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 to grow (otherwise you will spend an inordinate amout of time looking for photos). Take a screenshot of a photo that you located by using a tags search. (PS - if you need screenshot help, watch module 10 first)
Create a custom button using cooltext.com - make it applicable to something that you would use in your signature or your profile page.
The following post is an example of what the students need to create.
(I'm including this post in my own regular blog feed as well as you all might enjoy seeing some good examples for inspiration)
Assignment #5 - Leveraging Resources
Flickr Creative Commons
I used the advanced search in flickr to find a creative commons licensed photo that was also tagged "allowed for commercial use". On the photo page, I clicked the "share" button and selected the output pixel size I needed. I pasted the HTML code into a notepad window so that I could copy the the http reference to the jpg file to the clipboard. In AR, I used the insert image button and pasted the http reference to the jpg file (note: you do not need to "upload" the photo, since it is already on the web). Below the photo you need to give a photo credit and link to the original page (you could optionally give the photo credit at the bottom of your post)
Photo Credit: "Patio" by Daily Invention
Using Tags in Picasa
The tags feature in picasa allows you to label your photos with keywords that you will be able to find the photos again in the future. You may want to keep a master document for reference of all the index keywords that you have used in the past so that you can add to existing groups and add new groups as needed. Once you have assigned keywords (tags) to photos, you leverage that to your advantage in the future by using the search box at the top of the window. Here I located a "main street" sign in my library.
The cooltext.com website allows you to pick a button shape and color. Then you put whatever text label you want on the button. This is a typical call to action for real estate agent blogs.