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Review of FreeVectors.net

Free Vectors .net is an online resource to find a large variety of professional and free vector graphics (click here to open).

Navigating the site is not easy as the images are not organized into categories, but there is a good search bar at the very top that helps find the image type needed.

Once an image is found, click the download button. The Free Vectors.net website is an aggregator of images from lots of other small sites, so clicking the download button sends you to another web page. Each webpage has different download processes, but all images are assured to be free (of cost and use rights).

Because PowerPoint does not do well with .eps images, after downloading the image, it is best to open in Illustrator. Then use the “Save for web and devices” to create a PNG. image or “Export” as a .emf for a scalable vector image (Saving files from Adobe Illustrator will be next set of posts).

– Troy @ TLC

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Digital Signage Via PowerPoint – On It’s Side

This is the digital signage at a recent show. It was updated every morning with the attendee schedule for that day. There were a number of these 52″ plasma screens outside each ballroom entrance, all displaying a PPT slide.

But designing these slides is a bit challenging. The plasma screen is rotated, but the computer still sees a horizontal 1920×1080 display. The solution is to create a sideways slide, as Lori is skillfully doing.

– Troy @ TLC

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Really Big Tech Area

This was a much bigger production over previous posts with my graphics tech area backstage with a several other tech departments. My department and five computers are highlighted by the red line.

– Troy @ TLC

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Bigger Tech Table

This recent show was another where I was “front of house” (where the tech area is in the audience area, facing the stage). You can see my 3 show computers in the foreground and the fantastic staging design and work of the lighting director.

– Troy @ TLC

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Graphics Tech Table

Just a quick photo of a recent show, I was onsite leading the onscreen graphics/presentations.

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

“FPO” – What Is It?

It may be the print design background or work with ad agencies, but I use “FPO” in presentation proofs all the time.

FPO = For Position Only
“FPO” is used for temporary or unapproved images. The images are usually low-resolution comp images from the image resource (ie. istockphoto, Dreamstime, etc.). Its purpose is to show the proposed layout and receive client approval on the image before purchasing. When approved, the FPOs are replaced with the high-res images.

– Troy @ TLC

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Classic TV Commercials for Your Presentation – Free!

Integrating videos into a presentation is now a reality with the upgrades to computers and the better multimedia handling of PPT 2010. Using a nostalgic (ie. old) television commercial is a fun and unique video element. The Internet Archive has a collection of over 300 classic TV commercials and public service announcements to download for free.

Click here to search for a commercial.

– Troy @ TLC

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Software/Add-Ins

My IP Address Shows What?

This is a pretty amazing use of technology. An IP address (Internet Protocol Address) is unique to every web enabled device. When you log onto the internet, you provide some details about yourself, such as the country and region you are in. But this website overlays that information on a Google map and shows where you are!

Click here to go to IP-Address.cc to see where you are with the IP address lookup.

– Troy @ TLC