In a previous post, I showed you how to design your own PowerPoint templates. In other posts, I’ve talked about how to use PowerPoint’s drawing features to build the envelope icon and television monitor. These are all intended to help you become more proficient with PowerPoint and your graphic design skills.
In today’s post, we’ll pull some of these ideas together to create a folder graphic that you can use in your elearning courses. I have a published example below, as well as a step-by-step tutorial. You can also download the PowerPoint file so that you can play around with it.
Example of a Published Course
Here’s an example of how you could use this folder graphic when designing your elearning course. It’s just a quick demo with a few slides. But I think you can see that it works well and does a lot to make the course more visually interesting.
How to Build the Folder
I got the idea for the folder graphic from a great Photoshop tutorial on how to create a folder. For this demo, I only used a few of the Photoshop steps to keep it simple. The video tutorial below walks through the process of building the folder but here’s a quick overview.
It’s really pretty simple and uses only one PowerPoint shape that is duplicated three times, resized, and then filled with different gradient effects.
I used the generic PowerPoint 2007 color themes so that I can quickly change the folder color to match my project demands. This allows you to have an unlimited number of colored folders. All you would need to do is create a custom theme to match your project needs.
Here’s a good tutorial by @elearning on how to create drop shadows in PowerPoint. I used that technique for the folders. As you can see below, it gives them a realistic look, especially on the open folder.
I used a “paper clip” graphic and ungrouped it to pull out the paper clip. Now I can attach miscellaneous objects to the side of the folder to give it a richer look. You can learn more about working with clip art images so that you can create your own paper clip.
That’s a quick overview. There’s a lot more detail in the free tutorial below . I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to create the folders. The tutorial walks you through building the folder and it teaches you some production techniques to get faster using PowerPoint.
Building the folder is pretty simple and straightforward. If you have a few minutes, practice making your own. You’ll learn to use PowerPoint as a graphics tool and you’ll also have a cool asset to use in your next elearning course.
If you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share, feel free to add them to the comments link.
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Free E-Learning Resources
Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.
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Lots of cool elearning examples to check out and find inspiration.