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If you add characters to your elearning courses, odds are that you’re also adding some speech bubbles. PowerPoint comes with the ability to create your own text callouts, but I find that I like to use ones that look more organic than the PowerPoint shapes. I try to create my own.

I created some speech bubbles for a recent project so I’m making them available for you to use as you wish. I also added a few bonus tips below.

On a side note, you’ll notice that the download links go to the new community site’s download section. I now have a place to put all of the blog downloads so it’ll be easier for you to find resources that I’ve shared in the past.  Not only can you find all of the resources from previous blog posts, but you can also get a bunch of other free assets to help with your elearning design.

Rounded Speech Bubbles

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - free speech bubbles

Download rounded speech bubbles here.

 

Squared Speech Bubbles

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - free speech squared speech bubbles

Download squared speech bubbles here.

 

Thought Clouds without Tails

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - free thought clouds

Download thought clouds here.

 

Thought Clouds with Tails

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - free thought clouds with tails

Download thought clouds with tails here.

 

Bonus Tips

  • Organic fonts look great in speech bubbles. You can probably find some free ones at sites like dafont.com. I gave some away in a previous blog post on adding personality to your elearning courses. You can download those (and more) from the new community, as well.
  • Use Microsoft’s clip organizer to manage all of the free assets. In a previous post I showed how to import your own images into the clip organizer. That will make it easier to find and insert the free speech bubbles.
  • Don’t use speech bubbles. Sometimes the screen can get a little crowded and using speech bubbles doesn’t help make it less crowded.  If you want to free up some white space, use simple lines that connect the character to the text. That’s what I did in this demo.
  • Take full advantage of the new community. I uploaded the text bubbles into our new elearning community. You’ll find all sorts of other free assets like templates and graphics. You’ll also find some additional callouts. There’s even a practice course with all of the files available for you to use.

Hope you can use the speech bubbles (and the other free stuff) for some elearning projects.  If there’s something you’d like to see in the downloads, let me know.


Tidbits:

I’m in Orlando this week at the Learning Solutions Conference.  If you happen to be there, swing by the Articulate booth and get a sneak peek at what’s new.

Here’s a list of some other upcoming speaking events:

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27 responses to “Over 45 Free Speech Bubbles to Make Your E-Learning Courses Talk”

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I like using speech bubbles, but have found end users complain that they are “too cartoonish” or distracting. I would be interested in seeing some examples of how you implement. Thanks.

@Greg: it’s just a matter of preference. I like the organic look with handwritten fonts. But we also have some less organic bubbles in the community.

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I think learning is about people, and people sometimes needs to feel a “human touch”. I am testing http://www.voki.com in my web based courses, as embed objects.

Greetings from Perú!

Great post Tom, I agree with you!
I’m sure I’ll use some of this stuff :)

@ Greg Friese – I usually use real people images with speech bubbles. I think the final result is less “cartoonish”.

That said, for example I don’t really like the use of painted characters mixed with speech bubbles cus I think that identification for end users is more difficult.

Thank you!! :) I’ve been using your chalkboard icons and images and love them. I actually thought of leaving a comment asking for some speech bubbles too – you beat me to it!

I agree, I like the organic look of speech bubbles with organic fonts.

Thanks for these GREAT resources!!

March 22nd, 2011

Tom – Thanks for the tips! You help me do my best work!

Thanks Tom – Great post!

March 23rd, 2011

真是好漂亮的云啊!

so beautiful clouds!

Greetings – as always Tom another great post. I wish I was still livning in Louisville, KY I would be the first in line to welcome you and have a coffee. Oh well – I do have a question – in downloading the clouds I am getting a message that in order to download I need to purchase WinRAR? Is this how you expected it to work. I will say that I do not work for an organization that has purchased Articulate – so this may also get in my way of accessing the downloads. Please let me know – thank you so much for all you do – you are an inspiration to me.

Nancy K. Hoke – Khalifa University Abu Dhabi, UAE

@Nancy: the downloads are simple .zip files. Not sure what’s producing the message. Perhaps you have an older trial version of the application on your computer.

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Oh, these are great! Implementing speech bubbles are fine, as long as it doesn’t clutter the presentation and you don’t use it as much. I prefer using the speech bubbles for the important parts to grab the attention of the users. Thank you for sharing!

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So cute!!
They are perfect for some Cartoon.

November 9th, 2011

http://www.photoonica.com is all fun with speech bubbles.

December 15th, 2011

I love the look of your website. I recently built mine and I was looking for some ideas for my site and you gave me a few.

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October 2nd, 2012

Thank you!! Words alone cannot express my gratitude! Heaps of praise sent your way… may your camels multiply!!

nice!