PowerPoint Tutorials: Working With Pies, Arcs, Pictures, Text Fills (Page 201)
Learn about text fills in PowerPoint 2013, techniques of using Pie and Arc shapes in a different manner, fake highlighting of text in PowerPoint 2011, tips on using pictures in PowerPoint, and more...
Your text in PowerPoint may or may not show an outline depending upon the Theme applied to the presentation or the WordArt Style applied. So what exactly do we mean by an outline here? The outline is the border for your text. You can change or edit text outlines in the same way as you modify the text fills. PowerPoint's Text Outline option provides you with plenty of editing options for your text outlines.
When you add clip media within the Clip Organizer, you need to select an existing Collection. There are some prerequisites though -- you can only add your own media to the My Collections folder, or any Collection you create as sub-folders with the My Collections folder. A Collection is just like a folder in which you save files -- taking the folder analogy further, you can also create Collections within the My Collections folder. Later you can rename, move, and delete a Collection altogether.
Handshake pictures again? Not if you can get more ideas about how to go beyond this clichéd concept, as explained in this new article! We then show how the Pie shape can be used to create more shapes such as the Pacman shape. You can also explore Creative Commons and the use of pictures. And we have a guest column from Jerry Weissman who talks about why audiences revolt against PowerPoint. And then we explore Pixabay, a fantastic source of pictures. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about text fills of various types such as pictures, textures, and gradients. PowerPoint 2010 users can explore viewing Sections and adding clips to the Clip Organizer. And don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
PowerPoint's Text Fill gallery offers you various text fill options like Solid Color fill, Picture fill, Gradient fill, Texture fill etc. Additionally, another fill option is available for your text -- this is the Pattern fill, and we will show you where you can find this option. Just like any other text fill, the successful appearance of text filled with a Pattern depends upon certain factors like the type of Pattern, colors used to create the Pattern, and also the size of text, etc.
We explored the Clip Organizer previously, especially its interface. However, the real benefit of using Clip Organizer is only if you add your frequently used clips within its Collections. There are essentially two ways to add clip media -- in this tutorial we'll explore them.
There are so many shapes in PowerPoint -- from the basic Rectangle and Oval to the fancy Pie and Smiley Face! You can use these shapes as they are, or you can use the Merge Shape commands to create your own unique shapes. However, even if you do not create new shapes, there are some existing shapes that can be used in myriad ways -- one of these is the Arc shape, that we will explore today. The Arc shape is quite easy to use -- and in fact, you'll find so much similarity between how the Arc and the Pie shapes appear and work -- and some differences too.
First of all, why would you need to highlight text? One answer could be that you want to emphasize some important words or phrases within your slide. There is no ready to use tool within PowerPoint -- on both Windows and Mac versions. At least within the Windows versions such as PowerPoint 2013, you can use Word's highlighting options as a workaround -- but this workaround does not work with PowerPoint 2011 for Mac -- so we will use fake highlighting for the text, which also works extremely well.
Before we start discussing the Clip Organizer in PowerPoint 2010, it's important to first understand its scope. At the most basic level, the Clip Organizer is an entry level digital asset management tool that lets you organize your clip media. However, PowerPoint just interfaces via this option to a tool called the Clip Organizer that you can also launch as a separate standalone program. And adding media via PowerPoint is just the beginning -- you can do so much more with the Clip Organizer.
After suffering endless hours of torment enduring encyclopedic slideshows, long-suffering audience are trying to find new ways to defend themselves. Their two well-established forms of expressing displeasure with such excess-interrupting the presenter and turning on mobile devices-have failed to stem the tsunami of what has become known as "Death by PowerPoint."
One new approach is "PowerPoint Karaoke". The Wall Street Journal reported that some corporations now organize events at which employees are asked to gather a set of irrelevant slides and ad lib a comic narrative. Although these occasions are intended to disparage excessive slideware, they serve only as entertainment because the mockery does not address the problem directly.
When you consider using textures to fill up your text, you need not limit yourself to the default textures that PowerPoint offers. You can always explore some third party custom textures 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. In this tutorial you will learn how to use custom textures as fills for your text in PowerPoint 2013.
We already learned about Public Domain, and the pictures available as part of Public Domain. While you will be able to find a huge amount of visual content that is available within Public Domain, there is another option called Creative Commons that you should be aware of. Unlike Public Domain, where content belongs to all mankind – the content within Creative Commons still belongs to the person who created it. For pictures such as camera photographs, any content classified as Creative Commons would still belong to the photographer or the entity that commissioned the photographer.
Although you can fill your text so that it appears textured within PowerPoint, the final result depends upon the texture you use for the fill, and how well it contrasts with the slide background. For reasons of readability, 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.
One of the most clichéd pictures you will find within presentation slides, web sites, and even billboard banners is that of the handshake! There are all sorts of handshake pictures, from those shaking hands between opposite genders to those of handshakes between people of different races and ages. And yet they all seem clichéd! Why is that so? To understand the answer to this question, we have to first understand what a handshake symbolizes.
By default, all text that you add within PowerPoint may be filled up with a solid color. And while that's predictable and good, there are some other options that you may want to explore, especially for title text or anything that uses text in a larger point size. One alternative is text filled with a gradient -- this can look contemporary and classic, or even ghastly and gaudy! It all depends on the type of gradients you use to fill your text!
Although it is easy to insert pictures from the Clip Art task pane, it is still a good idea to save the pictures you use locally so that you can use it anytime you want. This is important because the same picture may not show up again in the future since nowadays the pictures you retrieve via a search are those that are on web sites -- and they use Bing's search technology. Such searches are dynamic, and results can vary, even after a few hours! So it is important that you save a picture you want to use often locally, in case you want to use it in the future. PowerPoint 2010 allows you to save pictures locally by adding it to a small program called the Clip Organizer.
Sometimes you may wonder why PowerPoint does not provide options for the shapes that you want to use! The other day someone wanted to create a shape resembling Pacman! How many of you remember Pacman, the lovable character from the computer game? Well, lovable or not -- it is still easy to draw a Pacman shape in PowerPoint as long as you know what to start with! And the answer is to start with the Pie shape!
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