Photoshop for eLearning Developers

May 18, 2022
4 minutes
Mark Lassoff joined #IDIODC May 18.

As an aspiring, or new, instructional designer, PowerPoint is okay to start building eLearning graphics. But at a certain point you'll need to level up your skillset in graphics creation by moving to Photoshop.

After all, you're a professional now. It's time to start working like one and using professional-grade tools.  

Photoshop is a powerful tool that will support you in designing and creating learning solutions of all types.

Mark Lassoff, Founder of Tech Learning Network, joined us to share his top Photoshop features that instructional designers need to know and can't do in PowerPoint.

Here's a few we plan to cover:
- Creative Coloration for Dramatic Effect
- Compositing One Image From Several Sources
- Cutting Elements out of a Complex Background
- Cleaning up a Messy Image with Content Awareness

Some of the new AI that is built into Photoshop is very impressive. The Select Subject feature is like magic. You can pull objects out of images, and separate backgrounds in seconds. Mark noted that some of the features he showed are new as of the latest update, so make sure you upgrade your version to see how much easier it is to do amazing things in Photoshop to improve your eLearning projects.

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About Mark Lassoff

Over two million people have learned coding and design from Mark Lassoff.  

Mark and his company, Framework Tech Media, have taught people web and mobile development online, in the corporate classroom, and in secondary schools across the country.

Framework produces world-class learning content that focuses on digital skills such as web and mobile development. Before founding Framework, Mark started several companies in the Austin, Texas area. He is an in-demand speaker and has traveled the world to teach programming techniques and technologies. Mark has authored eight books on programming. He was named to the 40 under 40 in both Austin, Texas, and Hartford, CT. In 2017, Mark was awarded the prestigious Learning Guild Guildmaster Award.

Mark, and Framework, are based in Bridgeport, Connecticut.


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