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    Visible text over photo (PPT 2000)

    This is probably pretty simple but I'm not very expert with PPT.

    Using projected video in a church service, I want to use a photo as a background and have text overlayed. Finding a font/color scheme that is readable over all areas of a picture proves to be a challenge. A font with a dark edge and light center or the ability to make a font cycle colors would seem to be a likely way out (though not necessarily very esthetic). I cannot find such a thing. Heck, I can't even find a way to make text flash.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Visible text over photo (PPT 2000)

    Hmmm, a couple of ideas come to mind.

    You could use WordArt. However, it will take a while to set up, it makes for large files sizes and is not quick and easy to edit.

    Make sure you put a shadow on your text. That will help.

    Browse some font web sites and find a font that looks as you describe.

    Place the text on a semi-transparent, colored background. The picture will show through, but you may have just enough contrast to see the text.

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    Re: Visible text over photo (PPT 2000)

    As a PP trainer I would say this is generally not a great idea for all the reasons you list.

    Another decent consideration is to FILL the text block background with a good contrasting color and click on semi-transparent. That will give a kind of "mask" over the picture, yet allow the picture to come through a little.

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    Re: Visible text over photo (PPT 2000)

    Speaking as one who is easily distracted and wears no-line bifocals:

    1) Never, never, never use any effects or transitions during worship. It will only interfere with worship.

    2) Forget the background for anything that you want to be read. For very familar songs like As theDeer a very faint image would be OK; for anything else, your main objective is readability.

    3) Use a simple sans-serif font. Never let your Youth Pastor pick the fonts. <img src=/S/eargear.gif border=0 alt=eargear width=20 height=20>

    Thanks for letting me express my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> --Sam
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    Re: Visible text over photo (PPT 2000)

    These are all great responses - I'd also encourage you to take a look at the picture toolbar - in particular - try watermarking your picture. You can also tweak the intensity of a photograph by playing with the contrast and brightness options.

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