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graphics for bloggers: Classroom Assignment 5 Example - Leveraging Resources - 02/22/12 12:02 PM
Craig's Classroom - Virtual Course Graphics for Bloggers 101 is underway. (course information page, pre-recorded videos, watch at your own pace, enrollment is still OPEN!) We have a nice group signed up! :) I am creating a series of classroom assignments for the students to complete the course. This post is to illustrate a report on Assignment #5 - Leveraging Resources Find a photo on Flickr using the advanced search where creative commons licensed and allowed for "commercial use". Place the photo in your blog report post with proper attribution. Using tags in Picasa is an essential skill once your personal library begins (8 comments)
graphics for bloggers: Classroom Assignment 4 Example - Inspiration From Others - Themes, Signatures, and Profile Pages - 02/19/12 10:14 AM
Craig's Classroom - Virtual Course Graphics for Bloggers 101 is underway. (course information page, pre-recorded videos, watch at your own pace, enrollment is still OPEN!) We have a nice group signed up! :) I am creating a series of classroom assignments for the students to complete the course. This post is to illustrate a report on Assignment #4 - Inspiration from Others - Themes, Signatures, and Profile Pages Choose two examples of blog page themes that you like. Theme in this case is in reference to the banner graphic at the top of the page and the background selection (solid color, pattern, or (10 comments)
graphics for bloggers: Classroom Assignment 3 Example - Composite Graphics - 02/19/12 06:12 AM
Craig's Classroom - Virtual Course Graphics for Bloggers 101 is underway. (course information page, pre-recorded videos, watch at your own pace.) We have a nice group signed up! :) I am creating a series of classroom assignments for the students to complete the course. This post is to illustrate a report on Assignment #3 Composite Graphics AssignmentCreate TWO composite graphics The first (lead off) graphic should be square shaped and 340 pixels wide so that you can align it on the right edge and have the blog post text flow around it on the left. Overlay caption text over the photo and also (11 comments)
graphics for bloggers: Classroom Assignment 2 Example - Photo Shoot and Resample - 02/18/12 12:39 PM
Craig's Classroom - Virtual Course Graphics for Bloggers 101 is underway. (course information page, pre-recorded videos, watch at your own pace.) We have a nice group signed up! :) I am creating a series of classroom assignments for the students to complete the course. This post is to illustrate a report on Assignment #2 Photography assignment - Go out and take THREE photos with your normal camera setting. Photo 1 - take a photo of a sign, have the edges fill as much of the frame as you canPhoto 2 - Street scene of a neighborhood in your area Photo 3 - a close up shot of something (9 comments)
graphics for bloggers: Classroom Assignment 1 Example - Inspiration From Others - Blog Posts - 02/18/12 10:01 AM
Craig's Classroom - Virtual Course Graphics for Bloggers 101 is underway. (course information page, pre-recorded videos, watch at your own pace.) We have a nice group signed up! :) I am creating a series of classroom assignments for the students to complete the course. This post is to illustrate a report on Assignment #1 "Choose three specific blog posts that you think they did an excellent job in the use of graphics. In a very short narrative describe the appearance of the post and why you liked it. Give the URLs of each post that you chose." the following post is (6 comments)
I'm happy to announce that I'm finally opening the doors to my online virtual course, Graphics for Bloggers 101. It is 10 modules and over 4.5 hours of recorded training videos that you can watch at any time convenient to you (you can even download videos to your mobile to watch in your 'in-between' appointment times) I will teach you the basics and then we'll go many steps further to help your blog pages stand out! You be able to leverage many powerful tools (most of them free) (39 comments)
graphics for bloggers: Picnik Going Offline - What Can I Do? - 01/22/12 10:42 AM
I know many of you are shocked by the recent news that Picnik is going offline on April 19, 2012. I'm not happy about it either. I am a HUGE fan of the free google photo app called Picasa.... however, there were a few tools and features that it was just easier or better in Picnik (not many things, but a few). Recently Google released version 3.9 of Picasa (download page, FREE app). In it there were quite a few significant enhancements. I noticed many of the Picnik tools making their way over (since Google owns both products, this made (124 comments)
graphics for bloggers: Graphics For Bloggers [#7] - Creative Cropping - 11/12/11 02:35 PM
Photography is something that we want to leverage in our blogging and presentation work for our business. Do you carry your camera with you wherever you go? Do you let photo ops pass you by because you weren't prepared to capture the moment? Having imagery in our our blogs makes our posts much more interesting! Can you imagine a magazine where every page was only words. Do you think you would subscribe? Before we take a photo, we should give some thought to the composition. Do you use the rule of thirds? Do you move about the scene a little looking (86 comments)
graphics for bloggers: Graphics For Bloggers 101 Class - Coming Soon - 11/05/11 03:12 PM
I really love to teach. Can't you tell that by the name of my blog! I'm excited about a new project for me that is now underway. I have done webinars and really like doing them, and plan to continue doing them in the future. I'm going to switch gears for a while and do recorded classes. The most often phrase with the webinars, "I wanted to attend but couldn't at the time you had them." Craig's Virtual Classroom (on the drawing boards) each class 10 modules of about 15 minutes each playback online and podcast download > GB101 Graphics (23 comments)
graphics for bloggers: Graphics For Bloggers [#6] - ActiveRain Math - 04/24/11 06:00 PM
Today's class we're going into some mathematics of our ActiveRain blog page layouts. Don't run away, this is simple math! I frequently see some problems caused by misunderstanding the boundaries and sizes allotted to us in our ActiveRain blog pages. When we don't watch our numbers, some unwanted results in appearance will follow! Let me give you three numbers that you should keep in mind and then I'll explain what these numbers mean: 960, 684, 502. BLOG HEADER Let's start off with the blog header and our first target number of 960. We have the option to customize the appearance of (118 comments)
graphics for bloggers: Graphics For Bloggers [#5] - Snapshot and Crop - 02/13/11 09:30 AM
I'm in the midst of writing my Video Series, but I'm jumping back to my Graphics for Bloggers Series for a day to help you with a graphics skill that we will need on the next video lesson. I am going to demonstrate how to do screen captures AND get them cropped to the right aspect ratio so that it will be all ready to insert as new clips into your video timeline.
So let's take the case of a home tour video. You have gone out and recorded clips of you touring the house. As a lead-in to help (69 comments)
Time to start a new blog series! (BTW, I will continue the Picasa series, not done with that one quite yet) Let's change "channels" for a little while and talk about graphics in your blog! Take a look at different blogs and how graphics can be used well to catch a person's eye and then engage them to stay to read the content. In the figure on the right, notice the difference and how much more interesting the article with graphics is (exact same textual content). This series is going to dive a little deeper into the waters of intermediate (140 comments)
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