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2 Enhancing a Presentation
with Pictures, Shapes,
In our visually oriented culture, audience members enjoy viewing effective graphics.
Whether reading a document or viewing a PowerPoint presentation, people increasingly
want to see photographs, artwork, graphics, and a variety of typefaces. Researchers have
known for decades that documents with visual elements are more effective than those
that consist of only text because the illustrations motivate audiences to study the material.
People remember at least one-third more information when the document they are see-
ing or reading contains visual elements. These graphics help clarify and emphasize details,
so they appeal to audience members with differing backgrounds, reading levels, attention
spans, and motivations.
Project — Presentation with Pictures,
Shapes, and WordArt
The project in this chapter follows graphical guidelines and uses PowerPoint to create the
presentation shown in Figure 2–1. This slide show, which discusses yoga and meditation,
has a variety of illustrations and visual elements. For example, pictures have particular
shapes and effects. The enhanced type has a style that blends well with the background
and illustrations. Pictures and type are formatted using Quick Styles and WordArt, which
give your presentation a professional look.
The term, yoga, is derived
from the Sanskrit word
yuj, meaning to join or
unite. Yogis have been
practicing this system of
exercises and philosophy
of mental control for more
than 26,000 years.
As you read through this chapter, you will learn how to create the presentation
shown in Figure 2–1 by performing these general tasks:
Format slide backgrounds.
Insert and format pictures by applying styles and effects.
Insert and format shapes.
Format text using WordArt.
Print a handout of your slides.