When creating a presentation your entire palette will depend on the background color you choose. There are several factors to consider when selecting a background color or a background photo. Nancy Duarte’s book Slide:ology gives a really nice overview on color theory but I felt like a an important component on choosing a light or dark background was left out.
What is the lighting set up of the venue where the presentation is going to be viewed and what equipment is used to view the presentation.
Have you ever tried watching a dark movie during the day, when the TV room is full of light? If there is a light bulb going off in your head right now, you know where I’m going with this. The reason movies look so great in TV theaters or at night, is because the viewing area is completely dark. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, the answer is that you will see your own reflection in the screen and the blacks will look washed out.