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7 Steps to Great Images: Conversation with Ellen Finkelstein

Ellen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines, newsletters, and blogs. As a best-selling author, her books have sold over 300,000 copies and been translated into over 14 languages.

In this conversation, Ellen talks about 7 Steps to Great Images, her new ebook.

Geetesh: How do the new features for using pictures in PowerPoint 2010 make it easier to create more visual slides.

Ellen: PowerPoint 2010 adds a number of new features that help you edit images to make them more powerful. An important one is the Remove Background feature. Although it doesn’t always work perfectly (it depends on the image), when it does work well, it’s a great way to focus your audience’s attention on the main feature of the image by removing less important background content.

In addition, you can manipulate images in ways that used to require an outside image editor. You can sharpen and soften images as well as add artistic effects. But use these sparingly; it’s easy to “overdo” an image.

Geetesh: Tell us about your 7 Steps to Great Images ebook – and what can a reader take away from this book.

Ellen: Many presenters insert images and leave them at the default size, shape, and placement. 7 Steps to Great Images provides 7 techniques that will help your images work better. By better, I mean that they will have more impact, be more persuasive, and help your audience understand and remember more of what you’re saying. Most of these techniques apply to using images in any situation, even documents.

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