Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorials and Conversations (Page 132)
Learn Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorials on Texture Fills, Picture Fills, Picture Copyrights, Text Indentation and Read Conversation with Cindy Pearson About PDF to PowerPoint Creator.
Date Created: March 21st 2013
Last Updated: March 29th 2013
Andy Zimmerman is chief marketing officer for Brainshark, Inc., a leading provider of sales enablement solutions. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, Andy discusses "SlideShark Broadcasting" – a new capability the company is launching today in its SlideShark app.
Once a picture is inserted within PowerPoint, any manipulations you make to that picture are strictly only on the surface. The appearance of the picture changes on the slide, but the unaltered picture is stored within your PowerPoint presentation. Essentially that's good because if you make many changes to a picture -- and then regret experimenting -- then you can just reset your picture rather than starting all over again! There's one caveat though -- the option to reset any picture back to its original form works only if you have not run any compression options for your presentation.
In this issue, we explore the topic of picture copyrights again -- this time we look at whether the person who provides permission is actually the original owner of the asset, or not! We also bring you Organic Rectangles, part of our hugely popular Organic Shapes series. Cindy Pearson talks about a free online PDF to PowerPoint converter -- and you can look at our Eight Petals Circle shapes. Finally, you get to read and learn from our PowerPoint tutorials: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users will learn about texture and picture fills for text. PowerPoint 2010 for Windows users can learn about compressing pictures and setting document resolutions -- also how you can set text indentation using numerical values.
Jim Endicott is an internationally-recognized consultant, designer, speaker specializing in professional presentation messaging, design and delivery. Jim has been a Jesse H. Neal award-winning columnist for Presentations magazine with his contributions to the magazine's Creative Techniques column. Jim has also contributed presentation-related content in magazines like Business Week, Consulting and Selling Power as well as a being a paid contributor for a number of industry-related websites. In this conversation, Jim discusses the results of the 2013 Annual Presentation Impact Survey conducted by his company, Distinction Communication, Inc.
While choosing texture fills for your text, you need not limit yourself to the default textures that PowerPoint offers. Third party custom textures are always an option, including our own Scribble Custom Textures that provide your text with an organic look, as if someone scribbled lines with a pencil to fill them! You can also try some more custom textures from our Ppted Background Texture Collection. Let us explore how to use these custom textures as fills for your text, in the following steps.
In a previous tutorial of the SlideBoom series, we explained you about the SlideBoom online presentation site. While you need not be a member of this site to view presentations, you must join as a member to do practically anything else such as posting presentations, downloading files, commenting, etc. In this tutorial, you'll learn how you can become a member at SlideBoom. Remember -- SlideBoom in its present form is a free service -- and the basic membership level is also free.
You could easily drag and draw a rectangle in PowerPoint but everyone in your audience has seen thousands of such rectangles -- and they do not stand apart any more. So how can you create a different type of rectangle that has no straight lines or perfect, geometrical shapes? You can easily achieve this hand drawn look with our Organic Shapes series. Rectangles are just one of the common shapes that we doodled on paper -- and then reproduced as native PowerPoint shapes for you to use. Including rectangles, our Organic Shapes collection contains 8 shape types – each type has 10 variants -- so you end up with 80 hand-drawn shape options! These shapes will help break the monotony of text heavy slides, and assist you in explaining difficult concepts better to your audiences. Using these organic shapes also convinces your audiences that you care enough about them to make the slides look appealing and comprehensible. What's more, these shapes are also so much fun to use!
These Eight Petals Circle graphics are part of our Petal Circles series that add stylized tips to your circle shapes. These two tip styles: Rounded and Pointed make your circles look different from conventional segmented circle graphics. They also break the monotony of text heavy slides, and help you explain concepts better to your audiences. Using these circle shapes also convinces your audiences that you care enough about them to make the slides look appealing and comprehensible. What's more, these shapes are also so much fun to use!
One of PowerPoint's greatest qualities is that you can get all sorts of content from disparate sources and add them all within one presentation to create a unified document. Pictures are one of the most important content types you add on your slides -- however, each picture you insert may have different resolutions -- and thus even though you may have sized your picture to look like a small postage stamp on your slide, it may be increasing your file size by several megabytes. You can of course manually compress pictures in your presentation -- additionally, you can set the document resolution for any presentation -- this option will compress pictures you insert automatically to the default resolution you set.
Although text in PowerPoint can be with a texture, the appearance of the text depends upon the texture chosen, and how well it contrasts with the slide background. Make sure that the texture used is not too crowded or even multicolored -- and as already stated, choose a texture that contrasts with your slide background for the reason of readability.
One of the most fascinating pictures that I have seen of an iceberg is this composition by photographer Ralph A. Clevenger -- this is a fully copyrighted picture, yet a quick search on Google Images will show that this picture has been used hundreds of times on the web. So why are we even discussing this picture? That's because the subject of picture copyrights is not always clear -- and how can you even know if the picture you are using is copyright free or not? Unless the picture is placed within a Creative Commons license on a reputed site such as Flickr, there is no way you can really trust any site that says that a picture is free to use! This picture is therefore a perfect case study -- let us start with a little history.
There is no doubt that a presentation with relevant pictures is more effective than just a plain text presentation. Although pictures enhance the look of your presentation, they can also phenomenally increase the size of your presentation file. PowerPoint 2010 is better in that respect compared to previous versions because it does some compression even if you may not be aware -- yet there is an option to make the compression even more effective.
In this issue, we have two sets of Concept Slides -- Organic Diamonds and Seven Petals Circles -- both these sets contain ready-made PowerPoint slides with all the graphics you need. Just copy the graphics from these slides and paste into your own slides. Full customization instructions and samples are included to make the entire process easy for you. We have exclusive interviews: Sunil Chandna of Stellar Phoenix PowerPoint Repair discusses how you can avoid corrupting your PowerPoint files, and what you can do to recover them. Peter Watts of Speak2all discusses sync issues between slides and presenters. We also have tutorials for PowerPoint 2010 users -- learn about Advanced Audio Options and also the options available on the Format tab when you have an audio file selected. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can learn about WordArt Styles, Text Fills, and Gradient Fills for Text.
PowerPoint provides you with plenty of text fill options -- most of these are similar to the options available as fills for shapes. In this tutorial, let us learn how to use a picture as a fill for your selected text in PowerPoint 2011. Although all picture fills may or may not look good on text, you must remember a few points when selecting a picture for a fill: Never use a busy, confused picture as a fill -- a picture that has too many colors will rarely look good.
Cindy Pearson is an IT manager and a brand evangelist at PDFConverter.com. She loves all things technology and Internet and enjoys playing with all sorts of tech tools and gadgets. PDFConverter has launched a new online PDF to PowerPoint converter tool that is free to use for anyone who wants to quickly create a PowerPoint file from their existing PDFs. In this conversation, Cindy discusses this online PDF to PowerPoint creator.
When your text paragraphs comprise multiple bulleted levels, indentation becomes a must to make your text look consistent and clear. Indent Markers visible on the Ruler are probably the easiest way to achieve structured results. However, this method does not let you precisely position the indentation since you just drag and pull the Indent Markers rather than setting them up via an exact numerical value. Fortunately, you can also set indentation using set numerical values -- for this you need to access the Paragraph dialog box.
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