Hello everyone from the Coliseum in Rome, Italy! I’m enjoying my hiatus from developing e-Learning and participating in Articulate Challenges by taking a bicycle ride through Italy. Next stop you ask? Well, from Rome, I am headed to Ostia, Aprilia, Anzio, Formia, and eventually to Naples!
The food is incredible and the landscape breathtaking! I thought I would take a picture from last night’s delicious meal. Okay, maybe not. Read on to see what I’m up to.
As eLearning designers, it’s important to develop your skills using a photo editing tool. My tool of choice? Photoshop! I’ve used Fireworks, GIMP, and a wide array of other tools in the past but I really love the capabilities of Adobe’s Photoshop application. Of course, we all know the “power” of PowerPoint but I’ll save that for another day!
Recently, Articulate initiated a challenge titled, “Take Your E-Learning on a Summer Fakecation #87”. As always, I love using these as launching points to explore different design techniques. Here’s the scoop on this one:
The Evolution of an Idea
The idea came from looking at something that Jackie Van Nice put together. I took the same photograph, added my face to it, and was going to say, “Hey Jackie! I think we are on the same vacation! After giving it some thought, I figured she would say, “That’s just not right!” So, I pondered for a few minutes longer and decided, “Why not revisit a trip I took to Italy by way of Portland, Oregon?”
Step 1: Find Picture
The process started with finding a picture of myself. That’s pretty hard to do since on most of our family vacations, I play the role of Photographer. After a few searches of my archives, I found this selfie photograph (see below) from last year’s Providence Bridge Pedal.
Step 2: Remove background
To prepare this image, I removed the background that currently shows the city of Portland, Oregon, from the Marquam Bridge.This was done using Photoshop’s Magic Wand and background eraser tools. After completing this step, I was left with the image below.
Step 3: Add new background/text to photograph
Here’s where the “fake” part comes in. To provide the “illusion” that I was biking around Rome, I needed something with an Italian look and feel. Simple enough! I chose a photograph of the Coliseum in Rome. Built of concrete and stone, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built and is considered (according to Wikipedia) to be one of the greatest works of architecture and engineering. It’s also very recognizable to almost everyone! If you look at the image above, you will see that sunlight is coming from my left. As part of the selection process, I wanted to keep that in mind during the background selection. Here is the photograph after adding the new background image.
Next, I added some text. Ciao! See you back in the States on Monday!