The 6×6 rule of presentations

Presentations. They are necessary from time to time, but they need not be evil.

Here is a huge tip for keeping them from getting out of hand: the 6×6 rule.

  • No more than 6 bullets per slide.
  • No more than 6 words per bullet.

Since the grammar rules are loosened for presentations, it’s easy to keep phrases down to six words or less.

If you find yourself needing more than 6 words or 6 bullets, break the idea into smaller chunks of detail and spread it across more bullets/slides.

Excel Training

I have had several requests lately for Excel training, which is great since it’s my favorite software of all time! So, I thought I’d save some of you some emails and re-cap what I can offer.

Personal Training

  • We’ll meet at a library or coffee shop for a personalized learning experience
  • Two-hour lessons: $40. Half-day (4-hour) workshops: $75.

Group Training

  • Have your IT gal set up your conference room, and I’ll come train your staff.
  • While rates vary based on size and needs, ten staff members for a half day generally runs about $300.


I have several years experience training adults in the classroom setting and in one-on-one private tutorials. I’m also the go-to gal among all my friends for many of their software questions and editing tasks.

Email me today for a free email consultation to see if I’m a good fit to your learning needs.



Lori Luza presents to Austin Adobe User Group

Back by popular demand: InDesign Styles

In the spring of 2012, I presented InDesign Styles to the Austin Adobe User Group. It was a well-received program where the audience had many questions.

Alas, the recoding from that day mysteriously stopped half way through. Since the group leader, Donna, has had many requests to repeat that program, we’re going to do just that!

For those who were there, don’t despair. I’ve tweaked the program to benefit you, too. We’ll move a little more quickly through some of the more common information (paragraph & character styles), add in a bit on nested styles, and spend more time on creating Tables and Indicies.

Presentation: Friday, July 12th, 1:15pm, New Horizons Learning Center

Austin Adobe User Group meets on the second Friday of each month, 1:15 pm – 3:30 pm, at New Horizons Learning Center, 300 East Highland Mall Blvd, Suite 100, Austin, TX.



Lori Luza presenting to Austin Adobe User Group

I’m happy to present again to the Austin Adobe User Group. This time, Donna will join me, and we’ll focus on some tips and tricks with Photoshop.

This is a friendly reminder about the August 10 meeting of the Austin Adobe User Group, featuring Tips and Tricks for Photoshop CS6 and earlier versions. Lori Luza and Donna Blumberg will demonstrate both some of the new to CS6 Photoshop features as well as a number of other tips and tricks for older versions.

We meet at New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E. Highland Mall Blvd, Suite 100 from 1: 15 – 3:30. To help New Horizons Computer Learning Center reserve a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event.


What I If Told You You Read The Top Line Wrong Proofreading your own work is quite difficult. Your brain knows what should be there, so you miss your own mistakes.

One handy trick is to read the text backwards. It slows your brain down enough to catch errors in spelling and sentence construction.

For more tips on proofreading, consult my favorite expert: Grammar Girl

Inches to Points to Picas

In working with InDesign for a few recent projects, I’ve been trying to learn to use points and picas instead of inches. It’s more accurate and is the printing industry standard.

First, I changed my preferences to use points/picas instead. I thought I’d eventually get the hang of sizes. Alas, it’s not altogether different than learning metric after living with English measurements. My current project is a “half-size” non-fiction book (5.5″ x 8″). After placing the text,  some fonts showed up 2 lines per page they were so large. So, I’ve gone back to my old ways.

So, today I searched for definitions and found this handy conversion chart. I hope you also find it helpful.

Lori Luza Presents Styles – Austin Adobe Users Group – April 13th

I’m honored to be presenting to the Austin Adobe Users Group on April 13th. If you can, please join us for my presentation on Styles, their uses and purpose, how to apply them in Adobe InDesign, and how to use them to create tables/indicies and cross references.

Join us for the April 13th meeting of the Austin Adobe User Group as Lori Luza demonstrates how to use Adobe InDesign styles, how to create a Table of Contents or an Index, and other related topics like Cross Referencing. Lori Luza owns As You Wish Photography and offers Training/Writing/Editing services through She uses InDesign for technical writing projects.

We meet at New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E. Huntland Drive from 1:15 – 3:30. Meetings and membership are free. To help New Horizons Computer Learning Center reserve a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP at

InDesign Presentation on April 13th

I have had a couple of questions about the InDesign presentation regarding the creation of about eBooks and accessible .pdf forms.

While I will try to touch on these requests as they relate to Styles, the majority of the presentation will focus on how/why to use Styles and how they work in InDesign.

So, let’s make a wish list! What InDesign topics would you like to see at a future presentation? Share your ideas in the comments below!