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Media: Image design

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After earning this badge, you will be able to

  • Use PhotoShop or other image editing software to create a poster
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Words and images are processed in different parts of the brain. Images are more likely to be remembered and we process them more quickly. It's often easier to convey an abstract concept with words, but images help convey emotions, tell stories, and illustrate processes.

Get comfortable with the basics of PhotoShop or another image editing program (one that can do what's in step 3: EDIT below).

ALSO read

AND read (below) the Principles of Design infographic

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Produce a poster that could be used with a class in your discipline: advertise an event (real or imaginary - maybe an exhibit of student work), promote the course, or explain a concept. Use PhotoShop or other software* that allows you to work in layers.

  1. SHOOT - upload at least one original digital photo to your Google Drive media folder. You may use any camera, but excessively blurry or dark images are not acceptable.
  2. FIND - locate one or more copyright-safe images to combine with your original. Any images you use (including originals) must have a Creative Commons (CC) license that allows derivative works. Recommended sources: Flickr | Pixabay | 4FreePhotos | FlatIcon
    Keep track of your image sources; you'll be citing them.
  3. EDIT - create a new file that has a resolution of 1100 x 1700 pixels (landscape or portrait). Add 2-4 raw images in different layers. We don't expect professional quality, but very sloppy work won't cut it. The image must include:
    • At least one original photo,
    • An adjustment layer applied to an image,
    • An image with a filter applied,
    • A selection from a raw image (person or object w/o background).,
    • Text with an effect applied, and
    • A shape or line.
  4. DOCUMENT - to show how you assembled the image, save a screenshot of the editing screen, including the layers panel. Add the image to your Google Drive media folder.
    [how to take a screenshot / capture the screen on your device]
  5. PUBLISH - export a JPG file and add it to your Google Drive media folder.
    The description box must provide credits for all raw images,
    including your original media. Include title, artist and URL.
    If the CC license for any of raw images included the SA (Share Alike) option,
    then the CC license for your project must have that same option.

Keep all project materials until receiving confirmation of your badge.

* You may use The GIMP, Adobe Illustrator, or other image editing software, but it must allow you to do what's required in step 3: EDIT and step 4: DOCUMENT..

** You may use a different site that allows public access and provides a way to embed media on a page in your ePortfolio.



In your ePortfolio, first rename the "(media badge)" page "Image Design", then write a reflection of at least 250 words. Make connections between your reading, activities, experience of teaching / learning, and future plans.

Specifically mention at least one thing you read or watched for this badge.

These prompts may help:

  • I chose this badge because ...
  • I chose ... for my poster because ...
  • An aspect of making the poster that I really enjoyed was ... because ...
  • I had never tried ... , and it ended up ...
  • From my own experience ...
  • I have already used ... to ...
  • To learn more about image editing, I expect to ...
  • Another way I can imagine using image editing software is ...
  • It's important for students to know ...
  • An image-based assignment I could incorporate in my teaching is ...
  • Now that I know how to do this I will do ... differently

Publish the ePortfolio page for this badge, including:

From your ePortfolio, submit this page for the badge assignment.