PowerPoint may not be of any use for you in a presentation, but it may liberate you in another way, an artistic way. Who knows.
PowerPoint was born in the late nineteen eighties in order that users could make best use of the graphical interface of personal computers. Since then it has become one of the most ubiquitous software packages in the world and is synonymous with the word ‘presentation’, despite the availability of many alternative packages. However, nearly forty years later it is much maligned as generating boring bullet points, slides crammed with small, unreadable text and poor quality, pixelated images. This is summed up with the modern phrase ‘death by PowerPoint’.
Microsoft Office is installed widely across many institutions for both staff and students, whilst specialist multimedia software may not. Therefore, this session aims to reignite enthusiasm and maybe even some love for PowerPoint, by demonstrating its power beyond bulllet points. The wide range of uses will be introduced, including Pecha Kucha presentations, video production, vector graphic creation, animations and advanced image manipulation. The main element of the session will then cover a step by step walk through of at least one example of image manipulation, such as creating a black and white image with a single coloured ‘pop’ element. Sample images will be provided for all participants so they can work along through each step. Supporting video resources will also be made available after the session.
Whilst the session is specific to PowerPoint some of the elements covered can be achieved in alternative free presentation packages.
For full access to the functionality it is recommended that users have the desktop version of PowerPoint.