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Tips & Tricks on Formatting
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Choosing the right background for your story. Special focus on "Graphic Match"

Part 2

Tips & Tricks on Formatting

G R A P H I C M A T C H

"The term graphic match is one of the many editing techniques used to continuously transition two successive shots..."

"...A graphic match creates a cut between two shots that juxtapose their graphically similar images."

Please keep that in mind as we go through the next slides​.

In the previous post we talked about using blurred stock images.

Now I would like to show you a different kind of background.

A few months ago I took a photo with my phone and (by mistake) it ended up completely blurry:

I call it: "Blurry Traffic Light"

Let's try placing the first part of the poem on it:

Woke up, short of breath Couldn't let go of my face

Remember how it looked with the stock images we used before?

Woke up, short of breath Couldn't let go of my face

Woke up, short of breath Couldn't let go of my face

Woke up, short of breath Couldn't let go of my face

Woke up, short of breath Couldn't let go of my face

Woke up, short of breath Couldn't let go of my face

Due to my personal taste and what I feel this story needs, I like the "Blurry Traffic Light" better.

I still don't know how the piece should look like. But I am more certain about what could work.

I can't really use the same background for all of the five stanzas because it would be "too flat."

Using any other images would create the problem of how to maintain the "Graphic Match" we talked about in the beginning.

That would add an entire new level of complexity to the formatting.

We'll save that for the next post.

For now let's try using simple colour psychology to create different backgrounds which are easy to transition to and from:

Red adds gravity and heightened awareness.

Green is the most balanced lending it an air of stability.

B&W is just cool ;)

Yellow is often associated with happiness

but also activates the anxiety centre of the brain

To summarise: 1. "Graphic Matching" is one of the many editing techniques used to cut from one scene to the next. In Commaful, it is helpful to think of slides as scenes in a movie.

"Graphic Matching" can be done in a variety of ways. Here are two examples: a. Background b. Text positioning

Example #1 a. Background

Example #2 b. Text Positioning

Woke up, short of breath

Couldn't let go of my face

2. Creating a smooth transition means that the reader has a much easier time staying with the emotion that your piece is trying to convey.

3. Keeping the emotion flow is the most important thing. The more elements you introduce from one slide the next, the harder it is to make a smooth transition.

Thank you for reading ❤️

One more thing...

Formatting for Commaful is deceptively simple. Some people think in words, others think in images and some can do both. For those who think mostly in words, formatting may prove to be very challenging or even off putting.

When something looks easy but isn't, we might be tempted to think we simply have no talent and give up. Commaful is not only difficult, it is also new. One way or another we are all struggling, so take it easy :)

Have a nice day!

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