Creating graphics for title pages, posters and other campaigns can be enjoyable and often encourages the user to improve their written product in the process. Developing quality graphics is easy and a lot of fun.
This page will look at a number of tools and techniques including some “app smashing” with iPad apps!
Canva.com (and Canva app) is a superb product kicked off by Aussie Melanie Perkins from WA (check her awesome story – about.canva.com/story/ ) It is great for creating content and layouts of all sorts and also for getting inspiration and design ideas. Canva genuinely allows non-graphic designers to create personalised designs they can be really proud of. It allows “log in with Google” which is great for not having to remember another password and also great for schools with Google accounts as students can log in with school username and password. Check out some of the ideas for using Canva on our Canva page.
Snapseed is an amazing app for powerful image editing. When editing you move up and down with your finger to get the parts of the tool then across left or right for adjustment. Try out the “selective” tool to blow colours, brightness and contrast out on different areas. this is particularly useful when you want to make a graphic fit in with the background of a slide eg. taking a photo against a white wall and then selectively making the areas that would be the boundary be bright white means that the graphic fits perfectly onto a white slideset or graphic. Snapseed Page Coming Soon!
Seriously, Keynote is a powerful bit of gear. It is great for layouts and layering of content. The Instant Alpha tool is particularly awesome as it allows you to make a well-taken photo have a transparent background!! Screenshoting the slide in Preview mode and then cropping it by selecting 16-9 when editing in the camera roll means that you have a graphic perfect for iMovie and other widescreen applications. Tips on Keynote will be on our Keynote page soon.
Images for presentations:
There are so many great sites and options for collecting quality graphics to work with today. Doing a creative commons attribution search by selecting “tools” and labelled for reuse when doing a Google images search will yield images that can be used in presentations with attribution. (NOTE: Creative Commons Attribution means an image can be used but just needs to be attributed) AND THEN THERE IS the new Creative Commons Zero CC0 license which actually means you can use the image without attribution (although we still require it at school for best practice) There are a growing number of sites where users share quality images with a CC0 Unsplash.com
Creative Commons zero licence is a mover and groover. There are a growing number of sites where users share quality images with a CC0 licence. Unsplash.com is a standout – whoahhh! Other sites like Flickr have a CC0 Public domain component flickr.com/creativecommons/cc0-1.0/
App Smashing – Graphics: CONTENT TO COME!