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by Geetesh Bajaj, September 30, 2014

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Practice Often, or Hire a Chart Designer

Practice Often, or Hire a Chart DesignerIt's always been the norm that you will enjoy the work that you are passionate about, and chart designing is no exception. There's so much to learn about creating better charts that are effective in sharing information or data with others. And if you do not have the time to learn chart design, that's OK too. There are many professional slide designers who can create awesome charts for you.

Consider improving your chart design skills, or hire someone who can do it a little differently!

Animate Slide Content: Conversation with Irwin Hipsman

 Irwin HipsmanIrwin Hipsman is the Director of Customer Community at Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark's cloud-based software lets users create online and mobile video presentations - using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the telephone - and then share and track their content. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, Irwin discusses Brainshark's repertoire of amazing animated slide content.

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More Gears for PowerPoint! (Series 04)

More Gears for PowerPoint! (Series 04)Here's the new, fourth set of animated Gears -- we call this one More Gears! Like the earlier series, these come in both animated & non animated versions. The time-consuming process of using Gears and animating them in PowerPoint is now made easy again. You can just copy these gears from the downloaded presentation and directly paste them within your own slides. What could be easier? And what do you get? Not 1, not 2 - but 6 highly detailed gear styles, each of them in so many sizes!

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Adjust Picture Options
When a picture has been inserted, you might want to make adjustments to the picture itself so that it looks distinctive and focused. You can change a picture's look by resizing, cropping, changing color values, adjusting saturation, or by applying artistic effects. In this tutorial, we'll explore the options available within PowerPoint 2013 to make these picture adjustments.
Picture Corrections
A picture needs to be corrected when it's appearance is too dark or too bright -- and this can happen if the lighting was not proper when you clicked the original picture with your camera. Additionally, you may also want to make some tonal changes to a picture so that it stands apart. In this tutorial you will learn how to make corrections to inserted pictures in terms of their brightness, sharpness, softness, and contrast values -- all from within PowerPoint 2013 without having to use an external program!
Changing Color of Pictures
Working with pictures in PowerPoint 2013 can be so much fun and fulfilling at the same time. One of the coolest options is to recolor the hue of your entire picture so that it looks almost like a duotone picture. You have already learned how to apply corrections to your inserted pictures -- and this Color option can help you do more with your pictures. Be aware though that although the option itself is called Color, it does not work like a coloring book -- rather it changes the overall hue color of the entire picture. This option also allows you to saturate color values, change the overall color tone, and do more.
Artistic Effects for Pictures
PowerPoint is a slide program but that doesn't mean that it does not have some cool picture editing tricks up its sleeve. When we say "cool", we certainly do not mean just inserting a picture, or even the fact that you can apply corrections or recolor hues. PowerPoint 2013 provides around 23 filters as part of its Artistic Effects options. Some of these filters (effects) can make your pictures look like paintings or sketches, and others can change the texture of your pictures.

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Changing Axis Labels
In your chart, Axis Labels are the labels for the Categories and Values on chart axes. So where do these labels come from? Category axis labels reflect the Category names within your data (typically within the built-in Excel sheet). Values on the other hand are determined by PowerPoint based upon the maximum value in your data -- the minimum value is always set to zero. Of course you can change the Minimum and Maximum values if you want.

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Trim Video Clips
When you insert video clips in your presentations, you may find that the video clip inserted may be too long. Or maybe you just need to show part of the video clip, rather than wasting your audience's time showing them the entire clip. Yes, you can use the Player Controls bar to scrub and play the clip from exactly where you want it to begin. However, scrubbing a clip in front of an audience can appear unprofessional. Another way is to trim the video clip outside PowerPoint in a dedicated video program. You have one more option, and that is to use the Trim Video option within PowerPoint to get the results.
Video Compression Options
PowerPoint 2013 accepts more video file formats than previous versions, and can do a lot more with videos, including trimming of video clips. However, it also embeds all inserted video clips by default -- and this can result in huge presentations that contain huge video files! This ultimately occupies oodles of disk space and may also make PowerPoint work a wee bit slower. To tackle this problem, you can explore the media compression abilities built right inside PowerPoint 2013 -- you no longer need any third-party media compression tool since PowerPoint's native Media Compression options make this task very easy indeed.
Add Bookmarks to Video Clips
If you want your inserted video clip to play from a certain point within the video clip, you can actually trim the video so that it only plays the parts you want. However, there is another elegant solution that lets you achieve the same results, and do even more. This feature is called a Bookmark - it is similar to the conventional bookmarks you place within the pages of a book you are reading. Just like how you can easily go to that particular page with the help of a bookmark, the Bookmark you add to a video clip becomes an indicator of the position you want to go to.
Remove Bookmarks from Video Clips
After adding Bookmarks to video clips in PowerPoint 2013, you may want to know how you can edit and remove those Bookmarks. At this point of time, let's state some facts -- we have bad news and good news. The bad news is that PowerPoint does not let you edit the inserted Bookmarks -- for instance, you cannot change the time of the Bookmark from 25 seconds to 28 seconds. You will have to remove the Bookmark you wanted to edit, and add a new Bookmark all over again! On the other hand, removing a Bookmark is easy -- and that is the good news!
Fade Effect for Video Clips
When you insert a video clip in PowerPoint, you may find that the inserted video starts playing abruptly when started within the Slide Show view, causing a jarring interruption to the flow of your slides. Not only can the sudden movement within the video clip area disrupt the flow, but the instant playing of a video clip may appear as a surprise. This sort of disruption can be worse if you have trimmed your video clip. Clearly this is not a very professional or acceptable state of affairs. Fortunately, this is avoidable if you opt to add Fade In and Fade Out effects to the beginning and end of your video clip.

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Jigsaw Shapes for PowerPoint Presentations

Jigsaw Shapes for PowerPoint Presentations

Here are a bunch of jigsaw slides that you can use to create your own jigsaw puzzles quickly within your own slides!

This entire kit contains 5 different styles of jigsaw pieces: typical jigsaws, arrows, hearts, ovals, and rounded squares.

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Each jigsaw shape is available in three counts: small, medium, and large.

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These shapes can be used in any PowerPoint version that is released till date. Detailed instructions on how to use these shapes can be found within the download you buy.

Download and use jigsaw puzzles in your slides.

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