PowerPoint presentations are an ideal way to share information and add visual interest; however, creating PowerPoints for lecture captures and other recordings can be a bit different than creating them for classroom use. Your PowerPoints need to function well at a variety of different resolutions, and on both small and large screens.

Look at the slide shown above–it’s visually exciting, but also crisp and clear. This should be your goal when you’re recording a PowerPoint.

Go Big

When recording a PowerPoint, you need to create both visual impact and visual accessibility, regardless of screen size. Choose fonts that are 24 pt. or larger, and opt for clear and readable fonts. Choose images that are bold, interesting, and fill a significant portion of the slide, and keep them relatively eye-catching. Tables, charts and diagrams should be clear and readable.

Keep It Simple

Limit each slide to a single idea.  Focus on the key points you’re covering in your lecture. This isn’t the time for pages of text–if you need those, offer them as a downloadable PDF to your students or colleagues. Limit your use of bullet points–consider placing each point on its own slide.

Focus on Contrast

On a big screen, or in a darkened room, it may be fairly easy to make out light-colored text on a light-colored screen; however, that gets much harder when you’re watching a lecture capture on a smartphone outside, or working with a lower-quality screen resolution. Remember a simple rule. If your background is light, your text should be dark. If your background is dark, make your text light.

Integrate Animations

Animations can add interest to your presentation and keep your viewers focused and paying attention. Don’t overdo it–no more than 1/3 of your slides should contain animations, but they do add visual interest and can keep your students from tuning out during lecture captures.

Use Keyboard Shortcuts

For the best quality PowerPoint recordings, take the time to learn and use PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts. This can let you seamlessly start your presentation and transition between slides.