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High Res Images and why they are so important for presentations

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It’s no secret that images have much more descriptive potential than a few lines of text. Images create visual stimulation that keeps your audience engaged and delighted, which is crucial when it comes to presentations in both Powerpoint and Keynote.

Here are a few best practice pointers for using images in your presentations.

  • Always use high resolution images.
  • Think about what the goal of your presentation is, and how your images are going to help create a story for the audience.
  • Using stock photographs is the easiest option, but not always the best. They’re often clichéd and can get quite pricey. By using images that are less generic, you are already starting to differentiate yourself from lesser presentations. Finding good imagery can be tricky, It takes a little time and effort, but is completely worth it. The goal here is to craft a presentation that speaks to your particular audience.
  • The images you choose create subconscious connections to you and your company, so make sure that they evoke the right desired emotion.
  • Avoid clichés. The greater your use of clichéd images, the more likely you are to loose your audience’s attention. To avoid this, ignore the first image that comes to mind and delve a little deeper. A good way to get start is to try and visualise an image that would most accurately communicate your content leaving no ambiguity in its interpretation.

Here is a list of sites that will help you find amazing images that complement your presentations:

Superfamous Studios
Superfamous release photos under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, you can use them however you like – just provide credit to the artists. (Even if its a handy slide at the end of your presentation!)

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DotSpin
DotSpin works a bit differently by give you free to use Instagram photos. you can even earn rewards for contributing your snaps.

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Death to the Stock Photo
Death to the Stock Photo requires you to sign up (free) – Then you’ll have high quality photos sent directly to your email every month.

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Pixabay
Browse through Pixabay’s Editors Choice to really find the images that stand out from the rest.GratisPhotography

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GratisPhotography
is a project run by Ryan McGuir which features new photos added each week.

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PicJumbo
One of my personal favourites, PicJumbo provides one quality free photo every day. Totally free photos for your commercial & personal work. Subscribe to get the new ones sent to you daily!

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Published by Ross

Ross grew up on the wrong side of the Jukskei. He studied at Vega and was awarded the Top Student prize at his graduation. After working as a freelancer for four years, he founded Nicework with Ben Vorster. He has a penchant for Scandinavian wood furniture and really nice shirts. He is open to bribery- all iPads are welcome. He also likes chocolate cake and is happily married.

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