Scenario: You have a client that wants cutting edge training, but they don’t have a budget for multimedia – a macaroni and cheese budget with caviar dreams! You’ve overused the same graphic images in your arsenal already and you don’t have the time to scour through the many “free” stock image sites online for the perfect representations. What are your options?
When using graphic images in your training, making sure they are relevant and consistent in style is a great way of adding value and polish. Here are some quick, easy, and cheap ways to incorporate these attributes.
Take Your Own Photos
Are you using photos in your training? Then, for consistency’s sake, continue using photos. Create your own photos of people, things, or places with the camera on your phone or a handy digital point-and-shoot camera. Yes, there are are many creative ways to create an applicable photo without having to introduce a release form.
Let’s say you need a photo that represents “sad” or “worried” or “stressed”. How about these objects around the office?
What if you need a real person? Believe it of not, there are ways to capture a person without having to introduce a release form. You can make a silhouette! Just use strong backlighting (try in front of a window) to get the silhouette of a person.
Or take a photo from behind!
What if you need a photo of an object but need to remove personally identifiable information?
To use a photo you’ve taken, blur out the personal data.
Start with this:
Then use Snagit (a wonderful, user-friendly and free screen capture and editing tool) to blur the image.
- Go to the Draw tab, and choose Freehand Selection under Styles. Draw a circle around the area you want to blur.
- Go to the Image tab, and choose Blur (5% or more) under Modify. Click away from the circled space.
Voila! The text is unidentifiable!
Experiment and have fun with it. Before you know it, you’ll be seeing opportunities for self-made, quality photos all around you.