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by Geetesh Bajaj, June 21, 2016

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Shutterstock Plug-in for PowerPoint: Conversation with Janet Giesen
Janet Giesen

Janet Giesen is Senior Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Shutterstock. She runs integrated partnerships, co-marketing initiatives, and data deals for the company. Before joining Shutterstock, Janet managed affiliate and digital media partnerships for American Express OPEN. Janet holds an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business, a Professional Certification in Publishing from Columbia's School of Journalism, and a BA from Boston College. In this interview, Janet talks about the Shutterstock Plug-in for PowerPoint.

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Timelines that are Different - 05
Timelines that are Different

As part of our very popular series on timelines that are "different", let us now explore our fifth, different timeline! In this series, we are not exploring the "best" timelines that you can add to your slides. And really speaking, it was a conscious decision to choose "different" rather than "best" for this series because we wanted to bring you timeline slides that are not seen too frequently; and thus, will stand apart from the commonplace. Our fifth timeline slide is from PresentationLoad, a slide vendor based out of Nierstein, Germany.

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Xara Photo & Graphic 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 Photo & Graphic Designer 365 product.

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Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Nudge Shapes

Nudge Shapes

There are so many shapes available within PowerPoint 2016 -- and that's good because that means so many more possibilities to create your own unique shapes by using any of the Merge Shapes commands. One of the amazing options within Merge Shapes is Combine -- this retains areas where the shapes do not overlap while removing overlapping areas -- think of Combine as an amazing cutout option!

Convert Text to Shapes by Intersecting

Convert Text to Shapes by Intersecting

PowerPoint has several features that may amaze you, but there's nothing quite like what we will explore on this page -- an option to convert regular text into a shape. First of all, this is an undocumented feature. And then, this is such an utterly useful option -- people find all sorts of excuses to use this feature. For example, you can now easily create logos in PowerPoint without using any other application. Or use a fancy font and then share that presentation with others in the knowledge that recipients can see the font exactly as intended, even if it's not installed on their computers.

Convert Text to Shapes by Fragmenting

Convert Text to Shapes by Fragmenting in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint 2016 enables you to use its repertoire of Shapes to create some amazing artwork. Its Merge Shape commands allow you to create complex shapes by merging several simple shapes. Additionally, these options also let you convert your text to shapes so that you can see the text even on a computer that does not have a particular font installed. We already showed you how you can convert an entire text box to one shape using the Intersect command. Let's now discover using the Fragment command instead.

Eyedropper Option

Eyedropper Option in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Although PowerPoint allows you to choose almost any color you want, it is often difficult to choose the same color for text as the grass or the sky in a picture on the same slide! PowerPoint 2016's Eyedropper option enables you to pick an exact color from anywhere, sometimes even from somewhere outside PowerPoint! Even better, when you are picking up the color from a source, you get to see the color preview as well as the RGB value of the color you are picking.

Merge Shapes with Pictures

Merge Shapes with Pictures

PowerPoint takes the Merge Shapes command to a whole new level – you can merge shapes with other shapes and text, and you can also merge shapes with pictures! First, you may wonder what's so awesome about merging shapes with pictures? But play a bit and you'll realize that this opens up huge possibilities. We will start simple in this tutorial and explore how you can create cookie cutter shapes with this option.
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