Friday, October 30, 2009

Finding Good Photos for Your eLearning Scenarios

Do you struggle with finding good stock photos to use in your eLearning scenarios? You might find the right guy to play the role of the client in your story, but there’s only three shots of him and he looks like a goofball in one of them.

So then do you go do a custom photo shoot? Maybe you have the time or the budget.

But usually not.

eLearning Art to the rescue!

eLearning Art provides royalty free stock photos, images, and other assets to help you create some cool stuff in your own authoring tools.

Character packs include models in up to 75 poses, giving you lots of choices. They are normal looking people, dressed in business casual, shot from multiple angles. Images are removed from the background (transparent), and can be superimposed onto any background to interact with any other character.

They’ve also got cartoon assets and some animated flash characters.

Check out the little scenario I worked up in about five minutes. (Yes, it’s so easy, even I can do it!)

(I’ve been learning about zombies in preparation for the upcoming DevLearn!)

Images and assets aren’t free, but well-priced and worth the investment.

Check out the eLearning Art website and view this one minute youtube video to see an example.

(I was not paid or offered any favors to write this review, I just think it’s a cool service. And Bryan Jones, the guy behind it, is a nice guy. And it’s nice to be nice to the nice.)

Let me know what you think. Is this the kind of service you’ve been looking for? Or will you stick with free online stock photos?


Brian Dusablon said...

Ha, nice work implementing Zombies! So if I use Articulate and graphics from eLearning Art, then I can just copy and paste the content from my manuals, right? :-)

reoblog said...

I purchased the "Amber" pack. Very cool. Saved me hours of work and made our demo look professional. Thanks for the recommendation.

Cammy Bean said...

Brian -- I'll be on the lookout for a Zombie instructional designer for you, and then you'll be all set.

reoblog -- Glad to hear! Hope it turns out well.