Conference on Laurel Wilt Disease and Natural Ecosystems

Tips for Developing Your PowerPoint Presentation

  • To ensure your presentation is easily visible from any seat in the room the following font sizes are suggested:
    • Title: Bold Typeface minimum 40 pt size
    • Subtitles: Bold Typeface minimum 32 or 36 pt size
    • Text and Figures: Bold Typeface minimum 24 or 28 pt size  
  • Note: San- Serif fonts e.g. Arial or Verdana are easier to read in a large room
  • The 6x6 readability rule: no more than six words per line and six lines per “page” (i.e., Arial font size 40).
  • Use upper and lower case letters rather than block: ALL CAPS CAN BE DIFFICULT TO READ.
  • Lines that are used for emphasis should be bolder than background lines or borders.
  • Use contrasting text and background colors (white or yellow text on blue or black background).
  • Avoid using the color red as it tends to bleed into the background and is generally difficult to read.
  • Paragraphs should be clearly separated using a blank line. Lists should be organized using figures, dashes or bullet points. Please keep in mind that graphics and charts must be read from a considerable distance.
  • To ensure a safety zone for over-projection, leave a ¼-inch border, with no text or graphics, around your slide. Otherwise, logos close to the border of your slide may be cut off.
  • For a quick readability check: Stand back ten feet from your 14” monitor. If you cannot read the text clearly, your point size is too small for projection.
  • Images inserted into PowerPoint should not be stretch to make it larger; ensure your images are not fuzzy or dark.

Color Shifts
Due to different resolutions of laptops and projectors, color shifting can and will occur. Please be aware when creating the presentation that the colors may change somewhat when projected.  Also, note that conference will be using the 2013 version of Microsoft PowerPoint.

US Forest Service


Speaker Presentations
June 16-18, 2015

Photo Galleries

Welcome Social
June 16, 2015


Field Trip
June 17, 2015


June 18, 2015

Laurel Wilt Info

Detection of Laurel Wilt Disease in Avocado Using Low Altitude Aerial Imaging

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