Five easy ways to create fabulous slides @theREALwikiman
(Because bad slides make people switch off, and good slides make people switch on. So why not make a nice deck? Especially when it’s so easy.) Say NO to Death by PowerPoint…
METHOD ONE choose a simple colour scheme (and stick with it)
this one is really simple use a plain background (either white or black) and then pick a nice font in two complimentary colours.
two colours of a related hue… … works particularly well on a white background
OR TRY A BLACK BACKGROUND A bold headline colour with grey body text works well here.
THE KEY TO METHOD ONE Is picking a nice font, picking a nice colour scheme, positioning your text boxes well and just producing slides in a consistent style.
FONTS Avoiding Times New Roman and Comic Sans helps. But keep in mind, Calibri changes size on Slideshare – it gets bigger when you upload your slides.
METHOD ONE Is very simple, extremely quick, and quite nice. It takes about 5% more time than just basic black on white slides, but looks much, much better. (And it beats using any of PPT’s templates any day.)
I’m going back to method one… …to explain this one, because Method Four doesn’t work so well with lots of text. Method Four is sometimes known as ‘found flickr slides’ – it consists of finding appropriate copyright cleared images from Flickr that provide some kind of visual metaphor for what you’re trying to say, and then putting a text box over the top with some minimal text in.
More on Method Five It’s a ‘one point per slide’ method that works very well for live presentations and slightly less well for online ones, because so much is left unwritten. I’ll be using some random nice pictures as examples in the next few slides, but generally speaking you’d be looking to match picture to content. I’ve put in a few obvious examples of that in a few slides’ time (slides 35-37).
You can search Flickr Creative Commons (click to go there) – I often prefer to use Blue Mountains which collects together a lot of really good CC Flickr images and gets rid of some of the dross
Once you’ve found one you like, right-click on your Slide then select Format Background, then either Insert from: File to load an image you’ve saved, or Insert from: Clipboard to paste an image you’ve copied
Step 2 is to Insert > Text Box and write your caption
Sometimes you can write directly on to the slide
But usually you’ll need to fill the textbox to make the text readable. Right-click the text box, go to Format shape, then Fill > Solid Fill. White is usually best. Black can work.
One the same screen, experiment with the ‘transparency’ slider to make the box slightly see-through. This one is at 40%.
It’s nice to match text colour with something in the image
Your text box doesn’t have to stretch all the way across each slide, don’t forget
If there’s a portrait (rather than landscape) image you really want to use, fill the slide black and then paste the image over the top of one side. Then write on the other side in complimentary colour, like this.
Now for some examples of obvious Visual metaphors
For this method, you need pictures which are ‘transparent’ – in other words, they have no background colour so they fit seamlessly into otherwise white slides.
A hand holding a card is always a nice one to use…
Notepads and journals with stuff written on them work well
no two slides are the same this method takes longer partly because
and because it’s harder to find the right images
all the images in this section are from Stock Xchange, which contains loads of high-quality, royalty free images http://www.sxc.hu
Okay, that’s it for now. Hope you found the tips useful.
Making good slides is worthwhile, and reaching people via Slideshare allows you to extend the impact of your presentation all across the web. (The five most viewed slide-decks I have on here have been viewed by more than 75,000 people. That makes the time I put into them more worthwhile!)
Background texture for Method 2: http://www.flickr.com/photos/friendbrook/4609242096/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Background texture for Method 3: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zooboing/4182512221/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Method 4 Trees: http://www.flickr.com/photos/99771506@N00/2981387336 Lighthouse: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dexxus/3996683276/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Mountain: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/2746960560/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Tubes: http://www.flickr.com/photos/j-ster/369387948/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Night scene: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3320/3243537014_469efd744a_b.jpg Coastal scene: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5173/5499821986_480503577d_b.jpg Doors: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7578081@N07/2249968851 Café: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dexxus/2909924543/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Table and bottle: http://www.flickr.com/photos/johncohen/55582632/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Lampost: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34726560@N00/3001834479 Globe: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3646/3522310843_d259114297_b.jpg Clock: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/68/190101132_a654931331_b.jpg Dice: http://www.sxc.hu Method 5 Slides, rubix cube, tree-shoot, picture frame, hand holding card notepad, post-it note, leaves, negatives, laptop, stop sign and this film reel pic: all via Stock Xchange(http://www.sxc.hu)