Entries Tagged as 'Design Help'

Using the Selection Pane

August 15th, 2011 No Comments

The Selection and Visibility Pane is an extremely useful feature in PowerPoint 2007/2010. So useful, in fact, that you may wonder how you ever worked without it. The Selection Pane keeps track of everything on the slide in a task pane on the right side of the desktop. View the Selection Pane: On the Home […]


High-quality prints from slides

December 29th, 2010 1 Comment

We are occasionally asked to turn presentation graphics into printed posters, white papers, newsletters, and so on. If you think you’ll need high-quality print output from slides, it’s best to let us know in advance. Here’s why: Presentation graphics do not need to have anywhere near the same resolution as high-end print graphics—they only need […]


Flash — what we need to know to get started

August 18th, 2010 No Comments

Before starting any Flash project, here are some of the questions we’ll ask: What will it be used for? Web, event, trade show, kiosk, flat panel display? Display dimensions: What are the pixel dimensions of the display device (1366 x 768, 1024 x 768, 852 x 480, 600 x 800, and so on). Ideally, the […]


Selling with a hands-on ROI demo

August 16th, 2010 1 Comment

Bluewave is all about visual storytelling. We design professional presentation media that help our clients deliver clear, compelling and visually impactful communications for corporate events, keynote executive speeches, product launches, sales meetings and road shows. These are often big-stakes situations, where high pressure, precision and state-of-the-art multimedia predominate. But sometimes the most effective selling tool […]


Slide aspect ratios: what you need to know

August 12th, 2009 4 Comments

Many PowerPoint presentations are formatted at the default 4:3 aspect ratio, which is the display size used by older TV screens and projectors. Widescreen shows, with a 16:9 aspect ratio, are becoming more and more common. Keynote conferences and other high-end events will likely be displayed in widescreen environments. For smaller venues, widescreen HD-capable DLP chip projectors are now very […]


Problems with Arial Black?

June 23rd, 2009 No Comments

We encountered a strange situation recently with the font Arial Black in PowerPoint: all instances of the font suddenly turned italic. Nothing we could think to do removed the italic formatting. And even odder, this problem only occurred on certain workstations. After some sleuthing on Google, we discovered that the Windows Service Pack 3 upgrade apparently installs […]


What’s the difference between vector and bitmap graphics?

March 31st, 2009 2 Comments

There are two types of computer graphics: vector and bitmap (also known as raster). Vector graphics use mathematical statements to describe a series of points to be connected along a path, forming an image composed of shapes and lines. Vector graphics are typically detailed illustrations, fonts, logos, line art and page layouts. A vector graphic appears […]

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Basic steps in the design process

March 17th, 2009 No Comments

A few years ago, Dave Nix outlined the basic steps Bluewave follows in taking a presentation design project from start to finish. Format existing graphics Format all slides to the guidelines established in the template Implement a consistent layout throughout different sections Format all charts, graphs and tables for consistency and style Check and fix […]


How can I shortcut the design process?

February 10th, 2009 No Comments

Very often, clients are pressed for time and are unable to provide sufficient details to help get a design project successfully underway. When this happens, our project managers and designers must fumble through a trial-and-error process of experimentation and elimination, trying to figure out what the client wants and struggling to deliver a meaningful solution. […]

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What’s the difference between GIF, JPEG and PNG formats?

December 12th, 2008 No Comments

GIF, JPEG and PNG are the primary graphic formats used on the Internet, and are also variously employed in print, presentation and multimedia design. All three formats utilize compression techniques for saving images in reduced file size. GIF, pronounced either gif or jif, is supported by all Web browsers although licensing may be required in certain […]

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