As a part of your live stream, you and your speakers can use presentation slides as a way to share content with your audience.
These slides will usually be branded to match your organization or event's identity, perhaps using logos and colors for example, and can have various uses depending on your needs. More information is available on branding your slides.
This article will provide a set of best practices that should be followed when creating your slides, in order to ensure that they look the way they should in the live stream, whatever the situation.
More information on sharing slides is also available in the following articles:
- How to upload, control, and share your PDF presentations directly from Studio
- How to screen share content from a third party application during a webinar
- How to allow screen sharing for your browser on Mac
- How to screen share a PowerPoint presentation
What presentation tool can I use?
To share a presentation during your live session, you can:
- Share a PDF presentation via the the built-in slide sharing functionality in Studio (PDF only)
- Screen share content from a third party application during a webinar (Google slides, PowerPoint, Keynote). When screen sharing in Studio from a third party application, we recommend that you do not use PDF versions of your presentations as the file size may have a negative impact on the stream quality. Share the source files in the studio instead.
How much text in slides?
As a general rule, try not to squeeze too much text into one slide. Instead, split it into several slides so you can keep the text light and easy to read.
Use these three principles:
- Make text large and legible,
- Produce visually appealing slides
- Use short lists of bullet points, not long texts
What fonts to use?
We recommend that you use Calibri, Verdana, or Arial in your slides, as these are the easiest for your audience to read.
Using the correct font size is critical, as your text needs to look sharp for your audience whatever the bandwidth situation. We therefore recommend the following font sizes:
- Title: 22px
- Subtitle: 18px
- Body: 14px
Do not use a font size below 14px, as it can lead to readability issues.
What colors should I use?
It is important to use colors that contrast well to make sure that your content such as text, images, logos stands out properly, without causing any eye strain to your audience.
As a general rule, we recommend that you use light-colored foreground items over a darker background, or dark-colored foreground items over a light background.
We recommend that you avoid using the following color combinations:
Do not use these color combinations together: Red & green / Orange & blue / Red & blue
- Red & green – these two colors clash with each other and are very hard to read. Also, people who have color deficiency will have trouble figuring out what you are trying to say on the slide.
- Orange & blue – another pair that causes a disturbing effect on readers as the colors seem to vibrate against one another.
- Red & blue – these two colors just do not have enough contrast to be seen well when used together. This combination also seems to suffer a further loss of contrast when projected on a screen.
The recommended transitions are the simplest ones, where there is very little motion involved.
Transitions cause extra data to be sent through the platform (as the slide is updating rapidly) which can be a strain on the user's bandwidth, and create a freeze effect for viewers.
Dos ✅ and don'ts ❌ for your slides
Don’t use a lot of a text in your slides
Do use as few words as possible on each slide
Don’t fill up the entire slide with content
Do use the white space to make your slides stand out
Don’t use the same font size throughout your slides
Do switch up font sizes throughout each slide
Don’t use long lists of bullet points
Do use graphics to support your points
Don’t center your text
Do switch up the alignment of your visuals
Don’t use a wide range of colors
Do adhere to a cohesive color palette
More information is available on:
How to screen share content during a webinar
How to allow screen sharing for your browser on Mac
How to screen share a Powerpoint