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Creating Attractive Graphics Presentation


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Creating Attractive Graphics Presentation

  1. 1. Creating Attractive Graphics for Documents and Social Media Barbara O’Neill @moneytalk1
  2. 2. My Street Cred  Social media user since 2009  Former professor at Rutgers University  Currently a full-time financial education entrepreneur  Create graphics constantly to accompany online content
  3. 3. Why Do YOU Want to Use Graphics More?  To promote your brand (if employed/self-employed)  To foster connections with friends and family  To produce better-appearing documents  To be creative without having to have artistic skills  To have something fun to do at home during COVID-19  Other reasons?
  4. 4. Social Media Engagement 101  Avoid pure “broadcasting”  Ask questions and show interest in others  Incorporate seasonal events or current events  Provide useful information and links  Retweet useful information from others  Use eye-catching visuals
  5. 5. Visuals Increase Twitter Engagement Three Times!!!
  6. 6. Eleven Useful Types of Graphics 1. Stock images 2. Personal photos 3. Hand drawn sketches 4. Grayed out images 5. Paint graphics 6. Canva graphics 7. PowerPoint jpeg images 8. Bitmojis 9. Photo collages 10. Charts, tables, and infographics 11. GIFs (video) (
  7. 7. 1. Stock Images  Do not use ANY copyrighted material!  Assume images are copyrighted unless told otherwise  Good source of free, high quality images: Pixabay   Other sources: Unsplash, FreeImages, PikWizard  Read the fine print about subscriptions and fees!
  8. 8. Pixabay Example: Money
  9. 9. 2. Personal Photos  No copyright issues  More personal than stock images  “On the scene” access (e.g., places, events, etc.)
  10. 10. “Easy Peasy’ Photo Cropping  Method #1: Crop on cell phone before inserting photo  Pop up photo in Gallery, find icon that looks like a pencil,  See a “four corner frame” around photo, resize and crop with finger  Click “Save” when you have a final version  Method #2: Transfer photo to computer and crop using commands  Click on photo; see “Picture Format” and “Crop” function in Word or PowerPoint  See a “four corner frame” around photo, resize and crop with mouse  Click “Save” when you have a final version
  11. 11. 3. Hand-Drawn Sketches  Do this if you have talent OR can find people with talent  Use a Sharpie® for high quality resolution
  12. 12. Hand-Drawn Sketch Example
  13. 13. 4. Grayed Out Images
  14. 14. Steps to “Gray Out” Images  Open PowerPoint to the blank slide layout, and then right-click.  Click "Format Background."  Click "Picture Fill," and upload a photo or graphic.  Adjust the transparency slider to around 70%–80% and click "Apply to All" and then "Close."  Insert a text box and type text over the grayed-out image.  Digitize the PowerPoint slide using Paint or the "File," "Save As," "JPEG File Interchange" commands in PowerPoint.  Click "Current Slide" for one graphic or "Apply to All" if you are digitizing a series of grayed out PowerPoint slides.
  15. 15. 5. Microsoft PAINT Images  Capture a screenshot of online content (Function Print Screen)  Open Paint  Paste the screenshot  Click "File" and then click "Save" and name the file  Crop if desired
  16. 16. MS PAINT Examples
  17. 17. Holiday Greeting Card Using PAINT
  18. 18. 6. CANVA Graphics  Basic features are free (  Can upload your own photos and graphics  Saves all of your designs  Has good design templates
  19. 19. CANVA Pricing
  20. 20. 7. PowerPoint jpeg Images  Create a PowerPoint slide or series of slides (slide deck)  Click “Save” to save file as a PowerPoint file (ppt extension)  Click “Save As” and “JPEG File Interchange Format” (*jpg extension)  Click “Save” and answer the “Which Slides to Export?” question  One Slide Only- Click “Just This One”  Series of slides- Click “All Slides”
  21. 21. PowerPoint jpeg Image Example
  22. 22. 8. Bitmojis
  23. 23. How to Make Bitmojis
  24. 24. 9. Photo Collages  Use an app like PicCollage:  Download from the Apple App Store or Google Play  Pick out camera photos  Include stickers, backgrounds, and fonts  Take screen shots of photo collages made by social media platforms (e.g., Facebook) and use PAINT to save them.
  25. 25. Photo Collage Examples
  26. 26. 10. Charts, Tables, and Infographics  Source everything that you don’t create personally  Use basic features in Word or Excel to create tables  Use Piktochart to create infographics  Basic features for free  Chop up long infographics into sections
  27. 27. Infographic Samples
  28. 28. 11. GIFs (Video Clips)  Plan A: Go to for GIF files  Pick a category (Example: Emotions)  Pick a sub-category (Examples: Angry, Excited, Happy)  Select and save a video file  Plan B: Create your own video files
  29. 29. Questions? Comments? Other Resources? Connect on Twitter @moneytalk1