Learn about commands for merging shapes in PowerPoint 2016, and explore some add-ins for PowerPoint.
PowerPoint takes the Merge Shapes command to a whole new level – you can merge shapes with other shapes and text, and you can also merge shapes with pictures! First, you may wonder what's so awesome about merging shapes with pictures? But play a bit and you'll realize that this opens up huge possibilities. We will start simple in this tutorial and explore how you can create cookie cutter shapes with this option.
Although PowerPoint allows you to choose almost any color you want, it is often difficult to choose the same color for text as the grass or the sky in a picture on the same slide! PowerPoint 2016's Eyedropper option enables you to pick an exact color from anywhere, sometimes even from somewhere outside PowerPoint! Even better, when you are picking up the color from a source, you get to see the color preview as well as the RGB value of the color you are picking.
As part of our very popular series on timelines that are "different", let us now explore our fifth, different timeline! In this series, we are not exploring the "best" timelines that you can add to your slides. And really speaking, it was a conscious decision to choose "different" rather than "best" for this series because we wanted to bring you timeline slides that are not seen too frequently; and thus, will stand apart from the commonplace. Our fifth timeline slide is from PresentationLoad, a slide vendor based out of Nierstein, Germany.
PowerPoint 2016 enables you to use its repertoire of Shapes to create some amazing artwork. Its Merge Shape commands allow you to create complex shapes by merging several simple shapes. Additionally, these options also let you convert your text to shapes so that you can see the text even on a computer that does not have a particular font installed. We already showed you how you can convert an entire text box to one shape using the Intersect command. Let's now discover using the Fragment command instead.
Kurt Dupont of PresentationPoint explains how their Dynamic PICTURES add-in for PowerPoint lets you display multiple pictures in the same picture placeholder/box. PowerPoint MVP, Ellen Finkelstein shares her tips on getting great pictures for PowerPoint slides. Henrik Bergqvist of Pickit talks about their new PowerPoint plug-in that brings back free images to PowerPoint. And David Grupper discusses the upcoming Presenters Network event he is organizing in New York next month. PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn about merging shapes to create new shapes. We explore the Combine, Union, Fragment, Intersect, and Subtract options. Finally, do not miss the new press releases and templates of this week!
PowerPoint has several features that may amaze you, but there's nothing quite like what we will explore on this page -- an option to convert regular text into a shape. First of all, this is an undocumented feature. And then, this is such an utterly useful option -- people find all sorts of excuses to use this feature. For example, you can now easily create logos in PowerPoint without using any other application. Or use a fancy font and then share that presentation with others in the knowledge that recipients can see the font exactly as intended, even if it's not installed on their computers.
Nova Fisher has worked within communications with Xara for over 15 years. She has previously founded and managed some successful early-to-market businesses including an internet service provider (ISP) which was founded in 1994, and the creation of one of the earliest online web authoring solutions in 1996, that enabled anyone to create a professional website without the need for any design or technical skills. In this interview, Nova talks about the new Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365 product.
Nudging a shape or any other slide object is essentially moving it just a wee bit, preferably using the arrow keys on your keyboard rather than the mouse. The Move option is different from a Nudge -- it is more of a super-nudge, and you can also use the mouse to move rather than just nudge. PowerPoint 2016 provides more than one way to nudge or move any selected shape or slide object.
Ellen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books. She also holds webinars on presenting skills on a regular basis. In this interview, Ellen shares her thoughts about using pictures in PowerPoint.
PowerPoint 2016 lets you change the appearance of merged shapes -- don't get fooled by how easy-to-use this is because the results you can end up with can be seriously impressive. In all, there are five options that let you merge shapes, and we have already explored 4 of them. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can use the Subtract option to subtract one shape (or even multiple shapes), from the first selected shape.
PowerPoint 2016 lets you take a bunch of selected shapes and then apply one of the five Merge Shapes options to end up with some amazing results. However, the Intersect option that we are exploring within this tutorial works a little differently than the Combine, Fragment, Subtract, or Union options that we explore in other tutorials. With Intersect, the result is a single shape that is a remnant of the areas where all selected shapes intersected (overlapped).
Henrik Bergqvist has been a part of several start-ups and is one of the founders of Pickit, an aggregated image bank and Microsoft Office partner. Henrik has been practicing his entrepreneurial skills since the beginning of 2000. He has a history of mixing the creative and rational sides when it comes to education and work. Henrik has worked with business development within several markets and countries around the world such as Russia, India, Japan, USA, Turkey etc. He is also the author of the book, Ten Truths about Business Development, published in 2011. In this interview, Henrik talks about the Pickit Plug-in for PowerPoint.
PowerPoint 2016 provides five options within the Merge Shape gallery. While four of the five options either remove or retain something, the fifth option known as Fragment finds common ground by keeping everything. Yes, it discards nothing at all. In fact, it "fragments" each possible division caused by overlapping shapes and turns them into many small shapes.
David Grupper is the creative director for Point Made Animation, a studio specializing in explainer video and advanced PowerPoint animation. As a communications professional with extensive experience in highly collaborative, in-house environments as well as independent creative consulting, his print and digital work reflects, represents, and strengthens institutional identity and conveys strategic messaging. David is a careful listener, uniquely able to clarify complex issues and reconcile diverse interests, resulting in unique and innovative solutions. In this interview, David talks about Presenters Network, an event being held in New York for presenters.
Union is part of the Merge Shapes commands in PowerPoint 2016 -- this lets you unite two or more shapes with each other. The benefit of the Shape Union option is that you can quickly create complex shapes that may not have been easy to accomplish otherwise within PowerPoint.
Do you want to use a picture fill in PowerPoint that spans across shapes on the same slide? We explain how you can achieve these results! We look at a new timeline graphic from SlideModel that is different, and we also bring you answers to three presenting questions in a video from TJ Walker. Adam Noar of Presentation Panda discusses five Presentation Hacks, and Xie Kai of PowerPointLabs talks about the Picture Slides Lab feature in their free PowerPoint add-in. PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn about formatting shape outlines and inserting shapes. They can also learn about rotating and duplicating shapes -- and also the Merge Shape commands. Finally, do not miss the new press releases and templates of this week!
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