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Insert Characters in PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter

Explore how to insert characters in PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter.

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It's not too easy to find high quality, royalty-free photographs of people that you can use throughout your lessons -- and to find pictures of the same person in different poses with the backgrounds within those pictures removed -- well, that's even more difficult. Fortunately, Adobe Presenter's Character option enables you to add such characters easily into your PowerPoint slides. The Character option provides ready-to-use character images such as business executives and medical practitioners that help you make your presentations engaging with real actors. You can combine the concept of Scenes and Character and create scenarios for your interactivity.

Tip: Although these characters are meant to be inserted into content you create for eLearning, there's no reason why you cannot use them in your conventional PowerPoint slides as well!

Follow these step to learn how to insert a Character into PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter:

  1. Within PowerPoint, navigate to the slide where you want to insert the character. Then access the Adobe Presenter tab of the Ribbon, and click the Character button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.

    Character button
    Figure 1: Character button

  2. This opens the Characters dialog box, as you can see in Figure 2.

    Characters dialog box
    Figure 2: Characters dialog box

    Options within the Characters dialog box are explained below, as marked in Figure 2, above:

    1. Categories: Click to bring up the category drop-down list, as shown in Figure 3. There are four Character categories: Business, Casual, Illustrated, and Medicine.

      Characters category drop-down list
      Figure 3: Characters category drop-down list

    2. Characters: Based on the category you choose you'll see different Characters available here. For example, when we choose the Medicine category, we found two characters: Christine and Maria -- both of them look like hospital employees!

      Characters within the selected category
      Figure 4: Characters within the selected category

    3. Previews: Here you'll see the preview of the character you have selected. Do scroll down to see all the variations of selected character.

    4. Download Links: Here you will find links to download more characters from eLearning Templates and eLearning Arts. Click the hyperlink to open the page in the browser and download the required stuff -- note that you will need to buy these at an extra cost.

  3. Choose a character and click the OK button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2 earlier on this page. This will add the selected character to your PowerPoint slide, as shown in Figure 5.

    Selected character added on PowerPoint slide
    Figure 5: Selected character added on PowerPoint slide

  4. Figure 6, below shows a slide where we added a scene from Medical category and a Medicine Character and created a composition.

    Composition created combining scene and character
    Figure 6: Composition created combining scene and character

  5. Save your presentation often.

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