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PowerPoint and Presentation News - Issue 051

Issue 051 of PowerPoint and Presentation Stuff newsletter.

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First Things First

Welcome to this new issue of the PowerPoint Ezine.

The winners of the last ezine issue's Camtasia sweepstakes are Cathy Doran and Ute Simon - congratulations to both of you.

This time, I'm glad to offer four copies of my PowerPoint Template Collection - Amazing Skies. All you need to do is fill in this form to enter the sweepstakes. Mention "Amazing Skies" in the Comments field - the sweepstakes ends on January 31st, 2005.

Here are some new articles:

Learn to create photo organization charts in the new SmartDraw 7 - and then use them in PowerPoint.

On the Take-off site, there's a new case study on how DataPoint integrates PowerPoint and databases to update real estate kiosks in Florida.

Bill Abbott - Cartoons for PowerPoint

Bill Abott is providing two of his cartoons for you to use in your next PowerPoint presentation.

Here's how Bill describes himself:

I have been drawing cartoons almost literally since I could hold a pen. Charles Schulz was my first, and still dominant source of inspiration although my current characters look more like a bespectacled Walter Matthau and Ethel Merman. In the early 90's I enjoyed a career as a stockbroker, from which much of my business related material is derived. For non-business-related material my two wonderful sons keep me chock-full of ideas. Between then and now, I have had the honor of serving in the U.S. military, and continue to enjoy working as a writer. Working as a cartoonist is the fulfillment of a life-long dream.

Here is a small interview with Bill:

How can presenters benefit from incorporating cartoons within PowerPoint?

That's a great question, Geetesh. Presenters will benefit from using cartoons in their visual communications in several ways. First, when someone is giving a PowerPoint presentation on a topic that, by its nature tends to be dry, quick but on-topic pieces of visual humor placed at advantageous points throughout the brief can be enough to draw an audience back in and maintain their attention. Second, if a brief is necessarily long, a few well placed, topical cartoons seems to break the material up into more manageable chunks. And third, but certainly not the last benefit, in a challenging marketplace where competition is fierce, a well thought-out presentation that offers key moments of levity can make all the difference between you and your competition.

How expensive is it to license a cartoon for presentation use? Do you have separate options for use of cartoons in presentations?

Using cartoons for a PowerPoint presentation is not expensive at all. For the cost of a lunch, you can add a cartoon to enhance the quality of your information. There are options available for using my cartoons, all of which are presented on my website. Basically, usage fees are based on how, to how many, and to how often the cartoon will be used, but I think you'll find them all surprisingly affordable.

Learn more about Bill and explore his work at the Bill's Cartoons site.

Fills & Lines - Part IV

Part I of this series can be found within issue 48 of the PowerPoint Ezine.

Part II of this series can be found within issue 49 of the PowerPoint Ezine.

Part III of this series can be found within issue 50 of the PowerPoint Ezine.

Texture Fills

In PowerPoint parlance, textures tile across to form a fill. It goes without saying that such textures need to be seamless. Seamless textures wrap around each other to create an uninterrupted pattern when tiled.

PowerPoint includes 24 seamless textures and you can import more using the Other Texture button.

If your texture is not seamless, or if you don’t want to use it tiled, you can always use Picture Fills.

Pattern Fills

Patterns are two color designs that comprise lines, dots, dashes and checks. In all, PowerPoint includes 48 patterns. Each pattern has a unique name like Plaid, Weave, Shingle, Zig zag, etc.

Picture Fills

Pictures make great fills. You can source pictures from digital cameras, scans, online photo galleries or CD-ROM clipart collections. Many pictures are included within Clip Organizer, a media cataloging program that’s part of Microsoft Office.

You might want to edit or crop your pictures in an image editing application before you use it as a fill. An image editing application allows you to optimize and transform your pictures. In addition, many image editors include special effects filters. Adobe Photoshop is the best known of these editors.

We'll continue this series in the next issue of this ezine.

End Note

More PowerPoint related info on the PowerPoint Blog and PowerPoint Notes. And free PowerPoint templates for all of you.

Until next time - have a nice day. And keep the feedback coming.


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