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5 Tips for Spicing Up Text and Titles in Your Slideshows

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What’s the first thing you see in a slideshow? The intro slide.

Make sure you instantly grab your audience’s attention by making an impactful opening slide. Just because it’s the title doesn’t mean it can’t be worthy of excitement and attention as well.

We came up with 5 tips to help you break out of the monotony of boring captions and make a great impression as you start your ProShow slideshows.

  1. Don’t treat your titles and text like an afterthought.


    Default settings are good and all, but giving your captions a little more effort will surely capture your audience’s attention. Treat it as you would one of the photos in your slideshow.
  2. Avoid excessive text.

    Find the happy medium in the number of words you use in your slideshow. The more words the harder it is for your audience to read it all, and it will also make your slide look crowded. Keep it short, simple, and sweet.
  3. Contrast.
    Try these 4 simple tips and tricks to make your text stand out.

    • Use two different fonts. One for your heading and a smaller one for your body.
    • Add a drop shadow to your text if it looks like it’s blending too much with your background.

    • Use a dark and light shade of the same color for your heading and body.
    • Instantly make your text pop by using a drop cap. A drop cap is the first letter at the beginning of a line or paragraph that is much bigger than the rest.
  4. Text backgrounds.

    Give your viewers a sneak peek and add an image from your slideshow to your intro as a background. Especially if you have very few words like a title and/or date. ProShow makes it easy by selecting a style that includes an image and caption(s) for an effortless look.
  5. Keep it simple.

    There are so many different fonts, sizes, and colors that are great, but it doesn’t mean you need to use them all at once. You want to be sure it looks polished and legible.

Click here to check out some neat intro and title fx to get you started. You can add a quote, your logo, or just a classy title to make that impact.

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Kathy is the Marketing Coordinator at Photodex. She likes to be creative with photography and programs like Photoshop. What she thought was a hobby growing up became a career. She enjoys living in Austin, but also loves to adventure to new places.