PowerPoint Tutorials, Reviews, and Interviews (Page 112)
Date Created: August 21st 2012
Last Updated: September 7th 2012
Now you have your presentation together and you feel good about it: but, as a presenter, is anything missing? Have you considered all the following issues? First your clothes – do you know what your audience will be wearing? Don't waste energy and stress yourself out wondering what to wear the day of your talk. Ask enough people to get the right answer. Are jeans with a fitted jacket appropriate, or a simple pants suit with gorgeous jewelry? Keep outfits assembled in your closet that you can just put on. Most of the time, wear something that fits in but is just a bit more dressed than the audience. And when traveling, take an extra top or shirt just in case you spill something.
Slide transitions in PowerPoint have a fixed, default duration. While some slide transition effects such as Cut take a fraction of a second to take place, other effects like Reveal can take more than 3 seconds to occur. Now these are the default times for the effects -- you are not limited to using only the available time spans since you can always increase or decrease the slide transition duration as you deem fit.
This new set is part of the People Chain silhouette series comprises some variations of the People Chain metaphor that have been arranged in the form of a circle and an arc. In spite of being neutral, these silhouette graphics can provide your slide with an artistic look due to the way they have been arranged. Use them in your presentations with some creativity involved, and make your slides look amazing!
Download the sample presentation. It includes few variations of People Chain silhouettes applied with various solid, texture, pattern, and picture fills. Copy them -- entirely or just individual person silhouettes, as required, and paste them into your presentation slides. Then, apply any of the PowerPoint's native fills, lines and effects to make them accordant with the overall appearance of your presentation.
AKVIS Sketch 14 is a photo to sketch Photoshop plug-in that converts your photos into pencil sketches, watercolor paintings, charcoal art, and pastel drawings. You can create realistic color or black and white renditions that imitate the technique of graphite, color pencils, charcoal, or watercolor. Add effects to your picture background and once the picture is converted into a sketch, you can further personalize the work of art by adding an inscription (signature). This new version of AKVIS Sketch introduces the new Timeline feature which creates stepwise, sequential shots.
This two segmented circle can be used in your slides to explain a concept or an idea – you can also find more similar segmented circle slides. Most of these conceptual designs have been created with basic PowerPoint shapes. Also, some of them are imported from other graphic programs and converted to PowerPoint shapes. In the sample presentation that you download, you’ll find segmented circles within two separate slides -- one with a picture fill, and the other with just a solid color fill. Copy these slides to your PowerPoint presentation, and change the fills and effects of individual segments as well as the thin donut shaped circle around the segment, using PowerPoint’s fills, fines, and effects. You can also try applying some animation to the circle segments.
Here's a quick walkthrough of the PowerPoint 2013 interface -- the PowerPoint 2013 interface is quite similar, yet somewhat different than the interface of PowerPoint 2010. The biggest change is that PowerPoint 2013's interface is primed for use also on tablets, touch-screens, and phones (other than conventional desktops). Thus, you can swipe and tap your way through a presentation -- and also make several edits without the need of a cursor.
An interactive PowerPoint presentation always interests audiences since it gets them involved actively navigating the slides. However, the audiences for whom these interactive slides are intended must be aware that some interactivity has been included so that they can click a slide object to cause an action to happen. With trigger animations, you click on a PowerPoint shape (or even an Action Button or any other slide object) to cause an audio or video clip on the same slide to play, pause, resume, or even stop.
Transition effects show a visual change when you move from one slide to another. Before you add any transition effect, your slides advance rather abruptly -- adding a transition effect like Fade, Wipe, or any of the other effects makes the flow between slides smoother to the eye and easier to the slide content. Although the purpose of transitions is to remove the abruptness of moving from one slide to another, you can actually do a slide transition without any effect -- in this case you will only add the transition so that you can add a transition time so that slides advance at determined timings. Finally, you can also add transition sounds.
Art Holden has been in the animation and presentation industry since 1996. He helped start Animation Factory in 1997, where he served as general manager for thirteen years. He currently lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA and works with PresenterMedia, a media content creating company.
In this conversation, Art discusses the new PowerPoint add-in from PresenterMedia that lets you search and insert visual content from within PowerPoint.
Although PowerPoint (and Microsoft Office ) includes several Theme Fonts sets, you can take this concept further by creating your own custom Theme Fonts sets. When you create a custom Theme Fonts set, the new set will appear within the Custom section of the Fonts drop-down gallery. However, what do you do when you want to delete a Theme Fonts set because you made a mistake -- or if you have too many of these sets that you no longer use? Or let us assume that you have created several custom Theme Fonts sets, and you now need to copy them to a new computer, or even a friend's or colleague's system.
In this issue of the newsletter, we have an exclusive conversation with Martin Conradi, who discusses the future of presentations. We explore how you can create high quality videos from your PowerPoint slides using authorSTREAM. There's an excellent post by James Smith on why you should not use 3D charts in your slides. And you get two concept slides to download and use in your presentations: a one segment circle as well as a second series of people chain silhouettes. We also have tutorials on using indent markers in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows, and the use of fonts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
The main purpose of adding animation to any slide object is to draw the attention of the audience to some concept. After adding animation, you can set the animation event, and also the speed of the animation. To make it more interesting, you may also want some sound to play along with the animation. One aspect that you should always remember is that although you can add sound to an animation, it is not always necessary to do so -- we suggest you only add sound sparingly -- and even then, you must make sure that the sound adds some value to the animation. In addition, it is important that you use the perfect sound type for any animation -- using clapping or roaring sounds is very cliché. Now that we have made you aware about the caveats, let us go ahead and explore the actual procedure.
Have your ever used keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint? Or are you a complete keyboard aficionado? Do you want to learn about some new shortcuts? Or do you want to know if your favorite keyboard shortcuts are documented? Here's the most comprehensive list of PowerPoint 2011 keyboard shortcuts that we know about -- how many of these do you presently use? If you discover a shortcut key not listed here, please get in touch with us through our feedback form.
It happens often that your boss, colleague, or friend sends you some content for your presentation. Rather than typing all that content, you may just copy it from their email and paste it within PowerPoint. The problem with this approach may stem from the fact that whoever sent you the content is one of those people who type everything in small case -- or maybe they just turn on the Caps Lock button and forget turning it off! Whatever the reason may be, you will end up with text that is certainly not useable on your slide. Rather than retyping the whole text again, you can use PowerPoint's Change Case option to quickly change the case of selected text on your slide.
Here's another slide set of the People Chain silhouette series. You get a People Pyramid silhouette graphic in addition to another variation of a People Chain line -- this line has alternating persons in larger and smaller sizes. This is perfect to use in scenarios where teams sourced from different organization levels are involved. You can also use these silhouette graphics in presenting scenarios where you need to create slides related to the strength of unity and diversity, multi-racial staff, international groups, etc.
AKVIS MakeUp 3 is a Photoshop plug-in that you can use on pictures that include humans. Make Up includes special algorithms that smoothen small defects on the skin without changing other aspects of your photo. You can thus improve portraits by adding a glamorous element to them.
Martin Conradi is managing director of Showcase Presentations in London. Educated at Oundle School and Lancaster University, he spent 10 years in advertising and marketing companies and doing more than his fair share of presentations. He became fascinated by the potential for small computers as business tools and set up Rainbow Software in 1980 -- probably the first company in the world entirely dedicated to computer-based business presentations. He formed Showcase Presentations Ltd in 1986 to specialise in computer-based presentation services. In this conversation, Martin looks at the future of presentations, from a past perspective.
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