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10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt.1

10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt.1
Powerpoint has produced more bad design in its day that perhaps any other digital tool in history with the possible exception of Microsoft paint. In this post we’re going to address the epidemic of bad presentation design with ten super practical tips for designer better looking and more professional presentations. Along the way we’ll see a number of awesome slide designs from Note & Point along with some custom examples built by yours truly. Let’s get started! Also be sure to check out 10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt.2! Not a Designer? Most of the content on this site is targeted specifically towards professional designers and developers, or at the very least those interested in getting started in this field. You’ve chosen a visual tool to communicate and should therefore take the time to learn a thing or two about visual communications. Follow the ten tips below and see if you don’t start getting comments about your awesome presentation design skills. Kuler Piknik

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Basic color schemes: Color Theory Introduction With colors you can set a mood, attract attention, or make a statement. You can use color to energize, or to cool down. By selecting the right color scheme, you can create an ambiance of elegance, warmth or tranquility, or you can convey an image of playful youthfulness. Color can be your most powerful design element if you learn to use it effectively. Colors affect us in numerous ways, both mentally and physically. A strong red color has been shown to raise the blood pressure, while a blue color has a calming effect.

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10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt.2 Last week we looked at part one of our two part series on designing better presentations. We learned practical tips on using photography, typography, color and more to create stunning results. Today we’ll wrap things up with tips six through ten and teach you how simplifying your designs can lead to drastically improved results. Vray real world light intensity Previous versions of Vray calculated light intensity in a different way compared to how it calculates today. I will explain the old way first and then move on to how the latest version calculates light intensity as this may be beneficial if you are going back through older scenes. Vray used to use watts as a measurement for light intensity, which is a measurement of power and not a true reflection on the amount of visible light. You could easily fall into the habit of adding Vray plane lights into a scene and cranking up the multiplier until you are happy with the general illumination but not really knowing how much light is actually being emitted.

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