There’s no doubt that music can be a great addition to a presentation. But where do you get music you can legally use? Well there are a couple of sites you should try. Both have tons of songs available for download with liberal usage licenses for non-commercial use. Some of the music is even free for use in your commercial work.
For your presentations, you’ll find that the majority of these artists only ask for attribution (just a credit at the end of your presentation will do). You can find every style from rockin fast to slow and dramatic. I suggest searching for instrumentals or for sound tracks as a start.
Try these great sites: dig.ccmixter and Jamendo. The downloads are fast and the quality is very good.
Take a look at this little video I edited for our local (non-profit) film festival. The music conveys the playfulness of the event. So if you want to set a mood with your presentation, take a listen and grab a free download!
I’m a fan of little applications that do one thing, do it well and don’t use a lot of resources. Pixie is exactly that, and once you use it, you won’t want to design presentations without it. Need to match font colors to a photo or a logo in your presentation?
It only runs when you need it, so it’s not a resource hog. Just start it from a desktop icon and cursor over anything on your screen – a photo, video, illustration, color on a website…
Pixie will produce the hex, RGB, HTML, CMYK and HSV values of that color! Works with Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7.
New media to download. Free for personal and classroom use. Click on the image to download the files.
Voting is Patriotic.
Complimentary Download: Voting is Patriotic
Download a zip file with several stylized Democratic
and Republican party icons as transparent PNGs,
a graphic US map, and some JPG backgrounds
sporting US flag designs.
Use these graphics in presentations to encourage
learning about and participation in the political process.
You can use these files for any non-commercial
project…fliers, presentations, blogs…