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by Geetesh Bajaj, May 31, 2016

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Overcoming Visual Clichés with Visual Clichés!
Overcoming Visual Clichés with Visual Clichés!

We have discussed visual clichés in the past. In fact, in a cliché case study, we spoke about how everyone thinks about a light bulb when they need to express a bright idea. In fact, a search on Google Images for the term, "bright idea" singularly returns only visuals of light bulbs! And then the other day, I saw this picture of too many light bulbs! Strangely, this did not seem clichéd? Why did this happen? Why did the cliché go away?

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Timelines that are Different – 03
Timelines that are Different – 03

We have already explored two timelines that are different than the typical straight-line timelines you usually encounter in PowerPoint slides. And while straight timelines are great, and must be used if you have ten or more time values, there are opportunities when you can benefit from a differently styled timeline. Our third, different timeline is from PoweredTemplate, a slide vendor based out of London, UK.

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Interactive Narration for e-Learning: Conversation with Joel Harband
Joel Harband

Joel Harband heads Tuval Software Industries, based in Israel. Their best-known product is Speech-Over, a PowerPoint add-in that enables PowerPoint slides to incorporate narrations using automated voices. In this conversation, Joel discusses interactive narration for e-Learning.

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Tanida Demo Builder 11: The Indezine Review
Tanida Demo Builder 11: The Indezine Review

You may have seen many tutorials online, especially on YouTube and video learning sites like Udemy and Lynda.com that show you how you can use a feature within a program through a screen recording accompanied by annotations and voice. This approach, of course, is an alternative that many users prefer rather than going through a textual series of steps. But how can you create such video demos on your own? Demo Builder 11 from Tanida provides just what you want. It is an easy way to create tutorials, presentations or demonstrations that show how software and systems work.

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Xara Web Designer 365: Conversation with Nova Fisher
Nova Fisher

Nova Fisher has worked within communications with Xara for over 15 years. She has previously founded and managed some successful early-to-market businesses including an internet service provider (ISP) which was founded in 1994, and the creation of one of the earliest online web authoring solutions in 1996, that enabled anyone to create a professional website without the need for any design or technical skills. In this interview, Nova talks about the new Xara Web Designer 365 product.

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Sway Tutorials
Sway Tutorials

Tweet Cards

Tweet Cards in Sway

Cards in Sway are essentially containers for your content. To place your Twitter content in Sway, or even a tweet from someone else you will first need to insert a Tweet Card. Add a new Tweet Card to your Storyline - to do so, select the Tweet card option within the Media cards category. You will end up with the Tweet Card added to your Storyline.

Play Options

Play Options

After you create a Sway, or even while you are editing, you can use the Preview Pane to see results. Yet, seeing a preview in a pane is no substitute for regular, full-screen viewing! To do the latter, you can use the Play option and enjoy your Sway in full-screen view. Follow these steps to explore along.
Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Add Slide Background Fill to Shapes

Add Slide Background Fill to Shapes

You have already learned how to add different fills for shapes. Just like the Pattern fill option, there is one more hidden shape fill option which you can't access from the Shape fill gallery -- yet this is one of those fantastic PowerPoint features that you have to use to believe! The Slide Background fill option is different from other shape fill options because instead of filling something into the selected shape, it makes the slide background area behind the shape visible into the selected shape.

No Fill

>No Fill

After learning how to add different fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2016, now it's time to learn how to remove any fill from a shape so that your shape only has an outline without a fill. Whenever you insert a new shape into a PowerPoint slide, it is filled with a solid color by default (or the default fill may be different depending on the Theme applied to your presentation). Most of the time, you may leave that unaltered, but there are times you want just the outline to be visible. It is in scenarios like these where it can be useful to learn how to remove any fill.

Transparency for Shape Fills

Transparency for Shape Fills in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shape fills such as solid colors, gradients, pictures, and textures can have a transparency attribute that lets you reduce the opacity of a fill so that the slide object or background behind shows through. Transparency is calculated in percentages and you can change its value all the way from 0 to 100%. Some fill options, such as pattern and slide background have no transparency options.
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Add to Circles
Yes, it's great to have stuff neatly lined up - but your slide layouts can look more pleasing and aesthetic with a personal touch. It's the same with geometric shapes - they look organized, but why stay with just organized when they can also look more human with a shape that's slightly irregular?

These shapes are already within PowerPoint slides. Just copy them and paste within your slides. One great option is to fill these shapes with pictures, as shown below - even the same picture looks different when contained within different shapes. But that's just one option - you can do so much more!
Moreover, you can also add text to these shapes, with or without pictures! What's more, all shapes are PowerPoint native. So, you can perform all kind of edits that you can do with the shapes inside PowerPoint. Create some amazing slides using these Irregular Shapes. We are sure you will enjoy using these shapes.
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