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The ability to clearly and accurately read text on a presentation board is one of the basic tips reviewed in this video.
>> CHELSEA: Here’s a few tips about laying out your board in the most effective way. Space all of your elements evenly across your board, so it looks clean and balanced. It can be tempting to use a ton of colors but your project will look more professional if you stick to two or three complementary colors for background and text. Speaking of text, make sure that yours is easy to read -- that means using black or another dark color for your type -- and make it big enough to read from four feet away. If you are creating your headlines on a computer and printing them out, use 24-point type for your headings. And then use a font that's easy to read, like Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica or Verdana, or you can use Boardmate repositionable letters and numbers. While your title should be in 24-point font, the main title of your project can be even larger. Don't be afraid to make it big and bold. When you're doing an experiment, don't forget to take lots of photos. They are a great way to keep record of everything you've done. But when you're putting them on your board, remember to put each one with a caption to describe the picture. And the most important thing, spell check everything. Before you print something out, spell check it on your computer, but proofread it yourself too to make sure there aren't any errors.