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Whether you're pitching an idea to the boss or delivering a speech at a conference, an engaging presentation will help you reach your audience and emphasize your message. Join lynda.com staff author Justin Seeley as he explains what goes into a great slideshow—one that aids, not detracts from, the story you want to tell—and shows you how to create your own. Learn to develop themes from selected colors, images, and fonts and start adding content. Then showcase your data with charts and graphs, add animation and transitions, and control focal points, or areas you want to draw your audience's attention to. The lessons in this course work with a variety of presentation software, including PowerPoint and Keynote.
One of the more popular trends in presentation design today is to use big, bold background images in your slides. And that's something we're going to talk about in this movie, how to properly use images as a background for your slide decks. Now I've just got a new document created inside a keynote. You could be inside of PowerPoint, Photoshop illustrator it does not matter. I;m just using this as a way to easily show you what I'm talking about. So don't worry about that if you are not in the same application as I'm. And so what we are going to do here is I'm going to actually change the background of this slide and you are going to see exactly what I mean by full image background.
So I'm just going to go to the inspector here really quickly. Go in and change the background to an Image Fill. And then we'll go out to my desktop and I'll grab this wide frontier and put in there. Okay, so this is what we mean by a full image background on a slide. Now the problem with this is the fact that a, usually images are not going to be sort of considerate of where your text is on your master slide. So what you have to do is sort of work-around the image. This is going to change the layout of your slide a little bit but it is also going to make it a little bit more effective in my opinion as well.
Now if you want to, you can take a look at the image that you've selected. And find different areas. What I call blank spaces where you could easily insert text. For example, the big sky up here at the top. The bottom right corner, the bottom left corner. All have areas where I could put things. I could even put a small bit of text, you see right here on his outstretched arms. That's a perfect area to put something. Just so the audience has something to look at right there. So in this case, what I'm going to do is I'm going to change the master slide to something like title, and bullets just to show you. The title looks great up here at the top, so I may start with that.
So I can just actually take this, and remove the bottom part of it, and so let's say, that we're doing a presentation on social media. So I'll just say. Social media. Something like that. And then maybe I want to put something across his back. Like that, from before. Right? What I could do is now insert a text box. And I could call this The New Frontier. And then we'll select that. I'm going to change to one of my fonts. Remember, we have to stay with one of our three fonts, so in this case, I'm going to do my accent font.
And my accent font, I know is, is at 24 pixels. There we go. And we'll change the color to white. And then we're just going to move it into place, something like that. And you may actually blow up the size of your title, and that's perfectly acceptable on something like this. So I can just re-size it. There we go. Make sure we re-center it, and there we have it. And there we have a nice little title slide for our presentation. Big, bold text, nice image in the background, one of our accent fonts complimenting it nicely.
I can move that into the center. Actually, center it around his back right there just so that we have that sort of hidden in there. We could also put my byline in the bottom right corner but you get the idea, we're using the space given to us in the image. We're still adhering to our style guidelines with our title text, our accent text and so forth, but we are making sure that that sort of flows around the image that we've chosen. This is the challenge that you're presented with when you're using big images like this. Now, I tend to be more of a solid color kind of guy. I do use big images for accent pieces, like off to the side or at the top or at the bottom.
I'm not real big on using full-fledged images like this, but if you are, and I know a lot of people are, this is the way that you should be trying to lay it out. Analyze the image, find the blank spaces and then make your text flow around it and make your text fit the image. For instance, I might even change the color of this up here to match sort of the off blue color of his shadow down here to make it look more like this cross process look that we have, going on in the background. True, it does break my style just a little bit, but it does make the slide flow that much easier. And that's the kind of thing you need to look for. You need to make sure everything looks consistent.
Consistency promotes awareness when we're talking about presentations. You want people to be aware what's going on, you want to be engaged in what you're doing and you want them to remember these big, bold images that you took time to choose. So make sure everything flows together and compliment each other nicely without distracting away from the message you're trying to send.
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