How to Create Remote Online Course Packages

This training is for remote online course requests, please refer to this tutorial for custom course package requests. This tutorial will cover the 2 style menus for remote online course graphics and how to use the templates to create:

  • canvas homepage banner
  • canvas dashboard graphic
  • canvas buttons
  • lecture title slide
  • individual lecture segment slide
  • stinger slides
  • iPad overlay

Style A Templates folder 

 Style B Templates folder


Preparation: Choosing a style

For remote online course graphics, LAITS offers 2 general style menus: Style A and Style B

Please read through the style menus linked above. Below is a quick summary for the main differences between style A & B:

Style A: 
- uses the professor's photo
- monochromatic color scheme
- round canvas buttons

ex:

Style B:
- uses an image/graphic
- color scheme depends on the image/graphic
- square canvas buttons

ex:

Before you start, gather the following information and assets from your client or project manager: (these should all be in the assignment’s description part on BC)

  • Which style does the professor prefer? (A or B)
  • List of requested graphics (ex: canvas graphics + title slide + stingers)
  • Professor’s photo for style A or preferred image/graphic for style B
  • Preferred branding for the course (ex: department_of_chemistry.png)
  • Preferred title for the professor (ex: Dr., Lecturer, Professor, etc)
  • Preferred color scheme (if none, use #005f86 for style A or #579d42 for Style B)

After you have read through the style menus and collected all necessary info and assets, create a folder for your course on Box. (ex: ADV319 Psychology of Advertising) Make sure to invite your project manager as an editor.

Inside your course folder, create 3 sub folders:

  • ADV319 PSD Templates (upload your PSD files to this folder)
  • ADV319 JPGs – for project manager (upload your approved graphics to this folder)
  • ADV319 Assets (upload your assets to this folder)

You are all prepped!


 Canvas Graphics: Homepage Banner

Style A Templates folder / Style B Templates folder

Go to the folder for your requested style, find the banner template by going to PSD MASTER template > MASTER-TEMPLATE-styleA/B-canvashomepage-banner.psd

Download and open the template in Photoshop. (scroll down for style B)

Style A (3 versions)

- One line title


- Two lines title


- Two images

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Choose the version that best fits your course. 

Step 1 - Replace photo


Step 2 - Replace course information. If the professor provided a 
         a branding for their course, replace the TEXAS branding.


Step 3 - Hide the margins then export the banner as JPG. 


Step 4 - Save and upload the PSD file to the PSD templates folder 
         on Box. 

Step 5 - Post exported JPG on BC for feedback. 

Step 6 - Upload JPG to the JPGs folder on Box when your banner is 
         approved.
Style B (2 versions)
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Step 1 - Place image/graphic in the background. Make proper edits 
         such as darken image, add overlay, layout change, etc.


Step 2 - Replace course information and branding.


Step 3 - Edit the color of the text block. Select the text block,
         go to fx -> Color Overlay. Choose a color and click OK.


Step 4 - Export as JPG. Save and upload the PSD file to the 
                     PSD templates folder on Box. 

Step 5 - Post exported JPG on BC for feedback. 

Step 6 - Upload JPG to the JPGs folder on Box when your banner is 
approved.


Canvas Graphics: Dashboard Graphic

Dashboard graphic should look like a simplified version of the homepage banner.

Style A Templates folder / Style B Templates folder

Go to the folder for your requested style, find the dashboard graphic template by going to PSD MASTER template > MASTER-TEMPLATE-styleA/B-canvaDashboard.psd

Download and open the template in Photoshop. (scroll down for style B)

Style A (4 versions)
- One line title with photo on the left.


- One line title with photo on top.


- Two lines title with photo on the left.


- Two lines title with photo on top.

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Choose the version that best fits your course. 

Step 1 - Reuse the photo that was used in the Homepage banner.
         Place professor photo on top of the template photo layer.


Step 2 - Replace course information.

Step 3 - Export as JPG. Save and upload the PSD file to the 
                     PSD templates folder on Box. 

Step 4 - Post exported JPG on BC for feedback. 

Step 5 - Upload JPG to the JPGs folder on Box when your dashboard 
         graphic is approved.
Style B ( 2 versions)
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Step 1 - Reuse the image/graphic that was used in the homepage
         banner as background.


Step 2 - Replace course information

Step 3 - Change text block color. Select the text block layer,
         go to fx -> Color Overlay. Choose a color and click OK.


Step 4 - Export artboard as JPG. Save and upload the PSD file to 
         the PSD templates folder on Box. 

Step 4 - Post exported JPG on BC for feedback. 

Step 5 - Upload JPG to the JPGs folder on Box when your dashboard 
         graphic is approved.

Canvas Graphics: Canvas Buttons

Style A Templates folder / Style B Templates folder

Go to the folder for your requested style, find the dashboard graphic template by going to PSD MASTER template > MASTER-TEMPLATE-styleA/B-canvasbutton.psd

Download and open the template in Photoshop.

This session will quickly go over how to edit the button templates, here is a more detailed tutorial on Canvas buttons: Basic Training: How to Create Canvas Buttons

Style A Button wording options


Style B Button wording options

Step 1 – Replace the text if the professor requested button with custom wording.

 

Step 2 – change the color if needed.  To add a color overlay, select the shape, go to fx -> Color Overlay. Choose a color and click OK.

 

Step 3 – When your button is ready, right click on the folder of your edited button, select Export as…, then export your button as JPG.

 

Step 4 – Save and upload the PSD file to the PSD templates folder on Box, then post exported JPGs on BC for feedback.

Step 5 – Upload JPG to the JPGs folder on Box when your buttons are approved.


PPT Template: Lecture Title Slide Background

Style A Templates folder / Style B Templates folder

Go to the folder for your requested style, find the dashboard graphic template by going to PSD MASTER template > MASTER-TEMPLATE-styleA/B-titleslide.psd

Download and open the template in Photoshop. (scroll down for style B)

Style A
Step 1 - Place professor's photo on top of the circle mask.


Step 2 - Replace the branding if the professor/project manager 
         provided a department branding for your course.


Step 3 - Change the background color if the professor chose a 
         custom color scheme.


Step 4 - Export as JPG. Save and upload the PSD file to the 
                     PSD templates folder on Box.

Step 5 - Refer to PPT Template: Formatting Slide Template session below
         for instruction on how create the title slide.
Style B ( 2 versions)

Faded Full Color version:
Step 1 - Make sure you downloaded the correct template. 


Step 2 - Place your course image on top of the template image layer


Step 3 - Lower the opacity for your course image to 25% and hide
         the template image layer. (Adjust the opacity as needed)


Step 4 - Replace the branding if the professor/project manager 
         provided a department branding for your course.


Step 5 - change the top accent bar color if the professor specified
         a color scheme for the course.


Step 6 - Export as JPG. Save and upload the PSD file to the  
                     PSD templates folder on Box.

Step 7 - Refer to PPT Template: Formatting Slide Template session 
         below for instruction on how create the title slide.
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Monochromatic version: 
Step 1 - Make sure you downloaded the correct template.


Step 2 - Place your course image on top of the template image layer


Step 3 - Convert your image to grayscale by going to Image ->
                     Adjustment -> Desaturated


Step 4 - Hide the template image layer. Change the layer mode for
         your image to Multiply and adjust opacity as needed.


Step 5 - Change the undertone color if the professor specified a
         color scheme for the course.


Step 6 - Export as JPG. Save and upload the PSD file to the  
PSD templates folder on Box.

Step 7 - Refer to PPT Template: Formatting Slide Template session 
below for instruction on how create the title slide.

PPT Template: Individual Lecture Segment Slide 

Style A Templates folder / Style B Templates folder

Individual lecture segment slide uses the same PSD template as the Lecture title slide. Style A requires a new export, style B can omit this step and move on to PPT Template: Formatting Slide Template.

Style A: 
Step 1: Open your title slide PSD file


Step 2: Hide professor's picture


Step 3: Export as JPG. Move on to PPT Template: Formatting Slide 
                   Template.

PPT Template: Stinger Slides

Style A Templates folder / Style B Templates folder

Go to the folder for your requested style, find the banner template by going to PSD MASTER template > MASTER-TEMPLATE-styleA/B-4Stingers.psd

Step 1 – Replace the branding if the professor/project manager provided a department        branding for your course.

Step 2 – change the top accent bar color and icon color if the professor specified a color scheme for the course. (Change background color for Style A stingers)

Step 3 – Export each stinger with a different icon as JPG. Save and upload the PSD file to the PSD templates folder on Box.

Step 4 – Use these JPGs as background for the stinger slides in your PPT template. Refer to PPT Template: Formatting Slide Template.


PPT Template: Formatting Slide Template

Step 1 – create a blank presentation in PowerPoint.

Step 2 – Set slide size to widescreen 16:9.

Step 3 – Create new slide for title slide, individual lecture segment slide, and stinger slides. Title slide uses the Title Slide layout, 

lecture segment slide and stingers uses the Section Header layout.

Step 4 – Change slide background to your exported JPGs.

Step 5 – Add text. (Follow the  “EDITING INSTRUCTIONS FOR STYLE “A/B” SLIDES” instruction in this doc)

Copy and paste the slide information in the note section so the professor knows which font and size to use.

Repeat the step for each slide

Step 6 – Export slides to JPGs and post exported JPGs on BC for feedback.

Step 7 – Save and upload the PowerPoint file and background JPGs (NOT the exported slides) to the “JPGs – for project manager ” folder on Box.


iPad Overlay

Style A Templates folder / Style B Templates folder

Go to the folder for your requested style, find the banner template by going to PSD MASTER template > MASTER-TEMPLATE-styleA/B-iPadOverlay.

Step 1: Change the course title.


Step 2: change the color if the professor choose a different color
scheme for the course. (Style B: replace the image)

Step 3: Replace the branding if the professor/project manager 
        provided a department branding for your course.


Step 4: hide the black box then Export as JPGs. Save and upload the 
        PSD file to the PSD templates folder on Box.


Step 5 - Post exported JPG on BC for feedback. 

Step 6 - Upload JPG to the JPGs folder on Box when approved.

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