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05/12/2013 10:20 PM
When you explore text containers in PowerPoint, you'll find that there are essentially three kinds: text placeholders, text boxes, and shapes -- we explain shapes in our comprehensive section on Shapes tutorials -- let us now look at the other two text container types. Aren't text placeholders and text boxes the same? Are they really different? And why should we bother even if they are different? All these are valid questions, and the answers to them form one of the most important foundations in learning to create more structured presentations. We will now explore the relationship between text boxes and text placeholders in PowerPoint 2013.
04/19/2013 11:09 PM
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.
04/09/2013 09:43 PM
All the transform effects that you apply to your text may or may not suit your requirements every time. While some of these effects need to be made subtle, some other may need to be made more prominent. In fact, you can go ahead and tweak any of the presets to come up with your own distinctive transform effect. In this tutorial you'll learn how to tweak the Transform text effect in PowerPoint.
04/07/2013 10:14 PM
Twisted or turned text? Is that real? Or is that even something that you would want in your PowerPoint slides? For the benefit of all purists here, we agree that such "arty" text has no place in real world slides. However there may still be scenarios in which you wished you could twist or turn your text! Most of the times, text is not decorated beyond applying some fills, or outlines, or some readymade WordArt Styles (Quick Styles). However, there are occasions when you want to create a quick logo, or even an attention grabbing text graphic -- then you will find PowerPoint's Transform effects for text very apt.
04/03/2013 09:46 PM
Text is best left alone most of the time -- plain text with a solid color can look so clean and understated that it really does not make any sense playing too much with its appearance. Yet there are times when you want a single word or phrase to stand out -- it's for those few times that you should explore stylizing your text in PowerPoint. Among these stylizing options, we have already explored Text Fills and Text Outlines -- and we have also learned how to apply various WordArt styles in PowerPoint. Now let us learn how to apply and edit various text effects such as Shadow, Reflection, Glow, 3-D Rotation, Transform, etc. to your text.
04/01/2013 10:20 PM
Text outline, the border that spans the perimeter of the font characters, is mainly used to make the slide titles or other text appear prominent. Taking this concept little further, you can make these outlines look fancier by using an attribute that's rarely associated with text outlines but can provide a surprisingly different look, especially when applied to the text with thicker outlines. This is the Gradient Outline, and is not accessible from within the Text Outline gallery, but has been included within the Format Text Effects dialog box that we will explore later in this page.
03/28/2013 11:33 PM
Text outlines in PowerPoint are the borders around your text that can be used to make your slide titles, or sub-titles to look prominent and stylish. The text outline may or may not be turned on by default depending upon the Theme applied to the presentation, or the WordArt Style applied. Still, you can apply and edit text outlines in the same way as you do with text fills. PowerPoint's Text Outline option provides you with plenty of editing options for your text outlines, follow these steps to explore more.
03/25/2013 02:39 AM
While choosing texture fills for your text, you need not limit yourself to the default textures that PowerPoint offers. Third party custom textures are always an option, 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. Let us explore how to use these custom textures as fills for your text, in the following steps.
03/20/2013 09:19 PM
Although text in PowerPoint can be with a texture, the appearance of the text depends upon the texture chosen, and how well it contrasts with the slide background. 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 for the reason of readability.
03/18/2013 10:18 PM
PowerPoint provides you with plenty of text fill options -- most of these are similar to the options available as fills for shapes. In this tutorial, let us learn how to use a picture as a fill for your selected text in PowerPoint 2011. Although all picture fills may or may not look good on text, you must remember a few points when selecting a picture for a fill: Never use a busy, confused picture as a fill -- a picture that has too many colors will rarely look good.