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1. 5 Tips For Mastering Google Slides www.synergyse.com 2. Google Slides got a major update this week, adding the ability to edit the master slides for a presentation template. Before, in order to standardize a template for use by others, or to customize a presentation for a topic, you had to make your own template of sorts, editing each type of slide, then copying and pasting to create more that looked the same. With this update, you can now edit the master slide layout, then you can simply add more slides using the New slide command (or, the quick add button), and your formatting is done for you. Its great for organizations who want to keep a uniform template, and for longer presentations where formatting really matters. Here are a few pointers to get it just right. www.synergyse.com 3. 1)Editing the Master Slides By using slide formatting, or text formatting on the master slides, you can keep things uniform and ensure a consistent look throughout. To edit: 1) Open the Master Slides by clicking Slide, then Edit Master. 2) You can begin editing the set of slide layouts. 3) Once you have completed formatting the slides the way you want, close the master slide layout interface. 4) Add new slides as normal and the changes you made on the master will be reflected on the new slides. Any changes you make on the Master Slide later on will be reflected on all your slides. For example, if you decide halfway through a presentation that youd like the headings in different font, updating the master slide will update the heading font on all slides at once. If you have graphics on the master slide that you need to modify, youll have to edit that element on the master slide Similar to Google Docs, you can edit Normal Text, Heading 1, etc.. www.synergyse.com 4. Fig 2. - Slides will still be added and accessed in the same way youve always done it, except that the formatting is now set according to your master slides. Notice the dragon - you wont be able to edit him on your normal slide; to move or change him youd have to do it on the master slide, and that change to the master would be automatically applied to that type of slide throughout the presentation. www.synergyse.com 5. Depending on your workflow when adding new slides, you might continue as normal by clicking the + button, which will insert a new slide quickly. Notice that it will insert a Title and Body slide after the Title Slide, and after that, will continue to insert the type of slide you were just on. If you require a different kind of slide layout, such as a Title and Two Columns, youll have to click on the drop down arrow next to the + button to make that selection. If youve formatted the master slides, youll now see your new layouts, and you can choose accordingly. If you dont need all the slide types, dont edit them in the master slide layout. For example, if your presentation is only using the Title and Body slide type, then edit that one and leave the rest alone. No need to waste your time editing masters that you wont be using. www.synergyse.com 6. Fig 3. - Selecting new slides using the drop- down arrow menu next to the + button - notice your new formatting across the board that matches your edits to the master slides. www.synergyse.com 7. 2) Working with Graphics Depending on the type of media youre using, working with graphics and other media in Google Slides can be a bit challenging. For example, if you want to make a logo transparent on the fly, youll have to edit the image using some other program that can manipulate the image file. Pixlr is a software that can help with image editing tasks. To move media, you may find it easier to hold down the SHIFT key while using the arrow to move the image to where you need them. Holding down the SHIFT key allows you to move pixel by pixel. I typically search for and use graphics in the .png format, which seems to work really well overall, and many are already transparent. However, when placing them on the master slides, or on any of the slides internal to the presentation, masking doesnt work well. www.synergyse.com 8. 3) Tips on Design To add emphasis to text, use highlighted text. Dont underestimate font choices. Fonts should be easy to read. Consider the the presentation screen youll be displaying / projecting your presentation on when selecting font and color choices. Use less text, and more images. Remember: Slides are merely there to support the story youre telling - not for you to read from. www.synergyse.com 9. 4) Additional New Features of Google Slides Slides go wide o Gives you the option to project to wide screen o Many projectors still only display in regular mode, and wont support HDMI or wide screen projecting. o Make sure you know what projector youll be using and plan your presentation layout accordingly. Fig 4. - Slides go wide - you can always play with the slide settings, but prepare your slides accordingly. www.synergyse.com 10. 5) Old Features Not to Forget Dont forget some of the old features you may have overlooked in the past. 3 ways of running a presentation (depending on what screen youre presenting on, make adjustments accordingly.) o Your own o Extended o New screen, or with speaker notes) You can print your slides with or without notes. Check out the Print settings and preview on the File menu, and play with the layouts available. Share your slides with others by: o A link available for everyone o Publishing the presentation to the web. o You can embed presentations on your website for easy access, and the added bonus is your site traffic. www.synergyse.com 11. Fig 5. - Printing slides - lots of people like printouts of three slides per page with places where they can take their own notes. That is, if you have to provide printed reference slides at all; if youve gone green you can always post your presentation on your website and email out a link to participants rather than printing. www.synergyse.com 12. Join the conversation and follow us: www.synergyse.com