10 Tips for Commemorative PowerPoint Presentations

Contents
  1. Remembrance of a special person in your life
  2. First things first: make a checklist
  3. Start collecting important memories
  4. Optimizing Images: Best Practices
  5. A tool to create digital photo albums – it’s simple and fast
  6. Compress photos to reduce overall file size
  7. Colorful backgrounds or design templates/themes
  8. Use transitions to move smoothly from one slide to another
  9. Soft music in the background
  10. Automate the presentation of the monument
  11. How was the rehearsal?

Remembrance of a special person in your life

Nobody likes going to a memorial service. It’s hard to understand that someone special has been lost to you. But it can also be a time to share your favorite memories of your loved one with family and friends.

Many memorable receptions today will feature a PowerPoint presentation with old photos of your loved one and all the happy moments he or she has shared with you and others.

Use these ten tips below as a guide to organizing and creating wonderful family memories to revisit again and again.

First things first: make a checklist

You are done and think you are ready to create this PowerPoint slideshow. However, it’s best to sit down, ponder your ideas and make a checklist of what to do and what to pack for this big event.

Start collecting important memories

Think about what you want to share with your family, but also with all the guests. Make it a real “memory lane trip” in search of

  • Pictures in childhood or youth

  • Photos with a loving husband, during the courtship and after

  • Photos of important dates in his/her life such as graduation, first job, first child or special holiday

  • Scan photos if you don’t have digital copies

  • Scan any jewelry he had if you can get your hands on it (high school theater show, dried rose, etc.)

  • Scan a love letter from your partner

  • Scan your favorite poem

  • Scan your favorite religious passage

  • Collect special songs like old people music, classical music, christian/gospel music

The list is just for your imagination to make it a very special presentation.

Optimizing Images: Best Practices

Optimization is the term used to refer to modifying a photo to reduce it both in size and file size, for use in other programs. You should optimize these photos before inserting them into your presentation. This applies to scans of things other than photos (such as an old love letter). Scanned images are often huge.

A tool to create digital photo albums – it’s simple and fast

This tool has been used for the last few versions of PowerPoint. Tool Photo album you can quickly and easily add one or more photos to your presentation at the same time. Effects such as frames and captions are ready and available to liven them up to your liking.

Compress photos to reduce overall file size

If you didn’t know how to optimize your photos or not want to disturb them (see step 3 above), you still have a chance to reduce the overall file size of your final presentation. You can use the parameter: Compress photos † An added bonus is that you can compress one photo or all photos in a presentation. Compressing photos will make the presentation run smoother.

Colorful backgrounds or design templates/themes

Whether you want to go the easy way and just change the background color of your presentation, or decide to coordinate your entire show with a colorful design theme, it’s just a few clicks away.

Use transitions to move smoothly from one slide to another

Smooth the transition of your slideshow from one slide to another by applying transitions. These are fluid movements as changes occur. If your presentation covers different topics (e.g. early years, dating, and just having fun), it may be helpful to apply a different transition to a separate section to highlight it separately. Otherwise, it’s best to limit the amount of movement so that the audience is focused on the show and not what movement is going to happen next.

Soft music in the background

You probably know your favorite song or music of your loved one. It will really bring back happy memories if you play some of these songs/anthems in the background while the slideshow is running. You can add more than one song to a presentation and start and stop specific slides for an effect, or play one song during the entire slideshow.

Automate the presentation of the monument

After the service is likely when this slideshow will play. This can be configured on the monitor to repeat the cycle during a reception or to wake up after a service.

How was the rehearsal?

No show will ever air without a rehearsal. PowerPoint has a handy tool that lets you sit back, watch the presentation, and click when you want the next one to happen (next slide, next image, etc.). PowerPoint will record these changes and then you know it will launch on its own; smooth, not too fast and not too slow. What could be easier?

Now it’s time to mingle with other guests as everyone around you reminisces about days gone by with that special someone.

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