How to Use PowerPoint: Contrast and Stock Photos
There is such a thing as good contrast and bad contrast, and rookie PowerPoint users typically gravitate to the latter. For example, they often choose combinations of text and background colors that make the text hard to read. Or they place differently styled graphics in close proximity to each other, which leaves the slides looking busy and untidy.
Understand that some combinations—like red and green—are difficult to read, and they can cause problems for people with color blindness. Pay special attention to font choices when using white text on a black background; this prevents the text from disappearing into the background.
PowerPoint presentations look neater and more cohesive when you use a single illustration style throughout, and stock image sites are a good source of images for PowerPoint presentations.
PowerPoint rookies should embrace the KISS principle. By keeping your design simple, using a limited number of fonts, and a single graphic style, you will produce PowerPoint presentations that are both impressive and effective. And no one will ever say you suck at PowerPoint again.
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