Microsoft Office PowerPoint and Adobe Photoshop are two commonly available software programs often used by people in very different careers. Microsoft Office PowerPoint, a great tool for creating dynamic presentations thanks to its simple layout and preloaded templates, is used in universities and businesses worldwide. Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing program widely used by photographers and graphic designers to create and edit images. The ability to use both programs effectively often takes considerable experience. If you already know how to use them, however, you can combine their features to make stellar presentations.
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- Moderately Challenging
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Organise your content in PowerPoint, using the simple default black and white template. As soon as you open PowerPoint, you'll see a blank black and white template that allows you to enter all your content into the presentation without worrying about colours, styles, animations, or any other options. The content is always the most important part of a presentation, so make sure your information is concise, clear and thorough.
Use Photoshop to create a background. Using a single background for the entire presentation prevents the viewers from becoming distracted, but the preloaded templates may make it obvious to viewers that your presentation was made in PowerPoint; creating your own backgrounds in Photoshop will give your presentation a look all its own. You can also incorporate your company's logo, to make sure your audience sees it throughout your presentation.
Choose the appropriate software to produce diagrams and charts. While PowerPoint's easy-to-use "Smart Art" feature is very useful for making simple flowcharts, the drawing tools in PowerPoint are not nearly as intuitive and versatile as those in Photoshop. Using both programs gives you greater flexibility regarding the types of graphs you can produce.
Add the visual elements to your PowerPoint presentation. This includes selecting the background you created by right clicking on the slide and selecting "Format Background." You also need to import any charts or diagrams you produced using Photoshop, which can be added just like any other picture in your presentation. Also, remember to change the fonts and colours of your text to match your needs. Remember to make sure all text is readable from a distance.
Select animations in PowerPoint to accentuate certain elements of your content or simply add some flair. Hand pick each animation to make sure it's strong enough to draw attention to the desired point without distracting the audience from the spoken part of your presentation.
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