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Learning task 9 - Decide on the best tools

Learning intention(s)

Students will be able to:

  • Justify your your use of tools given your expertise and the desired effects.

a) Now you should consider which tools will be the best for developing your visual exposition. There are some tools listed below to help you with this. Some are open source software, others are websites that provide tools that are usable online.

Whichever tools you use, it is likely you will need to manipulate graphic files by cutting out images and combining them with other images and using text and colour on your visual exposition.

The following video tutorials give you some easy methods for communicating meanings visually with the open source graphics tool, GIMP.

NOTE: These should be viewed in 1080p for maximum screen clarity.

Tutorial 1 - Brief introduction to GIMP, layers and changing layer sizes.

Tutorial 2 - Selecting parts of images with the free selection tool and quick mask and copying them into other images.

Tutorial 3 - More selection tools, fuzzy select tool and tidying up selections.

Tutorial 4 - The text tool and using drop shadows to make images stand out and emphasise importance.

b) When converting images to film and editing video, most tools are fairly similar to use. Windows Movie Maker and imovie in particular are simple to use for stringing together images and/or video and for adding sound.

If you are working in a group, you should aim to use the existing expertise within your group and build further expertise individually. You may decide to assign roles to each group member depending on which tool they wish to use. All group members should be involved in the planning and understand how the ideas are being developed and communicated in your visual exposition.

  • GIMP - a powerful graphics manipulation tool.
  • Official GIMP tutorials (beginner tutorials will get you started)
  • Windows movie maker - A easy to use video editing tool. Can be downloaded from the Microsoft website.
  • Audacity - an open source sound recording and editing tool. Easy to record sound files for voiceover.
  • Audacity tutorials
  • Inkscape - A powerful vector editing tool. Good for creating images from scratch. An electronic alternative to drawing your own images and scanning them.
  • Beginner Inkscape tutorial

Published on: 23 Aug 2011




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