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Important Points on Creating Visual Media in Microsoft PowerPoint
Use lighter backgrounds and
dark text for longer presentations. White text against a dark background can
cause eyesore before long, so use these in short presentations.
Using all CAPS is never
desirable in presentations, documents, or any other visual media, except for
posters, shorter titles, and to draw attention to words.
Decide on one method to
emphasize the text. Having text that is within "quotes", and/or italicized,
and/or bolded, and or ALL IN CAPS can be difficult to read. The emphasis gets
lost when too many methods are used. If your text has the same meaning with or
without emphasis, don't add any emphasis at all.
For large amounts of text, use
fonts that are easy to read, like Times New Roman, Garamond, or Palatino,
which you'll commonly see in paperback books, or Arial. Beware that a
lower-case L and an upper-case I in Arial font look the same. Serif fonts are
sometimes considered best. They contain the *tittles* and *jots*. Sans-Serif
means without serifs, such as Arial and MS Sans Serif.
Times New Roman 13 pt
Arial 12 pt
Warnings and Cautions, when
used in a professional environment such as a production manual, or training
manual or presentation, and especially when referring to the physical safety
of personnel and/or equipment, should always be marked in the same manner and
include a graphic for each warning or caution. Clipart for these types of
items are available from Clips Online. The best colors for these types of
graphics are red and/or orange for warning, yellow and/or orange for caution.
Don't write sentences in your
presentation unless you do not have a Presenter. Use short phrases. The
presenter or instructor can expand on the comments or thoughts without seeming
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