As e-Learning designers, we sometimes find ourselves so absorbed in client projects that we forget how important it is to continue to develop and expand our own skills. That’s what today’s post is all about for me…continuous learning. Why is continuous learning important to me? Well, for starters, it keeps me from becoming stagnate in my professional life and keeps those brain cells active. In addition, something I discover during learning a new task might even influence how I approach my next e-Learning project!
Like most e-Learning designers, I use several tools to address the needs of my clients during the design/development of e-Learning courses. One of those tools is Photoshop CC. A few months ago, I remembered seeing a black and white image on the Internet of Abraham Lincoln with text placed over his face. At the time, I thought that would make a great title screen for an e-Learning course on history. As time went by, I became more involved in other projects but always wanted to go back and see if I could duplicate what I saw.
Here is the end result!
The image of Lincoln is overlayed with text from his last public speech. This speech was given in April 11, 1865, in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, Lincoln died several years before Thomas Edison invented the phonograph; therefore, no audio recordings of the event exist. If you have ever wondered what Lincoln might have sounded like, click here for an interesting article on the Smithsonian.com website. Another interesting bit of trivia was that John Wilkes Booth, who would later assassinate Lincoln, was in attendance and vowed, “That is the last speech he will make!” Of course, Booth made good on his promise that day.
If you would like to learn how to create an image like the one below, here is an excellent article that provides a step-by-step explanation. If you scroll further down, you will see a screenshot of the title screen I created from this image.
What are you doing to improve your skill-set?