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?


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


Cropping Images in PowerPoint

croppingCropping pictures in PowerPoint can be great tools for presentations and slides especially if you want to end up with an exact measurement or you want to fit  an image into a predefined space.. Here’s how you do them in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. It’s pretty easy:

  1. Rich-click the image and choose Size and Position. The Size and Position dialog box opens.
  2. On the Size tab, use the Crop From boxes — Left, Right, Top, and Bottom — to crop off the amount you need. Use the Height and Width boxes at the top (in the Size and Rotate section of the dialog box) to figure out how much you need to crop off.
  3. To see the result, click the Close button. You’ll probably need to make a few adjustments to get the result that you want.

For more detailed instructions, please head to:  Crop a picture by an exact measurement in PowerPoint

How to Get People Images for Your Presentation

peopleWhen making presentations, there are times when you need images of people to complete your slide or the story you are conveying to your audience. Below are four useful places where you can get these people images for your presentation:

Take your own photos – Whether you’re in the office or at home, you’ll always find people you can photograph. Ask them nicely and when they oblige, let them fix themselves up first.

Use silhouettes – PowerPoint has an image gallery for this. Use the photos there to show diversity.

Create icons – There are ways to do this in PowerPoint. Read this blog post to learn how: Create iconic people in PowerPoint

Buy photos – There are numerous sites online that sell photos you can use for your presentation if you have a budget. Try out

For more insight on how to go about getting people images for your presentation, please head to: 4 ways to get the right people images