Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Designing with a grid, part of PowerPoint: Using Photos and Video Effectively for Great Presentations.
One of my favorite approaches to design, is to design with a grid. If you study things like magazines, newspapers or even websites, you'll often notice some repeating similarities between them. And that is the Classic grid. In this particular presentation, I've outlined some sample grids to consider. In this case, we have a very clean five by three ratio for the photo. However, I could divide those photos up separately, putting two images on the screen. One in a small strip, and one that's larger.
Or perhaps two photos side by side. Or three photos with a larger image, a small image and a tall image. You'll note that these grids are just meant to inspire you. And, sometimes it works to put three images in a row, but leaving an equal distance in between to divide them. The way that you use a grid is ultimately up to you. But the sample grids could be used as inspiration. For example, let's insert a couple of photos. And I'm going to take a vertical photo and an image that is a little bit more horizontal oriented, using the control key, I can select two images that are not next to each other in the dialogue, and choose Insert.
Let's start by placing this vertical image over here. Using the grid for inspiration, I could adjust the size. And that placed pretty well within. And for this image, I'm going to need to crop it some. I'll adjust it so the height is similar, and you'll note that things snap. Then, using the Crop command, I'll just pull the right edge in a bit. There we go. Let's recompose that photo a little. With these two images selected, I could send these to the back. We'll send those backwards, and note I could just choose from the pop up send to back, making it easy to remove the grids by just selecting these objects.
Now ultimately, I use the squares as a guide. You could choose to use them as well. Now I'll just hold down the Control key to click here to select multiple ones, and then Delete. In this case, the two unit photo, which is three blocks high and two wide, pairs nicely with a three by three photo, creating a visual balance on the slide. Feel free to experiment with some of the other layouts. You'll find in the folder several other images I've included, and you can continue to experiment with these grid based layouts.
You don't have to adhere to them exactly, but use them as a general inspiration. And what you'll find is that the balance of your images on the slide, will begin to take on classic proportions that are often seen as professional, and visually pleasing.
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