Presentation Games, Graphic Slide Tricks and PowerPoint Tutorials (Page 123)
Tons of tricks and downloads on PowerPoint, Photoshop, and presentation graphics.
Date Created: December 11th 2012
Last Updated: December 21st 2012
Charts in PowerPoint can be made to look different and unique by changing the appearance of various chart elements. The legend is an important chart element -- typically the legend is a box or area that codes via color or pattern to all the chart series. By default, the legend appears on the right side of the chart.
These city skylines are dotted with skyscrapers -- and can add a great backdrop to your slides. Note that these can also be used as conceptual graphics. What's more -- you can easily layer up to three of the skyline silhouettes to create a more dense city graphic. In all, you get 5 variants of these skyline silhouettes to use in your PowerPoint slides. The presentation you will download has sample ideas on how you will use them in your own slides!
Most positioning tasks in PowerPoint for your pictures such as resizing, aligning, and grouping are easy to achieve. In addition, you can also reorder the pictures (or even a bunch of pictures and other slide objects such as shapes) on your slide quite easily using the various ordering options available within the program.
Sandy Johnson is a 20-year marketing communications veteran who has developed and successfully implemented marketing communications programs for clients like 3M Health Care, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Porsche Cars of North America. Her strategic expertise and creative PowerPoint design and strategic consultation skills have made her a valuable resource for her clients. In this conversation, Sandy discusses the use of PowerPoint to create holiday cards.
Imagine for a moment I hid a set of keys for a new Lexus in one of those personal storage lockers at Portland International Airport. And all you had to do is find the specific door, put in the key and it's all yours! My job? I just had to explain to you how to get you there through the busy and hyper-distracting environment of an international airport. It's not that I want to make it hard for you to find -- to the contrary -- I really want you to find it. But we may have a challenge... I like to use words to explain things.. lots of them. Show you a map... you get it. Give you turn-by-turn (bullet-by-bullet) set of instructions and... well your Lexus may be waiting for a while in the parking lot.
Charts in PowerPoint comprise several individual components that are called chart elements. Some of these elements are Series (and this could be one or more series with values), Categories (again this can be one or more categories), Axes (horizontal, vertical, and in some chart types, a third axis as well), Plot area (the active chart area), Legend, Chart Title, and many more.
PowerPoint does not limit you to the number of slide objects you can add within the slide area. Be it shapes, other slide objects, or even multiple pictures -- you can add them all. There's more -- these slide objects may end up placed in a haphazard manner and pictures of different sizes may be scattered all over the slide. It is good idea to arrange them all properly to get a a more aesthetic looking slide. In previous tutorials we have explored techniques that help you arrange your pictures and other content -- look at our Resize, Rotate, and Flip Pictures and Align and Distribute Pictures tutorials. Moving ahead in the same direction, this tutorial explores how you can group pictures on your slide.
As a guy who works with lots of big corporates, writing speeches, rehearsing speakers for big pitches and presentations, I'm forever coming up against the "Template Trial". The corporate PowerPoint template which everybody must use when creating presentations but which creates real problems for the speaker who wants to use them in support of their speech. Of course, the corporate template provides "brand synergy across all communications". I respect and understand that, but the problem is that most of them are rubbish as visual aids. Most of them are designed as templates for written documents, and as Nancy Duarte or Garr Reynolds, or me might say: "Good hand-outs always make poor visual aids, and good visual aids always make poor hand-outs…"
Adding charts and editing them is a much more intuitive and easy task in PowerPoint 2011 than it used to be using older versions of PowerPoint. PowerPoint now makes repetitive formatting easy and consistent with the Chart Styles option. There are some pre-defined styles that contain combinations of formatting elements such as fills, outlines, and effects. PowerPoint provides various such styles to choose from -- and all these styles are based on Office Themes. Just a couple of clicks can make your chart look great.
In this issue, we start with a new set of Pushpin graphics. Next, Nolan Haims shows you how you can use gradient boxes and vignettes in PowerPoint to do amazing things with your graphics. We also explore how you can add services to connect PowerPoint 2013 with your Flickr, Facebook, or LinkedIn accounts. We have exclusive conversations with Tim Stumbles of Office Timeline and Ashley Farmer of Heartbeat Ideas. And finally there are cool tutorials for PowerPoint versions on Windows and Mac!
Whichever slide objects you place on your PowerPoint slide, their position and alignment matters a lot -- be it shapes or even the many inserted pictures. If you see randomly placed pictures on a slide, then you need to explore alignment and distribution options. In some cases, a non-aligned, haphazard arrangement may work -- but most of the time you will have to align objects in a proper way on your slide.
Want to play a Jeopardy-like game using PowerPoint slides? Yes, this is absolutely doable but making PowerPoint slides with all the interactivity and layouts takes too much work. Fortunately, we have done the work for you -- just download our Jeopardy-like 25 (5x5) question PowerPoint template -- replace the placeholders provided for questions, answers, and categories -- and you’re done! You’ll still need a real human being to track scores -- and you could soon be playing this amazing game as part of a fun exercise, a training program, or even a quiz show.
We already showed how you can add connected services in PowerPoint 2013. Although it may seem that you are adding these services to PowerPoint, you are essentially connecting them to all programs and platforms connected with your Microsoft account -- including SkyDrive, all of Office 2013, and even Windows 8. Wherever used, these connected services help you access your settings and recent files or templates across all your devices, including laptops, tablets and even smartphones. Additionally, some services allow you to access media and document files.
If the data required for your chart is already within Excel, then you can create your chart in Excel itself, and then copy-paste it into a PowerPoint slide. Alternatively you can directly insert a new chart within PowerPoint. And there are three ways to insert a chart in your PowerPoint slide! To learn more, follow these steps.
Here's another set of pushpin graphics that look like real pushpins on your slides! These ready-made pushpin graphics are contained within the presentation you will download and 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, notice-board, or wall with a pin! You'll see them in five colors. Just copy them and paste them on the edges of pictures in your presentation.
Photoshop and Illustrator are forever open on my computer, and yet I am a big proponent of doing as much design as possible directly in PowerPoint. Very often, adding an effect or editing an image in PowerPoint is actually quicker than doing the same in Photoshop. And even more importantly, effects created natively in PowerPoint are almost always non-destructive, which means adjustments are far easier as presentation content continually shifts (because it always does...).
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