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Presentations & PowerPoint
29 PowerPoint Tips, Tricks, and Hacks
Video and web tutorial with 29 things to think about as you create your PowerPoint presentation.
Designing an Effective PowerPoint Presentation: Quick Guide
This guide is from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) and includes hints and a short slide presentation on creating PowerPoint presentations.
GCF LearnFree (Topic: PowerPoint)
The GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.
PowerPoint Training (from Microsoft Office Support)
This page provides training courses, videos, and tutorials from the Microsoft Office Training Center. Covers all major operating systems and Office suites from 2007 to 2016.
This resource offers several online PowerPoint Courses. Search for PowerPoint to find what they offer.
Other Presentation Software
Adobe Spark is another free web application that has similar flexibility and functionality as Visme. With Adobe Spark, you can create social graphics, web stories, and animated videos.
Canva is a graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content. The app includes templates for users to use.
Google Slides presentations are great if you are working collaboratively in groups. This online free PowerPoint alternative is very simple to use. You can change the theme and background of your presentation, insert text boxes, images, and videos, import slides, and more.
Haiku Deck is a new kind of presentation software. You can create a simple and clean presentation very easily. Only 1 deck is allowed with the free plan.
Prezi is a cloud based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas. You can create an account for free. With a public account, your prezis will be publicly viewable, searchable, and reusable.
Slides is a place for creating, presenting and sharing presentations. Free accounts are publicly viewable and searchable.
Visme has a free version. Visme allows people to create presentations, infographics, visual reports, and even product presentations. Some of their core features include privacy control, an assortment of assets that you can pull from as you build your presentations, a place to add media including audio and video, cloud-based, and finally the ability to share your presentations.
100+ Free Presentation Tools: Stock Images, Fonts, Cliparts, & Infographic Sites
eCommerce Blog by Jason Acidre
Free stock photo websites provide the visual content needs of startup entrepreneurs, bloggers, marketers, designers, journalists, and students who barely have the budget for premium photographs.
40 Presentation Software & Powerpoint Alternatives For 2021
This is a list of 40 different presentation software tools. You’re looking for only Free Presentation Programs, view our post on 9 Free Presentation Tools you can start using today.
Graphic Design Hints
Font - Limit the number of fonts you use in your designs. It is best to set a "Brand" standard of 3 fonts; one for Headers, one for subheaders, and one for text blocks. Fonts can add a mood to your design so you need to consider them as part of your overall design. Think of fonts in 3 basic groups; Serif fonts, Sans-Serif fonts, and Decorative fonts. Decorative fonts can lend some design to your project, just do not use too many. Canva has thousands of Fonts to choose from and you can also upload fonts with the Canva for Work accounts.
Placement - Alignment, Hierarchy, Proximity and Balance all deal with the placement of elements in your design. You need to think about Alignment; will your text and images be centered? Left justified? With Hierarchy you need to make sure your main message (or image) is the largest part of your design, and additional information will get less important placement (or size). Proximity; how close together are the elements placed? when placed very close together they can be difficult to read and if they are unrelated they can be confusing make sure to put like information together. Balance; visually you will want your design to have balance, every element has a visual weight and you need to make sure that your designs are visually balanced.
Space - Space falls somewhere between placement (hierarchy) and contrast. Space both separates and connects elements of your design. Every design should have enough "white space" (the area around your elements) to offer your eyes a place to rest before moving onto the next element. The appropriate use of space can create a hierarchy to your design.
Repetition - Using elements (such as color, font, image) over and over creates repetition which in turn creates familiarity. Branding a logo or look will help everything that comes from your library to look like one cohesive element. Even simple borders of the same design and color can create repetition in your designs to show that all signage is consistent.
Adobe Spark Design Basics
8 Basic Principles of Design to Help You Create Awesome Graphics
Power Point vs Canva
So let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Canva and PowerPoint for presentations so you can make the best choice!
How Design's Graphic Design Basics
When you’re just getting started in graphic design it can be tough to know what to focus on first, so we created this section to provide helpful information about graphic design basics. Look here for articles about color in design, layout design, graphic design software, designing logos, graphic design illustration and graphic design fonts.
Color - Limit the number of colors you use in a design. Too many colors can overwhelm your viewer. Think of how this will be used and if it will be used with or near something else. Take into consideration your library's or school's colors and what will complement those colors. When you are thinking of color, also consider intensity; this is where a little color can go along way. Color can also convey a feeling or mood; Red makes you angry, orange leads towards hunger, green is clean and natural. Make sure to think about your colors before you design.
Contrast - Along with color is contrast, the variation between light and dark or contrasting colors (purple and yellow for example). You will want enough contrast to be visually interesting but not so much it makes your eyes tired looking at it. This is something in particular to think about with text; putting white text on black background is high contrast but can be hard to read, where as putting yellow text on a white background is low contrast and will also be hard to read. Make sure to make backgrounds "transparent" so they do not overwhelm your text or other elements.
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