We are trying to encourage more staff to start using Badges in their Moodle courses to motivate students and provide some friendly competition. Although I love any opportunity to use Photoshop to make something interesting, I know that it’s not really very sustainable. Luckily there are lots of free services for making attractive badges easily and quickly.
The first is very simple, from webestools. It allows you to choose from some simple templates such as stars and shields in different colours. Then you simply choose the font, text content and angle. Then you just click “Preview”, adjust if needed and then click on the download link to save it.
The obvious difference with the second one, 3d Badge Maker, is the significantly larger size (although you can resize it) and the ability to upload an image to be incorporated into the badge. You have to go through several stages to make the badge, but it does have proper layers so you can drag your text and images into the right place. Although it initially seems that you have to use Facebook or Google to login and get the image, with obvious privacy issues, it is possible to click on a direct download link to get your image.
If you found this post interesting, you should also look at my post on using badges.