PowerPoint Tutorials, Conversations, and Reviews (Page 206)
Learn to work with PowerPoint Slide Masters, Layouts and Picture Placeholders. Also make yourself aware of working with PowerPoint on iPad, and take a look at some helpful conversations and reviews.
When you use the pen and highlighter tools to annotate in PowerPoint 2010, you are provided with an option to save those annotations when you exit Slide Show view. If you do opt to save them, then you will actually open doors to new capabilities that will allow you to edit these annotations - in fact you can also change these annotations to shapes and work more with them!
We have a special giveaway for some lucky winners this time -- a copy of Techsmith's Snagit. We then explore best practices for creating PowerPoint slide backgrounds in Adobe Photoshop. And then we bring you a review of Xara's Web Designer 11 Premium product. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about Picture placeholders and Slide Masters. And PowerPoint 2010 users can learn about Picture Slide Layouts. Finally, don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
Whenever you create a new presentation using PowerPoint for the iPad, you will first have to choose a Theme that will determine the appearance of your slides. A Theme is essentially something that determines the colors, fonts, effects, backgrounds, and layouts available to you as defaults within the slides you create. Do notice that by default, all the Themes you see sport Widescreen aspect ratios (16:9). If you are creating a presentation that you will deliver elsewhere, then there’s nothing to worry about. However if you are planning to present this new presentation from the iPad, then you will want to make sure that the slides you create use a Standard (4:3) aspect ratio.
When you launch PowerPoint on the iPad by tapping on its icon, you load up the interface. In this tutorial, we will provide you with a walk-through of this interface. Actions that take place as the result of tapping on the options available will be explained here – and will also be linked to more detailed tutorials elsewhere on this site.
Annotation can play a large role in how you interact with your audience while presenting – and PowerPoint provides you with useful Pen and Highlighter tools that can change your static slide into a whiteboard upon which you can doodle and write! In this tutorial, we will learn how these tools can be helpful.
Duplicating a Slide Master is a little different than adding a new Slide Master from scratch. And it's a smart option because you don't have to make the same changes all over again -- let's explain this with a scenario. Imagine you have formatted your existing Slide Master by applying a Background Style, adding a logo, or even adding your own Picture placeholder layout. And now you want a new Slide Master that's almost the same as your existing one -- but you want a different Theme Colors set to be used. For such a small change, it is advisable that you duplicate your existing Slide Master and make the small changes instead of starting all over again with a new Slide Master.
If PowerPoint represents something more than anything else, it is the slide - and while you can use a white slide bereft of any graphic treatment, more often than not you will want to use something else. That's because the background elements of a slide are a representation of the brand of your company, or even an expression of your personality.
In your presentation, a Slide Master is the element that influences everything -- be it the slide background or the fonts used for text. Despite having different layouts, all slides in a presentation share a common look, which is provided by the Slide Master. So how do you know how many Slide Masters your presentation contains? And how do you add another one? In fact, why do you need another Slide Master at all? Whatever your opinion may be, it's actually quite easy to add a new Slide Master.
You may have observed an omnipresent company logo in many slides -- and that raises a question: do you really need to have a company logo on all your slides? First, it takes a fair amount of space. Secondly, the audience knows which company the speaker belongs to since that information is almost always placed on the first slide. Also speakers do introduce themselves and their companies -- so do all slides need that extra branding? All these questions are fair, and there are equally fair answers for them. You should certainly add a company logo to your first slide, and then place a more subtle or watermarked logo on the rest of the slides -- or even no logo at all. Fortunately, PowerPoint makes it easy to add a logo to all your slides -- and then you can make it sure that some slides have no logo at all or even a more understated version of the logo.
In PowerPoint Slide Layouts are a very useful feature because they let you use a boilerplate arrangement of placeholders repeatedly, resulting in slides that are laid out consistently. And yes, you can also create your own custom Slide Layouts. While very few users create their own custom Slide Layouts, even fewer will create a custom Slide Layout with pictures! That's regrettable since Picture Slide Layouts can make your slides look so unique. In this tutorial, we will show you how easy it is to create your own Picture Slide Layout in PowerPoint 2010.
Explore picture clichés again -- this time we look at alternatives to Teamwork pictures. We then interview Andrew Abela and Paul J. Radich, the two authors of the new book, The Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about Slide Layouts and inserting Flash movies through the Developer tab of the Ribbon. We also provide a walk-through of installing the new Office 2016 for Mac Preview. Finally, don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
Do you want your pictures to be contained within shapes that look like frames? Or maybe you want to use silhouette style placeholders for your pictures? Yes, this is possible! Yes, this process is a little involved -- but we'll hold your hand if you promise to follow all our steps in sequence!
When you are working with multiple pictures on a slide, their position, formatting, and size may be required to be the same across successive slides. This can be achieved manually using resizing and aligning options -- although you will use an inordinate amount of time making sure that the pictures look consistent slide after slide. Even then, there are chances you may not be too happy with the results or the time it takes to make these changes. You can get over this problem by using a new slide layout with a picture placeholder. As we learnt in previous tutorials, a placeholder is a boilerplate container that you can use to fill in with all sorts of content types such as text, pictures, charts, SmartArt graphics, etc.
Paul J. Radich has worked with Dr. Abela on the development and delivery of the Extreme Presentation workshop since its inception in 2005. He has served on the Ethics Committee of the American Marketing Association, and is Assistant Professor and Marketing Area Head in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. His areas of focus include consumer behavior, marketing strategy, and international marketing. He provides consulting and education on effective communication of complex information, for major organizations like JPMorgan Chase, Visa, Volkswagen, and the US White House Executive Councils. In this conversation, Paul discusses his new book, The Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts.
Slide Layouts are a very useful feature because they let you use a boilerplate arrangement of placeholders repeatedly, resulting in slides that are laid out consistently. And yes, you can also create your own custom Slide Layouts. While very few users create their own custom Slide Layouts, even fewer will create a custom Slide Layout with pictures! That's regrettable since Picture Slide Layouts can make your slides look so unique. In this tutorial, we will show you how easy it is to create your own Picture Slide Layout in PowerPoint 2013.
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