Learn the basic skills and concepts needed to create attractive, effective PowerPoint slides.
Build a strong foundation of PowerPoint skills and graphic design concepts with this tutorial for beginners. You will learn to confidently:
Make Your Presentations Stand Out in a Crowd
We've all see wretched PowerPoint slides with their overcrowded text, cartoonish clip art, and animation that can give you motion sickness. But your slides don't have to be that way. In this course, you'll apply the same principles and skills design professionals use to create slides that will engage an audience.
Content and Overview
This course begins with a series of video tutorials designed to teach students the basic PowerPoint techniques. You will watch the instructor use a technique and then practice it in your own PowerPoint file. Using this simple show and do method, you will quickly gain confidence and control over the application
Following that is a series of exercises giving you practice in the graphic design principles of contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity. These are the essential concepts needed to create visually appealing slides that amplify your message.
The course culminates with an activity that applies all the skills learned in class to creating a unique, personalized PowerPoint theme. This way, you'll never have to use the “canned" PowerPoint themes that everyone else uses.
What am I going to get from this course?
Section 1 - Bad PowerPoint. Bad, Bad, Bad!
Lecture 1: Introduction 02:18
Section 2 - Master PowerPoint Basics
Lecture 2: Master PowerPoint Basics 01:19
Lecture 3: Manipulating Text 02:36
Lecture 4: Manipulating Shapes 06:32
Lecture 5: Manipulating Lines 05:31
Lecture 6: Importing Images 09:58
Lecture 7: Adding Content 04:07
Lecture 8: Changing Slide Layouts 06:54
Lecture 9: Arranging and Aligning Elements03:55
Lecture 10: Changing Backgrounds 04:30
Section 3 - Learn Design Basics
Lecture 11: Practice Exercises Text
Lecture 12: Learn Design Basics 06:48
Section 4 - Create Well-Designed PowerPoint Slides
Lecture 13: Creating a Theme 04:47
Lecture 14: Create Well-Designed PowerPoint Slides 04:20
As you work through the tutorials, open a PowerPoint file and practice as you watch. Don't be afraid to pause and rewind a tutorial when needed. The point is to finish each tutorial feeling confident that you can perform the techniques you learned.
Learn how to change the appearance of text in a text box and on a slide master.
Lines are important design elements in PowerPoint. Learn how to manipulate them in this lecture.
More images and less text, that's the style today. Learn how to import and manipulate images.
How to add tables, charts, and graphs is what you'll learn in this lecture.
Slide layouts provide consistency and organization. Learn how to change slide layouts in this lecture.
The ability to align and arrange elements on a slide is essential to good design. You'll know how to use PowerPoint's features for aligning and arranging shapes, lines, images, and text.
An attractive background provides a stage for your message. Learn how to create your own backgrounds in this lecture.
Download each of these files to complete the activities in this sectionl
Learn the principles of Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity.
Put it all together by applying basic PowerPoint skills and basic design skills to create attractive and effective PowerPoint slides. When you're done with this lecture, watch the next lecture, Creating a Theme.
Jeff is an experienced corporate trainer, instructional designer, and classroom teacher. He currently works for a Fortune 500 semiconductor company managing a global training team with members in Singapore and the US. in 2007, he completed an expatriate assignment in Kobe, Japan. There he gained valuable cross-cultural teaching experience and learned enough Japanese to order a meal and find the right train. Since 2003, he has served as a faculty member for the Idaho Certified Public Manager Program, and now teaches basic courses in writing, problem solving, project management, and public speaking. Other experiences include:
• Developing and leading a museum education program as education director at The Discovery Center of Idaho
• Receiving the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship awarded in honor of NASA's first Teacher-in-Space in 1989
• Teaching math and science in sign language at the Idaho School for the Deaf for five years
• Co-authoring Power Tools for Business Writing with Julie Levitt, published by Cengage and available online.