PowerPoint Tutorials on working with Charts and Gradients (Page 151)
Collection of PowerPoint tutorials on Working with Charts and Gradient fills. Explore gear graphics for PowerPoint.
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In this issue, we explore the amazing Gear Graphics set for PowerPoint announced this week. Many of you have already bought a copy of this set! We then have a guest post from the awesomely creative folks at Duarte Design. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn everything you need to know about working with gradients -- we have 3 comprehensive tutorials for you. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can explore formatting the Chart Area. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
The Tiling options are available when you add texture fills to shapes or even use a picture as a fill to a shape and want to provide a tile effect to it. Tiling can really make a difference to your shape fill. Make sure that you select the Tile picture as texture check-box. This will allow you to use the picture chosen as a texture, and you'll find several Tiling options.
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PowerPoint's fill options for shapes are extensive. The texture fills for shape incidentally are not too different from picture fills, other than the fact that they can be tiled. PowerPoint includes a built-in library of textures, and you can also import any picture, to be used as a texture. Before we get into textures, it's important to understand how PowerPoint treats them differently from pictures. Yes, both textures and pictures are bitmaps saved in pixel based formats like JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, TIFF, etc. The main difference between textures and pictures is that while textures are seamless, bitmaps are not necessarily seamless. Seamless means that if you tile up a texture, it will not show any edges while tiling thus providing an illusion of a seamless expanse.
The Chart Area is essentially covered by the entire chart and is populated with various other chart elements. For all practical reasons, you can say that the entire chart is contained within the Chart Area. To change the position of the Chart Area, you can either just select and drag it to the new position on the slide, or reposition it accurately as explained in this tutorial. This tutorial will also teach you to how to add alternative text to the chart to help people with visual disabilities.
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Once you add gradient fills to shapes in PowerPoint 2013, you may want to make the gradient fill look a little different -- or even a whole lot different. Yes, you can use the More Gradients option to add different types of gradients as fills to the shapes but that only provides more gradient fill types, and does not let you customize the colors within the gradient. In this tutorial, we'll step into a little more detail and show you how gradient stops work. When you are done with this tutorial, you can create your own gradients, or edit existing ones.
By default, text used within a chart is not really formatted and looks very simple. Note that the font style used by default is derived from the information available within the Theme or template used for the slides. Now you really should not change the text formats within your chart unless you have a compelling reason to do so because there's no reason to make appearances inconsistent just because PowerPoint allows you to do so!
Add a quick gradient fill to your shape, and you may run into limitations -- for one, PowerPoint's default gradient options choose all the gradient colors for you -- and all available gradients seem to be based on the same color family. While this sort of restraint does keep your slides looking consistent and aesthetic, they also seem to prevent you from playing more with gradients. To play more, you must choose the More Gradients option -- this option leads you to a detailed gradient editor that's capable of making changes to the gradient type, direction, angle, color, etc. We explain these extra gradient options available within PowerPoint 2013 in this tutorial.
In this issue, David Cowan of FlexiPrez discusses the new FlexiPrez add-in for PowerPoint that lets you make your PowerPoint presentations more interactive. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn all about the basic and advanced options that let you play with picture fills within shapes. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can explore Data Labels in charts, and also the entire Chart Area. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
In the charts you create within PowerPoint, the Chart Area doesn't show any fill or any kind of formatting unless you have applied a particular Chart Style -- in fact the Chart Area is completely transparent with no fill or outline attribute. This default status works well most of the time since essentially the Chart Area is just the area above which all chart elements are placed. However, you can opt to format this area as required -- this is quite easy and entails just a few clicks.
Gears -- these denote that things are moving, something is happening. Yes, gears mean action. Have you ever wanted to use animated or non animated gear graphics in your PowerPoint slides? We created these special gear graphics for you that animate perfectly all the time. What's more, we animated each of these gears so that you can be sure that they will work perfectly. Even better, we welcome you to copy these animated gears and paste them in your own slides. What could be easier?
Gradient fills are typically blended fills between two or more colors that graduate from one color to another. Although shapes filled with gradients look so incredible, make sure you choose the colors that form the gradient very carefully. PowePoint's basic gradients are all very useable since they just blend a basic color with white or black making the result lighter or darker.
The Chart Area is essentially the entire area that encompasses your chart. Everything on the chart is placed atop this area -- thus you can say that the Chart Area is that part of your chart that's placed below all other chart elements. By default, the Chart Area doesn't show any fill or any formatting unless you have used a particular Chart Style. Even though this default status works well, you can opt to format as required. You can change the appearance of the Chart Area, or make the entire chart text use a single font attribute, or change the position of the chart on the slide with just a few clicks.
There is much more you can do to your picture fill after adding a picture fill to a shape -- you can play around with the parameters for transparency, tiling, etc. This tutorial covers these advanced options for picture fills in PowerPoint 2013. These extra options can help you if you want your picture fill to stand apart and look out of the ordinary.
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