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When I review vector images, I like to review the other images from the same artist. This way when I need to build a module or template, I can find assets drawn in the same style. This lets me deconstruct the vector illustration and use the parts to create illustrations that meet my own need. And remember, if you don’t have an illustration app, as long as you can get .EPS vector files, you can edit them in PowerPoint.

example of vector illustration

The other day I ran across this series of vector images that would work in an elearning course. Here are some things that work for an elearning template:

  • Avatar: the circled avatar is a common design treatment.
  • Progress meter: using variables allows you to combine various levels of feedback or progress. The meters could also be some sort of slider interaction.
  • Circled content: these are nice buckets that could easily be used as a start screen or menu structure. They also could be replacements for bullet point content.
  • Header bar: again, another common design treatment.

Most of the elements are pretty simple to create. The challenge is creating the circle avatar effect using your own images. Fortunately, it’s easy to do.

PowerPoint Tutorials

I’ve included a couple of tutorials to show how to create the circle avatar effect and how to work with connectors. This will work in Storyline or PowerPoint.

And to make things easier, here’s a free template. All you need to do is add your own content and characters.

Free PowerPoint & E-Learning Templates

free e-learning and PowerPoint template

Click here to see an example.

I created a few simple layouts to help you get started. You’ll need to create the circle avatar effect using one the tutorials above. The template is also connected to the design color themes and font themes for easy editing.

The layouts are just a starting point. If you want to add interactive elements like I did in the Storyline demo above, you’ll need to make your own tweaks. I’ll include the demo file in the same download for you to see what I did.

Free Downloads

Hope you enjoy the free templates and tutorials.


Free E-Learning Resources

Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

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Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool e-learning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This e-learning 101 series and the free e-books will help.

3 responses to “Here’s a Free Avatar Template & Tutorial”

May 24th, 2016

Avatars are really the way to go when training today’s mult-media, internet, and YouTube engrossed employees! People expect some type of interaction and entertainment or they will quickly get bored with static training slides.

La traduzione in italiano (autorizzata) è disponibile qui:

May 27th, 2016

It took me a few goes but I did it!
Thanks Tom.