It’s been a while since my last post. I’m currently getting ready for a move to the United States, so blogging has had to take a back seat for a while. I’ve got a few posts lined up and ready though, so hopefully over the next few days, you’ll see me get back up to speed.
This first one is about creating and using characters in eLearning and presentations. As a trainer who has created a lot of PowerPoint Training and eLearning, I am often creating new characters to put on my slides. I use them to insert the human element into the training: to ask questions, to improve the look and feel of the slide and even sometimes just to make the slide look good.
The type of character you add though, depends upon the type of presentation / training. Your character could be cute, life-like (photo realistic), stylistic, clip art etc. The type you choose should reflect your training. More business like presentations at a senior level often have photos of people with white / transparent backgrounds. More informal training often uses clip art, or silhouettes. the list goes on.
A colleague of mine asked me recently to create some for them, and so I created 15 new characters. Eventually my colleague chose to go down the more realistic (skeumorphic) route, so I had some characters left over. The colours are fully editable in PowerPoint, so feel free to use them as you wish! I’ve uploaded a pdf version to slide share, which you can see below, but you can also download the *.pptx version here.
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