Tips to Enhance Your PPT Background

Posted on January 28, 2013 in Slide Content, Slide Design, Tips & Tricks by Toke Kruse

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PowerPoint (or ppt) slideshows have been considered a staple tool for presentations for many years now. With its unique tools and features, you’re able to create slides embellished with text and images that will help you capture the attention of your target audience and make an impact. Now, when it comes to creating a slideshow presentation, the text and image content of your slideshow isn’t the only thing you should focus on; you should also consider the possibility of enhancing your slideshow’s background.

Though it isn’t the focus of your presentation, the ppt background is something that’s up there in front of your audience, part of their visual experience, in most ever slide you show. No matter how well written your presentation might be, or how striking your graphics and images, if the background you’re using is boring, too loud or less than optimum in some other way, you increase the chances of your audience losing interest, or coming away with a less positive impression.

Of course, not all background colors or images will work with every PowerPoint slide theme. When it comes to creating or selecting a background, it’s vital that it blend well with other aspects of your PowerPoint presentation. To help you come up with a background that will enhance your slideshow’s overall appeal, here are some tips for you to consider when creating one for your presentation.

Use High-Contrast Colors

When it comes to choosing a background for your slideshow presentation, bear in mind that the colors you select should be in contrast with the colors of your fonts and the other graphics you’ll be using. Avoid using colors that tend to blend with one another, since this will make it harder for your viewers to distinguish your background from your content. With good contrast between background and other elements, your text becomes more readable and other graphics stand out more clearly.

Static versus Animated Backgrounds

Although animated PowerPoint backgrounds are available, and though they can be used effectively in some instances, they can also serve as an unwanted distraction, preventing your audience from focusing on you and what you’re trying to say. Since the idea of doing a presentation is to get your thoughts across, it’s essential for you to be able to do just that without having anything else steal your audience’s focus. So if you want people’s attention to be on you and your message, it’s often best to leave the animated background graphics at home.

Avoid Using Too Many Images

Even though an image may be worth a thousand words, having too many as part of your background PPT will make your slideshow look cluttered and disorganized. Keep in mind that any images you might include should highlight your ppt background and not make it look messy.

Once again, this is a matter of keeping your audience focused and engaged. With a lots of images floating in the background, it can become difficult for your audience to read any text, or to easily see and understand any graphics or images.

Have a Customized Background Created

PowerPoint comes bundled with a set of pre-formatted design templates which you can select from for your slideshow presentations. While they’re easy to set up, if you’re trying to win over a client or impress your boss, using these “stock” backgrounds may not be enough to make your presentation a memorable one. For one thing, with so many presenters using those backgrounds, it’s very likely your audience will have seen them before – perhaps even many times. So if you’re out to make a lasting impression, consider having your background customized.

A custom-designed background doesn’t have to be really flashy. You could, however, have one created that will sport your company logo and its colors. This can help connect the presentation with your business, and build on the overall image and impression created in your audience.

Footers: No, You Don’t HAVE to Have Them

Although some people will tell you that having a footer in your presentation slides is a must, in reality it’s something you should consider eliminating from your slideshow’s background. Footers are usually too small to read from the audience’s vantage point – so by including them, it could be considered you’re asking audience members to get up and approach the screen to see what’s down there at the bottom of the slides. Hopefully, that’s not your intention at all!

Also, by eliminating the use of a footer, you eliminate yet another element that could just serve to distract your audience from listening to what you’re saying. Remember, just because having a footer is often considered the norm, that doesn’t mean you must follow suit and include one in all your presentations.

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By following these pointers, using some good sense and judgment, and getting some assistance, when needed, you’ll be able to make your all your presentations effective and memorable.

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