Applied Checklist: Digitally Enhanced Images
I created the first of these digitally enhanced images, “Breakfast with ITG!”, by combining several images using various apps. I took the central photo, enhanced it using Google Photos, optimized it using Image Optimizer, and added it to a background in Canva. I then used Gimp to create a logo for ITG and place it in the flier. Finally, I used Canva to adjust the asset’s various layers (especially the floating fried eggs) to make the photo blend in naturally with the background that frames it. After exporting the finished image as a PNG and uploading it to my WordPress media library, I added alt-text to make it accessible.
This flier would be used to model a graphical representation of information in a Canvas module on the UDL principle of Multiple Means of Representation. Learners would then be asked to create their own infographic. Models help learners apply abstract ideas like design principles to real creations.
The second image, “Enter a Due-Date,” began as a screenshot taken by the Screenshot app (part of macOS 10). I used Gimp’s masking tool to selectively focus on the “Assign to” box in the center of the image, letting learners know that the surrounding settings are not the focus of the process being taught. After exporting from Gimp and uploading to WordPress, I added alt-text to make the PNG accessible. Like the digital document, these assets are stably hosted on my website and are licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.
This screenshot supports documentation such as that in the interactive module “Multiple Means of Representation in Canvas.” The screenshot is an alternate mode of representation for steps in a process that would otherwise only be text-based.