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Date Created: June 15th 2012
Last Updated: June 21st 2012


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Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Video Borders

June 18, 2012

Video BordersOnce a video clip is inserted on your slide, you can do so much to enhance its look. Probably, you may want to apply corrections, or recolor your videos. Additionally, you can also apply any of the preset Video Styles available -- this is a quick and easy way to add some character to your video without spending too much time. In addition, there are small niceties that PowerPoint 2010 provides, such as adding a border to your video clip. In this tutorial, we'll explore how to add a frame like effect to your video by using the Border option.

Learn how to add and edit borders for video clips in PowerPoint 2010.


PowerPoint Text Effects -- 02

June 16, 2012

PowerPoint Text EffectsThere are 12 different text effects contained within the sample presentation that you can apply to any text in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 or higher on Windows (and also PowerPoint 2008, 2011 or higher on Mac). Starting from hatched to sketchy and from clean to outlined, these text effects will make your text look great. We created all these effects to replicate a hand drawn look so that it appears that someone drew pencil or charcoal lines inside your text. Some of these text effects may work better with only larger text -- play around to see which one works best for your text. Note that, none of these effects are suitable for body text. To use these effects, copy the effect from any of the sample text containers with the help of the Format Painter button, and then click on the text to which you want to apply it.

Download and use the text effects in your own presentations.


Brainshark's Blackboard Partnership: Conversation with Kate Skelly

June 15, 2012

Kate SkellyKate Skelly is vice president for corporate and business development at Brainshark, Inc., overseeing strategic partnerships, and the addition and integration of complementary products and services. Brainshark’s cloud-based software enables users to create, share and track online and mobile video presentations, for use in eLearning, sales, marketing and corporate/HR communications. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing communications costs. In this conversation, Kate discusses Brainshark’s newly expanded partnership with learning industry leader Blackboard, and integration with Blackboard Learn for Sales.

Read the conversation here.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Picture Fills for Slide Backgrounds

June 15, 2012

Picture Fills for Slide BackgroundsWhen you want to format your slide background to look different than the default background styles available in PowerPoint, you can certainly explore both solid and gradient fills for slide backgrounds -- we have already explained these two options in separate tutorials. In addition, you can also choose a picture or texture fill for your slide backgrounds. We cover picture fills for slide backgrounds in this tutorial, and will look at texture fills in a subsequent tutorial. Before we go further, let us explore how picture fills are different from texture fills. Although both picture or texture fills work very similarly, choosing one option over the other can make the same background look so different. While a picture background results in your slide using a single picture as a backdrop, using a texture background can result in the same picture being tiled across the slide background. Also some pictures lend themselves better to being used as textures, especially if they are seamless.

Learn how to apply picture fills for slide backgrounds in PowerPoint 2011.


AKVIS ArtWork 7: Photoshop Plug-in Review

June 14, 2012

AKVIS ArtWork 7AKVIS ArtWork 7 is an Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in that provides seven painting styles for your digital photos. With these painting styles, you can convert your photograph into an oil painting, a gouache painting, a comic style picture, a pen and ink drawing, a watercolor painting, or even a linocut. Additionally, ArtWork also offers a wide choice of canvases and artist's signatures.

Read the Indezine review here.


Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Video Styles

June 14, 2012

Video Styles in PowerPoint 2010Similar to Shape Styles that you apply to shapes, PowerPoint provides you with Video Styles for to your inserted video clips. These pre-built Video Styles add edges, shape, and effects to videos -- and can be applied with just a single click. Your videos no longer need to be rectangular -- some of the Video Styles change the video clip so that it plays within an oval or a rounded rectangle. Video Styles also transform the look of your inserted videos by applying borders, 3-D effects, shadows, frames, etc. around your video clip.

Learn how to apply preset Video Styles to video clips in PowerPoint 2010.


Businesswoman Silhouettes for PowerPoint -- 04

June 13, 2012

Businesswoman SilhouettesThese businesswoman silhouettes are ready to use within your PowerPoint presentation slides -- and have been provided in both black and white colors. Both variations are contained within two separate slides in one presentation that you can download. In addition, you can use PowerPoint's fills, lines, and effects to make these silhouettes appear coordinated with your slides. Copy the silhouettes graphics (clip arts) of your choice from the downloaded presentation, and paste them into your PowerPoint presentation slides. All these silhouette graphics can be used and customized with Shape Styles just like any other PowerPoint shape. You can also paste them into a Word document, an Excel worksheet, or any other program.

Download and use this presentation.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Gradient Fills for Slide Backgrounds

June 13, 2012

Gradient flls for Slide Background

Like earlier versions, PowerPoint 2011 continues to provide an amazing array of options to format your slide backgrounds. We have already explored how you can format the slide background, including options to use solid color fills for slide backgrounds. This tutorial builds upon what you have already learned, and shows how you can cover your slide's background with a gradient fill. Gradient fills are typically blended fills between two or more colors that graduate from one color to another -- they are sometimes also called fountain fills or blended fills in other programs.

Learn how to use gradient fills for slide backgrounds in PowerPoint 2011.


Indezine News: Online Presentations

June 12, 2012

Geetesh BajajWelcome to this week's issue of Indezine News -- while last week we looked at the hot topic of iPad presenting, this time we will look at online presentations, an area that is getting increasingly crowded and full featured at the same time. One of our interviews this week is with Harman Singh of authorSTREAM, an online presentation site that has made spectacular improvements in their PowerPoint to video engine. Meanwhile, we already spoke about SlideShark last week when discussing iPad presenting solutions -- SlideShark is from Brainshark, a company (and site) that has an impressive toe-hold in the area of online presentations.

Read the newsletter here.

 

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Copying Text Attributes with Format Painter

June 12, 2012

Copying Text Attributes with Format Painter

PowerPoint 2010's Format Painter option does an absolutely amazing job of copying all the formatting attributes from one slide object to another. For instance, you can copy all attributes of a shape (and even the text that the shape contains) to another shape, text box, or even a text placeholder. However, this is an all-or-nothing option. Sometimes, you may want to just copy the text formatting attributes, without copying the shape fill or any of the other shape attributes. This can be even more confusing when the text itself is formatted in more than one style. Selecting the entire text box, and then copying its attributes to another text box using the Format Painter will never replicate two text styles -- so clearly there has to be a better way! We explain the better way in this tutorial -- read further to understand.

Learn how to use the Format Painter command effectively to copy text attributes in PowerPoint 2010.


New Features in SlideShark Team Edition: Conversation with David Klein

June 11, 2012

David KleinDavid Klein is senior director of product management at Brainshark, Inc., leading the product team in developing innovative business solutions. Brainshark’s cloud-based software lets users create online and mobile video presentations – using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the telephone – and then share and track their content. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while also dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, David discusses new features in SlideShark, Brainshark’s free app for reliably viewing and sharing PowerPoints on the iPad, and in SlideShark Team Edition.

Read this exclusive Indezine conversation with David Klein.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Copying Text Attributes with Format Painter

June 11, 2012

Copying Text Attributes with Format Painter

The Format Painter option does an amazing job of copying all your formatting attributes from one slide object to another. For example, you can copy all attributes of a shape (and even the text that the shape contains) to another shape, text box, or even a text placeholder. However, this is an all-or-nothing option. Sometimes, you may want to just copy the text formatting attributes, such as your text effects, or font styles -- without copying the shape fill or any of the other shape attributes. This can be even more puzzling when your text by itself is formatted in more than one style. Selecting the entire text box, and then copying its attributes to another text box using the Format Painter will never replicate two text styles -- so clearly there has to be a better way! That's the reason for this tutorial -- read further to understand.

Learn how to use the Format Painter command effectively to copy text attributes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


100 Things Every Presenter Needs to Know About People: Conversation with Susan Weinschenk

June 9, 2012

Susan WeinschenkSusan Weinschenk has a Ph.D. in Psychology and over 30 years of experience as a behavioral psychologist. She applies research in psychology to predict, understand, and explain what motivates people and how they behave. Dr. Weinschenk is the author of several books, including 100 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know About People, 100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People, and Neuro Web Design: What makes them click? She is a consultant and keynote speaker for Fortune 1000 companies, start-ups, non-profit agencies, educational institutions, and conferences. Her clients include Walmart, Disney, The Mayo Clinic, Charles Schwab, and Best Buy. Her clients call her "The Brain Lady", and she writes a popular blog, What Makes Them Click. In this conversation, Susan discusses her new book, 100 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know About People.

Read this exclusive conversation with Susan Weinschenk.


authorSTREAM Video Improvements: Conversation with Harman Singh

June 8, 2012

Harman SinghHarman Singh is the Founder and CEO of two Internet platforms - authorSTREAM and WiZiQ. authorSTREAM is a PowerPoint sharing platform striving to make your presentations sharable on the Web -- whether they are viewed from desktops, mobile phones or tablets like the iPad. authorSTREAM's PowerPoint to video engine has been extensively upgraded recently, resulting in several improvements -- Harman discusses these improvements in this conversation.

Read this conversation with Harman Singh of authorSTREAM.


Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Video Recolor Options

June 8, 2012

Video Recolor Options

PowerPoint 2010 ups the ante for any adjustments you make to your inserted video clips. In the previous tutorial, we have already explored how you can correct the brightness and contract for an inserted video by using the Corrections option. Other than changing the brightness and contrast values of the video, you can also completely recolor your inserted video -- so you can make your full color video appear as a grayscale video, or even like a duotoned video such as blue and grayscale -- or any of the other Recolor options. Do remember that the video Recolor options work almost similarly to the picture Recolor options.

Learn about the Recolor options for videos in PowerPoint 2010.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds

June 7, 2012

Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds

PowerPoint 2011 provides plenty of options to style your slide backgrounds. Our earlier Format Slide Background tutorial provided a generic idea about changing the slide background to some of the available options such as a solid color, a gradient, a texture or a picture, or even one of PowerPoint's built-in patterns. In this and other upcoming tutorials, you will learn how to choose these different types of background fill options. We begin this series with a tutorial that will show you how to choose solid fills for your slide background. A solid fill is essentially one color filling the entire slide area, as in a black, blue, or white slide -- or a slide with any other color.

Learn how to use solid fills as slide backgrounds in PowerPoint 2011.

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