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by Geetesh Bajaj, November 5th 2013

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Gear Graphics for PowerPoint

Gear Graphics for PowerPointGears -- these denote that things are moving, something is happening. Yes, gears mean action. Have you ever wanted to use animated or non animated gear graphics in your PowerPoint slides? We created these special gear graphics for you that animate perfectly all the time. What's more, we animated each of these gears so that you can be sure that they will work perfectly. Even better, we welcome you to copy these animated gears and paste them in your own slides. What could be easier?

Download and use these gears in your slides

How to Avoid the Horror of Frankenslides

How to Avoid the Horror of Frankenslides

We’ve all seen them. We may have even created them ourselves. Frankenslides. You know, the decks where we borrow a few slides from that person in Finance and combine them with the product slides from Engineering, then throw in a few compulsory "features and benefits" slides from Marketing—each of which has its own look and feel? The content may be great, but the execution—not so much. The inconsistent treatment of all those different design elements leaves your audience feeling unsettled and makes your idea seem only half-baked.

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Chart Area Appearance Options
In the charts you create within PowerPoint, the Chart Area doesn't show any fill or any kind of formatting unless you have applied a particular Chart Style -- in fact the Chart Area is completely transparent with no fill or outline attribute. This default status works well most of the time since essentially the Chart Area is just the area above which all chart elements are placed. However, you can opt to format this area as required -- this is quite easy and entails just a few clicks.
Chart Area Font Options
By default, text used within a chart is not really formatted and looks very simple. Note that the font style used by default is derived from the information available within the Theme or template used for the slides. Now you really should not change the text formats within your chart unless you have a compelling reason to do so because there's no reason to make appearances inconsistent just because PowerPoint allows you to do so!

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Add Gradient Fills to Shapes
Gradient fills are typically blended fills between two or more colors that graduate from one color to another. Although shapes filled with gradients look so incredible, make sure you choose the colors that form the gradient very carefully. PowePoint's basic gradients are all very useable since they just blend a basic color with white or black making the result lighter or darker.
More Gradients
Add a quick gradient fill to your shape, and you may run into limitations -- for one, PowerPoint's default gradient options choose all the gradient colors for you -- and all available gradients seem to be based on the same color family. While this sort of restraint does keep your slides looking consistent and aesthetic, they also seem to prevent you from playing more with gradients. To play more, you must choose the More Gradients option -- this option leads you to a detailed gradient editor that's capable of making changes to the gradient type, direction, angle, color, etc. We explain these extra gradient options available within PowerPoint 2013 in this tutorial.
Gradient Stops
Once you add gradient fills to shapes in PowerPoint 2013, you may want to make the gradient fill look a little different -- or even a whole lot different. Yes, you can use the More Gradients option to add different types of gradients as fills to the shapes but that only provides more gradient fill types, and does not let you customize the colors within the gradient. In this tutorial, we'll step into a little more detail and show you how gradient stops work. When you are done with this tutorial, you can create your own gradients, or edit existing ones.

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Map Pins for PowerPoint

Map Pins for PowerPoint

These “map pin” graphics are already placed in PowerPoint slides – just copy them and paste within a slide that already contains a map to create a look that lets you highlight a location on your map! Other than maps, you can also use these map pins like regular push pins so that a picture, shape, or anything else appears as if it has been pushed onto a surface, board, or wall with a pin!

All these map pin graphics can be rotated and resized, as required. Since they are essentially pictures, all types of edits that you can do with pictures work with them too! Some of them already have shadows built-in!

Download and use these map pins in your slides.

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