PowerPoint Tips: Slides that pop!

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By Ellen Finkelstein

Using the 3rd dimension on a slide–Part I: Shadows

You probably think of slides as a 2D surface. After all, you project slides on a screen or wall.



But you can make them look 3-dimensional using several techniques:

*Shadows
*Bevels
*Depth and 3D rotation
*The bulletin board or collage look
*3D scenes — creating a surface (like a table) and putting things on it

The result is much more interesting and adds a professional touch as well — as long as you don’t overdo it. In the post, I’ll show you some examples of using shadows to make objects appear to pop off the slide.

Here’s a slide with no shadows. It’s from an updated presentation I give called Slide Design for Non-Designers.

3d slides

Here’s the same slide with shadows. Do you see how the top books appear to hover above the slide?

slide 3d

Steps continued here

This excerpt is shared with permission from ellenfinkelstein.com.

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