I like to add a blank slide to the beginning and especially the end of a presentation. This way I can have everything set up and keyed to play without revealing the title page until I’m ready for the audience to see it. Putting one at the end will prevent me from accidentally advancing from my last slide, thus changing from slideshow mode and showing my (likely cluttered) desk top.
First, note that I prefer light text on a dark background; this helps to eliminate glare from a bright projector light on a white background. Next, note that I use yellow text for the heading and white for the bullets. In general, try to keep the amount of text to a minimum. Try to add thoughtful graphics to add colour, reference images and interest (Instead of Goggling the Web, go to Google images and do a search on the theme or idea associated with your text; on this page, images came from searches using: a ) PPT toolbar , b) organized , and c) design . Finally, try to create some “dead space” on each slide so that things don’t get too cluttered.
This slide has text that appears in stages. In this case the text was put in three different text boxes, and then arrows and ovals were added. Lastly, the Custom Animations feature from the Slide Show tab in the top PPT toolbar was used to make things appear in a step-by-step manner.
This slide has the contents toolbar at the top, follows the rule about dark backgrounds and uses a coloured text box – just double-click on the edge of the text box, click on the FILL tab, and then use the arrows on the colour box to change them. Your font must be big – usually at least 24. You can change the colour of the font to add clarity to your slide design. But, how did I add that funky contents box at the top of the slide? Advance the show to see (you may ask the students to identify the dead space on this slide before doing so).
Notice how in the contents tab, 1. Toolbars is now white and 2. Organization has been changes to a yellow font.
Point out to the students that we start with 1. Roman numerals (no tab), 2. uppercase letters (single tab), 3. Arabic numerals (double tab), 4. lower-case letters (triple tab), 5 lowercase Roman numerals (quadruple tab): remind them about the increasing tabs for each. Point out to them than a small number of points might be managed with Arabic numerals, lowercase letters and lowercase Roman numerals. NOTE: colour is added to the text in this slide only to make the pattern is more obvious.
First, this slide is a non-example of using a dark background but allows you to see the construction of the tab, step-by-step. Create a long skinny text box at the top of the slide (I’ve put a border on this one only so you can see it – I’ve also made it white – in reality, since is comes without fill, it should show the grey background of the slide). Use a font size of 12 to add the (numbered) key words from the table of contents. Highlight all of the text in the text box and change the colour to white. Hover the cursor on the edge of the text box until the four arrows appear, then double-click on the edge and the formatting window will appear: at the top of the column on the left, select FILL; then change the colour to BLACK. Your box will now look like the one in the centre of the slide. Copy this text box (COMMAND C), and paste it (COMMAND V) on every new slide. Because the text box is black, the words will appear to float in space at the top of each slide. You can let the audience know where you are in your presentation by changing the colour of the current topic to YELLOW (an example is at the bottom of the slide.
Click on the desk top to change the top toolbar from PowerPoint to Finder. 2. Scroll down the FILE window to New Folder. 3. Rearrange you desktop so your new folder is handy to drag photos into. High resolution photos can be enlarged to fill the whole slide – sometimes you have to use what you can find. Get used to cropping your photos – this allows you to get rid of white borders many images will have when you drag them to your folder. If you can’t get rid of the white border cleanly, change part of the background by going to the FORMAT, SLIDE BACKGROUND, FILL, GRADIENT option. You’ll have to start by picking a style – LINEAR is usually the best
This high resolution photo will make a wonderful background.
1. FORMAT, SLIDE BACKGROUND, FILL 2. Again, double-click the photo, scroll down to PICTURE, change the TRANSPARENCY – the one on this slide is 50% transparent.
1. Without doing anything to the picture, if you click on FORMAT in the top PPT toolbar, then scroll down to SLIDE BACKGROUND, then FILL, you can re-tint the colour behind the photo to change the effect, or get the picture to blend with other elements on the slide. I hope you’ve noticed that each slide gets a unique colour so the audience doesn’t get put to sleep by a series of slides that all look the same – this is why we do not use the SLIDE LAYOUT tab in the FORMAT WINDOW of the PPT toolbar.
This is an example of a title page that utilizes an untinted photo for a background, with various photos askew to add interest, with a partially tinted text box over a portion of the background that would otherwise make reading the text difficult.
You can also create a collage of images that will become clear as the presentation progresses. Keep notes for yourself in this presenter text box beacause you know some kid will ask you who X is and 2 years later, you may just forget. FYI: Clockwise from left: Yuri Gargarin (first man in space), Marshall Plan poster, Konrad Adenauer (first W. German Chancellor), DDR flag, George Kennan (“X” writer of containment treatise), Lenin et al, falling dominoes, one Reichsmark +“Cold War”in Cyrillic script under main title.
In this case I give the students the SO-WHAT point in an animated text box after all of the bullets appear – in time, after modelling and practice, they should be able to do this step on their own, then report their responses to the rest of the class.
NOTE: for a twist, the whole text box is slightly rotated. Different fronts are used – be VERY careful about mixing more than two types of font – You’ll note I usually stick to one font but vary its size and colour. FYI - My notes for this slide: P 126-27 REVIEW THESE PAGES FOR QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE BATTLE. Neither side planned these phases – the “parts” are handy for students to understand the battle and how it developed. KGL: Kings German Legion – Hanoverian volunteers who Wellington considered equal to Brit regts in skill and dependability.
Ppt basics tutorial
PowerPoint Design Basics How to create Mr. Marshall’s Favourite Design Elements J. Marshall 2010
Contents <ul><li>Toolbars </li></ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><li>Design elements </li></ul>Dead Space Dead Space
1. Toolbars <ul><li>a) The blue PowerPoint toolbar at the very top of the page has two often-used windows: </li></ul>1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements <ul><li>Format – two common tabs are Bullets and Numbering and Slide Background. </li></ul><ul><li>Slide Show – this window has the Custom Animations tab used to make text appear when you click your remote controller. </li></ul>What’s this for?
Adding toolbars: select VIEW in the top PPT toolbar and scroll down to TOOLBARS – 3 key toolbars: <ul><li>Standard: has buttons to add text boxes, shapes, tables and new slides. </li></ul><ul><li>Formatting: has buttons to change font style and size, text justification and font colour. </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing: has buttons to add and format shapes such as boxes, ovals and arrows. </li></ul>1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements
2. Organization <ul><li>Have a clear plan and present info on your slides in an organized way. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase clarity with a “contents” tab at the top of each slide; by highlighting the point under discussion you let your audience know how far along you are. </li></ul>1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements
<ul><li>3. Separate main points from supporting details with a graduated system. </li></ul>1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements <ul><li>I. Humanities </li></ul><ul><li>A. English </li></ul><ul><li>1. Composition </li></ul><ul><li>2. Literature </li></ul><ul><li>a) English Literature </li></ul><ul><li>b) American Literature </li></ul><ul><li>B. Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>1. History </li></ul><ul><li>a) Canadian History </li></ul><ul><li>i) Pre-Confederation </li></ul><ul><li>ii) Post-Confederation </li></ul><ul><li>b) World History </li></ul><ul><li>2. Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Sciences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A. Chemistry … </li></ul></ul>1. History a) Canadian History i) Pre-Confederation ii) Post-Confederation
Adding a “contents” tab at the top of each slide 1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements 1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements 1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements 1. Make a text box and add your numbered points 2. Change the text colour to white and the text box fill (background) to black. 3. Copy the text box to each new slide and highlight the point under discussion by changing it to yellow. The highlighted point lets your audience know how far along you are.
3. Photos <ul><li>Create a folder on your desktop to store the photos for presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>Use only high resolution photos or they will be blurred when enlarged; 400X400 or bigger is safe. </li></ul><ul><li>Crop photos so you only show relevant info </li></ul><ul><li>Rotate photos alternately to add visual interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Add shadows to create depth . </li></ul>1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements 252 × 172 - 45k - jpg knowledgerush.com
1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements
1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements Making a photo partially transparent over a tinted background allows you to create watermarks.
1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements Tinting the text box fill will make the text stand out even more. If you change the slide background colour (its fill ), you will change the effect – play with it. Making the tinted text box partially transparent, will soften the effect.
Valuable Lesson or Costly Blunder? Operation Jubilee: The Dieppe Raid J. Marshall 2007 1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements
Cold War 1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements
4. Design Elements 1. Toolbars 2. Organization 3. Photos 4. Design Elements
Keegan’s “personal angle of vision” <ul><li>Smoke from black powder weapons </li></ul><ul><li>Soldiers in prone position </li></ul><ul><li>Soldiers in defilade (reverse slopes/ dead ground) </li></ul><ul><li>Soldiers under battle stress concerned only with their close proximity </li></ul><ul><li>Artillery on high ground had the best vantage </li></ul><ul><li>Even Wellington only saw parts of the battle </li></ul>The bottom line is that soldiers saw only bits and pieces of the battle – we are lucky that Siborne’s collection of letters is so varied and numerous as it gives us a most complete story. 1. Contents here …
The Five “Phases” <ul><li>11:00 Phase I: Fr diversionary attack on Foot Guards at Chateau de Hougoumont </li></ul><ul><li>13:45 Phase II: d’Erlon’s main infantry assault on Brit centre after 30 min 80-gun barrage by “Grande Battery” </li></ul><ul><li>16:00 Phase III: Ney orders cavalry charges at Brit centre, then deploys to meet newly arrived Prussians </li></ul><ul><li>18:00 Phase IV: La Haye Sainte falls to Fr after KGL run out of ammo and abandon position </li></ul><ul><li>19:00 Phase V: Fr fear encirclement, deploy Imperial Guard to centre but are stopped and run while Prussians continue on the right </li></ul>1. Contents here …