How to Use Imagery Like the Pros with Microsoft PowerPoint MVP, Nolan Haims


Microsoft PowerPoint MVP, Nolan Haims delivers a very informative how-to webinar on how to use imagery that is powerful, visual and perfect for the content you want to deliver.

He addressed the following:

  • What makes a good presentation image?
  • What kinds of pictures should I avoid?
  • Where can I get professional stock photography?
  • Do I have to pay for imagery?
  • What do graphic designers know that I don’t?
  • Do I need Photoshop? (No!)

In this webinar, he showed us how to source and use imagery in presentations, covering both technical and design considerations. Watch it and you’ll learn tricks for professionally editing imagery within PowerPoint as well as proven graphic design principles to make your imagery as dynamic and effective as possible.

About Nolan:
nolan-side-shotWith more than 20 years’ experience in the field of visual communications, Nolan helps organizations and individuals show up differently and tell better stories with fewer words. Most recently as a Vice President and Director of Presentation for Edelman, he helped the world’s largest public relations firm consistently win multi-million dollar pitches by communicating more visually. As a designer and art director, he has created high-end presentations, keynote addresses and pitches for Fortune 500 CEOs, leading financial institutions, top foundations, and all the major television networks. Nolan trains organizations to think visually and to create and give more effective presentations. He speaks at national conferences and writes extensively on visual storytelling. Microsoft has recognized him as one of only 11 PowerPoint MVPs in the U.S for his contributions to the presentation community. In a past life, Nolan was an award-winning magician and juggler and performed with the Moscow Circus and Vermont’s Circus Smirkus before turning to the theater. He directed and wrote professionally, creating stories on stages in New York and around the country for a decade.


4 Ways to Find The Right People Images

A client of mine needed images of people to make his presentation come alive. But he couldn’t find the diversity he needed. And he’s in the field of education, which has more females than males. So I came up with 4 ways to find the people images presenters need.

1) Take Your Own Photos

Go around your office and ask people if you can photograph them. That way, you’ll get a representative group. Usually, people are happy to oblige, but give them time to spruce themselves up!

2) Use Silhouettes

Silhouettes are great when you don’t want too much detail. In this way, the audience can imagine the diversity. If you search PowerPoint’s image library for “silhouette,” you’ll find an excellent selection if you’re willing to scroll through all the sports silhouettes.

You can break up some of the images (crop them down to one person) and use the Remove Background feature to leave only the silhouette.

Geetesh Bajaj at  also has a great selection of silhouettes. Use the search box on Geetesh’s website to search for “silhouette” and you’ll discover a great resource.

3) Create Icons

You can create your own modern icons that can be gender and color neutral. I have a blog post showing one idea here.

4) Buy Photos

If you’re willing to spend some money, you can usually find a wide range of photos that suit your purposes.  I like BigStockPhoto for its great selection and reasonable prices.

About the Author:

Ellen Finkelstein is a noted presentation design consultant and trainer, a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of top-selling books in the presentations field. For more information, visit

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