I frequently visit the “Investor Relations” section of numerous companies. On one such occasion, I stumbled upon an Investor PowerPoint Presentation of a Global Auto major (BMW Jan 2014). I was mesmerized by the look of a PowerPoint picture in certain slides and started exploring techniques on how to highlight in PowerPoint slides.
The following picture in PowerPoint was able to focus on a specific geographical area and allow more text to be written. Therefore I termed this as the “Magnifier Glass Effect” for PowerPoint Picture. Since then, I have done a lot of trial-and-error exercises to replicate something similar to PowerPoint Picture with the least bit of effort.
How to Create the Magnifying Glass Effect in PowerPoint
Here’s a step by step process to Create the Magnifying Glass Effect in PowerPoint picture,
- Making a duplicate of the original picture (Ctrl + D)
- Choose a duplicate picture and go to “Picture Tools – Format” tab
- Click on “Crop” button and select “Crop to Shape” – preferably an oval shape
- Select “Crop” button and select “Crop”
- Adjust the oval shape to focus on specific areas of the picture
- Click outside the picture to finalize the effect
- Now feel free to add Picture Effects to the magnifier glass effect or increase its size
Watch our 4 minutes video on Magnifier Glass Effect to see this trick in action:
There are many more such visual effects that help your audience focus on specific areas of the slide. Hence carry your message 10x times more effectively.
Furthermore, I have seen more concepts of “Highlighter” & “De-Highlighter” used in a research report by one the Ivy League Consulting firm – Bain & Co.
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