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Discover the power shortcuts the pros use to navigate PowerPoint 2010 with ease. Author Alicia Katz Pollock shows how to customize views, work with text, format slides, and publish your final presentation. The course also includes her top 10 tips for working with presentations, including autofitting text, creating custom bullets, and using shapes to mask images and video.
Have you ever wanted to use a clipart but it had the wrong colors or an element you didn't like? Scroll down to the last slide in our presentation. It's actually possible to edit graphics you've found in the Microsoft Office Clipart Gallery. Note that this only works on drawings, not on photographs, and not on all of them, but it's usually possible. The first is to ungroup the graphic. I'll click on the picture and on the Picture Tools Format Ribbon, I'll come over here to the Group button and drop it down and Ungroup. I get an alert message that says This is an imported picture, not a group.
Do you want to convert it to Microsoft Office drawing object? And I'll say Yes. Now when I click around in my graphic, I'll be able to see different objects. But I've actually found if I go a level deeper and ungroup it a second time; now notice by the way that this Arrange button on the Home Ribbon also has Ungroup. This time when I Ungroup it, I see a zillion little objects. I can see all of the resizing handles to know where they are. I'll click off of the object. So the first thing I want to do is I would like to get rid of this lamppost. It can be a little hard to click on all of those little objects, so if you find that you click on something and it's not the right thing, you can just click somewhere else or undo the step and it try again.
So I'll click on my lamppost and click Delete and it's gone. I'll click this little flash and delete that and I'll come down here to this little tower and delete all the elements that made up that little tower and I'll get rid of this little mailbox too. I am also going to get rid of this brown square in the background, now that looks a lot better. In addition to deleting elements, you can also add them. Go up to the Insert tab and then click on the Shapes button on the Ribbon, I want to come down to Basic Shapes and click on the sun. I'll come over to the right side of my picture; and I am going to Shift key to make sure that my sun stays round, and there it is, although it is the wrong color. So let's take the opportunity to recolor, not just the sun, but most of our image. I'll hold down my Shift key and start clicking on the different objects that make up my clipart.
It's going to take a little bit of trial and error until you learn which parts to relate to what, but once I have what I think are the right ones, I'll go up to the Drawing Tools Ribbon and go up to Shape Fill and I'll change them to dark aqua. I'll click off and then repeat that step for anything else that I missed the first time around. In this case I am going to leave my little windows brown. I'll go back up to Shape Fill again and one more right here and right here, okay good. I'll even go a step further and do some more shading; I'll click on that background and fill that with light aqua.
Now I'll take these and make them a slightly darker aqua. Once I am satisfied with how the image looks, I'll draw a marquee box around it that means clicking above into the left of the graphic and then dragging across the graphic until the whole thing is surrounded and letting go. I'll come up to the Arrange button and then Regroup. Now doesn't that look a lot better? The ability to edit PowerPoint's clipart and other GIFS widens the range of graphics that you can use in your documents and saves you from the vast learning curve of Photoshop and other graphics editors.
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