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by Geetesh Bajaj, March 15, 2016

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Visual Design Solutions: Conversation with Connie Malamed
Connie Malamed

Connie Malamed is a consultant, author, and speaker in the fields of online learning, visual communication, and information design. She has helped nonprofit, government, and corporate clients transform their content into interactive learning experiences for more than 20 years. Connie is the author of Visual Design Solutions and Visual Language for Designers. She publishes The eLearning Coach website and podcast. Connie has degrees in art education and instructional design. In this conversation, Connie talks about her new book, Visual Design Solutions.

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POPcomms, and the Morph Transition Effect in PowerPoint
Damjan Haylor:

Microsoft has added an amazing new transition effect called Morph. In many ways, you just need to design slides and PowerPoint automatically determines changes in following slides and morphs elements between the slides! I asked POPcomms' Damjan Haylor: What do you folks at POPcomms think about the new PowerPoint Morph feature, and what possibilities does this new feature bring forth?

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MLC add-in for PowerPoint: Conversation with Maurizio La Cava
 Maurizio La Cava

Maurizio La Cava is a digital entrepreneur, marketer, blogger, public speaker, presentation design guru and Founder at MLC-Design. He is also author of Lean Presentation Design, top rated freelancer at Upwork.com, an official member of the Talent Private Cloud at Upwork.com and Elance.com, and Professor at European Institute of Design in Milan. His favourite quote is "Time is free but it's priceless". In this conversation, Maurizio talks about his MLC add-in for PowerPoint.

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Presenters Think Different, Also: by Fred Miller
Fred Miller

'Think Different' was Apple's slogan for a long time. It was appropriate to their products and services. They did, and still do, 'think different' and 'do different.' This has been a huge factor in making them one of the world's most successful companies. We speakers can improve our presentations by 'thinking different,' when developing slides for our presentations.

Fred Miller tells more
St. Patrick's Day PowerPoint Presentation
St. Patrick's Day PowerPoint Presentation

This ready-to-use presentation has slides about St. Patrick's Day, its origins and its customs.

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Add Dubsmash Videos in PowerPoint
Add Dubsmash Videos in PowerPoint

In our Sharing Dubsmash Videos tutorial, we showed how you can export your Dubsmash videos on iOS devices to your Photos folder. In this tutorial, you will learn how you can insert these videos within your PowerPoint slides. Do note that this tutorial will look at using Dubsmash videos in PowerPoint for iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads. If you want to use Dubsmash videos in other PowerPoint versions, you will have to forward such videos to yourself as an email attachment - and then insert within PowerPoint as a regular video clip.

Learn how you can insert Dubsmash videos in your PowerPoint slides
Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows Tutorials

Custom Backgrounds for Slide Master and Layouts

Content and appearance are the two major components of presentation slides. Among them, the former is always more significant than the latter -- but that does not mean that you should neglect the latter. A simple looking presentation with a clean background is always a great idea since that doesn't overpower your message. Yet, there are plenty of opportunities to go beyond a plain background and use a less restrained background instead -- your choice for a slide background should complement the content of your presentation. For example, you'll want a flashier background for slides created for kindergarten students -- or if you were creating a PowerPoint greeting card. On the other hand, you may want a washed out, faded, or even a subtle patterned picture for a typical business presentation.
Duplicate, Rename, and Edit Slide Layouts

All slides within PowerPoint are based on one of the available Slide Layouts (we call these just layouts for the rest of this tutorial). These layouts can be chosen when you add a new slide or you can even change the layout of your existing slides -- both these options are accessible from the Home tab of the Ribbon. Click the down-arrow on the New Slide button to get a drop-down gallery. Click any of the layout thumbnails here, and you end up adding a new slide based on that layout.
Add New Slide Layouts

While duplicating and editing Slide Layouts is a great way to make small changes, it's not the same as creating a Slide Layout from scratch. As an analogy, duplicating and editing a Slide Layout is more like using a coloring book to fill color between the lines of pre-drawn art -- but creating your Slide Layout from scratch is more like starting with a blank sheet of paper and drawing your art before you start coloring between the lines. You can decide which of these approaches works best for you.
Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
PowerPoint 2013 for Windows Tutorials

Screen Tips for Hyperlinks

We have explored several hyperlinking tutorials in PowerPoint 2013. However, what happens when you hover any of these hyperlinks before you actually click the anchor? Typically PowerPoint just uses something for the Screen Tip (screen tip) when you hover over a hyperlinked slide object. PowerPoint defaults to showing the path to your hyperlink. This can work most of the time, especially if you are presenting and you know what you must click. However, if you need to distribute your slides, it looks more professional if you have a proper screen tip added to your hyperlink.
Sway Tutorials
Sway Tutorials

Remove and Revoke Shares in Sway

What if you have shared your Sway with several people, and now for some reason, you want to stop sharing the Sway with some or all Authors. If you are the original owner of a Sway, it is easy to revoke all edit and view links to your Sway. However, do remember that Sway makes it an all or none option. You cannot selectively revoke share options for a Sway. You will, therefore, have to remove all Authors and then individually add the ones you want to be retained!
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Hole in the Paper Graphics - 01

What does "Hole in the Paper" mean? This is a name for a graphic treatment that gives an appearance of something being visible from a frame of torn paper. Typically it is difficult to create a graphic of this sort in PowerPoint. So we decided to create something so easy. In fact, this ended up being so simple that anyone can now build this "hole in the paper" visual effect in just under one minute!
How did we do that? We created everything other than the picture you want to use. All you need to do is just download our Hole in the Paper graphic and insert your own picture, send it behind everything else in your "slide" and you are done.

Download and use these graphics in PowerPoint for just $1.99+.
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