Presentation Graphics, PowerPoint Tutorials (Page 122)
Collection of tutorials and graphic downloads on PowerPoint and presentation technologies.
Date Created: December 1st 2012
Last Updated: December 11th 2012
We have already explored the Adjust Picture options and how you apply Picture Styles, Picture Effects, and Picture Borders within PowerPoint. These options can help you to enhance the look of your inserted pictures. Other than these enhancement options, there are some very significant yet basic picture editing options that you should consider -- these include learning how you can resize, rotate, and flip pictures.
Text can be imported as an outline from an external file, or copied from another source. Of course, you can also type text straight inside PowerPoint. Whichever option you use, you will invariably have to format your text, especially if your text is sourced from multiple sources. This may happen because some text that you have copied or imported may be in small case, or even ALL CAPS -- clearly you need to make all your text look the same! 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.
Ashley Farmer is the associate director of communications at Heartbeat Ideas, a privately held, full service agency grounded in technology-enabled strategy and recognized for breakthrough creative. A crusader for superior presentation work, Ashley works alongside all Heartbeaters to ensure their stories are delivered thoughtfully and powerfully. When she's not waist-deep in a Microsoft Office program, you can find her wandering the streets of New York City in search of her next great meal. In this conversation, Ashley discusses Heartbeat Ideas, the importance of presentations to its business and its use of SlideShark (Brainshark's app for viewing and sharing PowerPoints on the iPad and iPhone).
Imagine you have inserted a picture, and then applied various picture editing options to enhance its appearance. You may find yourself often doing these same tasks: adding all sorts of picture edits and animating them. And then you realize that you have a better picture, or your boss asked you to change to another picture but with all the same effects and animations! You could delete the original picture and start all over again, and yes, that is a long process! Or you can change any existing picture into another with just a couple of clicks -- retaining all effects and animations.
This time, we have an amazing Christmas PowerPoint Kit for you that will help you create picture slides, PowerPoint greeting cards, and more. We also have more pushpin graphics for your slides. Learn about PowerPoint 2013 -- Ric Bretschneider discusses his favorite new features and we also explore the somewhat annoying Office Background option, and how this can be turned off. Dag Hendrik Lerdal discusses SlideDog, a product that lets you mix PowerPoint, Prezi, and several other file types in a seamless presentation. PowerPoint 2010 users can learn more about pictures and Mac users can learn about text options in PowerPoint 2011.
You might have made all formatting changes to a text box such as setting Autofit options, tweaking margins, etc. At this point of time, you are so happy with your settings that you want to use the same settings for any other text boxes you will add within the same presentation. The good news is that you most certainly do not have to change all settings again for all new text boxes. You can indeed change the defaults within the active presentation so that any new text box you insert has the format abilities you want.
Tim Stumbles is the co-founder of Office Timeline, a small start-up on a mission to rid the world of project presentations that make audiences yawn. Office Timeline makes the world's most popular timeline presentation tool, built as an add-in into Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, 2010, and 2013. In this conversation, Tim discusses how Office Timeline evolved, and how typical users work with the product.
There are many ways to change the appearance of inserted pictures within PowerPoint -- you can use the various Adjust Picture options, and can also add distinctive borders to your pictures. And yes, you can directly apply preset Picture Styles. These Picture Styles are based on PowerPoint's Picture Effects capabilities and add some effects with a click. Most of the time, this means that a single Picture Style adds a reflection, a glow, and a border to your picture. However, you can also apply any of these effects individually to your pictures. In all, PowerPoint provides 6 effects: shadow, reflection, glow, soft edges, bevel, and 3-D rotation.
The biggest changes in Microsoft Office 2013 stem for the additional cloud capabilities. While SkyDrive integration at a basic level existed in previous versions, Office 2013 takes this integration so much further. Additionally, the new roaming capabilities are enabled when you are logged into your Microsoft account within Office applications such as PowerPoint. Once logged in, all your settings, including your recent files or templates, will be synced across all your devices, including laptops, tablets and even smartphones. Additionally, you can link your Microsoft accounts to various services (third party sites) to get pictures, videos, or documents immediately.
The Indezine Christmas Kit is a self-contained set of slides and other goodies that provides you with everything you need to create Christmas picture slides within PowerPoint. This kit contains a Christmas PowerPoint Theme, a star font, some silhouette pictures, scrapbook style embellishments, some textures, and even a few sample slides to get you started. Use this kit as a starting point to create your own picture slides! Then you can email your creations, or share them as a movie clip using PowerPoint's Create a Video option. You can also upload the presentation to online sharing sites.
You have used and seen real pushpins on notice boards -- now use these pushpin graphics to create the same look on your slides! The presentation you will download includes "pushpin" graphics that can be used within your slides to create a look that makes a picture, shape, or anything else appear as if it has been pushed onto a surface, board, or wall with a pin! These ready-made pushpins have been provided in five colors. Just copy them and paste them on the pictures in your presentation.
While working in PowerPoint you might have noticed that you resize text boxes almost the same way as you would resize shapes or any other slide object -- select the slide object and you will see eight handles, four on the corners and four on the sides -- you then drag any of these corners to resize. The problem with this approach is that there is no accuracy in resizing. There might be times when you need your text box to be resized to some particular size -- for example, you want it to be exactly as wide as a picture you have inserted.
Ric Bretschneider spent over 16 years on the Microsoft PowerPoint team building features within the product. Ric founded the San Jose, CA branch of the Pecha Kucha presentation event, and can occasionally be heard on his Presentations Roundtable podcast, promoting excellence in design and technique through interviews of industry professionals. His blog offers thoughts on presenting and other important subjects. In this conversation, Ric discusses the new PowerPoint 2013.
Once a picture is inserted in your slide, you can do so much more. Explore cropping, or adjust how the picture looks by applying adjust picture options. Additionally, you may also apply any of the preset Picture Styles available. In this tutorial, we will explore the Border options that allow you to add a simple outline or even a beautiful frame to your pictures.
In PowerPoint, you can always select a text box and move it around by dragging it with your mouse, and then placing it in a new position. But this process is just visual and not accurate enough. Yes, there is a way to accurately position any text box just where you want it to be located if you use guides. Having said that, do not move your text boxes until they contain all the text content you need within them -- or, you may find that your text boxes resize themselves when you add text to them!
Did you want to add a pushpin to a slide object so that it looks pushed to a board or another surface? Now you can with our new Pushpin series! We also bring you more Frame Corners. Also learn to change the interface color in PowerPoint 2013, and understand with Sandra Schrift about how your body language speaks to others -- even when you are not actually speaking. Read an interview with Peter Zvirinsky of infoDiagram and get to know about Dave Paradi’s amazing new book. And before November ends, did you want to get some Movember moustaches for your slides? PowerPoint 2010 users can learn about cropping tricks for pictures and Mac users can explore layout and margins for text in PowerPoint 2011.
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