How to Customize Free Stock Photos For Your Presentations

Rapid eLearning

Most of us are scrambling to find free assets to use in our presentations and elearning courses. The good news is that there are more than enough free stock images available, such as these three earlier posts where I shared 80 free stock photos , 45 free stock photos , and 60 more free stock photos. Here are some tips to help customize free stock photos to work with your courses. Free E-learning Resources.

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45 Free Stock Images for Your E-Learning Courses

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One of my favorite sites for free stock images is They provide hundreds of free stock images with a Creative Commons Zero license. That means you can do anything with the images, whether free or commercial. As you can see above, I used one of the city images provided by Philipp Henzler for the Storyline 2 tutorials. I also used one of the free images for this free template that I shared a while back. Download Free Stock Images.

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Here’s a Free Avatar Template & Tutorial

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PowerPoint Tutorials. I’ve included a couple of tutorials to show how to create the circle avatar effect and how to work with connectors. Some quick tips and tutorial on how to create additional connection points in PowerPoint shapes. And to make things easier, here’s a free template. Free PowerPoint & E-Learning Templates. You’ll need to create the circle avatar effect using one the tutorials above. Free Downloads.

Here’s a Free Application to Help with Tutorials & Screencast Videos

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How to Display Keyboard Shortcuts during Screencast Tutorials. This is perfect for webinars and screencast tutorials. Here’s a quick tutorial where I show how it works and how it would look in your software training. How to Customize the Keyboard Shortcut Display for Screencast Tutorials. It’s a fairly easy to use and it’s free. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro.

Best PowerPoint Tutorials for E-learning

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It just means that a lot of the tutorials shared over the past ten years are not as relevant as they were when they were first published, such as working with clip art (which is now defunct). I did look through many of the older posts and here’s an updated list of PowerPoint tutorials that still come in handy if you build elearning courses with PowerPoint; or if you want to become a PowerPoint guru and learn things like how to use it to create graphics and illustrations.

Adapting Stock Assets to Chunk Learning Events

Adobe Captivate

This posting discusses the use of Captivate 9 stock assets to assist with reducing cognitive load in learning events by chunking information. One of the assets used in several of the courses was the New Stone Simple Interaction provided in the Captivate 9 Free eLearning Assets library. Blog Uncategorized Captivate 9 chunking content content design stock assets TutorialsOverview.

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Free Background Music for Your E-learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

I like to add background audio to my screencast tutorials. Free Background Music. There are a lot of “free” sites, but to tell you the truth most of them are useless. Here are a couple of options that should provide most of the free background music you need.

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Edit.EPS and.SVG Files for Free

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There are a lot of free graphics files available online. Many of the free graphics are illustrations that are.EPS or.SVG files. Photopea is a free app where you can edit graphics files online. I’ve included two quick tutorials to feature a few of thing things I like about the free application. How to Edit EPS & SVG for Free. Click here to view the tutorial on YouTube. How to Convert Bitmap Illustrations to Vector for Free.

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eLearning Livestream ? Hardware, Software & Services I Use

Adobe Captivate

Discussions eLearning Videos "Elearning authoring tools" "Screen capture software" adobe captivate video tutorial Amazon Web Services discussions free stock photography how to livestream on youtube laptop livestream stock_photos videosThe post eLearning Livestream – Hardware, Software & Services I Use appeared first on eLearning.

Free PowerPoint Template to Manage Free Fonts

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There are tons of free dingbat fonts available for download. Here’s what you already know: How to find and downloaded a bunch of those free dingbat and icon fonts. How to convert free those fonts to editable vector shapes. Here’s an easy way to manage all of those free fonts and preview the ones you want to use to create graphic and icon files for your courses and presentation. Free PowerPoint Template. Free E-Learning Resources.

E-Learning Tutorial: Easy Way to Make an Image Interactive

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E-Learning Tutorial Step-By-Step. Learn more by following the steps of the elearning tutorial below and then watch the video for more detail. E-Learning Tutorial Video. Click here to view the elearning tutorial. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. Free E-Learning Resources. Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

Free Flip Card Interaction

Rapid eLearning

I also created a quick tutorial that explains the file and how it’s constructed. View tutorial to learn how to create and customize the free flip card interaction. Download file for the free flip card interaction. For this free flip card interaction I created the cards with a Selected State. What I like about this free flip card interaction is that it allows the user to interact with the screen and this is a key part of building interactive content.

Create Free Emoji for E-Learning

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Create Free Emojis. Here’s a site where you can create free custom emojis. Here’s quick tutorial that shows how to use the free emoji site. And here are a couple of silly examples where I use the free emojis as a way to offer hints on a slide and as a way to provide right and wrong feedback. If you did create some free emojis, how would you use them in your courses? Free E-Learning Resources.

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E-learning Example & Tutorial: How to Fight a Bear and Live

Rapid eLearning

She also included a quick tutorial to show how she built it. There’s also a free download for practice. In her tutorial, you notice that she added a hover state for the bear signs and then grouped those with transparent shapes to activate the hover state over the entire bear image and not just on the sign. The core quiz slide she built (that she covers in the tutorial) could be stripped of content and be saved as a template for re-use. Free E-Learning Resources.

Here’s Another Free Way to Share Courses Online

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I get a lot of questions about free ways to share courses and portfolios. In previous posts, I shared t ips on managing an e-learning portfolio and I also shared a few ways to share courses online for free. Another way to get free storage to share your courses and files is via Google’s Storage Platform. Tutorials on How to Share Courses Online. I created a tutorial on YouTube so you can see the steps, which may be easier. Free E-Learning Resources.

Create Free Icons and Images in PowerPoint Using Dingbat Fonts

Rapid eLearning

In the e-learning community, a number of people shared free icons and shapes. And they’re great for your courses, so make sure to take advantage of all of those free resources. Looking at the free icons reminded me of simple trick we show in our PowerPoint workshops. Convert Dingbat Fonts to Free Vector Images. There are two video tutorials below. View tutorial video (short version). View tutorial video (detailed version).

PowerPoint Hack: How to Create Hand-Drawn Letters & Shapes

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Free Illustrations for E-Learning. I used one of the free illustrations from Blush which is a great site for illustrations. PowerPoint Tutorial. Here’s a video tutorial that walks through these steps in more detail. Free E-Learning Resources.

Here’s a Free App to Compress Your Images

Rapid eLearning is a free service from Google that compresses large images. Here’s a quick tutorial to see how it works. Click here to view the tutorial on YouTube. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. Free E-Learning Resources. Check out these articles and free resources in the community. Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Here’s a Quick Way to Instantly Have Closed Captions

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Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. Free E-Learning Resources. Check out these articles and free resources in the community. Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

5 Super-Easy Techniques for Removing Backgrounds from Stock Images


Have you ever found yourself struggling to find a stock image with a transparent background? In fact, whenever I mention being a PowerPoint junkie and online training developer, I always get the same question: “What’s the easiest way to get rid of backgrounds on stock images?”. Listed below are ratings and video tutorials for 5 tools that I commonly use: 1. While there may not be a silver bullet, there are plenty of cool shortcuts, tricks, free tools, and tutorials.

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Stock Photo Image and Other Media Sources

Tony Karrer

Weird - after posting, I just saw a post in my blog reader from HeyJude - Find free images online - my list! 10 Places to Find Free Image FlickrCC - offers pictures from around the world, including America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Pacific. has over 2000 free images that you can use in commercial and noncommercial work. says it is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required).

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Free PowerPoint Template: Conversation Interaction

Rapid eLearning

Here’s a free PowerPoint template I built for a recent workshop. This free template could be used as a way to share manager/employee information or perhaps as an FAQ interaction. In either case it’s free for you to use as you wish. Click here to see the free template demo. How to Edit the Free PowerPoint Template. Here are a few production tips: These tutorials give you a very good overview of how to work with this free PowerPoint template.

How I Built that Free Microlearning Template

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Earlier I shared this free microlearning template. Here’s a series of video tutorials that show how to create the simple, yet powerful microlearning template. Check out the last tutorial on how to quickly edit the text. Click here to view the tutorial. Click here to view the tutorial. Click here to view the tutorial. Click here to view the tutorial. Free E-Learning Resources. This elearning 101 series and the free e-books will help.

10 Sure-Fire Tips for Creating Your Own Stock Photos

Rapid eLearning

Going to a stock image site and looking for just the right pictures can be very time-consuming and a drain on your limited resources. Why not create your own stock images? Feel free to share photos there, if you’d like. Feel free to share them with us by clicking on the comments section. Learn more here… E-Learning Tutorials. So I’ve been doing a series of tutorials on Gabe’s Word of Mouth blog.

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How to Edit Free Vector Images in PowerPoint

Rapid eLearning

In this post we’ll explore how to edit free vector images in PowerPoint. There are hundreds of sites to download free vector images that can be used for your presentations and online training courses. The challenge is that to edit most of the free vector images require an illustration application like Illustrator or Inkscape (free). However, if you get the image in.EPS format you may be able to edit the free vector images in PowerPoint.

Microsoft Brings Back Free Clip Art…Sort Of

Rapid eLearning

Having free clip art is a big deal for those of us on fixed budgets and with limited access to stock images and clip art to use in our elearning courses, presentations, and training programs. So last week’s news that Microsoft is bringing back free clip art was a breath of fresh, kind of. Because of this many of you have been using the free stock images sites , the free images in the community , and downloading the free vector images which you can edit in PowerPoint.

Here’s a Free Quiz Template for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

I also added a tutorial video for those who want to learn more about using the template for a simple quiz in Storyline. Free Quiz Template: Storyline. You can download the free template here. Free quiz template download: Storyline. I share some tips in this tutorial video. Free Quiz Template: PowerPoint. The free quiz template in PowerPoint is pretty simple. Free quiz template download: PowerPoint. Feel free to use them as you wish.

Free medical images for eLearning


Who doesn’t like free? Medical stock photos are pretty popular in eLearning right now. So I thought it would be a good time to hook you guys up with some free images. Articulate Storyline Resources eLearning Templates Tutorials You can download the images here.

24 New Lectora Online Support Videos You Should Watch

eLearning Brothers is your source for tutorials and how-to videos related to all your favorite eLearning authoring tools. The entire eLearning Brothers Lectora Template, Cutout People, and Stock Asset Libraries are now integrated into Lectora Online. eLearning eLearning Template Library Featured Free eLearning Resources Lectora Resources Products/Services Resources Software Training Training Resources eLearning Development help Lectora Online support tutorials videos

How to Use Free Templates for Software Training

Rapid eLearning

As you know, we have all sorts of free templates to download for your elearning courses and PowerPoint presentations. Her training was mostly a series of quick video tutorials. She wanted a nice way to present the tutorials. I recommended that she start with one of the free templates and use it as a way to package the tutorials. You’ll notice that the free template is a little different than the final product. Click here to view the tutorial video.

Two Apps to Help Manage Your PowerPoint & E-Learning Media Assets

Rapid eLearning

It does require a couple of free tools which you can download here: 7-Zip. Here’s a quick tutorial on exporting the media files from your Storyline projects using the Media Library. Click here to watch the tutorial on YouTube. Click here it view the tutorial on YouTube.

A Year’s Worth of Free Resources for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Here’s a list of all of the free resources shared in this blog and a few bonuses. Free Bonus. Here are a few bonus items not included in previous posts: Free e-book: The Definitive Guide to Multi-Device E-Learning. Free image editor: Pixlr. Free Style Guide template: this offers double bonus content. Not only does Trina share a free template , but within the template she links to great resources on elearning style guides. Free Applications.

Here’s a Free Text-to-Speech Application for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Occasionally, I get questions on free text-to-speech applications. While there are a number of free text-to-speech applications out there, many have character limits or don’t allow for commercial use. Today we’ll look at a really good solution if you need a free text-to-speech application. With all that said, here’s how to use this text-to-speech application that is free and available for commercial use. Balabolka: Free Text-to-Speech Application.

How to Create Custom Layouts for Interactive Scenarios

Rapid eLearning

The free stock images I shared recently are perfect for building interactive scenarios and establishing visual context. Free illustrated scenario backgrounds. Free office scenario backgrounds. Here’s a quick tutorial to show how that works. Click to view the scenario tutorial. Here’s a quick tutorial that show how to set up the background states and dynamically change them with triggers. Click to view the scenario tutorial.

Deck the Halls with Free Holiday Cutout Characters


Below left, Ashley is ready to start a gift wrapping tutorial, or perhaps a job aid about appropriate office gifting policies. Above right, Gregory demonstrating that face you make when Santa puts coal in your stocking. Free Characters. The post Deck the Halls with Free Holiday Cutout Characters appeared first on eLearning Brothers. We always go the extra mile for you here at eLearning Brothers.

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How to Create Free Closed Captioning Text

Rapid eLearning

In this post we’ll explore a few simple ways to create free closed captioning text for your online training courses. What is Free Closed Captioning Text? Alternatives to Free Closed Captioning? How to Create Free Closed Captioning. Today, I’ll show how to create the free closed captioning file and in a follow up post, I’ll show how to use the closed captioning file in Articulate Storyline. YouTube for Free Closed Captioning.

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Three E-Learning Tips to Help Build Better Courses

Rapid eLearning

Here are three recent tutorials that I created to answer some questions in the community. The tutorials offer little bonus tips and focus on some production nuances that aren’t always apparent to new users. In this tutorial, we review how to go through software training on a mobile device when the software simulation requires the user to right-click which isn’t possible on a mobile device. Click here to view the tutorial on YouTube.

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12 Websites for Free Vector Images Good for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Do a search for “free vector images” and you’ll find hundreds of sites that boast tens of thousands of free images. Besides, how many free vector images do you really need? Websites that Offer Free Vector Images. As you may know, many of the sites that offer “free” resources only allow them to be used for personal use. My criteria for listing the sites below is that they really are free for commercial use.

How to Copy Text from Flash Courses When You Don’t have the Original File

Rapid eLearning

Watch the tutorial on YouTube. ShareX is free and works great. Watch the tutorial on YouTube. Those are two free to low-cost options to quickly get the text from previous e-learning courses. Many of you already own OneNote, and if you don’t, you can always use the free ShareX application to do your screen grabs and OCR text conversion. Download the fully revised, free 63-page ebook: The Insider's Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro.

10 (Free!) eLearning Graphic Tools

DigitalChalk eLearning

Most instructors manage to build an online course in their free time, usually between a full-time job and/or live teaching. We’ve created a list of 10 FREE eLearning graphic tools to help you build your next online course. Morgue File : An easy to use free photo site, with thousands of high-resolution images. Want more FREE stock photos? Font Squirrel : Thousands of free fonts to choose from, all 100% free and licensed for commercial use.