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FREE Image Background Removal Tool

Have you ever wanted to “cut yourself out” of a photo and put YOU into another background or scene?

This is a great tactic for creating some very personalized and dynamic visual content for your videos!

Here’s and interesting free online tool and my tutorial & review of Remove.bg:

It’s super easy but does have a couple of caveats currently.

  1. It only works with images that have people in them. They say they are working on expanding this to include other objects.
  2. The images you create and download are limited to 500 pixels wide so…not very hi-res.

But still, it does a fantastic job for many images and you can get good and very useful results as opposed to Photoshop or even the Remove Background tool in PowerPoint.

Enjoy!

 

Wizard Design Pro Review

 

This week, I’m reviewing a bundle of design elements for PowerPoint called Wizard Design Pro. Check them out HERE: Wizard Design Pro.

Let’s start off with a freebie to get our feet wet with these from the developer Arif  Chandra:

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD ==> FREE TEMPLATE

Next, let’s dispense with the usual hype & nonsense of the sales page and emails you may get from other marketers: You probably WON’T be able to make stunning videos in just minutes with no skills whatsoever…sorry! And…no…it is NOT the “most user-friendly video & design maker of 2016”

What is IS however is a set (a huge bundle actually) of very well designed PowerPoint assets that, with a little effort, can be made into pretty stunning video content. Here’s a sample video I made that took me about an hour & half to pull together using one of the templates in the main offer:

Here are a few notes about this effort:

  1. There is an embedded video clip in the template with animation that I had to ditch because I have no idea how to swap it out with my own clip (still trying to find out if there is a way to do this). Not really a huge problem since I always pull PowerPoint template videos into Camtasia and edit…I just added my clip in there.
  2. The template has a music track embedded in the first slide (very typical) which I exported (right-click on it…Save Media As to my hard drive) and then deleted from the slide deck. I pulled the music track into Camtasia and used it in my first test…uploaded this video to Facebook…and got a copyright violation! I highly recommend using only your own music tracks that you know you have royalty-free rights to.
  3. Those two issues aside, the template was pretty much a breeze to modify and Export as a video clip.

The bundle has WAY too much stuff to get into individually. I recommend checking out the page above for details.

Arif also compiled a hefty bunch of bonuses (including some templates with White Label Rights!) for me that you can check out on this page:

==> Lon’s Bonuses for Wizard Design Pro

The offer has a couple of options. The typical Front End (FE) and a One-Time-Offer (OTO). You can check out the OTO here: http://vidinstant.com/upgrade-pro-version/

Keep in mind that if you want Developer Rights (i.e. sell final videos to clients), you’ll need the OTO. I’m not a big fan of that practice but it’s fairly standard.

As is the case with most of my Indonesian PowerPoint friends, the tutorials are pretty weak…just a bunch of mouse-pointing set to music. I was able to get the general idea of what to do after watching them a couple of times but don’t expect top-notch training. Ya…I know…well, maybe one of these days these guys will just hire me to do some real tutorials for them 😉

The last thing I’ll mention is something that isn’t specific to these templates but to literally ALL the PowerPoint video templates I have purchased (Levidio, Video Revolver, etc.) and that is:

Most templates have “timed” animations that make things move (objects, transitions, slide advances, etc.) automatically. If you are trying to make a truly custom video…this is a pain in the butt! Especially if you want narration instead of just a music background.

I’ve talked about this many times and have a couple of tutorials that might be useful for using templates like these in general (these are about the Levidio templates but applicable for Wizard as well):

Overall, Wizard Design Pro is a very decent library of assets at a really good price!

Hope you found this useful. If you have any questions or comments, let me know!

Lon Naylor

 

Font Picking Tool

When it comes to using multiple fonts, it’s easy to make poor decisions in pairing two together.

Here’s an interesting too called Type Genius that can help!

type-genius-1Type Genius not only helps you pick a perfect font to pair with your original choice but also gives you a preview of both together.

Not only that, but it will also show you a live preview of a web page using them together! Pretty sweet.

You can also go directly to the font page on Adobe Typekit and download it, browse other similar fonts, view what the font looks like in various styles & sizes.

Adobe Typekit also provides more information about the font designer, in case you want to see more work by the same creator.

This looks like a REALLY handy free tool!

– Lon Naylor

PresenterMedia

PresenterMedia PowerPoint Integration Tool is Awesome

There are some tools and resources I use when making PowerPoint (and Camtasia) videos that would simply CRUSH me productivity-wise if I didn’t have them.

At the top of that list is PresenterMedia.

I know…I talk about it all the time but in this 8 minute mini-webinar, I talk about how PresenterMedia integrates directly into PowerPoint to act as an images, template, video background clips search engine to quickly find visual content for my video projects.

Here ya go:

You can also create great custom images and video clips also!

Check it out yourself. Click HERE or the image below.

Have fun!

Lon Naylor

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