Clichés: Handshake Pictures
One of the most clichéd pictures you will find within presentation slides, web sites, and even billboard banners is that of the handshake!
There are all sorts of handshake pictures, from those shaking hands between opposite genders to those of handshakes between people of
different races and ages. And yet they all seem clichéd! Why is that so? To understand the answer to this question, we have to
first understand what a handshake symbolizes.
Learn why using pictures of handshakes is a cliché, and how you can find alternatives
Working with Pie Shapes in PowerPoint
Sometimes you may wonder why PowerPoint does not provide options for the shapes that you want to use! The other day someone wanted to
create a shape resembling Pacman! How many of you remember Pacman, the lovable character from the computer game? Well, lovable or not --
it is still easy to draw a Pacman shape in PowerPoint as long as you know what to start with! And the answer is to start with the Pie
Explore how you can draw
variations of the Pie shape in PowerPoint
Creative Commons and Pictures
We already learned about Public Domain, and the pictures available as part of Public Domain. While you will be able to find a huge amount
of visual content that is available within Public Domain, there is another option called Creative Commons that you should be aware of.
Unlike Public Domain, where content belongs to all mankind - the content within Creative Commons still belongs to the person who created
it. For pictures such as camera photographs, any content classified as Creative Commons would still belong to the photographer or the
entity that commissioned the photographer.
Creative Commons, and the different licenses provided
Audiences Revolt Against PowerPoint: by Jerry Weissman
After suffering endless hours of torment enduring encyclopedic slideshows, long-suffering audience are trying to find new ways to defend
themselves. Their two well-established forms of expressing displeasure with such excess - interrupting the presenter and turning on mobile
devices - have failed to stem the tsunami of what has become known as "Death by PowerPoint." One new approach is "PowerPoint Karaoke." The
Wall Street Journal reported that some corporations now organize events at which employees are asked to gather a set of irrelevant slides
and ad lib a comic narrative. Although these occasions are intended to disparage excessive slideware, they serve only as entertainment
because the mockery does not address the problem directly.
Read more in this guest post
by Jerry Weissman
The more pictures you find online, the more difficult it gets to decide whether this picture can be legally used or not. And yes, it's not too difficult if you are ready to pay for high quality images -- then there are some awesome stock photo sites that have you covered. But in case your pockets are not too deep, or even if you are doing something on a shoestring budget for a pro bono cause, then you will want a source of pictures that's high quality, and also not expensive at all. And Pixabay.com, the site we are reviewing today actually exceeds those requirements because not only are the pictures high quality, but they are free as well!
Learn about Pixabay.com, an amazing resource of shared pictures that can be used easily
Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Text Fills
Most of the time, text in PowerPoint is filled with either a black or a white solid fill, or any color that contrasts with the color of
the slide background -- this color info is contained within the Theme applied to the presentation. There may be times when you want to
change this default text fill to some other particular color. Or, perhaps you applied a WordArt Style to your text -- and you are happy
with everything else within that WordArt Style except the text fill. PowerPoint's Text Fill option provides you with plenty of fill
options for your text -- fill options include solid colors, gradients, textures, and also pictures.
Picture Fills for Text
PowerPoint's Text Fill gallery provides you with plenty of text fill options which work similar to the fills for shapes within the Shape
Fill gallery. However, a basic color fill is not the only option available for text fills in PowerPoint. In this tutorial, we will explore
how you can use a picture as a fill for your selected text. Although picture fills can look awesome on text and make it stand apart, you
must use some caution.
Gradient Fills for Text
By default, all text that you add within PowerPoint may be filled up with a solid color. And while that's predictable and good, there are
some other options that you may want to explore, especially for title text or anything that uses text in a larger point size. One
alternative is text filled with a gradient -- this can look contemporary and classic, or even ghastly and gaudy! It all depends on the
type of gradients you use to fill your text!
Texture Fills for Text
Although you can fill your text so that it appears textured within PowerPoint, the final result depends upon the texture you use for the
fill, and how well it contrasts with the slide background. For reasons of readability, make sure that the texture used is not too crowded
or even multicolored -- and as already stated, choose a texture that contrasts with your slide background.
Using Custom Textures as Fill for Text
When you consider using textures to fill up your text, you need not limit yourself to the default textures that PowerPoint offers. You can
always explore some third party custom textures including our own Scribble Custom Textures that provide your text with an organic look, as
if someone scribbled lines with a pencil to fill them! You can also try some more custom textures from our Ppted Background Texture
Collection. In this tutorial you will learn how to use custom textures as fills for your text in PowerPoint 2013.
Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Sections
If your presentation has a large Section, containing plenty of slides, then it is quite possible that this Sections may make it
difficult to view the other remaining Sections -- the reason here is that content slides of this huge Section cover up so much screen area
that it becomes difficult for you to see the slides in the other Sections. And if you want to drag a slide from one Section to another,
you may be at a loss to comprehend what you will end up with -- and where your slide will move to? So, to counter this problem, you can
collapse and expand single and multiple Sections.
Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Clip Organizer
Adding Clips to the Clip Organizer
Although it is easy to insert pictures from the Clip Art task pane, it is still a good idea to save the pictures you use locally so that
you can use them anytime you want. This is important because the same picture may not show up again in the future since nowadays the
pictures you retrieve via a search are those that are on web sites -- and they use Bing's search technology. Such searches are dynamic,
and results can vary, even after a few hours! So it is important that you save a picture you want to use often locally, in case you want
to use it in the future. PowerPoint 2010 allows you to save pictures locally by adding them to a small program called the Clip Organizer.
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