by Geetesh Bajaj, August 2nd 2011

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Geetesh BajajDrawing Further with PowerPoint

Continuing last issue's editorial on drawing with PowerPoint, we have two drop-down easy tutorials for you to create everyday objects like trees and shopping bags in PowerPoint! And although they look so easy (and they are indeed easy), it is not the ease that counts -- but the fact that you can draw almost anything that you can imagine within PowerPoint. Don't expect to be a Picasso -- just remember that there's a need in this world for simple artists like you who can express their thoughts through a visual, drawing medium. Happy drawing!

Also Brainshark featured some of our PowerPoint animations on their site recently -- thanks to Jay Wilder of Brainshark for putting up this post!

We also bring back a giveaway from Ppted again this time -- do fill in the giveaway form to get a copy of Knife Abstracts, a designer template collection for PowerPoint.

Also make sure you read Jerry Weissman's guest post on the use of the Wipe transition in PowerPoint -- there's an analogy here with Japanese films.

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Ppted Knife Abstracts Giveaway

Ppted is giving away five copies of their Knife Abstracts collection of PowerPoint templates. To win, all you need to do is fill in this form. This giveaway ends on August 7th.

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Drawing in PowerPoint 2010

Drawing TreesDrawing Trees

Although most people think of PowerPoint as a slide program, it's also a great drawing program that can in many ways be more easier to use than full-fledged illustration programs. Agreed, PowerPoint is not that full featured as far as drawing goes, but sometimes quick and easy is all you need! In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a tree with just two simple shapes in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn how to use default shapes in PowerPoint 2010 to draw a quick tree.

Drawing Shopping Bags

PowerPoint is a ubiquitous presentation program that also works great as a simple drawing program. We have already done an extensive series of tutorials on shapes, and in this tutorial, you will learn how to use simple techniques already explained in other tutorials to draw a shopping bag in PowerPoint 2010. No, you need not go back to those older tutorials since most concepts are drop-dead easy – yet if you want to know more, we have linked to all technique tutorials in the relevant parts of this page.

So let’s start creating our shopping bag!

Guest Posts

Go in the Right Direction -- A Presentation Lesson from Akira Kurosawa: Guest Post by Jerry Weissman

Jerry WeissmanDuring his long and distinguished career, the great Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa pioneered many innovative cinematic techniques that are applicable to today’s presentation graphics. One is Mr. Kurosawa’s creative use of the Wipe, a filmic transition between scenes in which a new image slides across an existing image and replaces it—like a curtain being drawn across the screen. Read this post by Jerry Weissman.

Conversations and Interviews

Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Conversation with Patrice-Anne Rutledge

Patrice-Anne RutledgePatrice-Anne Rutledge is a business technology author and journalist who specializes in web-based applications, presentation technology, and social media. She is the author of several books for Pearson Education, including Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Using Facebook, and Teach Yourself LinkedIn in 10 Minutes. Patrice is also the founder of Rutledge Communications, a professional writing and editing firm. In this conversation, Patrice talks about her new book, Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Read the conversation here.

Present Live from authorSTREAM: Conversation with Dinesh Awasthi

Dinesh AwasthiDinesh Awasthi is Product Manager for In addition to developing the strategic product roadmap and implementation of various features on authorSTREAM, he works with the development team and keeps an eye on user feedback to formulate new releases. Dinesh holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications. In this conversation, Dinesh discusses Present Live, authorSTREAM's broadcasting platform for presentation content. Read the conversation here.

Presentation Summit 2011 Template Contest: Conversation with Rick Altman

Rick AltmanRick Altman, a presentation consultant based out of Pleasanton, CA, USA is well known as the host of the annual Presentation Summit and has a strong sense of the needs of the presentation community. He has also authored books on PowerPoint. In this conversation, Rick discusses the Template Contest for the upcoming Presentation Summit 2011, being held in Austin this September. Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Bullets

OK -- this is a delicate topic! Bullets in PowerPoint have become so infamous these days -- it appears that the skies may fall if I advocate the use of bullets in slides. So these tutorials are not about using bullets, or not using them -- I leave that part for you to decide. But if you must use them, at least use them well by understanding all options that go with bullets -- here is a complete series on bulleted and numbered lists:

Customize the Bullet Size and Color
Picture Bullets
Use Dingbats and Other Characters as Bullets
Import Pictures for Bullets
Create Your Own Picture Bullets
Change Bulleted List to Numbered List
Change the Numbered List Style
Start or Restart Numbering for Lists

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Shape Basics

We already did a Shapes special newsletter -- and received tons of encouraging feedback from you all -- some of you requested a similar series of tutorials on using shapes using PowerPoint's Mac versions -- so here are some of them to get you started:

Types of Shapes
Insert Shapes
Resizing Shapes
Rotate Shapes
Flip Shapes
Change One Shape Into Another
Manipulating Shapes by Dragging Diamonds
Format Painter

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