When you insert a photo of a person on a slide, often that photo doesn’t show the entire person. Part is cut off. For example, the photo might be a head shot or just show the top half of the body.
But placing that photo in the middle of the slide looks awkward. Your audience wonders about the part of the photo that’s missing.
Note that this slide also violates my 3-side rule.
Move the cut-off side to the edge of the slide
The best way to deal with this problem is to move the cut-off side of the photo to one edge of the slide. In this case, the bottom is cut off, so moving the photo to the bottom of the slide works best.
But the photo still violates the 3-side rule and so here’s another solution — remove the background. Doesn’t this look better?
On the other hand (I guess that’s a pun!), this next slide looks best at the top of the slide because the cut-off is at the top. So the solution is to move it to the top and put the text at the bottom.
What if I can’t move the image to the edge of the slide?
Sometimes, you just can’t move the image to the edge of the slide. Perhaps you need to label the photo or you need to put 2 photos on a slide. In this situation, add some formatting to the photo that lifts it off the slide and gives it some type of edge of its own.
In this case, the photo needs a label on its right side.
But simply add a shadow makes it look less awkward. I’m not sure how to explain why this looks better. Do you see the difference?
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this technique.