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Handmade Slides: Frame Corners for PowerPoint - 01

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



These ready-made frame corners are already within PowerPoint slides -- and have been provided in both black and white colors. Both variations are contained within two separate slides in one presentation that you can download. Just copy them and paste individual frame corners over your inserted pictures. Make sure you place them on the top-left corner of your pictures. For the other three corners, duplicate these frame corners, and rotate them.

  

Download and use these frame corners in your slides.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



Whenever you type within a Text or Content placeholder in PowerPoint, the text shows up within a bulleted list by default. Even when you import an outline in PowerPoint, the entire content other than the slide titles ends up as bulleted text. There may be times when you want to either remove the bullets altogether from the list, or convert into a numbered list. In this tutorial, you will learn how you can change a bulleted list into a numbered list.



Learn how to change a bulleted list into a numbered list in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST



In this issue, we bring you an amazing amount of goodies! First of all, you can download our special Halloween PowerPoint Kit -- this is actually a "done" presentation with animation, music, and an eerie design -- just change the pictures to your own pictures and enjoy! Speaking about Halloween, you must look and vote for your favorite pumpkins at the Duarte Pumpkin Contest -- we have a story on this event too. We also get you textured backgrounds that can be creatively used within your slides. We also have an exclusive interview with Rick Altman about the Presentation Summit. There are plenty of other tutorials -- learn about text fills in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. And if you are a PowerPoint for Mac user, learn about formatting bulleted lists.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



When you create a presentation in PowerPoint 2013, you'll notice that the aspect ratio is always 16:9, which is the new default -- if you just accept these defaults, then all your slides will be in widescreen (16:9) rather than normal (4:3) aspect ratios. All these new slides use colors, effects, fonts, etc, derived from the active Theme. In PowerPoint 2013, each of the new Themes has four variants built-in -- to explore these variants, access the Design tab of the Ribbon and you'll see a new group called Variants. These variants are actually separate Themes!



Explore the new Super Themes in PowerPoint 2013.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Have you ever tried your text to fit along the edge of a circle, or even within a circle? Or on a curved path -- or even as a roller coaster? Most of the time, you need not play as much with words but sometimes if you want to create a quick logo, or even an easy graphic -- then you will find PowerPoint's Transform tools for text very useful. Transform is a special stylizing option available in PowerPoint only for text -- follow these steps to explore more.



Learn how you can make your text arty and on-a-path by using Transform options in PowerPoint 2010.

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Monday, October 29, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



PowerPoint provides umpteen Themes that can be applied to enhance the look of your slides. However, you'll soon get tired of all the ready-made Themes and their associated Background Styles because not only is everyone using the same Themes, but most of these verge on the geometric rather than organic look. The key is to make your slides appear "handmade" so that they stand apart. This tutorial leads you steps to change a plain background into something that's more personal.



Explore how you can apply a transparent texture background in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



You have already learned about how to use a picture as a bullet. Other than using the preset picture bullets offered by PowerPoint 2011, you can also create your own picture bullets to use in presentations, and these can be created right within PowerPoint! Follow these steps to learn how to create your own bullets in PowerPoint.



Learn how to create your own picture bullets in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



If it's Halloween time, then it has to be when the annual Duarte Pumpkin Contest shows up! And true to the time, it has showed up again this year -- this is the 17th year in succession for this annual event. For those of you who are not aware, these pumpkins are created by Duarte employees. In earlier years, the contest winners were judged internally at Duarte. Then they started inviting others to judge them online and since the last few years, the contest is polled via a site where anyone can vote for their favorite pumpkins!



I asked Ashley Faus of Duarte about how do entries shown within the Duarte Halloween Pumpkin contest gets better each year, and when do the contestants start planning their pumpkins? Ashley responded:

We usually announce the contest 4-6 weeks before the pumpkins are due, and many people start planning their design immediately. However, there’s a short window for the actual carving, because we’re working with material that will rot within a day or two. Of course, seeing all the creative carving on the day of the pumpkin submission might spark an idea for next year!

Want to see all these pumpkins and vote? Go ahead -- also read what Nancy Duarte reminisced about two years ago:

The contest has been going for 15 years and each year as I'm working on mine I think, "for sure this time I’ll win" but I never have. So this year as I was working on my pumpkin I kept telling the poor thing that "I think you're pretty but you're not a winner" knowing that freakin' brilliant pumpkins were being worked on at the same time.

See Also: Duarte's 16th Annual Pumpkin Contest: Conversation with Nancy Duarte | Nancy Duarte on Indezine

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Friday, October 26, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



The Indezine Halloween PowerPoint Kit is a self-contained set of content that provides everything you need to create picture slides for PowerPoint. This kit contains a Halloween PowerPoint Theme, a scary font, some silhouette pictures, scrapbook style embellishments, some pictures, and even a few sample slides. Use this kit as a starting point to create your own picture slides! Then you can email your creations, or share them as a movie clip using PowerPoint's Create a Video option. You can also upload the presentation to online sharing sites.



Download and use this Halloween PowerPoint Kit.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



You have already learned about how you can apply and change the outline around your text -- this outline is the thin line that spans the perimeter of the font characters. In this tutorial, you will learn about 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 attribute, called the Gradient Outline is not accessible from within the Text Outline gallery, but has been included within the Format Text Effects dialog box.



Learn how to apply Gradient Outline for text in PowerPoint 2010.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



For your bulleted paragraphs in PowerPoint, you can always choose any of the default PowerPoint bullet styles. Additionally, you can also customize the bullet size and color as required. And you can also use any picture as a bullet -- of course, for picture bullets to work, your picture needs to be small, no larger than a medium-sized dot. And it helps if it has transparent areas. If all this talk about the size and transparency of a picture bullet makes you dizzy, don't worry because PowerPoint has number of picture bullets built within the program!



Learn how to use pictures as bullets in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Rick Altman is a presentation consultant based out of Pleasanton, CA. Rick has been hosting end-user conferences since 1989, and is well known as the host of the annual Presentation Summit conference. He has a strong sense of the needs of the presentation community. Rick has authored 15 books on presentations and graphics, including Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck.

In this conversation, Rick discusses the just concluded tenth edition of his Presentation Summit conference -- and the next conference to be held in 2013.

Geetesh: You just held another Presentation Summit conference in Scottsdale -- what was different this year, and what was the same?

Rick: As with the nine previous years, we attract a group that is so incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about what they do, they create an atmosphere that is just extraordinary. From the moment we launch on Sunday evening, this group is in high gear. People who are normally too shy to approach strangers think nothing of walking up to complete strangers and striking up conversations. They begin the evening sharing only a commonly-designed badge and 90 minutes later are exchanging hugs. The comfort of knowing that they are in a room full of peers is tremendously nurturing.

What was different this year is the breadth that we cultivated. More and more presentation professionals are adding delivery skills to their wish list and increasing numbers of our patrons are looking beyond PowerPoint for their solutions. So we offered a four-hour intensive workshop on speaking in public, conducted psychological studies to determine the best message to create for specific personality profiles, held a workshop on effective writing, looked at humor as a communications vehicle, and offered a keynote address on what presenters can learn from pick-up artists. We also held a dedicated session about Prezi and gave a fair amount of time to SlideShark, a leading solution to showing slides on an iPad. That's some pretty serious diversity.

Geetesh: The next Presentation Summit has been announced -- can you tell us more?

Rick: We will head east in 2013, to Ft. Lauderdale FL, Sep 22-25. We have found an incredible property right on the most vibrant part of the city’s beachfront district. We'll start taking registrations in November.



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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Your text in PowerPoint may or may not show an outline depending upon the Theme applied to the presentation or the WordArt Style applied. You can change or edit text outlines in the same way as you change text fills. PowerPoint's Text Outline option provides you with plenty of editing options for your text outlines, as you can explore in the following steps.



Learn how to make changes to the appearance of text outline in PowerPoint 2010.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST



In this issue, you'll find our new scribble textures! If you have seen all the fancy text with scribbled diagonal lines, then you can now make this effect right inside PowerPoint. Nancy Duarte provides Indezine readers with an exclusive conversation about her new book, HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. Tom Mucciolo returns with another amazing piece called Slides and Speakers. M. S. Ramgopal tell you how you can choose and use stock photos and diagrams wisely in your slides. And if you ever thought that Steve Jobs will teach you PowerPoint, then you were wrong -- and ironically right if you lived in Bangkok? Finally, Charlie Caper and Erik Rosales go to a land beyond PowerPoint or any slide-ware to create magical presentations. There are plenty of other tutorials -- learn about text fills in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. And if you are a PowerPoint for Mac user, learn about formatting bulleted lists.

Read the newsletter here.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



There are several options in PowerPoint to change the appearance of your bullet points -- you can change the bullet styles, format the bullet size and its color, and use pictures as bullets. In addition, you can use a character from any font, including dingbats as a bullet. Dingbats are fonts which contain decorative symbols rather than alphabets and numbers. Wingdings is a good example of a dingbats font -- it is installed by default on all Mac OS computers that have Microsoft Office applications such as PowerPoint installed.



Learn how to use characters as bullets in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Monday, October 22, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



These full screen textured pictures cover the entire slide area and are not meant to be seamless, tiling, or repeating. These organic pictures have been made available in both 4:3 (standard) and 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratios. Just add them to individual slides as required, or even better -- add them to the Slide Master. Typically, any picture you add has no transparency in PowerPoint but that omission is easily rectified by adding the picture as a fill for a large rectangle that covers the entire slide.



Download and use these textures to make your slides.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



PowerPoint's Text Fill gallery offers you with various text fill options like solid color fill, picture fill, gradient fill, texture fill etc. Additionally, another fill option is available for your text -- this is the pattern fill, and we will show you where you can find this option. Just like any other text fill, the appearance of text filled with a pattern depends upon certain factors like the type of pattern, colors used to create the pattern, and also the size of text, etc.



Learn how to add a pattern fill to the selected text in PowerPoint 2010.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



These scribble custom textures may appear like normal diagonal lines, but they are more than just diagonal or even lines. Look closer and you'll see that all lines are not straight like drawn with a ruler -- rather they are organic and textured -- almost like you scribbling lines with a pencil!



Download these scribbled lines and use them as texture fills for your shape or text to end up with awesome results.

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Friday, October 19, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Charlie CaperCharlie Caper is a magician, performer and creator. He won Sweden’s Got Talent 2009, and is the only magician to ever win this TV format in any of the 25 countries it's aired. He won a Silver Medal at the Last World Championship of Magic in 2009. He is currently a television star in Sweden with the show "Helt Magiskt" starring in ten Saturday evening shows on Sweden's biggest channel SVT. Apart from that he has performed in 31 countries and 6 languages.





Erik RosalesErik Rosales is a multi-talented man with a huge interest and expertise in all kinds of technology and how to use it on stage. He is also the front man of incredible Swedish music sensation Sirqus Alfon, with whom he recently created the ambitious, inventive and amazing SATV show. In 2012 they were invited to be guest act in Melodifestivalen -- by far the TV program with the most viewers in Sweden every year. At present his solo work focuses on hosting, lecturing and digital presentation consultation.




In this conversation, Charlie and Erik discuss alternatives to slide-led presentations, such as their presentation for the city of Stockholm.

Geetesh: Tell us more about how you got started with doing presentations -- and what makes it amazing for you all to work as a team?

Charlie and Erik: We have been doing presentations for many, many years. Erik has done a lot of lectures and hosting using digital technology and Charlie has done a lot of trade show presentations. Then about a year ago, we got the opportunity to work together through Step2 Communications to create a really cool, high tech presentation about Stockholm. We knew we would work with a lot of screens and drew some inspiration from the picture of the earth in Marco Tempest's super cool iPhone TED-talk. We have very eclectic backgrounds and added together we have knowledge in programming, dance, stagecraft, audiovisual syncing, physical theater, sleight of hand, rhetoric and psychology, electronics, just to name a few. The wish and joy in getting to mix all of this into a wonderful soup is how we started doing presentations together. We decided to work together using the D1gits brand name.

It is amazing to work together as a team (and also with the other people involved) as we constantly surprise each other by having strange new skills, talents and ideas.



Geetesh: How are your presentations, such as the one you did for the city of Stockholm different from the typical PowerPoint led presentations?

Charlie and Erik: When creating the Stockholm presentation, we drew inspiration from all kinds of things, and none of those included the classic PowerPoint presentation. We always want to first capture the attention of the audience before we deliver any message or information. And we don't look at any visual aid as something to echo what we are saying, we want it to add to what we are saying. And lastly the message is not everything for us. We want it to live together with something very entertaining. We want it to be more a message than a show, but we want it to feel more a show than a message!



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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



Even though you can always change bullet styles in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, there may be occasions when you don't want to really change one bullet style to another -- but want to alter the bullet size to make it little smaller or bigger than the text following it. Also, possibly you need a particular color to be used for the bullets. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how you can change the size and color of the bullets.



Learn how to change the bullet size and color in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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