For those of you who haven’t had one of my seminars on using PowerPoint to create powerful image quotes for your social media feed; now’s the time to get out into the garden with your camera phone and take a few photos.
You need to create a stockpile of good background photos that you can use for fresh quotes. And summertime in your garden is a great time and place to do this.
Closeups of plants and flowers make a great background for a variety of quotes – like this one I found on the Olds Municipal Library Facebook feed.
You can see how they use a transparent overlay over part of the picture to help the text stand out.
You may not have an immediate need for those pictures, but you can set them aside for later use, like this image of purple pink chrysanthemums (my chrysanthemums are looking particularly lovely this year, due to the fact I’ve just bought them).
You don’t need a fancy camera to get these pictures, the camera on your phone will do just fine. But do make sure you take your pictures in both horizontal and vertical orientations to make sure you have more layout options later on.
Don’t just focus on flowers (hehe, see what I did there), leaves and foliage are useful too.
Don’t forget that the same picture can be used multiple ways, once you start throwing colour filters and special effects at it.
Oh, and that image has been flipped, since I like the leaves appearing on the left side of the photo better.
A final tip, when saving your image quotes, use the PNG format, it creates fewer artifacts (small jiggly lines that make text harder to read) than JPEG.
This post is originally from 2018. If you want help with the newest and classic features in PowerPoint drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org