Stock photography is a powerful tool in any presentation. Great photography has the ability to elevate your presentation design and leave your audience wowed and engaged. But with thousands of photos to search through, it can be overwhelming to know which photo to select for your specific design.

Fear not! The team at Ethos3 has put together 3 hints to selecting great stock photography.

Choose the right size.
When it comes to stock photography, downloading the right size is key. As you are selecting a photo, make sure the image is close in size to your deck size. This will ensure that your photo looks great on the screen and that there are no issues with stretching or morphing of the image. The last thing you want is a blurry or pixelated image on the big screen, so don’t skimp on the quality or size of your download.

Quick Tip:
4×3 dimension: 1280 x 720 pixels
16×9 dimension: 1920 x 1080 pixels

Pay attention to color.
When selecting stock photography, be sure to look at the color of your photo. In order to keep your presentation cohesive, you want to ensure your photography matches the color scheme of your design. There are minor tweaks that can be made using color overlays, but keeping the image color complementary will ensure your design looks connected and clean.

Quick Tip:
Choose lighter photos to ensure you can create a contrasting look with your text.

Keep your photos relevant.
There are thousands of amazing photos available online. It can be tempting to select photos that you think look cool or catch your attention, but when it comes to a presentation design, you want to select photos that are relevant to your content. Your stock photography is meant to support your content, not steal the show. Use your photography as a way to reinforce what you are saying and tell your story visually.

Quick Tip:
Make the connection between your photography and content easy to recognize, so you don’t leave your audience guessing.

Stock photography is a great tool for any presenter. With accessibility at an all-time high, beginner presenters can create beautiful designs in no time. By implementing these 3 hints, you will set yourself apart as a presenter and designer.

Don’t have time to design your next presentation? Contact the team at Ethos3 today to find out how we can help you create a killer presentation.

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