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 Presentation software includes graphical options like animations and templates. These are to be avoided! Templates are usually very ugly and animations are cheap looking. In short, they don’t bring much to understanding and it reduces the presenter’s credibility. The only acceptable animation is the "​direct appearance"​ when, for example, we want multiple elements to appear without showing them all at once: we make them appear successively (without any strange animation). Presentation software includes graphical options like animations and templates. These are to be avoided! Templates are usually very ugly and animations are cheap looking. In short, they don’t bring much to understanding and it reduces the presenter’s credibility. The only acceptable animation is the "​direct appearance"​ when, for example, we want multiple elements to appear without showing them all at once: we make them appear successively (without any strange animation).
  
-Colours must be used parsimoniously. It can be helpful to emphasize an important element, but we must be careful when choosing the font and the background colour. Many colour combinations make it difficult to read a text (//e.g.,// a red font on yellow background). The best colour combinations that maximize readability on a slide are: 1) black on white, 2) white on black, and 3) white on dark blue. It looks sober but colour-blind people will not have trouble reading. If you want to include more colourful slides, have a look at the [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Color_wheel|Colour Wheel]] and the [[http://​www.colourlovers.com/​|COLOURlovers]] website to explore colour palettes. You can always improve the aesthetics of a slide, but be sure to preserve its readability.+Colours must be used parsimoniously. It can be helpful to emphasize an important element, but we must be careful when choosing the font and the background colour. Many colour combinations make it difficult to read a text (//e.g.,// a red font on yellow background). The best colour combinations that maximize readability on a slide are: 1) black on white, 2) white on black, and 3) white on dark blue. It looks sober but colour-blind people will not have trouble reading. If you want to include more colourful slides, have a look at the [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Color_wheel|colour wheel]] and the [[http://​www.colourlovers.com/​|COLOURlovers]] website to explore colour palettes. You can always improve the aesthetics of a slide, but be sure to preserve its readability.
  
 If you must include images or tables that are derived from an article, pay attention to the image resolution. A simple "copy and paste" is usually not enough to render a clear image on the screen. It is very annoying to hear a presenter say: "We don’t see clearly what I wanted to show you, but…"​ Always use high-resolution images. To improve the resolution of an image, you have many options: If you must include images or tables that are derived from an article, pay attention to the image resolution. A simple "copy and paste" is usually not enough to render a clear image on the screen. It is very annoying to hear a presenter say: "We don’t see clearly what I wanted to show you, but…"​ Always use high-resolution images. To improve the resolution of an image, you have many options: