ELC235 Paper Cutout Challenge
This week’s E-Learning Challenge involved using a paper cutout technique to restyle any standard graphic to appear as if it were torn out of a magazine by adding a rough, white border around the edges.
Since the appearance of the edited graphics reminded me of paper dolls cut out of a book, I thought a dress code activity I created for an onboarding program would be a good candidate for revision. I exported the photographic characters that I had in the original, then popped them into PowerPoint so I could draw a freehand shape around each one. After filling the shape with white and removing the outline, I moved the white shape behind the photo, grouped the shape and photo together, and added a drop shadow for depth. I then exported the result as a new picture.
Storyline’s updated media library made replacing the images in my file very easy. You can follow these steps on the image below.
- On the Storyline ribbon, go to View > Media Library.
- Since my graphics were imported, they were on the Images tab. If you use the Storyline characters, you can find them on the Characters tab.
- For each image I wanted to update, I selected it in the primary pane on the left.
- In the dynamic pane on the right, once the image was selected, I chose the Replace icon and browsed to the location of my updated images to replace them.
While I used the Curve shape to create the white scissor-cut outlines on my photographs, I tried the Freehand shape to get a sharper cut look around a Storyline Illustrated – Classic character to get a slightly different look. I added a fairly deep shadow as well, to make the cutout stand out from the background.
Adding additional effects to that image, like a 3D Rotation and a Perspective Shadow, allowed creation of this graphic that looks like a cardboard cutout. A similar image could then be used as background scenery.
Click the thumbnail below to view the final activity in a new tab: