Use Photos with Vignette Effect

Using photos in presentations is effective when done right. More so if the picture has a certain effect that is pleasing to the eyes. Isn’t it nice to use an image with a vignette effect?

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It is very easy to do this in PowerPoint. Here are the first few steps:

  1. Insert a rectangle over the image.

  2. Right-click and choose Format Shape

  3. In the dialog box or task pane (depending on your version of PowerPoint), in the Line section, choose No Line.

  4. In the Fill section, change the color to black or dark gray. I used a very dark gray.

To learn about the next steps, please head to this link: Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

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Use PowerPoint in Creating Quizzes

quiz-word-red-d-letters-to-illustrate-exam-evaluation-assessment-to-measure-your-knowledge-expertise-44060147One way to create quizzes is to use PowerPoint. This is done with the use of hyperlinks. It’s pretty simple and easy. You don’t need any programming and you also can’t grade it. What happens is that the quiz taker will take it in Slide Show view and when the wrong answer is chosen, the taker will just go back to the question. But when the right answer is chosen, the taker hen goes to the next question.

Here are the basic steps that you’d need to take:

  1. Create the slides.
  2. Create the hyperlinks.
  3. Disallow clicking to the next slide. 

To find out the details on how to do this, please head to this link: Create a quiz in PowerPoint

 

A Different Way of Creating Menu in Your Slides

For your first two slides, it is useful to create menus. This time though, we can do it differently and pattern it to Windows 8 for instance. You can do this using PowerPoint.

Here are the basic steps:

1. Create the shapes

2. Format the shapes

3. Hyperlink the tiles

Following these basic steps, you can come up with something like this:

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To know the complete instructions on how to create a different kind of menu for your PowerPoint slides, please check this post: Create a tile menu with hyperlinks to slides

Office Clip Art Going Away Soon?

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????An announcement has recently been made at the the Microsoft Office blog that the Office Clip Art is going away soon. However, the post says that ““Customers can still add images to their documents, presentations, and other files that they have saved to their devices.”

You can check this out yourself through PowerPoint 2013. Ellen Finkelstein of the PowerPoint blog describes the steps as:

  • Choose Insert, Online Pictures.

  • In the Bing Image Search box, enter a keyword.

  • Click an image.  Note the size of the image, because some of them too small to put on a slide.

  • At the bottom, click the link to the source of the image.

  • Click Insert.

  • Go to your browser where the link opened and check it out.

For more information about this, please head to: Office Clip Art gallery is going away

 

Current Trends in Presentation Design

infographic-elements-set-vector-design-elements-flat-style-business-presentation-booklet-web-site-projects-other-46241793Trending designs for presentation use come and go. How do we know which ones will stick and stay? But before that, what are the presentation designs trending today?

  1. Infographics – one that clarifies and explains; easy to understand and concise. If you do infographics, make sure you do them well. Otherwise, make do without and just make your presentation simple.
  2. Flat Design – this design is new and considered modern. Because it’s “flat”, it is easier to make. You can combine making these with realistic designs in order to have a more interesting presentation.
  3. Photographs – when photos are used, text is usually minimal or even non-existent. This makes the audience turn their attention to what the speaker is saying and the photo helps them visualize the presenter’s ideas.
  4. Visual Metaphors – these are used to help audience understand difficult concepts.

With these things in mind, which presentation design do you think will last?

Find out more about this by heading to this link: Presentation design trends

How to Customize Colors in PowerPoint

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????In order to come up with better presentations, it is important to make sure that the colors you choose for your layout are not messy and you work on this on the slide master of your PowerPoint.

It is actually very easy to fix the colors and it can save you more time when you do the rest of your presentation. However, typically, default colors are used on the slide masters which are more often than not, not the colors the presentation is actually using so what you do is you change the colors manually and that takes up so much time.

So here is what you do:

In PowerPoint 2007 and 2010, click the Design tab and choose Colors. In PowerPoint 2013, click the View tab, then click Slide Master and then choose Colors.

At the bottom of the list, choose Customize Colors. If you aren’t particular about your colors — you don’t have exact specifications, you can choose one of the options on the list that is similar to what you want and then choose Customize Colors.

For the complete instructions on this, please head to:   Customize the colors in your slide master

8 Steps to Make Your Webinars Interactive

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The following tips are from Brenda Bence, who is a corporate branding and personal branding expert.

1. Sign in – by letting your participants sign in, they will get a feel of the room just like how it happens in a real live seminar.

2. Ground rules – by asking your participants to set up the ground rules (like no cellphones, ask questions at the end of every session, listen, focus, etc.), you’ve already started making the webinar interactive.

3. Notification – letting them know that they will be called upon randomly to answer questions will keep them on their toes.

4. Executive presence – have a senior level executive there to answer questions and speak up every once in a  while  to make participants listen and participate more

5. Prizes – by offering prizes, participants will feel more lively and engaged in the discussion

6. Experience – there is so much we can do with technology now. People are no longer limited to listening only during webinars. You can do so much more like: writing on whiteboards, showing videos, conducting a survey or a poll, drawing arrows, etc.

7. Webcam – when telling a story, it’s best to turn the camera on you so they get to see your expression just like when they’re watching you in person.

8. Feedback – just like in a live seminar, it’s always best to ask for feedback at the end of the session.

To get more insights and ideas on how to particularly do these 8 steps, please head to: Make your webinars super interactive