Tutorials for PowerPoint and other Presentation Programs (Page 060)
Collection of PowerPoint Presentation Programs and Tutorials.
PowerPoint 2010 essentially provides four fill options: solid, picture, gradient, and texture -- of course there's a fifth option called "No fill". We have already explored the first two options; in this tutorial, I'll show you how you can work with gradient fills.
When you insert a new shape in PowerPoint 2007, you can see a color fill and an outline applied to it by default. This default setting may also depend on the Theme that has been applied to your presentation. In a new blank presentation that I created, the shape is by default filled with a blue solid fill and has a thin dark blue outline. Whenever I insert another new shape on a slide, it will possess these same default shape attributes. These default shape attributes can be changed very easily in PowerPoint 2007.
Whenever a new shape is inserted on a slide in PowerPoint 2010 (or in any previous version), it is filled with a solid color and a outline by default (or something else depending on the Theme your presentation is based on). For example in a new blank presentation that I created, the shape is filled with a blue color and has a thin dark blue outline. These default shape attributes can be changed very easily in PowerPoint 2010.
I already showed you how you can add or change solid fills in shapes. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to add picture fills to shapes. If you need pictures to use as fills for this tutorial, you can get free pictures from the listing on our Free Images page.
Rick Altman, a presentation consultant based out of Pleasanton, CA, USA is well known as the host of the annual Presentation Summit and is the author of 15 books on presentations and graphics. His upcoming PresentationNext workshop series features stops in eight U.S. cities: Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Jose, Chicago, Newark, and Baltimore. In this conversation, Rick discusses these workshops.
Whenever a new shape is inserted on a slide in PowerPoint 2010, it is filled with a solid color by default (or something else depending on the Theme your presentation is based on). Other than a solid fill type, PowerPoint 2010 provides several more options that let you fill a shape with a picture, a gradient, or a texture -- and I shall explore these other fill options in subsequent tutorials. In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can work with solid color fills.
I have already explored three of the four Combine Shape commands in PowerPoint: Combine, Intersect, and Subtract -- and now I show you how you can use Union, the fourth and the last command of this quartet. In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can take two or more shapes and unite them.
PowerPoint 2010 lets you change how your shapes merge with its four Combine Shape commands: Combine, Intersect, Subtract, and Union -- you can end up with some seriously impressive results. In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can subtract one shape from another. For example, I placed two shapes over each other -- with these shapes selected, I could use the Shape Subtract command that I explain later in this tutorial to create an entirely different, subtracted shape.
I already showed you how you can save Themes from within Office 2008 applications. In this tutorial, I'll now show you how you can do the same from within the various Office 2011 for Mac applications. Microsoft Office 2011 includes plenty of Themes that allow you to change how your documents, slides, and worksheets look. These Themes are available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- in PowerPoint 2011, these built-in Themes can be found within the Themes tab of the Ribbon.
Benoît Morel is the co-founder and CEO of Cantoche that is located in France and in the USA. Following his career as Sound Engineer and Producer at Radio France, Benoît worked in the video game industry for 10 years producing CGI animation across a variety of formats - notably video games, interactive shows, internet websites, and particularly, character animation. In this conversation, Benoît discusses Cantoche's Living Actor product, and how it can be used for PowerPoint presentations.
PowerPoint 2010 allows you to take any of the shapes you create -- and then either combine, intersect, subtract, or unite them to create your own new shapes. Play around with these options to indulge in endless hours of fun, and do remember that I did warn you about this being addictive. In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can take two or more shapes and intersect them to end up with interesting results.
Nat Robinson is the VP of Marketing & Business Development for SlideRocket and was SlideRocket's first employee. He currently manages SlideRocket's brand, corporate marketing programs and strategic partner programs. In this conversation, Nat discusses SlideRocket's new HTML 5 output, and why you should be interested in this feature if you use an iPad or another mobile device.
PowerPoint has more than a hundred shapes but there are times when you want to combine two or more shapes to create your own shape. For example, I placed several basic shapes over a circle to create a smiling caricature. With these shapes selected, I could use the Shape Combine command that I explain later in this tutorial to create a unified, combined shape.
Microsoft Office 2008 includes plenty of Themes that allow you to change how your documents, slides, and worksheets look. These Themes are available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- in PowerPoint 2008, these built-in Themes can be found within the Slide Themes tab in the Elements Gallery. You can make some customizations to these Themes and then save or share the changed Themes -- in this tutorial, you are going to learn how you can do that within the various Office 2008 for Mac applications.
Combine Shapes are a set of four hidden commands in PowerPoint 2010 that are not available by default from any of the Ribbon tabs. With the capabilities of these powerful commands, you can edit and even combine shapes to create your own shapes!
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