Wow them: How to spotlight part of your PowerPoint slide [Video ×2]

Golden Gate Bridge San FranciscoHere’s a great 3-minute video that shows how to sharply focus attention on part of your slide – by using a dramatic spotlight effect:

http://www.screenr.com/ZhM

UPDATE: Here’s a video of a 2nd method that automatically adjusts to show the new background if you move the spotlights (or even if you change the background picture).


In the Screenr video (by Stephanie Harnett), the example shows how to highlight part of a full-screen photo, but you can use this effect with any slide content: a chart, a list, a process flow or other diagram – or whatever you choose.

(If you have PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint MVP Geetesh Bajaj shows how you can get a very similar result by using the new Shape Subtract feature, provided you first customise the toolbar to get access to that.)

Over to you

Have you ever used this or another unusual visual effect to highlight part of your slide? How do you think it went? Did the audience react? Please let me know.

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P.S. Thanks to Bruce Gabrielle for inspiring the title and Twitter-friendly aspects of this post.

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2 thoughts on “Wow them: How to spotlight part of your PowerPoint slide [Video ×2]

  1. Craig – As you can tell, I’ve been trolling around your blog for a while this morning, and after watching one of your previous posts and then Stephanie’s (LOVE HER!) Screenr here, I thought I’d try to do the same effect with slide background fill. Sure enough, it works like a charm and is a little less complicated than saving the items as .png files. Thanks so much for challenging me to think differently and more creatively about some of the things we do everyday!

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