to be used across different devices. c- Samsung was crowned as the king of mobile handsets and some impressions about Windows phone. a.Adobe Creative Suite (CS6).

10 ways to enhance the LMS experience for your users


Your lessons will be all the better for it. 3. Your nephew that “knows Photoshop well” and designs party flyers won’t really do. Humor makes lessons more memorable (and obviously, more pleasurable), and helps attract the students’ attention for what comes next. Of course if it helps illustrate a point in your lesson, then that’s even better.

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State of the Authoring Tool Industry

eLearning 24-7

The other huge issue is that the course terms of chapter-page-lesson/scenario and so forth has turned into “slides” As an added bonus, some products do not enable folks to have a TOC or even push or mention of it.  is overwhelming, unless they have used a product in the past like Photoshop that uses layers. I’d love to see vendors have the mouse highlights over the term layers, actions, objects and so forth, so that the course builder could see what the terms mean – examples an added bonus. . Bewilderment and Confusion. Building a better mousetrap. SCORM 1.2,

Creating a Better eLearning Scene With a Little Help

eLearning Blender

This blog post takes you through the development of this scene, and describes some of the lessons I learned along the way with a little help from fellow eLearning developers. Tools: The eLearning course was developed using Articulate so most of the work was done in Power point. I did use Photoshop to create the floor and wall textures but other than that it's all Power point.

Top 3 Collaboration Activities for your eLearning Course


Skills and Projects: This page can have links to projects and samples of technical skills (for example, Photoshop projects etc.) Reflections:  Here, learners can write down their observations on their performance and their lessons learned. 2. Educational technology tools have enabled multiple channels of collaboration within the online learning environment. Online field trips.

Add Contrast for Emphasis


It’s Art again – E-Learning Art – bringing you another lesson to enhance your e-learning scenarios. In my last post, I talked about facial expressions and provided a lesson on how you could add that effect into your own training. In this lesson, we’ll  look at some background shading effects. Hello there! Background Effects.

Learning by Creating: Turning Bloom’s on Its Head

Visual Lounge

This year, assignments included projects like manipulating images in Photoshop; editing sound files in Audacity; editing and posting a video onto YouTube; creating a “pushpin” in Google Earth with image, video and web address; and using Snagit to capture a map and then use the features of the program to give driving instructions. Guest post by Library Media Specialist, David Phillips. Texas.

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Teaching with Screencasts and Rapid Prototyping

Visual Lounge

The class expanded horizons pretty quickly, and by the end of the semester, I had students working on everything from vector graphics (which I have no understanding of), PhotoShop, JavaScript, and Python in addition to HTML and CSS. Part of where I struggled was writing up files for demos and examples each day for a lesson. Back in my teaching days, we had a ninth hour elective class where students could take classes like computer repair, plumbing, ceramics, or guitar. In essence, as teachers, we got to teach classes based on our own hobbies. Why Rapid Prototypes? Examples.


4 Reasons eLearning is Perfect for Building Creative Skills


This is especially helpful when learning a skill such as Photoshop or InDesign. While most educators will attest to this statement, not many are able to differentiate their lessons in order to satisfy several learning styles. It seems counterintuitive at first glance: learning marketing and creative skills like copywriting or graphic design online? Here’s why: 1. Guest Posts

eLearning & mLearning: Everything You Need to Know About Graphics, Part IV

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Photoshop isn't exactly the easiest software to master (nor is it the cheapest), so let's look at some free (or readily accessible) and easy alternatives for editing images for your eLearning. The image at the right would also be a good way to downplay less than up-to-date technology in a stock photo, keeping the eLearning lesson feeling more fresh. by AJ George.

Back to school

Clive on Learning

I've just had to re-mortgage my home to purchase a copy of Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium (that's Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Acrobat, Dreamweaver) and I need to justify that investment by making sure I use these tools to something like their potential. Anticipating my success, I also bought the Photoshop edition. Incidentally, I can't imagine this working so well if the lesson was on-screen rather than in print - I have a 23" widescreen LCD monitor, but I still don't feel the lesson and the application would fit comfortably on-screen together. Online Training Library Review

The eLearning Coach

Even though many courses are several hours long, they are organized into short lesson segments. particular lesson might only last five minutes. You can usually test drive a few lessons for free. The Best Features. There’s a lot to like about Here are some of my favorite features: The courses are organized into many short segments. The selection is broad.

eLearning Guild DemoFest Highlights #dl09

Learning Visions

Tools: PPT, Presenter, Captivate, Photoshop, Adobe Connect Lessons learned: maximize simple tools, partner with SMEs to make content more accessible, trimming fat, being creative/outside box, put self in the learner’s shoes, get something out there. Follow up to the eLearning Guild’s DemoFest held at DevLrn in San Jose this November. These are favorites of that event.

Screencast 4 Cash - MindBites Video Contest

Visual Lounge

Well, MindBites is a website where you can find, publish, sell and distribute video tutorials and how-to lessons (on the MindBites site, on your own site, and across the web). You can find instructional videos on everything from Calculus lessons to Photoshop tutorials. The lesson must be instructional in nature, focused on tech (e.g. Hey Camtasia Studio and Jing users!

Stock Photo Image and Other Media Sources

Tony Karrer

Lesson plans also included. About 2000 photos. (8) The Photoshop tutorial blog. Weird - after posting, I just saw a post in my blog reader from HeyJude - Find free images online - my list! She points me to (I don't have time to clean this up. Sorry.) Mashable's 90+ Online Photography Tools and Resources. 10 Places to Find Free Image FlickrCC - offers pictures from around the world, including America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Pacific. Clip Art for foreign/second language instruction. Basic but still valuable. You do not even have to credit the images. Easy-to-use site.

Design - Audio - Podcasting - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Games lessons - Clive on Learning , September 8, 2009. Short Video Tutorial on How Layers Work in Photoshop - The Writers Gateway , September 8, 2009. Best of eLearning Learning. September 4, 2009 to September 11, 2009. Upcoming Free eLearning Webinars. Dr. Henry Mintzberg on Managing, Leadership, and Organization Development <!–( –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Monday, September 21, 2009. Marketers And Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do! <!–( –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Tuesday, September 22, 2009.

Adobe shows off Captivate 4 and the Adobe eLearning Suite

Steve Howard

Or do you often have a suite of, say, 5 or 10 lessons that have a largely similar format? Much of the work I have done over the years has required me to copy text and images from a storyboard document or a folder into the lesson file. This project template feature excites me because I can eliminate the storyboard stage from the project workflow and have SMEs and Designers build their lesson right into my template files. Import PhotoShop files flattened or as layers Captivate 4 lets you import PhotoShop psd files. Reviewers run the review app on their desktop.

Top 60 eLearning Posts for October 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

mLearn2010 Augmented Reality and Mobile Learning - some lessons learned by Gunnar Liestol , October 21, 2010 Gunnar is a curly person with glasses, who just gives an AMAZING presentation!! Forget Photoshop, PowerPoint 2010 Rocks for AHA-G! I look forward to doing this each month as I always find that I missed some REALLY great content.  October 2010 did not disappoint!  Here is the best from this past month. While the advice was good, for me, more dos and don’ts aren’t really helpful. Tool #1:  Oomfo for Charts & Graphs. Tool #2: Wordle for Text-Heavy Slides. Here’s why.

Notes from DevLearn and the Adobe Learning Summit

Steve Howard

Adobe demoed a widget for Captivate that allows Twitter to be embedded inside Captivate lessons. Posts made about the lesson are always available – so users can see the history of the comments made, including questions/answers/resolutions/links to more information etc. Photoshop has tools built-in that you can use to test your designs for colour-blind viewers – see my previous blog post. • for pallets – learn to love Adobe Kuler [link]. Many Lessons exhibit poor use of fonts and colours – don’t go crazy with fancy fonts, moving fonts. INTRODUCTION.

List of e-Learning Job Descriptions

Vignettes Learning

Programmer - Programs e-learning lessons following the storyboard created in the design process. Quality Control Person Principal areas of responsibility Ensures performance and quality of the e-Learning product Works with programmers, WBT Instructional Designer, Multimedia Specialists, and Programmers e-Learning Project or Software Quality Assurance Engineer (or Specialist) Depending on the depth and extent of project, a quality control person is needed to ensure the e-Learning program user experience both in lessons and learning and the LMS work as designed. MAIN DUTIES: 1.