MS PowerPoint Tutorials and Interviews (Page 116)
Collection of MS PowerPoint Tutorials, Interviews, Articles, Tips, Reviews and More.
Date Created: October 9th 2012
Last Updated: October 16th 2012
Text filled with a gradient can look contemporary and classic -- or ghastly and gaudy! It all depends on the type of gradients you use for your text. There are some guidelines that will help you create great looking gradient fills for your text. Gradient fills look great as text fills only when your text is fairly large sized. Using more colors in the gradient fill may make your text distracting. Try to use the gradient colors which contrast with the slide background.
Carmen Taran's session on attracting attention was the keynote for Tuesday morning. Although she used the term "seduction" a lot during the session, what Carmen actually meant was seduction of another kind -- to be used in scenarios related to both personal and business lives. So why did she use the term "seduction" rather than just "attraction"? That's because Carmen was inspired by a book called The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. After reading the book, Carmen became intrigued by the concept, if only for "research" reasons. According to Carmen, Neil Strauss, the book's author applied the principles he explains to 13,000 people of varied races and nationalities. In fact, when he applied these principles for a year, he ended up collecting 2000 phone numbers!
We have already explored how you can format font styles to make your text bold, italicized, underlined, etc. Beyond these basic offerings, PowerPoint 2010's Font dialog box offers some advanced format options for selected text. Other than these options, you will also find the other font options like font type, font size, color, etc. within the Format Text dialog box. In this tutorial, you will learn how to summon the Format Text dialog, and how you can work with the font formatting options within this dialog box.
Jim Endicott started his keynote with a video clip shown during the Presentation Summit 2008 -- the video showed the conference host, Rick Altman as a candidate for the post of the US President. He suggested Rick could do it again for the upcoming 2012 election. Be it 2008, 2012, or even all the years that this conference has existed, Jim admitted that one of the important things of being in this conference for so many years is that you gain perspective. Over the years, the conversation in the conference has started to evolve beyond basic PowerPoint to advanced stuff and evolving presenting technologies. He then wondered if presenters are communicating better today? They may have these great visuals, but do they have something substantial to say?
This Segment Octagon graphic containing 8 equal segments is a part of our Segment Polygons series that provides various segmented polygons that can enhance the impact of your presentations. This Segment Octagon graphic can be used to illustrate an "eight-in-one" – or a "one-for-eight" theme. In the example slide, we have used festive pictures to fill all eight segments of the octagon – similarly, try and use pictures that have a common theme to support your idea. Since each segment of this Segment Octagon graphic is a separate triangle shape you can edit them to suit your need with the help of PowerPoint’s shape editing options.
PowerPoint's Text Fill gallery provides you with plenty of text fill options which work similar to the fills for shapes within the Shape Fill gallery. In this tutorial, we will explore how you can use a picture as a fill for your selected text. Although picture fills can look awesome on text and make it stand apart, you must use some caution -- first, never use a busy, confused picture as a fill -- a picture that has too many colors will rarely look good. Secondly, always remember that picture fills work best with text that's a little thicker and larger -- so picture fills for the body text on your slides is certainly a no-no!
Wow, there are three PowerPoint concept slide sets this week -- you get segmented polygons such as squares, pentagons, and hexagons. You then explore guidelines that will help you create effective and useful animation on your slides. You also learn how to change slide aspect ratios in the upcoming PowerPoint 2013, and how you can set a default aspect ratio.
There are plenty of other tutorials – learn about how you can set advanced Properties for a presentation and get started with WordArt. For PowerPoint’s Mac users, look at how you can use dummy text, change fonts, and explore Font Collections.
The font typeface, styles, and even the size for text in your presentation are dictated by the active Theme or Theme Fonts set. You can certainly override these defaults, and select another font typeface and also change the font size. Beyond changing the typeface and size, you can also make a certain word or phrase stand apart by formatting it bold, italic, underlined, etc. Typically, text is formatted bold to attract attention; and italicized to add emphasis or to mark foreign words. You can also underline, and even strike through any selected text. All these format choices such as bold, italics, underline, strikethrough, etc. are part of a larger font formatting feature called Font Styles.
Rick Altman officially opened the Presentation Summit 2012 today. After reminiscing about all the PowerPoint Live and Presentation Summit events over the last decade, he handed the stage over to Chris Bliss, a well known comedian to present Monday morning's opening keynote.
Lisa Johnson is vice president of SlideShark marketing for Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark's cloud-based software lets users create online and mobile video presentations – using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the phone or computer microphone -- and share and track their content. Brainshark is also the creator of the free SlideShark app for viewing, presenting and sharing PowerPoints on the iPad and iPhone. In this conversation, Lisa discusses new SlideShark features -- including integrations with Box and Dropbox, and the ability for users to turn their iPhone into a remote control for presentations.
Most of the time, text in PowerPoint is filled with either black or white, or any color that contrasts with the color of the slide background -- this color info is contained within the Theme applied to the presentation. There may be times when you want to change this default text fill to some other particular color. Or, perhaps you applied a WordArt Style to your text -- and you are happy with everything else within that WordArt Style except the text fill. PowerPoint's Text Fill option provides you with plenty of fill options for your text -- fill options include solid colors, gradients, textures, and also pictures.
The annual Presentation Summit started yesterday with the evening reception, and a staff event later -- but the actual sessions only start tomorrow on Monday. Today, being Sunday was the day for extra sessions (called optional crash courses). These crash courses are more detailed than the typical conference sessions, and also have fewer attendees -- thus almost anyone who attends these sessions gets one-on-one attention from the speaker -- these extra sessions are charged over and above the conference cost, and are certainly worth attending if you can arrive a day earlier. This year, there were three extra sessions.
A hexagon is a polygon with six equal sides – our Segment Hexagon graphic contains 6 equal triangles. This concept slide is a part of our Segment Polygons series, which provides several other segmented polygons for you to use. This Segment Hexagon graphic can be used to depict a “six-in-one” or “one-for-six” theory or relationship. In the example slide, we have used pictures of flowers to fill all six segments of the hexagon – try and use pictures that have a common theme to achieve synergy in your slide’s message. Each individual segment is a separate shape, so you can edit it as required using the shape editing options in PowerPoint.
This Segment Pentagon graphic is a part of our Segment Polygons series and includes a Pentagon divided into five equal segments. Each individual segment is a separate shape that can be filled in with a picture, a gradient, a solid fill, or any of the other PowerPoint fill types. This Segment Pentagon graphic can help you to illustrate a "five-in-one" concept. The sample presentation that you download comprises two variations of the Segment Pentagon graphic contained within two separate slides -- one with segments apart and another with segments together. Use this Segment Pentagon graphic in your presentation and share your feedback with us!
Any font typeface that you use in your presentation should always support the purpose of your presentation. Most of the time, you may be constrained by company corporate policies or visual standards that dictate you use a particular font. Yet at times, you have the freedom to make a choice to change any font. To make the task of selecting the perfect font, PowerPoint 2011 offers you with the Font Collections option that segregates fonts into various categories. All you have to do is explore a particular category and choose fonts from within that category.
In previous tutorials, we explored and complained about how PowerPoint 2013 has made widescreen (16:9) as the default aspect ratio for new presentations. Although you can change all these new presentations from widescreen (16:9) to standard (4:3) aspect ratio quite easily, it can be a pain to remember doing so each time you create a new presentation! Of course, if you are happy with 16:9 slides, then you need not read the rest of this tutorial -- for everyone else, we'll show how you can set your default aspect ratio to standard (4:3).
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