Project One:Digital Images Background

Introduction

It is beneficial for learners to have some type of reference document, some type of physical take-away or hand-out, that will be useful in the future.

 

The infographic I created was for an actual course where I was the presenter during this past week.I needed something for the learners to have as a handy reference guide, should the encounter the Giant Asian Hornet, which we are trying very hard to keep out of our country.

 

Notice that the document is easy to read, contains attribute information for the images and contact information for the course. It is easy to read and contained on one page.

Learning Objective

For my course, the terminal objective is to have learners complete a course transition map that will encourage them to pre-plan the online offering of their current, PowerPoint based presentation.

 

Module/Session Objective for my upcoming course

After completing this section, learners will explain the importance of having a reference document for later use.

 

Alternatively-Module/Session Objective for Master Pollinator Steward Program Course

After reviewing this guide, learners will be able to explain the unique characteristics of a Giant Asian Hornet.

Software Use

For this document, I made use of the following software:

  • Adobe PowerPoint

  • Adobe Photoshop 2020

  • Adobe Illustrator 2020

  • Microsoft Word-Office 365

  • Microsoft Snip & Sketch

  • Wix and Wix Editor

Image Attributes

All images used for this project were downloaded from Creative Commons, used with permissions, or are original works of the author.

 

Select the image to download a PDF detailing origins of images.

Project 1 Image Attributes_Page_1.jpg

Techniques 

Basic Raster Techniques--multiple locations

  • Change image size

  • Rotate Image

  • Adjust brightness and contrast

  • Apply basic adjustment layer techniques

More Advanced Raster Techniques-multiple locations

  • Use overlay to fine-tune a selection

  • Use the brush tool to fine-tune a selection

  • Use the mask tool to fine-tune a selection

  • Remove small objects

Basic Vector Techniques-MU Logo, Giant Asian Hornet emblem

  • Draw simple shapes

  • Combine shapes

  • Format Text

More Advanced Vector Techniques -MU Logo, Giant Asian Hornet emblem 

  • Create color gradients

  • Place text on or inside of a path

  • Reshape text

P.A.R.C.

 

  • Proximity

    • For proximity, I grouped the information referencing the hornets together, and the beekeeper information together, with a resolution at the bottom of the page

  • Alignment

    • The text and graphics for the hornets are aligned in one formula (graphic on right), but then I changed the alignment for the beekeeper section to indicate a change in message.​

  • Repetition

    • The opening graphic shows an order of “native”, “naturalized”, and “alien” head shots and I continued that trend for the following two graphics so the repetition of threes (three graphics and three comparisons) was followed.​

  • Contrast

    • While working on this document, I wanted to ensure the message was easily identifiable and visually perceived.  I began by bordering the information pertaining to the invasive hornet in red, which contrasting the native hornets in yellow.​

Project Reflections

All of the projects I have done in the past have been raster images. Learning how to create a vector image involved a sizable cognitive load, especially for this project.  Since I had to create an infographic for a course I was presenting, I had intended to use it for this course as well.

 

For the original document, I began by finding copyright free images from Creative Commons and Pixabay and have a list of the attributes for the images. I am very aware of the need to verify open or fair use for images, documents, etc. and perform my due diligence when select any for use in coursework.

Using PowerPoint and Photoshop, the images were resized and grouped together.  I like the SmartArt option of PowerPoint and editing an image is very easy with the crop, rotate, add a border tools available within the software.  I used the Microsoft Snip & Sketch to capture a screenshot of the SmartArt graphic and pasted that image into Photoshop where I added the background and text. 

 

I saved the document as a PSD, a PDF and a PNG file so I would have options for future use.

I am experimenting with WIX as a website and I find that to be the most frustrating part of this course.  I think I just need to plan more time to play around with it to better understand the templates and options.

After reviewing the requirements of this course, I struggled with identifying two images I captured that would fit into my course objective. I finally decided to incorporate a couple of beekeeper related pictures to meet the requirement and also to add emphasis to the message of the infographic.

Lastly, one of the requirements for this project included adding a vectored image, of which I had none. I decided to learn how to alter the MU logo that was a screenshot, as well as create an original emblem to include in the document.

The videos included in this module were excellent and walked my through the process. I can better understand when vectored image creation would be important and could have used this information 10 years ago, when I was helping to create logos for various reasons.  

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