Logos 6: Instantly Create High-Quality Slides

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Years ago in a Christian education class in college, my professor commented, “If overhead projectors were available during the time of Christ, he would have used one.” His point was that Jesus incorporated visuals in his teaching. Think about just a few examples:

  • “Consider the lilies of the field . . .” —Matthew 6:28
  • “Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have? . . .” —Luke 20:24
  • “I am the vine; you are the branches. . . .” —John 15:5

A well-placed image can communicate volumes. As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Today during our preaching and teaching sessions we employ visual media slides and projectors to enhance a message.

Knowing the popularity of such visuals, Logos 6 offers a tool that makes fast work of creating slides based on text or images from our Logos resources or even just text we input manually! This tool, Visual Copy, prepares slides suitable for use in Proclaim Church Presentation Software or PowerPoint, or even as standalone graphics.

Try this:

  • Open any Bible to Joshua 1:8 (A)
  • Right click any word within the verse (B)
  • Select from the context menu Joshua 1:8 (C)
  • Select Visual Copy (D)

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  • Notice the Visual Copy tool opens with Joshua 1:8 already placed on a slide (E)
  • Select, if desired, a different template from the left sidebar (F)
  • Select an aspect ratio (G)
  • Select:
    • Copy to place the image on the clipboard, which will then be ready to paste into a document (H)
    • Save as to save the slide as an image file (I)
    • Send to to export it to Proclaim or PowerPoint (J)
    • An icon to share it (K)

morris-proctor-instantly-create-professional-slides-2You’ll also discover that Visual Copy appears on the context menu from within any resource. For example, right click some selected text in a resource, then select Visual Copy from the context menu to create a slide with the text you just selected!

For more detailed information about working with Visual Copy, as well as the rest of Logos 6’s new tools, check out these new Logos 6 training materials:

Also be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Columbus, Georgia.

Comments

  1. M c Smith says:

    I have not found the Visual copy tool of much help as I have not seen how I can alter fonts, font sizes, or position of text on the slides. Without these the tool is of little value unfortunately. The Idea is great.

    • Mr Claude Brown Jr says:

      I use power point every week for a two hour Sunday School class and have found the visual copy to be highly effective, especially for the outline and thematic panels. It is true that the slides themselves cannot be altered however the utility of a visual pre-made is still useful.

  2. I use power point every week for a two hour Sunday School class and have found the visual copy to be highly effective, especially for the outline and thematic panels. It is true that the slides themselves cannot be altered however the utility of a visual pre-made is still useful.

  3. john pabon says:

    I have been very disappointed with this aspect of Logos 6. I work with a windows based pc and a Mac and on either operating system it is frustrating. I have to alter the slides once I have them in Powerpoint or Keynote. Why can’t they be exported directly from the export menu to either Powerpoint or Keynote? The footnoting also is less than desirable, especially if you are trying to make a slide from a selected book and the font size for referencing the source is the same size as the quoted material. This was one of the salient features that prompted my upgrade and it is now the one feature that I find the most frustrating.

  4. Benjamin Watkins says:

    I had hoped the slide quality would be similar to the ones displayed on the Logos bible software start page. The slide backgrounds are not as attractive. However, it is a good idea.