Create a soft look with semi-transparent images in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

You can’t make an image itself transparent in PowerPoint, but there’s a workaround. Why would you want to make an image transparent? To overlap images. How to create a semi-transparent image. Here are the steps: Insert the image onto a slide.

4 secrets to choose the best images for your slides

PowerPoint Tips

You use images in a presentation for 3 reasons: To help your audience understand what you are saying. How do you choose the best images for your presentation? It’s simple, but big images will be more impactful than small ones. Images images photos pictures

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Quickly create a grid of tiled images

PowerPoint Tips

They help you lay out multiple images in a preset pattern. They even crop the images for you! ” An array of product images. I was able to search for “hand” and get a number of images showing hands. S elect the images that you want.

Don’t use placeholders for images, unless…

PowerPoint Tips

She would click the Picture icon in the content placeholder to insert the image. But whenever I reset the layout, PowerPoint would do weird things with the image, resizing it or moving it. For most slides with a large image, I use the Title Only layout.

A complete repertoire of image treatments

PowerPoint Tips

I’m sure you know that images are important for presentations. (If I’ve realized that I have a repertoire of image treatments that I use. With these treatments, you’ll always have a way to create beautiful image slides. Isolated image. Images in SmartArt.

How to specify the position of an image or object on a PowerPoint slide–precisely

PowerPoint Tips

Recently someone left a comment on my website asking how to specify the position of an image precisely. Setting the position of an image is easy — what’s hard is finding the setting! To switch an image, right-click it and choose Change Picture.).

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Highlight one part of an image in color

PowerPoint Tips

Highlighting a part of a grayscale image in color really makes it stand out! Backgrounds & color Contests & giveaways Images background color image photoRic Bretschneider wrote a blog post a while back that uses a similar technique to create a blurred background.

Five Ways to Polish Your Vocal Image

Kate's Voice

On this long weekend, you might want to take some time to work on your vocal image while you have some time. vocal power intention vocal imageHere are five ways you can use the time to your advantage (Note: This also might be just what you need to add the icing to the cake when you are speaking with [.].

From Bullet Points to Visual Presentation – Finding the Right Images

Presentation Guru

Hours can be wasted searching online image libraries and copying images from google is a big no. There is an art to finding visuals that support your message.

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Book Preview: The Age of the Image, by Stephen Apkon

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Christopher Caldwell writes in the Weekend FT about a new book, The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens, by Stephen Apkon (available tomorrow on Amazon). Apkon argues that there is a new kind of global literacy, based not on words, but images.

Use abstract images to create backgrounds for slides and shapes

PowerPoint Tips

You can use abstract images to create interesting, textured backgrounds for slides or shapes. For example, Nancy Duarte’s signature slide uses a textured image background. Here’s an example, using abstract images as a fill for the shapes of a diagram.

Remove an image background in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Tips

One of the new features of PowerPoint 2010 is the ability to remove the background of an image. PowerPoint 2010 lets you specify which parts of the image you want to keep or discard. It doesn’t always work perfectly, but for the right image — usually one with clear outlines — it’s a great tool. Tags: Images background images PowerPoint This is different from making one color in the background transparent, which you can do in earlier versions. (I

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Book Review: The Age Of The Image, by Stephen Apkon

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Stephen Apkon’s new book, The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens more than lives up to last week’s preview in the Financial Times. Images are replacing written communication Newspaper circulation is down while [.].

12for12 April Challenge: Review Your Image

Speak Schmeak

Now, for our fourth challenge: Review Your Image. The question is this: What image are you consistently portraying to your customers, clients, audiences and prospects? Review Your Image Challenge 1. Is it consistent with the image you hope you're projecting?

How to combine images and make them look like they belong together

PowerPoint Tips

It’s hard to find a series of images that work together, in this case the broken egg and the whole egg. Actually, that wasn’t hard; I found them both in Microsoft Office’s Image Gallery. Images combine images persuasion

Inserting icons in PowerPoint 365

PowerPoint Tips

Icons are vector files, just like PowerPoint drawing objects are, so you can resize them and they never get pixelated — unlike bitmap images such as JPGs and PNGs. Designer: Slide layout suggestions when you insert an image or bulleted text.

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Congratulations to the winner of the “Highlight one part of an image in color” contest!

PowerPoint Tips

Congratulations to Rae Drysdale for the winning entry in the contest. I received several excellent entries, but Rae’s choice of photo made the color really stand out! The photo’s movement is also striking.

Office Clip Art gallery is going away

PowerPoint Tips

Also, the post says, “Customers can still add images to their documents, presentations, and other files that they have saved to their devices.” The blog post says that you can add images using Bing Image Search. In the Bing Image Search box, enter a keyword.

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Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

PowerPoint Tips

Designers use this effect to make the center of the image stand out. Insert a rectangle over the image. Images gradient shadow vignette A vignette effect on a photo typically places a dark, semi-transparent border around it.

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Crop a picture by an exact measurement in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

This will involve cropping the image to get rid of the parts that I don’t want — and leave just the head. Here are the steps that I used in PowerPoint 2013: Right-click the image and choose Format Picture. Images crop image measurement photo picture precisely

How to format photos that are cut off — like part of an arm

PowerPoint Tips

What if I can’t move the image to the edge of the slide? Sometimes, you just can’t move the image to the edge of the slide. Images cut-off formatting images photos

Anatomy of a custom graphic

PowerPoint Tips

” I needed a striking graphic for the first slide that combined the concept of the mind with an image of DNA. I certainly wasn’t going to find it, so I knew I had to create a custom image. I started with an image that I’ve used before.

What's your vocal image? part 1

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: I asked vocal trainer Kate Peters to share a guest post on one of her specialties, helping speakers develop a great vocal image--and she's generously provided enough material for a three-part series. What makes up vocal image?

Format quotations to get attention

PowerPoint Tips

The ideal way to format a quotation is with an image of the person who said it. I also added a shadow to match the shadow on the painting image. Shapes & text boxes ImagesI see a lot of presentations with quotations on them and they’re almost always boring.

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Three traps when using images in your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

My post Presentation Images: Are you making these mistakes? German presentation trainer, Anke Troeder wrote about combining words and images in your presentation , and I invited her to elaborate on that comment. Image traps. Images can mean different things to different people.

How to show paper forms or software screens on a PowerPoint slide

PowerPoint Tips

If you have a paper form (or document), you’ll need to scan it and save it as a JPG or PNG image. I recommend saving all images in the same folder as the presentation file itself. Then insert the image onto a slide by choosing Insert> Picture(s).

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Icons are hot now — how to get, make, and use icons

PowerPoint Tips

The idea is that you look at the image and immediately know what it means. Because our brains remember images better than text, your audience will be more likely to remember the concepts you want to convey with an accompanying image. Iconography is hot in design now.

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A quick way to design better photo slides–the 3-side rule

PowerPoint Tips

A vertical image covering 1/2 of the slide. A horizontal image covering most of the slide. A horizontal image covering the entire slide. Design Design principles Images images photos slide design

Create training courses with screenshots within PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Back in PowerPoint, choose the Insert tab and in the Images group, click Screenshot. You see thumbnail images of the available screens, as shown on the right. Move and/or crop the image. Images courses screenshots trainers training

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Your presentation deserves the same respect as your website and brochures!

PowerPoint Tips

But her slides didn’t reflect that high-end image. And be in line with the image you want to portray? But… There were lots of images and lines of flying in, mostly in from the bottom. Format images nicely. A story.

Create a screenshot and screen recording in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

If you create training presentations, especially technical ones, you often need to include screenshots (static images of the screen) and screen recordings (videos showing activity on the screen). Images Multimedia: Music, sound & video screen capture screen recording screenshot

From Bullet Points to Visual Presentation – and Why It Matters

Presentation Guru

In this article, Robert Lane shares his helpful and relevant advice on how our brains behave when faced with text over visuals. … Powerpoint Visuals Design Principles featured Making it Memorable Stock Images Visual Language

Your voice on conference calls: How to show up when no one can see you

Kate's Voice

Presence Vocal Image conference call engagement perceptionRecently, I facilitated a workshop for a group of people who work in their pajamas. One of them told me that she will do her hair and makeup for the rare call when her customer turns on her video camera, but normally she doesn’t have to worry about being seen. What she has to worry […].

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Create a checklist graphic in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

I’ve also used images from Fuzzimo, which you can get here. The Fuzzimo images contain a number of Post-it notes, so duplicate the file and then crop to the one you want. I used the Fuzzimo image and cropped it to eliminate some extra white space around the edges.

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5 Steps to Greater Influence in Meetings (PSSST)

Kate's Voice

vocal image vocal power conversations leadership listening One of my clients, who is determinedly on track for a promotion in a fast-paced corporate environment asked me, “How can I insert myself more into conversations and meetings?”

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Create clear, iconic illustrations in PowerPoint with (gasp!) clip art

PowerPoint Tips

When you choose line art, you usually want to find WMF images. The great feature of WMF images is that you can convert them to PowerPoint objects and ungroup them. Hover your cursor over any image to see its specifications. You’re looking for WMF images.

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Create a quick texture background

PowerPoint Tips

You can convert a shape to an image and then apply an effect to that image. Unlike most images, textures are quite forgiving if you need to resize them because they’re so abstract. Backgrounds & color Images Shapes & text boxes

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PowerPoint Tip: Why You Shouldn’t Use Google Images to Find Photos

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In my workshops, whenever I speak about using photos in a presentation, someone always asks about Google Images. It is so easy to find pictures using the image search function of Google, why don’t I recommend it? With so many ways to stay legal, why take the risk of using Google Images to find a photo for your presentation? Because in almost every case, it is more risky than presenters could imagine. Because photos are copyrighted and you can’t use them without permission.

3 Steps to Create a Super Voice for Vocal Marathons

Kate's Voice

Vocal Health Vocal Image laryngitis presidential candidates public speaking tipsEver since people have been trying to be heard over a crowd, there have been hoarse voices, but nowhere is this more apparent than in the race to grab the Presidency in the US.

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How many uses for PowerPoint can you think of? (my 500th post!)

PowerPoint Tips

Find and compose blog post images (like the one for this blog post). Create images for a Word document. Images Misc. Most people think of PowerPoint as a visual aid for a live presentation. But there are so many other ways that people use PowerPoint.

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