Tutorial – Como crear máscara de recorte con Photoshop CS6

Máscara de recorte

Puedes crear máscaras de recorte en minutos con Photoshop CS6

Habeis visto alguna vez en material impreso ó en la web imagenes de texto que muestran recortes de fotos en el cuerpo de las letras? la técnica se llama “máscara de recorte”, y es muy fácil de hacer. Se puede crear el effecto con varios paquetes de software editor de imagenes. En este tutorial yo he usado Adobe Photoshop CS6, pero se puede lograr igualmente utilizando culquiera de las ultimas versiones de Photoshop (Adobe Creative Suite). ¡Espero les sea útil!

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Tutorial – How to make aqua buttons in Photoshop CS6

aqua button sample

You can make aqua buttons like this one easily with Photoshop

Creating aqua buttons is pretty easy. In this tutorial I explain how to make a simple aqua button. Once you know how to make a simple button you can go for more ambitious goals and create complex buttons and other elements with aqua surfaces. I used Photoshop CS6 here, but the steps are pretty much the same regardless of which version of the Adobe Creative Suite you are using.

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Tutorial – How to make a clipping mask in Phtoshop CS6

clipping mask sample

Making clipping masks is incredibly easy with Photoshop. Click the video below to see a detailed explanation how.

This video tutorial has step by step instructions for making a clipping mask with Photoshop. I used Photoshop CS6, but this will work on previous versions of your Adobe Creative Suite Photoshop the same way.

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How do you find the time to create all the artwork you need for a given project when there are so many deadlines and variables?

A friend who is just getting started in instructional design asked me recently, “How do you find the time to create all the artwork you need for a given project when there are so many deadlines and variables?”

Well, the truth is that I try to use open source artwork and icons whenever possible. At this moment I am employed at a community college in California, and tax payer dollars fund my position. I was hired to design and implement solutions to educational needs and challenges, but I was not hired to be an artist (although I am very artistically inclined, and have the skills and knowledge needed to create my own art).

Because I am the only person in my department, and I don’t have an art department at my disposition, nor any illustrators or production artists I can request artwork from, I often have to use resources freely available on the web. In an effort to save the tax payers (and my employer!) money, and to avoid reinventing the wheel I use open source icons and artwork whenever possible.

As you might imagine, there are times when I can’t find the icon/image I need, or when the project calls for original artwork. In those cases I do design my own icons and/or images. However, illustrating icons and images can be a very time consuming activity, so I avoid having to make them from scratch if at all possible. I do a lot of illustrations in my own time to release the creative urges within me (and to keep myself sane!), but at work I need to move fast, and to save my employer money while taking care of business effectively and efficiently I use open source icons/images (I edit them if necessary).

Although aesthetics are a subset of design; design does not mean art. Design means problem solving and creating solutions with a plan (hopefully you do it aesthetically). So I stick to problem solving and designing solutions to educational needs as much as possible to maximize ROI for my employer.

Here are a couple of free icon/image resources I find useful in my practice (but there are tons available on the web):

Instant Shift

100+ Free High Quality Icon Sets for Web Designers and Developers. FREE

The Noun Project

The Noun Project collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world’s visual language. FREE

Flickr Creative Commons

Flickr is one of the largest user-driven collections of images on the web. Many users share their images under a creative commons license which allows different levels of use. FREE

Flickr Commons

This is different from Flickr Creative Commons. This is great for historical photographs. The images here are provided by museums, libraries, universities, and other cultural heritage centers from around the world. FREE


They offer a mix of free and low-cost photos and stock illustrations. They also offer tutorials.

If you use any of these resources make sure to attribute credit to the original authors. I hope you find these useful!

M. Ricardo Flores

Gooru – A promising search engine for educators and students (currently in alpha)

I came across this search engine yesterday. I admit I have not used it yet, but watching the brief video made me curious about it and look forward to trying it out. Have you used it? What do you think of this resource? http://www.goorulearning.org


TUTORIAL: How to allow students to see their scores for the quizzes in Moodle Gradebook.

As soon as students finish a quiz and click the “Submit” button Moodle shows them their score (for example: 89/100, or 100/100, etc.). SO , they do see their score immediately. But, what if you want to make the Gradebook permanently visible them?

You need to do two things. The first is to make your Gradebook visible in your Settings, and the second is to make sure the “eye icon” or reveal/unhide icon is set to visible.

Below are instruction how to do this:

STEP 1 – Click on “settings on the left column

STEP 2 – Locate “Show Grades” on the page and select “Yes” from the drop down menu

STEP 3 – Scroll all the way down and click “Save Changes

STEP 4 – In the Administration block, click on “Grades

STEP 5 – Click the tab named “Categories and Items

STEP 6 – In the “Actions” column, click the “eye” icon to open the eye, and thus reveal the Gradebook permanently

STEP 7 – Click “Save changes

That’s it. You have now made the gradebook permanently visible (well, until you change it again).

TUTORIAL: How to extend the time of a quiz in Moodle (for students who need extra time)

STEP 1 – In the Administration block, click on “Assign Roles

STEP 2 – In the “Roles” column, click on “DSPS* Student“.  (*Your institution may use a different acronym or label here)

STEP 3 – In the search bar, type the student’s name, email,  or ID number (you might have to scroll down if you have a small monitor and cannot see the search bar

STEP4 – In the “Search results” box click on the student’s name to highlight it, and click the “Add” button

STEP 5 – Click on “Assign Roles in Course” (you may have to scroll down if you have a small monitor running at low resolution.

That’s it. You have removed the time limits for this student.

Tutorial – How to export grades from Moodle as an Excel spreadsheet

Tutorial – How to add students to Moodle course manually

It is very easy to add students and/or other participants to your Moodle course. In this  quick video tutorial I explain how to assign roles in Moodle 1.9. I hope you find it useful!

Diseño instruccional: oficio, fase y proceso

La profesión y campo de estudio conocído como tecnología y diseño instruccional en su historia ha sido redefinído por lo menos cinco veces por organizaciones reconocidas y reputables como la AECT y la comisión presidencial. Agreguémos a eso el número de personas que piensan que la enseñanza en linea es el equivalente a technología y diseño instruccional, y también sumemos la creencia por parte de muchos que el diseño de páginas web es también un equivalente y ya tenemos una gran confusión sobre lo que es la profesión y campo de estudio llamado tecnología y diseño instruccional.

Naturalmente que con tantas variaciones en definición a través de los años, y con un gran número de personas entrando a la profesión (no tanto al campo de estudio) desde otras disciplinas, pero sin licencias ni titulos académicos respaldandoles como diseñadores instrcucionales de bona fide, la profesión y campo de estudio conocído como tecnología y diseño instruccional se ha vuelto un tipo de “mil usos” ya que todo mundo la define desde un punto egocéntrico al pensar que la definición consta de lo que cada uno hace en su trabajo. Por estas razones hay un entendimiento muy confuso y fragmentado sobre la definición actual de lo que es la profesión y campo de estudios llamado tecnología y diseño instruccional.

La intención de esta entrada no es criticar a los que desconocen ó están mal informados, sino de aclarar la definición, de acuerdo a las organizaciones profesionales y a practicantes e investigadores calificados, de esta profesión y campo de estudio.

Este es un excelente artículo sobre lo que es el diseño instruccional escríto en español por Andrés Chiappe Laverde como un comienzo al entendimiento para aquellos que se interesen en entender más sobre lo que es tecnología y diseño instruccional. Advierto que es un comienzo y no una guía definitiva. http://educacionyeducadores.unisabana.edu.co/index.php/eye/article/view/742/1718