Make Open Shapes in PowerPoint

powerpoint-tips-open-shapes-1Would you like to use open shapes in your presentations? They look hand drawn, look interesting and could add spice to your PowerPoint presentations. However, they don’t come with PowerPoint, but with the use of Bézier Curve (Edit Points) feature, you can make this possible. It is not that well-known a feature because it’s not on the ribbon but you can do everything using the right-click menu.

Ellen Finkelstein actually shared a video on how this can be done.

She also enumerated a step-by-step process on how to create open shapes.

Please head to this link and find out how: Place an open circle around something to emphasize it: Creating open shapes

 

The Importance of Presentation Design

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????If you’re an entrepreneur selling expensive products, your presentations should also match the level of luxury your products offer. Otherwise, there’d be a disconnect and instead of attracting more customers to buy your products, it might just do the opposite. It’s kind of like branding where your brand should permeate in every part of your business, including presentations.

If you’ve been doing presentations, check to see if the quality of your presentations match the quality of products you offer. if you think they do not, then it may be time to get a designer to help you with your presentations. Doing so will show that you care about how you would project your business to the public.

In the blog post, Your presentation deserves the same respect as your website and brochures!, the author describes her experience at an internet marketing conference she attended where she critiqued the slides used during a sales presentation. Read the article learn about her insights.

 

 

Apply Design Principles to Your Presentation

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????In order to create a beautiful presentation, you need to have certain visual elements work together so you can show the “big picture” to your intended audience.  How do you do this?

Below are four design principles you need to consider when making a beautiful presentation:

1. Balance – Whether it’s symmetrical or asymmetrical balance, the elements on both sides of the design should be in equilibrium.

2. Emphasis – By using the color, size or placement of an object in your design, you can make it stand out to catch the attention of your audience.

3. Unity – Make sure that your deck has a consistent look and feel and the elements must always feel like they were placed with purpose.

4. Movement – By using curved lines, the eye of the audience will be encouraged to move sequentially, thus, instilling a sense of motion.

To know more on how to apply these design principles, please head to this link: The 4 Basic Principles of Presentation Design

Use PowerPoint for Music Video Presentation with Lyrics

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Have you ever done a music video for a presentation but you wanted to sync lyrics with the music? Have you done something like this?  Did you know that you can do this in PowerPoint?

You can actually sync lyrics in a music video using PowerPoint by following four simple steps below:

1. Insert the video.

2. Choose where you want to display the lyrics.

3. Set the video play options to continue throughout your slides.

4. Set slide timing.

For a detailed discussion on how this can be done, please head to this link: Easily sync lyrics with a music video in PowerPoint

How to Fix Axis Labels in PowerPoint

powerpoint-tips-chart-axis-label-placement-1Do you know how to moving the axis labels when a PowerPoint chart/graph has both positive and negative values? Well, by default PowerPoint will the horizontal axis labels near the axis. Typically, this is how it works. However, when there is a combination of positive and negative numbers, the bars get to interfere with the labels.

But don’t fret because you can do something to make this right. Here is what you do:

  1. Select the chart.

  2. Right-click the horizontal axis text and choose Format Axis.

  3. In PowerPoint 2013: In the taskpane on the right, click the arrow next to Labels to expand that section.

  4. In PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013: Click the Label Position or Axis Labels drop-down list and choose High. (Another option that works in some situations is Low.)

To get more insight about this, please head to this post:  Moving the axis labels when a PowerPoint chart/graph has both positive and negative values

How to Rotate Objects in PowerPoint

rotation-arrows-vector-drawing-represents-design-39279669Do you know how to make simple object rotations in PowerPoint? It’s actually very easy.

Just use the object’s rotation handle around its middle to drag an object where you want it to go. Once you’re satisfied with how the object looks, then just release the mouse button and that’s it!

You might ask:

  • How about if I need a common angle?
  • What if I need a specific uncommon angle?
  • What if I need to get the exact angles?

You can find out more about how to do these things in PowerPoint by going to this link: Rotate objects precisely

Use Props in Presentations

party-props-set-mustaches-lips-eyeglasses-silhouettes-design-elements-isolated-white-background-36448374Why is it helpful to use props in presentations? How do we use these things? Below are things you should take note of when it comes to the use of props in presentations:

1. Take the audience on an emotional journey. 

This is because props can paint a picture that brings out the emotions of the audience.

2. Bring the world to your audience.

Through the use of props (e.g. costumes), you can bring your audience to a particular time period.

3. Don’t let your props throw you off.

Sometimes, your props take long to get prepped or something could go wrong. Don’t let it distract you from your main presentation.

4. Make sure your prop is relevant. 

Make sure your props are tied to the message you want to convey to your audience.

These are just some of the things you should remember when using props on your presentation. To know more, please head to this link: 9 ways to use props for maximum impact in your presentations