How to find and create exceptional images for presentations
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How to find and create exceptional images for presentations

We remember what we see for longer - so make an impact with images you will learn to create easily with free software
3.8 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
16 students enrolled
Created by Paul Naude
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • How to quickly modify existing images to suit your needs
  • Where to find high quality images
  • Quickly change the dominant colour in an image
  • Take your photographic and photo editing skills to the next level by understanding the fundamentals about colour that makes it look great.
  • How to quickly edit basic image qualities directly in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint without needing to edit it elsewhere first.
  • How to manipulate brightness and contrast successfully to make ordinary images look great.
  • Understand how colour is different for light and paint (or ink).
  • Create and print your own colour reference card!
  • How light is defined for display on a screen (monitor, phone or wall).
  • How to use a histogram to quantify how good the colours of an image is (or isn't).
  • How to use a histogram to measure the effectiveness of changes to brightness and contrast to rescue an image.
  • How colour levels can be used instead of simply setting brightness and contrast.
  • How colour curves can be used to create artistic images.
  • Where and how to install free photo editing software from to experiment with on your own photos and images.
  • How to interpret the commonly used RGB colour values and why that is so useful.
  • How software converts RGB colour values into CMYK values for printing purposes (and why its useful to know that).
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  • Access to a computer will be useful, but is not required to follow the course.
  • If you don't have access to a computer, a smartphone or tablet will do but are also not required.
  • You don't need any photo editing software but it will be useful to experiment alongside side while following the course.
  • If you don't have any photo editing software for your computer or phone, I will help you install free reputable software to follow along with.

Not all of us are sketch artists or skilled at creating images or photos, but this course will show you its much easier than you may have thought. Its easy and quick to learn and will save you hours in the long run. 

I want you to be more successful at what you do, by helping you stand out in the crowd and be remembered. And you can do this by simply making the visuals you need to convey your message to be more effective at being remembered, whether it's for a presentation, website or document.

The internet is loaded with resources, if you just know where to look, but you can even shorten your search and make whatever you find perfect in less time.

In this course, I will show and teach you how to easily modify any photograph or image to suit your needs and look fantastic by just focusing on colour aspects, even when just using MS Word, PowerPoint or Excel.

I will also share my favourite source of free stock images and free photo editing software that I use daily in my career as engineer to prepare presentations for training and sales pitches. 

During the course you will also be provided with test images that you can constantly experiment with to test your newly learnt skills and further cement them into your skill set.

By the end of this course you will be empowered to take any image off the internet or photograph from your camera and enhance or change its colour to look it's best or totally different. You will no longer be restricted to use what is available, but be able to create your own unique versions to fit your message and style.

Still not sure if this course is for you? Follow the link in the resources section of the introduction lecture to a specially crafted quiz to evaluate whether or not you will learn something useful.

Take your presentations to the next level and make an impact that will drive your success.


Who is the target audience?
  • Business professionals who are too busy to learn Photoshop
  • Anyone who needs unique images for websites, presentations or documents
  • Anyone who wants to edit images and photographs
  • Anyone who started editing photos and feel they miss something fundamental to go forward
  • Anyone who wants to make an impact with the images they use in presentations or other media
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Primary colours of light

You may think it's not important to know this, but be ready to be surprised, you will thank me later.

Digital definition of colours

Brightness and contrast

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About the Instructor
Paul Naude
3.8 Average rating
2 Reviews
16 Students
2 Courses

Almost all successful people will tell you that if you want to know what your are passionate about, ask yourself what you are willing to do right through the night, even if there is no big benefit, need or motivation to.

For me its creating a clear visual message using the right photos and images. Adding the right image to any presentation, blog post, online tutorial or website is what can keep me going for hours.

My photo and image editing skills made that possible and makes me strive to learn more and more techniques everyday to get to what I want faster. I also love finding new software and apps with which to do interesting things, but nothing beats that personal touch to an image.

Apart from being an engineer with most of my experience being in simulation and analysis and the sales and support thereof, I enjoy teaching complicated material and always strives to make things simpler and easier to learn to people who otherwise wouldn't.

Visual aids are always a great tool to help me transfer knowledge and sell a product. I have created many blogs in which I expose people to advanced technologies, to help them get started instead of deciding its too complicated right away. I love technology and can't help myself but to share it with others. I also know that today our human creativity is our biggest asset and heaven forbid that it would ever be possible for a computer to be creative too!