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Media: Image design

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After earning this badge, you will be able to

  • Use PhotoShop or other software to build a layered image
  • 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).

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Inspiration (below) - 20 classic posters



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 - take at least one original digital photo (using a smartphone is fine)
    and upload it to your Google Drive media folder.
    Excessively blurry or dark images are not acceptable.

    Keep all raw materials until you receive confirmation of earning this badge.

  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: Pexels | Pixabay | Flickr | 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 orientation (big enough for an 11"x17" poster)). Add images and other elements in different layers. We don't expect professional quality, but very sloppy work won't cut it.
    The image must include this content
    • An original photo
    • Text
    • A shape or line
    And show these techniques
    • An adjustment layer (e.g., brightness)
    • A filter
    • A text effect (e.g. drop shadow)
    • A selection (a face or other element) with the background erased from its original image, to make it look like part of the layer(s) underneath
  4. DOCUMENT - to show how you assembled the image, save a screenshot of the editing software, including the layers panel.
    Add the screenshot image file to your Google Drive media folder.
    [how to take a screenshot / capture the screen on your device]
  5. DESCRIBE - Write a short paragraph that explains what you did.
    Include credits (title, artist and URL) for the raw images you used.
  6. EXPORT - save a JPG file and add it to your Google Drive media folder.

* 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..



In your ePortfolio, first rename the "(media badge)" page "Image Design", then write a reflection of at least 250 words.

Include the following in your reflection:

A specific mention of at least one thing you read or watched above

Connections - relate your learning for this badge to your own teaching & learning, both past experience and future plans

Link - at least one other resource, article, website, etc.

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.