You can crop pictures in PowerPoint, and of course you can animate them. But as you may observe frequently in life, synergy yields results that exceed the mere sum of two or more initiatives. And that's true in a way for the technique we will explore on this page - we call this Slice and Animate. The two techniques being used for this synergy are cropping pictures and adding animation.
These Segment Polygon series comprise segmented graphics -- thus the Segmented Triangle has 3 segments, the Segmented Square has 4 segments, and so on. Download and use these segment polygons in your slides.
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Similar to how you position or reposition pictures and shapes, you can make changes to any inserted video in PowerPoint 2013. In addition, there are some very basic video editing options that can be significant. These include how you resize, rotate, and flip your inserted video clips. Resizing can help you change dimensions of your video clips, while slight changes in rotation values can draw attention. Flip, the last of these options though is something you will almost never use -- unless you want to do something drastically different!
Charts are a visual representation of data, and when seen on a PowerPoint slide from afar, you make out the value of a series by exploring where exactly it's placed vis-à-vis the axis. Of course, if your chart has data labels, then this is less of an issue -- however, typical charts have no data labels. For such a chart, you'll find that Tick Marks placed on the axis will help us get a better idea.
In the days of PowerPoint 2003 and older versions, you just had to insert a chart to end up with a 3D chart! Yes, that's true - and to say that this chart looks horrible is an understatement. Comparatively, the default column chart you add in newer versions of PowerPoint is so much more cleaner. Of course, changing the defaults does not mean that you will not encounter any 3D charts since even in newer versions.
Once you insert a video in your slide, you can crop it in almost the same way you crop a picture. Before you crop though, you must ascertain whether PowerPoint's Crop option will help create a better result for your inserted video. The Crop option allows you to remove non-required areas of a video -- for example, if the subject of your video is a person speaking who is surrounded by a large, distracting background of other people or moving objects, you may want to crop the video so that the cropped video now focuses more on the speaker, and gets rid of all the extra distractions.
In a chart, the text used to label the chart axis is called Axis Title. All chart types other than Pie and Doughnut have axes -- and although Radar charts have an axis, there is no provision to add axis titles for them. In all other chart types such as Column, Line, etc., axis titles don't show up by default. You have to make them visible first, and then edit them as required -- that's exactly what you are going to learn in this tutorial.
In our ongoing iPad Presenting series, we have already published 11 posts that have been read, tweeted, shared, and bookmarked by all of you -- we plan on several more posts within this series:
- iPad Presenting - First Questions First
- PowerPoint Presenter’s View on iPad
- Air Display on iPad
- Adding an Apple TV
- What is AirPlay?
- Connecting TV / Projector to Apple TV
- Wired iPad to VGA with the Apple Digital AV Adapter
- Business use of Tablet Computing Surges
- Picture Slides on the iPad
- Quickoffice Pro HD’s new PowerPoint editing features on the iPad
- Brainshark SlideShark v1.6: Conversation with Jay Wilder
- New Features in SlideShark Team Edition: Conversation with David Klein
- SlideShark and iPad 1
- iSpring Converter
- SlideShark for iPhone: Conversation with Andy Zimmerman
- Mad for the iPad Survey: Conversation with Joan Babinski
- Electric Slide 2: Conversation with Jim Phelan
Handmade Slides: Using Scanned Pictures
Using pictures in your slides does not mean that you are limited to using photographs from stock photo houses. You can certainly use your own camera -- either a digital camera or even the camera built within your phone to source your own pictures. You can also look at some unconventional sources, such as a scanner. A scanner? Yes, that's a device that several of us have not used for many years now -- but if you have one of these devices attached to your computer, do consider it as a source of visual content.
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