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Visual Media Odyssey

Image Manipulation

In my ongoing quest to improve my use of Visual Media this year, I’ve spent some time the last few weeks working with a few of my available software option to blend Stock Photos with my text.

In the past I relied on an older version of Photoshop Express, but alas that will no longer work with the version of Windows on my PC. I toyed some with the trial version of the newest Photoshop and with some of the free online options that abound, but to little long term value. I like photoshop but am unwilling to spring for the membership system they use at present. The online versions just do not let me do anything in a way that makes sense. So I have been using the image editing tools inside of PowerPoint. They are not great, but they do offer one key tool. The eyedropper.

If you don’t know what it is, you really should learn to use it. It allows you to “sample” a color anywhere on your slide and use that color for your texts, graphics, etc. It’s a fast and easy way to smoothly tie together your charts to fit a theme slide.

if you use an older version of PPT, look here:

http://www.powerpointninja.com/toolbox/powerpoint-and-the-elusive-color-picker-eye-dropper/


Averting Death by PowerPoint…

Over the years I have noticed a personal tendency (and with a survey of some of the video casts of sermons online I follow, I’m not alone) to fall towards a really poor presentation habit. I often read important facts and details off my charts. It is with this in mind that I chose to make a focused study for this year that should help me restrain from doing so.

Years ago I stuck up a dialogue with then blogger, now published author Garr Reynolds (the earlier book I mentioned is the byproduct of his old blog posts)

http://www.garrreynolds.com/preso-tips/

He advocates 3 core ideas:

  • Restraint in preparation
  • Simplicity in design
  • Naturalness in delivery

They are still relevant today, and for me will form the backbone of what I’m trying to accomplish.

Guy Kawasaki promoted the 10/20/30 rule

(Keep in mind his context, Venture Capital, is not our context)

I might bend it to say, 10 slides per 20 minutes, no less than 30 pt font.

“If “thirty points,” is too dogmatic, the I offer you an algorithm: find out the age of the oldest person in your audience and divide it by two. That’s your optimal font size.”

http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2005/12/the_102030_rule.html

That’s enough for today…