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12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Clichés: Stack of Coins Pictures

Let’s admit that coins can look beautiful, especially if they are golden! Add an interesting light source and a stack of gold coins does appear warm and secure. However, what was once interesting can soon become boring; and then you may no longer like pictures that contain neat stacks of properly arranged coins. Are coins synonymous with wealth? Are there other, better options?


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Presentation Summit 2016: Conversation with Julie Terberg

As the owner of Terberg Design, Julie Terberg designs presentations with the audience in mind. She is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and the art director of Presentation Guild. Julie has co-authored a couple of books on presentations and PowerPoint, and she enjoys speaking, and learning, at the Presentation Summit each year. In this conversation, Julie discusses her


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Design Shapes: The Circle, The Sun

Long, long ago I talked about circles and had wanted to bring up this amazing shape back to focus again. It has been a while, but the circle is as important as ever, and will always be. Why have people, over the years, played around with circles? What is it about a circle that draws people across lands? Probably, the circle was the most important shape known to ancient man and represented the


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Infographics and the Presentation Revolution: by Vikas Agrawal

'A picture says a thousand words' is perhaps a hackneyed truism, but infographics are proving it right all over again in the digital age. Infographics transform complex facts and figures into simple images and depictions which enable viewers to grasp difficult concepts instantly and make easy comparisons. These colorful, mesmerizing visual tools masquerading as work actually make learning fun.


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Overcoming Visual Clichés with Visual Clichés!

We have discussed visual clichés in the past—the idea has been to explain how you can overcome visual clichés by using the four principles of thinking creative, thinking profound, thinking logical, and finally thinking again. In fact, in a cliché case study, we spoke about how everyone thinks about a light bulb when they need to express a bright idea. In fact, a search on Google Images for the


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Designing Story Slides in PowerPoint: Learning from Ethos3

Designing slides for stories is different than designing a business-report presentation that you need to send to your boss. You may hear from purists who say that all slides must have stories, and to a large extent, I agree with them, Already distinctions between different slide types are getting blurred. To provide an example, it is entirely possible that a chart slide that shows sales figures


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Add Your Logo or Graphic to the Slide Master in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

You may have observed an omnipresent company logo in many slides -- and that raises a question: do you really need to have a company logo on all your slides? First, it takes a fair amount of space. Secondly, the audience knows which company the speaker belongs to since that information is almost always placed on the first slide. Also speakers do introduce themselves and their companies -- so do


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Should You Create Widescreen Slides

The same goof up happened but at yet another conference! The text size on the slide was teeny-weeny, and you could not see much, even if you squinted your eyes. This time, the problem was not that the presenter had used 8 point text on the slide; this text was 20 points, and that did not make it too small. Even then, you still could not read the text! Yet, the presenter was referring to


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

POPcomms, and the Morph Transition Effect in PowerPoint

Microsoft has added an amazing new transition effect called Morph. In many ways, you just need to design slides and PowerPoint automatically determines changes in following slides and morphs elements between the slides! To understand how powerful Morph can be, take a look at this YouTube embed: This video shows a PowerPoint presentation created by POPcomms, a presentation design firm based


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Visual Design Solutions: Conversation with Connie Malamed

Connie Malamed is a consultant, author, and speaker in the fields of online learning, visual communication, and information design. She has helped nonprofit, government, and corporate clients transform their content into interactive learning experiences for more than 20 years. Connie is the author of Visual Design Solutions and Visual Language for Designers. She publishes The eLearning Coach


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Valentine's Day Animated Slides

Do you want to create something cool this Valentine's Day? Then just load up PowerPoint, and get started with this "idea kit". The download contains two animated Valentine's Day PowerPoint presentations. Detailed tutorial slides are within the presentation that explains how you can create these Valentine's Day animated slides on your own. Go ahead and spend a fun hour!


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

PowerPoint World Maps in Circles - 01

This collection of world maps is all circled! Each continent is a collection of circles that overlap each other or stay adjacent. Circle-style maps make your slides look different and simpler. You get six styles of fills in both Standard and Widescreen aspect ratios. All colors used are Theme aware, and each land area is a separate group – easily accessed via the Selection Pane in PowerPoint.


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Customize Styles in Sway

We explored Design Styles in Sway. There are several Design Styles that you can apply. Even better, you are not restricted to the Styles available because Sway allows you to customize any existing Style so that you can make the end results more personalized. Learn how you can customize Design Styles in Sway.


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Design Styles in Sway

Once you access the Design pane in Sway, you will be presented with a bewildering array of Design Styles that can change the appearance of your Sway. So how do you navigate and choose from these many options? Learn how to change Design Styles in Microsoft Sway.


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Designs in Sway

Design is an individual preference. Something that you love may not appeal to a friend, but that does not make that person less friendly! The reverse is also true, and that’s why it's so cool that at least you can change the design of your Sways with one click. You get to keep your friends and designs -- this is a win-win situation! Learn how you can use the Design options in Sway.


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Fonts for Presentations: Prisma

Multiline typefaces typically have several parallel lines and are best suited for heading text. Even better, these work well when the text is placed above a picture or textured background, as long as the visual is not too crowded. Prisma, one of such fonts was created in the last century by Rudolf Koch, a German type designer. Explore Prisma, a font that you can use in your slides.


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Visual Resume Templates for PowerPoint

Do you want to create your own interesting visual resume within minutes, with or without any designing experience? What about creating this all within PowerPoint, without anything else? You need our amazing Visual Resume templates for PowerPoint. These ready to use PowerPoint templates come with placeholders for text and pictures. All templates are made available as part of a kit that you can


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Distance Cartogram Templates for PowerPoint

A cartogram is a visual that is driven by geography. It explores sizes or distances visually. Cartograms come in various types. The easiest and most effective cartograms you can create within PowerPoint are distance cartograms. These distance cartograms are now becoming extremely popular, but creating them requires a fair amount of time and knowledge. But we've made this task easier for you.


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Handmade Slides: Sticky Tape for PowerPoint - 03

These "sticky tape" graphics have a textured look and are already placed in PowerPoint slides – just copy them and paste within your slides to create a look that makes a picture, shape, or anything else appear as if it has been stuck on a surface, board, or wall with the tape! These ready-made sticky tape segments are already within PowerPoint slides -- and have been provided in 10 different


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Handmade Slides: Sticky Tape for PowerPoint - 02

This set contains Sticky Tape graphics with polka dot patterns already placed in PowerPoint slides. You just need to copy them and paste within your slides. Use them to create a look that makes a picture, shape, or anything else appear as if it has been stuck on a surface, board, or wall with tape! These ready-made Sticky Tape segments have been provided in 10 different colors, and all colors


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

FlevyPro: Conversation with David Tang

David Tang is the founder of Flevy, the leading provider of business frameworks and analysis tools. Flevy's materials are of the same caliber as those produced by top-tier management consulting firms--most were developed by seasoned executives and consultants with 20+ years of experience. Prior to Flevy, David worked as a management consultant for 8 years. In this conversation, David discusses


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Handmade Slides: Sticky Tape for PowerPoint - 01

These "sticky tape" graphics are already placed in PowerPoint slides - just copy them and paste within your slides to create a look that makes a picture, shape, or anything else appear as if it has been stuck on a surface, board, or wall with tape! These ready-made sticky tape segments are already within PowerPoint slides - and have been provided in 10 colors - all colors have various


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Hole in the Paper Graphics for PowerPoint - 01

What does "Hole in the Paper" mean? This is a name for a graphic treatment that gives an appearance of something being visible from a frame of torn paper. Typically it is difficult to create a graphic of this sort in PowerPoint. So we decided to create something so easy. In fact, this ended up being so simple that anyone can now build this “hole in the paper” visual effect in just under one


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Remove Background from Pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

The Remove Background option is among PowerPoint's newest and most wonderful abilities. It lets you remove the background from an inserted picture -- this can be a great feature if you want to remove a sky, a wall, any backdrop, or something else in a photograph so that the slide background shows through as transparent within the removed parts of the picture. Learn how to remove parts of


12/05/2016 02:29 AM

Remove Background from Pictures in PowerPoint 2013

Do you want to remove a sky, a wall, any backdrop, or something else in a photograph so that the slide background shows through within those removed parts of the picture? The Remove Background option may be just what you need to remove the backdrop from an inserted picture in PowerPoint 2013. Learn how to remove a part of your picture to make a transparent background in PowerPoint 2013.


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