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by Geetesh Bajaj, April 28, 2015

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Text Characters with Picture Fills in PowerPoint
Text Characters with Picture Fills in PowerPoint

You may have seen text used creatively as a container for picture fills so many times - but did you realize that you could do it within PowerPoint - yes, all you need is PowerPoint and nothing else! Well, of course you still need imagination, the proper picture to use as a fill, and a nice thick, blocky font - but you probably have it all already - and we will help you put all these elements together within this quick and easy tutorial.

Learn how you can fill text characters with picture fills creatively
Rotation Fun in PowerPoint
Rotation Fun in PowerPoint

Rotating slide objects in PowerPoint can be necessary, and beyond the Rotation handle you see when you select most objects, you will find many more options to rotate - sometimes when you least expect to be able to rotate! In this tutorial, we will take Rotation for a spin literally, and find some fun options.

Learn about the different ways in which you can rotate slide objects in PowerPoint
Drawing Arcs in PowerPoint
Drawing Arcs in PowerPoint

There are so many shapes in PowerPoint -- from the basic Rectangle and Oval to the fancy Pie and Smiley Face! You can use these shapes as they are, or you can use the Merge Shape commands to create your own unique shapes. However, even if you do not create new shapes, there are some existing shapes that can be used in myriad ways -- one of these is the Arc shape, that we will explore today. The Arc shape is quite easy to use -- and in fact, you'll find so much similarity between how the Arc and the Pie shapes appear and work -- and some differences too.

Explore how you can draw an Arc shape in PowerPoint
Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Text Fills, Outlines, and Effects
PowerPoint 2013 for Windows Tutorials

Pattern Fills for Text

PowerPoint's Text Fill gallery offers you various text fill options like Solid Color fill, Picture fill, Gradient fill, Texture fill etc. Additionally, another fill option is available for your text -- this is the Pattern fill, and we will show you where you can find this option. Just like any other text fill, the successful appearance of text filled with a Pattern depends upon certain factors like the type of Pattern, colors used to create the Pattern, and also the size of text, etc.
Text Outline

Your text in PowerPoint may or may not show an outline depending upon the Theme applied to the presentation or the WordArt Style applied. So what exactly do we mean by an outline here? The outline is the border for your text. You can change or edit text outlines in the same way as you modify the text fills. PowerPoint's Text Outline option provides you with plenty of editing options for your text outlines.
Gradient Outline for Text

You have already learned about PowerPoint's text outline option that lets you add an outline around your text -- this outline is the thin line that spans the perimeter of the font characters. In this tutorial, you will learn about an attribute that's rarely associated with text outlines but can provide a surprisingly different look, especially when applied to the text with thicker outlines. This attribute, called the Gradient Outline is not accessible from within the Text Outline gallery, but has been included within the Format Text Effects dialog box.
Text Effects

Among the options for stylizing text in PowerPoint, we have already explored Text Fills and Text Outlines. You have also learned how to apply various WordArt styles in PowerPoint. But there's more you can do with text! Let us now learn how to apply and edit various text effects like Shadow, Reflection, Glow, 3-D Rotation, Transform, etc. to your text.

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Clip Organizer
PowerPoint 2010 for Windows Tutorials

Clip Organizer

Before we start discussing the Clip Organizer in PowerPoint 2010, it's important to first understand its scope. At the most basic level, the Clip Organizer is an entry level digital asset management tool that lets you organize your clip media. However, PowerPoint just interfaces via this option to a tool called the Clip Organizer that you can also launch as a separate standalone program. And adding media via PowerPoint is just the beginning -- you can do so much more with the Clip Organizer.
Adding Clip Media to the Clip Organizer

We explored the Clip Organizer previously, especially its interface. However, the real benefit of using Clip Organizer is only if you add your frequently used clips within its Collections. There are essentially two ways to add clip media -- in this tutorial we'll explore them.
Create and Organize Collections in Clip Organizer

When you add clip media within the Clip Organizer, you need to select an existing Collection. There are some prerequisites though -- you can only add your own media to the My Collections folder, or any Collection you create as sub-folders with the My Collections folder. A Collection is just like a folder in which you save files -- taking the folder analogy further, you can also create Collections within the My Collections folder. Later you can rename, move, and delete a Collection altogether.
Edit Keywords in Clip Organizer

We showed you how to add clip media within the Clip Organizer -- then we explored how you can create and organize Collections. Any clip media which is added by you or added from web has keywords associated with it. These keywords are helpful, especially when you are searching for results associated with a particular keyword. Clip Organizer enables you to add and edit these keywords -- these concepts are explained in this tutorial.


Clip Media Properties in Clip Organizer

As we explored in earlier tutorials, every clip media object within the Clip Organizer has keywords associated -- these keywords can be edited as required. Similarly, clip media objects have certain other properties also such as the clip media name, type, resolution, etc. In this tutorial we'll explain how to view the Properties for the clip media within the Clip Organizer.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Text
PowerPoint 2011 Tutorials

Fake Highlight Text

First of all, why would you need to highlight text? One answer could be that you want to emphasize some important words or phrases within your slide. There is no ready to use tool within PowerPoint -- on both Windows and Mac versions. At least within the Windows versions such as PowerPoint 2013, you can use Word's highlighting options as a workaround -- but this workaround does not work with PowerPoint 2011 for Mac -- so we will use fake highlighting for the text, which also works extremely well.

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