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5 Presentation Hacks To Enhance Your Slides (Infographic): by Adam Noar

Wednesday, June 01, 2016
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST

Do you ever find yourself yearning for some clever PowerPoint hacks to spice up your presentations?

If the answer is YES then you're in luck because today we are going to be sharing some clever presentation tips and tricks that will help get your slide design off to a great start!

From knowing where to find awesome images to creating beautiful graphics, this visual guide of presentation design tips by PresentationPanda.com has got you covered!

5 Presentation Hacks To Enhance Your Slides

Here's a rundown of the 5 presentation tips:

#1 – Use Unsplash.com For Finding Images For Your Presentations

You'll often find that the best presentations are filled with beautiful images.

Not too long ago it was much more difficult to find high resolution images that you could use for free. Today it seems like there are new websites popping up every day that offer commercial free images to use. One of best websites for images is Unsplash.

They have a huge library of 100% free high-res images that will look great in your next presentation.

#2 – Use FontSquirrel.com For Spicing Up Your Slides With Custom Fonts

Another way to make your slides more visually appealing is by using custom fonts like the ones from Font Squirrel.

Font Squirrel offers a huge selection of free fonts to download. Some fonts you may want to check out include:

Bebas Neue – Bebas Neue is a sans serif font. It has grown in popularity and become something like the "Helvetica of the free fonts."

Pacifico - Pacifico is an original and fun brush script handwriting font which was inspired by the 1950s American surf culture.

Mathlete - Quirky, hand-drawn fonts are more popular than ever.

What's also nice about Font Squirrel is that you can click on the "most popular" tab and be taken to a curated list of the most popular fonts based on what people are downloading.

There are thousands of fonts to choose from at Font Squirrel. Take a look at the various categories and choose a font that looks best for your presentation and brand.

#3 – Use PicMonkey.com to Create More Whitespace For Your Images

Sometimes you can find a great image for your presentation but realize that the image is too "busy" (which makes it difficult for any text you may add to stand out – not get drowned out by the noise of the image).

You can sometimes solve this issue by blurring the image.

PowerPoint has its own blurring tool but sometimes this tool blurs the entire image. Sometimes you may not want to blur the entire image because you want a particular part of your image to remain unblurred.

With PicMonkey (a free online image editor) you can use their "focal zoom" feature to blur out a specific part of the image.

It's quick, easy, and will make your images look great for adding text.

#4 – Create Your Own Graphics Directly in PowerPoint

When it comes to nice looking slides custom graphics can be key.

You can always hire a professional designer to help you create the graphics you need, but you'll be surprised how the careful combination of shapes and lines can help you to create some awesome looking graphics directly in PowerPoint. No Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop needed!

PowerPoint has launched some nifty tools that allow you to create graphics out of basic shapes.

Here's what you need to do to create your own custom graphic in PowerPoint

Step #1: Arrange some shapes however you want

Step #2: Select all of your shapes you want to combine. The easiest way to select all the shapes is to lasso them with your mouse.

Step #3: Click on the "Shape Union" tool

With a little practice and patience you can be creating awesome graphics for your slides in no time!

#5 – Use Freepik to Download "Ready-made" Graphics For Your Slides

You can save tons of time creating graphics for your slides by downloading some pre-made graphics from FreePik.

With FreePik you can search from a huge library of premade graphics and then download them to your computer to insert them into your slides. Keep in mind that you do need to provide attribution when downloading the images. If you don't want to deal with attribution you can pay a monthly fee of $10 to skip the attribution all together.

Conclusion

Creating awesome looking slides can sometimes be a challenge but using the the right tools and techniques will make the process much easier.

So are you guys up for the challenge of trying out these different hacks? Which of these tips sounds most appealing?
Adam NoarAdam Noar is founder of Presentation Panda, a presentation design firm that specializes in creating and delivering professional presentations for startups, large businesses and individuals. Adam has been designing professional presentations for 10 years, delivering hundreds along the way to senior executives at Fortune 500 companies, and to large and diverse audiences at marketing events around the world.

Get this visual guide of presentation design tips by PresentationPanda.com.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



It’s easy to duplicate shapes by dragging, but while that's a nice way to duplicate five or ten shapes, it's not the best way to create ten, twenty, or more copies. We all know that you can press Ctrl+C to copy any shape in PowerPoint to the clipboard, and a resulting Ctrl+V always pastes a copy from the clipboard to the slide -- what many people don't realize is PowerPoint has this almost supernatural keyboard shortcut called Ctrl+D (yes, the D stands for duplicate), and this Ctrl+D shortcut does more than just duplicate; in fact it creates a pattern of evenly-spaced and symmetrical shapes!



Learn how to duplicate shapes using the Ctrl+D command in PowerPoint 2016.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST



Just when you found a few ways to overcome visual clichés, would you want to find another way by overdoing the cliché itself? We look at an example! In our Timelines that are Different series, we explore a timeline from PoweredTemplate. Joel Harband talks about Speech-Over's options to add interactive narration in e-Learning. We then bring you a review of Tanida's Demo Builder 11 product. And finally, Nova Fisher of Xara talks about the new Xara Web Designer 365 product.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn about the amazing Slide Background Fill option, as well as the option to remove all fills with No Fill. We also explore Transparency options in the various fill types. Sway users will love to explore Tweet Cards and the Play options. Finally, do not miss the new templates of this week!



Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.

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Do you want to add a picture that fills not one but many shapes? And do you want the picture fill to span across multiple shapes? Is that doable? Yes, it is—and there are several ways to achieve these results. We will look at two approaches.



Create shape segments with a unified picture fill in PowerPoint.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Shapes are the building blocks of whatever you create in PowerPoint -- in fact, even a text box that you add to your slide is essentially a shape with a No Fill attribute. Once you get proficient with shapes, you can do so much more -- for example, you can combine multiple shapes to create fancier shapes. However, you need to start with the very basics -- and there's so much to learn even at this foundation level. The first task you need to do is to insert a shape – fortunately, PowerPoint makes it easy to do this task.



Learn how to insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2016.

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Monday, May 30, 2016
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST

This video came about when a few questions were sent to TJ Walker, who responded with answers via a video podcast.

Here are the questions answered by TJ:

  1. Can you tell us more about stories? Moreover, are stories used in business presentations and speeches different from everyday stories?
  2. What about negative and positive stories -- is it better to start with a negative story, and then show how the situation can be made positive -- or is it best to stay positive all the time?
  3. How can emotion be used as a helpful concept in stories -- can you share some ideas?
TJ Walker is the founder of Media Training Worldwide and has been conducting media training workshops and seminars since 1984. Walker has trained Presidents of countries, Prime Ministers, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Super Bowl winners, U.S. Senators, Miss Universes and Members of Parliament. His book, Secret to Foolproof Presentations was a USA Today #1 Bestseller, as well as a Wall Street Journal, and Business Week Bestseller.

Speaking TJ Walker

See Also: TJ Walker on Indezine

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



We have already showed you how to use fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2016. A fill is something that is contained within the confines of the shape. Similarly, shapes have another attribute known as the "line" or the "outline". A line is the perimeter surrounding a closed shape or the line itself within an open shape -- we will explore more about lines later in this tutorial. In subsequent tutorials, we will show how you can work with shape outlines in PowerPoint 2016.



Learn how to change the color, and make other changes to lines (and shape outlines) in PowerPoint 2016.

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