by Eric Albertson, Doug Neff, Corey Rothermel from Duarte.com/edy
We’ve all seen them. We may have even created them ourselves. Frankenslides.
You know, the decks where we borrow a few slides from that person in Finance and combine them with the product slides from Engineering, then throw in a few compulsory “features and benefits” slides from Marketing—each of which has its own look and feel? The content may be great, but the execution—not so much. The inconsistent treatment of all those different design elements leaves your audience feeling unsettled and makes your idea seem only half-baked.
So how do you combine slides from different decks so that they don’t end up being a mess?
Colors: Go through and make sure all of the colors are ones from the template’s color scheme.
Fonts: Check all the fonts to make sure there are no incorrect ones in there. A good technique is to use the Replace Fonts feature to update the fonts in the whole document. In addition to the font itself, make sure the formatting is consistent. For example, if you highlight text with bold and red, make sure you use that design element consistently throughout the presentation.
Images: Look at the images (photos and illustrations) in your document. Do they all look like they came from the same photo session or the same illustration library? Do you have a mixture of styles, like photos and clip art? Remove or replace graphics that do not fit within the photo or illustration style. Also, make sure you’ve used a consistent image treatment (outline, reflection, shadow, shape, bevel, etc.)
You can combine slides from other sources, but make sure you take the time to make them consistent. Otherwise, your dream deck will come across as a nightmare!
Duarte.com/edy is a web series from the minds at Duarte that teaches the ABCs of creating great presentations, told with a little humor, a bit of advice, and maybe a monster or two. Eric Albertson serves as the Director of Instructional Design at Duarte. Doug Neff is the Content Director. Corey Rothermel is the web series director.
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