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Powerpoint Presentation Tips: Further Reading

The presentation tips posts is just some short pointers to get you started improving your presentations.

If I should give you just one tip instead it would be this; buy Garr Reynolds excellent «Presentation Zen» and read it. It’s an easy read, and will really make you understand what presentations are all about. Most of what I’ve learned is from this book and Garrs blog Obviously this isn’t the only book about this subject, but it’s the best I ‘ve come across so far.

After reading what to do, see how others do it. Learn from the best. Here are some links that will show you great presentations:

TED Apple Keynotes SlideShare

Download a PDF version of the presentation tips!

Cheers, Bjorn


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Tilt-shift photography

Tilt-shift photography is fascinating, and can be used as an easy way to fake miniatures. Tilt-shift lenses let you focus on a single part of the photo (tilt), while other parts are blurred (shifted) out. This creates an optical illusion which makes the photo look like a miniature model. It works especially well when you photograph scenes from above the ground, with people, buildings or other man-made objects. The outer edges of the image is blurred, so that the eye is fooled into believing that the part in focus is a miniature.

The good news is that you don’t actually need a tilt-shift lens to get the effect. The same principle can be added in Photoshop/GIMP. In Photoshop do the following:

  • Use the quick mask mode and select gradient tool
  • Select “reflected gradient”
  • Draw a vertical line from where you want the focus to the top of the image
  • Go back to “standard mask mode”
  • Use the filter gaussian blur (or lens blur if you don’t have PS 7)
  • Experiment with the radius and the amount of blur
  • Saturate the image to get more colours

Or, if you want a quick and easy way to create tilt-shift, go to The results you get there are actually quite good, though it is easier to get a more precise focus using Photoshop/GIMP.


yay-46794 - originalOriginal image by iofoto

yay-46794-tiltshiftTilt-shifted image

We also have some tilt-shift images from our photographers. Both leaf and shalamov have a couple of tilt-shifted images.

The same technique can also be used for videos. Check out Keith Loutits website, he’s a man that pushes tilt-shift videos to the limit.

Happy tilt-shifting!


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Powerpoint Presentation Tips (6/6): Practice, and Practice Some More


One of the best presenters in the world is Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple Inc. Check out some Apple Keynotes and look at a couple of them if you have no idea who this is.A lot of people think Jobs is a «natural» and just really good at this stuff. The secret is that Mr. Jobs is a perfectionist who practices every presentation he holds over and over again.

Have you ever had a boss telling you «I know this stuff by know, I don’t need to practice»? Or maybe you have been that person yourself. Well, if the best people in the world practice over and over again, why shouldn’t you or your boss need to?

No matter what field we are in, practice always makes us better. So spend a couple of hours going through your presentation in front of the mirror, a camera, or a friend. Put yourself in the view of the audience.

Is this captivating? Is this interesting? Can I do more here?

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Powerpoint Presentation Tips (5/6): Slides and Handouts are Different


Most people print their powerpoints, and hand them out, either before or after the presentation is given. This is a very common mistake.

Your presentation should be visual and support your story. A handout should be read in comfort by somebody that have already seen the presentation. Your handout is where you can put in the details, and all those facts and graphs that you had to delete from your presentation.

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