PowerPoint Tutorials, Concept Slides, and Reviews (Page 133)
Collection of PowerPoint tutorials on slide area, slides pane, pattern fill for text, and download PowerPoint concept slides and read MagPointer PowerPoint add-in review.
Date Created: March 30th 2013
Last Updated: April 9th 2013
Text is best left alone most of the time -- plain text with a solid color can look so clean and understated that it really does not make any sense playing too much with its appearance. Yet there are times when you want a single word or phrase to stand out -- it's for those few times that you should explore stylizing your text in PowerPoint. Among these stylizing options, we have already explored Text Fills and Text Outlines -- and we have also learned how to apply various WordArt styles in PowerPoint. Now let us learn how to apply and edit various text effects such as Shadow, Reflection, Glow, 3-D Rotation, Transform, etc. to your text.
Beauty Box Photo is a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop that digitally erases skin blemishes and wrinkles, evening out skin tones, and reducing shine, etc. The plug-in gives a very professional output -- when the plug-in is summoned, it automatically uses its algorithm to identify skin areas in your picture and then applies skin smoothing. Therefore, use further adjustments to fine-tune results.
When working with multiple slide objects, you should have a visual cue about where you are placing slide objects. You can get exact coordinates of your slide objects using the positioning options in PowerPoint -- but most of the time, you just need an approximate idea of where your objects are placed -- and this can be easily obtained by using the Rulers available option in PowerPoint. By default, the Rulers may not visible, but when made visible -- they are located on the top and left parts of the active slide.
Matt Carter received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Stanford University and his B.A. in biology from Whitman College. His research focuses on how the brain regulates innate, homeostatic behaviors including sleep and food intake. Dr. Carter has received numerous awards for his scientific teaching and poster presentations, including the Walter Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching from Stanford. In 2011 he won the Young Investigator Award from the Sleep Research Society. In addition to publishing primary research articles and reviews, he is also the coauthor of Guide to Research Techniques in Neuroscience. In this conversation, Matt discusses his new book, Designing Science Presentations.
PowerPoint 2013's tri-paned interface has three regions: the Slides pane, the Slide area, and the Notes pane. The Notes pane is placed right below the Slide area. The Notes pane provides space to add speaker's notes that can be so helpful to the presenter while presenting -- you can also write any sort of information about the presentation or individual slide.
In this issue, we complete our Organic Series collection and also bring you an amazing combo offer with an e-book. There is an exclusive conversation with Jim Endicott who discusses the 2013 Presentation Impact Survey results. Any Zimmerman from SlideShark talks about the new broadcasting ability for presentations – right from an iPad! Claudyne Wilder explains how you can create a story from your own life to hold your audience’s attention. There are tutorials on using fills for text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac – and how you can reset pictures in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. And learn about the new Slides pane in PowerPoint 2013.
Text outline, the border that spans the perimeter of the font characters, is mainly used to make the slide titles or other text appear prominent. Taking this concept little further, you can make these outlines look fancier by using an attribute that's rarely associated with text outlines but can provide a surprisingly different look, especially when applied to the text with thicker outlines. This is the Gradient Outline, and is not accessible from within the Text Outline gallery, but has been included within the Format Text Effects dialog box that we will explore later in this page.
Many times, we create slides with content of several types. For example, you might create a chart on the left part of your slide and then add some supporting data for the same chart as a table on the right side. While showing this particular slide, you may want to alternatively highlight both these content types so that you can help focus your audience's attention to the topic you are discussing. This sort of highlighting is possible if you design your graphics or slide content that way -- and are prepared to use a fair amount of animation. Fortunately, we are reviewing an add-in for PowerPoint that achieves predictable results without graphic jugglery or added animations. MagPointer automatically detects slide objects and enables you to interact with those objects in real time.
Many new changes have happened within PowerPoints 2013 -- but the tri-paned interface has still not changed a lot for the last 20 years and successive PowerPoint versions! So why is the interface called tri-paned -- are there three distinct regions within the PowerPoint 2013 interface? Yes -- the Slide area is one of three principal regions in PowerPoints 2013 -- the other two are the Slides pane and the Notes pane. The Slide area is where you work the most -- typically though adding and editing slide objects.
Drawing a perfect oval with just a pencil on paper is easier than drawing a perfect circle - but remove the word "perfect", and your drawing becomes less stressful - to you and also to whoever your audience may be! And then dawned the computer era - where everything was so "perfect" again - with flawless curves, reflecting unflawed geometry! Do you yearn for the imperfection? You can easily achieve this hand drawn look with our Organic Shapes series. Ovals 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!
Honeycombs are formed when you place hexagons next to each other – and these hand drawn hexagon shapes are great to create your own honeycombs! It’s become a passion for us to create shapes that have no straight lines or perfect, geometrical appearances – all part of our Organic Shapes series. Honeycombs are just one of the common shapes that we doodled on paper – and then reproduced as native PowerPoint shapes for you to use. Including honeycombs, 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!
Text outlines in PowerPoint are the borders around your text that can be used to make your slide titles, or sub-titles to look prominent and stylish. The text outline may or may not be turned on by default depending upon the Theme applied to the presentation, or the WordArt Style applied. Still, you can apply and edit text outlines in the same way as you do with text fills. PowerPoint's Text Outline option provides you with plenty of editing options for your text outlines, follow these steps to explore more.
PowerPoint 2013's work area below the Ribbon continues to be tri-paned -- these three panes comprise the Slides pane, the Slide area, and the Notes pane. The Slides Pane is the thin strip on the left side of the PowerPoint 2013 interface that contains thumbnails of all your slides. Long time PowerPoint users will recollect that this pane used to be twin tabbed in all older versions -- other than the Slides pane, you could also access the Outline pane. The Outline pane has been removed in PowerPoint 2013 -- since there's just one pane, there are no tabs for this pane -- by default you can just see the Slides pane now.
You may be delivering a scientific paper, explaining to the salespeople how the new system will change the way they place orders, or reporting on a project that no one really understands. When you stand up in front of an audience with people who have no idea who you are, you need to let them in on you as a person. Tell them a "secret" about yourself so they feel connected to you. Decide whether to tell this mini mini-story as soon as you start talking, or perhaps after you present your executive summary.
Do you want to create some text that needs to be printed in black and white? Or maybe you need some text that has awesome contrast -- in either case, text with a solid color fill is your best option -- other text fill types including pictures, gradients, and textures rarely have that sort of contrast. However, there is another fill option available for your text -- the Pattern fill that lets you add contrast -- and is yet different from the regular solid fills.
To perform some tasks within Windows, you must be able to see all files and the folders -- but there are chances that some of your files or folders may be hidden -- this may not be so obvious and fortunately it's easy to overcome this limitation. By default, all versions of Windows hide at least some files and folders -- in this article, we'll show you how you can unhide these files or folders within Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP.
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