bespoke artwork in elearning

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In this post I hope to create a discussion around unique artwork/ images in elearning. Have you ever done numerous (and often fruitless) searches through stock catalogues? Then had to ‘make do’ with alternative images that changed your storyboard from what you initially conceived? Most instructional designers are creative thinkers and multi taskers, but are they artists? Looking at most of the course samples on the excellent e-learning heroes website the majority are proficient in powerpoint graphics but not many contain unique/ bespoke artwork. (see below)

point people



But why not get exactly what you want? Here at Opensoft Training we can provide unique artwork to suit your needs. Meet Nora,(see below) the shopkeeper from our latest elearning course for a local business forum. Try bespoke artwork for your next elearning course

woman n till only vegas white

photo editing with gimp colour swap


Gimp, the open source photo editor, has a quick and easy way to swap primary colours using the hue-saturation tool. This is an effective tool which transforms an image in under a minute. Selection doesn’t have to be particularly precise either (dependant on your image). I have attached part of a tutorial to show you how to do it and the image used in the tutorial. Give it a go yourself using Gimp.

colour swap pdf

hue saturation sample

hue saturation sample

Visual communication Elearning Heroes challenge #77

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This morsel of a post was inspired by Articulate’s excellent weekly e-learning challenge #77 which was to communicate using visuals only, no words allowed. Accepting the challenge, I quickly decided I could utilise something from the most popular visual communication; art. Inspiration for the actual finished sample came from a popular t.v. game show ‘Catchphrase’ which uses visuals to convey information and the famous Dutch painter, Van Gogh, whose surname I could spell out using two visuals. Universally Understood In order for this type of information to be effective there has to be a level of understanding of the image being used. If you don’t know what a speed sign looks like, you’ll never know what the maximum speed is, for example. This is why I choose these examples, art is a universally understood communication and Van Gogh is one of the most famous painters’ whose work is easily recognised. The slides The intro slide practically worked itself out. I decided a simple Drag and Drop interaction would aid engagement and ‘buy in’ to the art theme. And the completion of a word using letters and an image would give the learner a quick reward challenge, which always increases engagement. intro screen The second slide would see the quiz factor cranked up, turning into a fun art quiz without words. Can you see a famous painter’s surname in the image below? Capture for blog Hope you liked what you saw and get inspired to visualise more for your next project.

Elearning Heroes Challenge #71 Math

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This morsel of a post was inspired by the Articulate community’s weekly elearning challenge to create a Math(s) based game.

For this challenge my inspiration fell at my feet as my daughter was born November 23rd (11/23) I had to chose the Fibonacci Sequence (1,1,2,3,5,8..)

I took an image that has the ‘golden spiral’ and turned it into a jigsaw. This involved using my preferred image editor GIMP (an Open Source alternative to Photoshop) and I cut out the pieces to the exact Fibonacci size (13,21,34)

cut shell for jigsaw

The next step was to turn these images into a jigsaw  using Adobe Captivate’s drag and drop feature  and creating individual actions that reveals the next number (13,21 and 34) of the sequence when placed (dropped)

drag n drop shown fib

Lastly an action for drag and drop was needed to show the complete image when the last ‘drop’ of the jigsaw was done.

This was a fun exercise for me and done in the shortest time for an Elearning heroes challenge.

Have a go at the sample below


fibonacci screenshot