PowerPoint Tutorials, Handmade Slides, Creative Commons pictures on Flickr, and News (Page 135)
PowerPoint Tutorials on video corrections, video formats, text appearances. Grid and guides in PowerPoint 2013, Learn how to find a Picture on Flickr is an Original? and download pushpins handmade slides for PowerPoint Presentation.
Date Created: April 22nd 2013
Last Updated: May 1st 2013
First a little history -- look at our Stop Underlining Your Descenders! article -- of course, as per that article you can manually remove underlines from all characters such as g, j, p, q, and y that sport descenders. However, the task of individually selecting characters to remove underlines is fine if you need to do so for an important slide title or just your opening slide. What if you want to do the same task for an entire presentation? You can do this task in PowerPoint super-quickly using some simple VBA code, as Steve Rindsberg of PowerPoint FAQ explains.
After placing a movie clip on your slide, you can do so much to enhance its look. For example, you may apply corrections, or recolor your movies. Additionally, you can also apply any of the preset Movie Styles available which is a quick and easy way to enhance the look of your movie clip without spending too much time. In addition, there are few more options that PowerPoint 2011 provides -- in this tutorial, we'll explore how to add a frame like effect to your movie by using the Border option.
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Among the many new features in PowerPoint 2013, probably the most useful yet less obvious ones are the capabilities added to Guides. New for this version are these extra capabilities: Guides can be added through the right-click menu, and you can add new Guides that are offset to your existing Guides. Guides also no longer need to be grey in color -- you can choose from 10 colors. You need not drag a Guide off the slide to remove it -- there's a dedicated Delete option.
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Movie Styles work for movie clips in the same way as Shape Styles work for shapes. PowerPoint provides you with ready to use Movie Styles for your movie (video) clips which add edges, constrain your movie clip to shapes, and also add effects to your movie clip -- and all of this can be applied with just a single click. Your movie clips no longer need to be rectangular -- some of the Movie Styles change the movie clip so that it plays within an oval or a rounded rectangle. Movie Styles also transform the look of your inserted movie clips by applying borders, 3-D effects, shadows, frames, etc. around your movie clip.
Do you like it when the underline you use for any word crosses the descenders for some characters? Looks like a strike-through? The good news is that you can stop underlining your descenders! That was about text -- and now about pictures. Here's a question: Are you sure that the Creative Commons licensed picture on Flickr is essentially an original picture? Get answers to this burning question! We also have an interview with Jan Schultink, author of a new book called Pitch It! And to top it all, you'll find the last installment of our Pushpin graphics collection. Finally, you will find simple-to-understand, cross referenced tutorials on PowerPoint tasks. If you use PowerPoint 2013 for Windows, look at our tutorials on working with Grids. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users will enjoy tutorials on Poster frames and Correction adjustments for movie clips.
Once you have made Guides visible on your PowerPoint slides, they show up in the same position on all other slides within the presentation. You'll find that only two Guides -- one horizontal and one vertical Guide are visible at first, and these two Guides intersect at the center of the slide. Most of the time, this might work for you, but you can actually add more Guides since these can help in positioning slide objects better across successive slides.
Different PowerPoint versions support a plethora of video file formats - not surprisingly, the new PowerPoint versions support a larger number of file formats for video. This table provides information about video file format compatibility at a quick glance.
PowerPoint 2011 allows you make limited changes to your inserted movie clips. In a previous tutorial, we have already explored how you can correct the brightness and contrast for an inserted movie by using the Corrections option. Additionally, you can also completely recolor your inserted movie -- for example, you can make your full color movie appear grayscale, or even like a duo-toned movie combining grayscale with any one color such as blue, green, etc. Do remember that the movie Recolor options work almost similarly to Picture Recolor options.
Most applications underline everything you select -- the process is simple: you select a word, a sentence, or even an entire paragraph -- and then press a keyboard shortcut or choose an option so that all the selected text is underlined. PowerPoint behaves the same way -- but there's a difference -- not in the resultant text, but in how the text appears. Let us not forget that PowerPoint is a large format -- more akin to a billboard than a business card -- and text is often projected at large sizes.
Making gridlines visible on your slides in PowerPoint 2013 is only a good idea if you use the Grid feature to attain some results. If you are serious about using Grids to position slide objects with more precision, you must first visit the options available for changing Grid settings. Once you have played around with the grid settings, you are better equipped and prepared to explore how the Snap to Grid feature can help you accurately position and move slide objects such as pictures, shapes, or anything else you can select and move on a slide!
Pushpins can be used to pin a picture, or a note, or a letter to a surface, a notice-board, or a wall. Using our ready-made pushpin graphics, you can create a similar look on your slides that makes a picture, shape, or anything else appear as if it has been pinned! 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. You'll see them in five colors. Just copy them and paste them on the edges of pictures in your presentation.
Once you insert a movie clip on your slide in PowerPoint 2011, you may find out that the clip is too dark or light in terms of appearance. This is similar to what you may see on your television, especially a new television where you have to make a few adjustments to get the picture just right. Similar corrections can be made in any of the movie clips you insert within your PowerPoint slides. It's very important to understand that such adjustments may not only be necessary for the appearance of the movie clips on your computer, but also for how they show when projected onto a screen or even on a connected TV. Projectors are typically not as bright as computer screens, and some adjustments may help.
Flickr does happen to be among the best resources for Creative Commons pictures. Yet how do you know that the Creative Commons licensed picture that you have found on Flickr is indeed an original picture? Even outside of Flickr, there are so many copied pictures serenading as originals -- including some you find on Google's Image Search. There are indeed millions of genuine Creative Commons pictures on Flickr -- and with a little housekeeping, you can certainly filter out the counterfeit stuff from the real. It also pays to be proactive by doing some research.
Once you make Gridlines visible on your slide in PowerPoint 2013, you may wonder if there's really any benefit using the Gridlines other than the obvious benefit of possessing a visual grid that lets you place slide objects. The answer is both Yes and No -- Yes because that's all you may believe happens on the surface -- and No because you should know about how the Snap to Grid option works -- this option is not active by default! The Snap to Grid option helps to get the proper position of the slide objects. Other than making this option active, you can change the grid settings -- such as changing the spacing in between the gridlines.
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