You can make an image within an image stand out by cropping out the background, thanks to drawing tools in PowerPoint.
Using the Ctrl key and Draw, it’s easy to line up objects in a PowerPoint slide.
Silhouette images in presentations look great, and it’s easy to make them simply by editing photos of people that you may already have.
For audience members who ask for a copy of your slides, a PDF is perfect, and you don’t have to give away your source file.
Huge blocks of text and number spreadsheets are way too small on slides, and aren’t an effective use of presentation. Create graphs and charts that tell the story instead.
30. Create curved lines:
Make your slides a little sexier using curved lines with edit points and gridlines.
31. Stay consistent:
Be careful to match colors, use the same font face and size, and use an overall design that meshes from one slide to the next.
Pick out complementary and compelling slide colors for your presentation with this resource.
33. Use fonts wisely:
Use font rules like weight contrast, avoid distracting fonts, be careful with foreground/background contrast, and more to make sure that your fonts stand out effectively.
Be careful not to overdo it with animations and transitions. Keep the to key points, and stay consistent.
A PowerPoint presentation is an extension of your company’s brand. Stick to color schemes, fonts, and logos that your company already uses to stay consistent.
Need to perform a tedious task over and over again? Create a macro to run it for you.
Images that fill the slide can be compelling, especially if they have lots of open space for simple text to be added.
Using flying, spiraling or zooming text makes it hard for the audience to read until it comes to a stop, and it takes up time in between each point. Just don’t do it.
Before you head in to PowerPoint, create an outline of what you hope to lay out in the presentation.
Make your presentation look more modern by creating rounded corners on tables and shapes.
Bring important information to the forefront with graphics that really drive your points home.
Make sure that viewers can see what you’ve written: don’t use a hard-to-read font face.
Prevent your mouse pointer from showing up when it’s moved during the presentation by pressing the Ctrl-H key during Slide Show view.
44. Use drawing guides:
If you’re having trouble aligning objects on your slides, make use of drawing guides that can help out.
45. Use contrast:
Make your words and design stand out with good contrast, but be careful not to make it hard on viewers’ eyes.
Today’s audience has a very short attention span. Too many bullets and ideas on one slide, and you’ll lose them. Create one main focus for each one to keep their attention.
Your presentation is likely to be viewed not just on screen, but in print as well. Be careful not to use dark backgrounds, small footer print, and other design elements that don’t translate well.
Share information in the best way possible for comprehension so that you’re using it as a tool for your presentation, not the entire thing.