Several months ago, I saw an image of a pop-up book at Freepik.com where I like to get images for eLearning projects. At the time, I just downloaded a few of the images for use later. When the E-Learning Heroes Challenge 190 to create a coloring book came out, I decided to combine that challenge with the idea I had of creating a pop-up book.
I had no idea how I was going to accomplish that, I just started gathering more images so I would have a selection for the project. I also started looking at the examples of the coloring books to see how that could work.
I also wanted to include a page flipping action but did not know how to do that either.
I have to admit, I used to wonder why people are doing these challenges as many times they would not be something you would do in eLearning to help someone learn. Many of the examples in the past are very creative and inventive, but I could not see them being used in a course.
What I have learned from entering these challenges is they test, stretch, and add to your skills and knowledge with Articulate Storyline and other tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint, screen captures, photo editors and many more. This challenge is an example of how I started with an idea and learned to do things I did not know how to do. I also cannot thank enough all of the people in this community who have helped me by their advice and help through the years by posting their ideas, examples, and advice.
· Insert images into a presentation
· Remove Background
· Format color
· Format Picture Effects 3D
· Format Color Set Transparent Color
· Format Painter
· Making a page turn in PowerPoint 2016
· To find this, I did a browser search for page turn animation
· Insert Pictures
· Format Painter
· Format Change Color
· Insert Video and Edit Video
· Artist Janoon028 use this code to search for these images.
· I originally searched for silhouettes
Snippy tool for captures.
Steps to Build
Step #1: I gathered the images I thought would work in this project. These were all really great but some were on a book and others were not. The few images I had made me want to know if there were more of them on the freepik.com site. I am a member of the site so I login and then can download as many as I want as long as I give attribution to the site. In this case, I realized that searching for the artist’s code Janoon028 could help me find all of the related images since they were classified under different search categories.
Step #2: I knew that I wanted to break apart the images so I could construct a pop-up. I still did not know how that was going to happen but I needed individual shapes for that. I inserted the image of the boy and girl reading under a tree on a book. I used the Snippy capture tool to get the boy and girl shapes. I pasted one shape on a blank slide and used Format Remove Background. I also used the image of the shelf and background to create a new background for this project. I captured the book image and used remove background for that as well. I still get a white line around some objects but have not learned how to eliminate the line using PowerPoint. I might need another tool.
Step #3: I started in Articulate Storyline 3 with a prototype project. I opened a new project and began inserting the images I wanted to use. I had created an image with the background and book I wanted and inserted that into a few slides. I inserted a shape on the book to jump to a new slide and took off all of the built in Next and Prev buttons.
Step #4: I wanted to experiment with the pop-up action first. I thought that animations would be a good place to start but to be honest, I could not find anything that had the look I wanted. I remembered a time when I created a flat looking image so I looked in Storyline and picture effects. I knew from another project that I could change the image with 3D. However, Storyline does not have a 3D effect. I opened PowerPoint and clicked the image of the boy laying down reading. I then clicked Format, Picture Effects, 3-D Rotation, Parallel and experimented with the look of the various layouts. I settled on the Off Axis 1: Top as what I wanted. Now all I have to do is use the Format Painter on the other objects I created so they have the same flat look!
Step #5: Now I had to experiment with making this flat image look like a pop-up. I also had to experiment with what triggers them to pop-up. I did not like having them pop-up when the open book image appeared. That was more realistic but I wanted the person looking at this to see that happen. I decided to use a button to make the images pop-up.
Step #6: After experimenting with some options, I realized the best effect was to give the shape of the boy a pop-up state. After looking at the Examples for the Coloring https://community.articulate.com/articles/interactive-coloring-books-in-elearning in the challenge, I realized I needed states anyway for the colors. I made the flat shape normal, and a custom state for Popup and changed the color of the upright shape. I just clicked FORMAT tab, Recolor dropdown, Dark Variations and selected the last color a darker shade than the flat image.
Step #7: It is now time to create the triggers needed to make the pop-up effect. It made sense to me only to work on this effect first. I created a button called popup and set the trigger to change the boy state to popup. Once I tested this and IT WORKED, I added the girl and tree shapes with triggers. Now that I had one slide with shapes working, I added another slide with shapes and repeated my steps.
Step #8: I wanted a page turn effect to open the book and to move to the next slide. Wow, how do I do that? I did a browser search on the terms page turn animation. I looked down the list and saw an entry for “How to Apply Page Turn Effect in PowerPoint Presentations.” This looked good to me so I clicked the link. Doing this in PowerPoint was easy, but how do I get this into Storyline?
I did see an article for a page turn in Articulate Presenter from 7 years ago, but this did not help me. I decided to use the PowerPoint effect, and then create it as a video and pull that into Storyline. It is still a little clumsy, but it looks ok to me. After experimenting, I came up with a PowerPoint that had the image of the book and background on two slides. I then used the Transitions, Page Curl effect on both slides. I did a File, Export, Create a Video, set each slide to 1 second, and named the video Page Turn.Mp4.
Step #9: I inserted the video into Storyline on the second slide. Because the video was not the same aspect ratio as the project, I put a background behind the video to help fill in the slide. It does not match as well as I would like but it helps. I experimented with the timing of the video and discovered I could edit the video to start as the page turns as stop as the page opens. Later I made the slide .5 seconds long so the page turned quickly. I duplicated this slide and placed it between each of the pop-up slides.
Step #10: I used the example Dave Anderson provided of the Basic Drawing Book that Chibuikem Nwani created. https://community.articulate.com/discussions/building-better-courses/drawing-book-in-storyline. I liked this example because it was simple and I only wanted to change the colors of each shape to keep this simple for now. I started with the boy shape and created 4 variables one for each color. I copied the upright image and pasted it as the states boyred, boygreen, boyblue, and boyblack. I used More Variations and selected red, blue, green, and black from the Standard colors and Theme Colors.
TIP: You need to click the image for each state for the color change. I found that pasting each shape first then changing color was the best way to work. I still had to change each state color one at a time.
Step #11: Putting it all together I used the color trigger ideas from the Basic Drawing Book and copied those to the next slide where they were needed. I decided to keep this project small but it could go on for several more slides. It also helped to only have three shapes per slide so I did not need as many triggers. I just kept testing and adjusting the various effects until I had a result I felt good about. It still seems a bit clunky to me but it does work. I can continue to refine this over time and as I hope to get feedback on how to improve this challenge.
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