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Cool Tool: Pixabay

Monday, June 1, 2020

Many of us take great pride in the presentations, online programs, and printed materials we create for learners. While the content may be superb, some instructional designers drop the ball with aesthetics.

How do your training products look? Humans are visual creatures, and slacking on the optics of a project can be distracting to learners.


At pixabay.com, you can browse through more than 1.7 million high-quality, no-cost stock images and videos. The lion's share of images and videos available in the collection are royalty free—meaning you can copy, modify, distribute, and use them, even for commercial purposes, all without asking for permission or giving credit to the artists. That is important, because typically performing online searches and right-clicking to save as a way of procuring images for projects is not advised due to copyright laws.

Pixabay's online gallery is a recommended resource for L&D professionals with tight budgets or those who may not have access to a graphic design wiz. Smart use of high-quality images can take your next project from good to great and give your content an extra pop.

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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