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Deconstructing and editing clip art

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Video: Deconstructing and editing clip art

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.

Deconstructing and editing clip art

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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PowerPoint 2010 Power Shortcuts

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  1. 1m 44s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      50s
  2. 31m 25s
    1. Autofitting text
      2m 40s
    2. Working with slide and handout masters
      3m 56s
    3. Working in Outline view
      3m 14s
    4. Adding photo albums
      4m 15s
    5. Creating custom bullets
      3m 16s
    6. Using shapes to mask images and videos
      2m 27s
    7. Copying formats
      3m 28s
    8. Arranging graphics
      4m 39s
    9. Importing outlines from Word
      1m 48s
    10. Embedding fonts in the file
      1m 42s
  3. 5m 8s
    1. Opening recent files
      2m 51s
    2. Changing the AutoRecover settings
      1m 8s
    3. Changing the default saving location
      1m 9s
  4. 5m 2s
    1. Tailoring the status bar
      1m 31s
    2. Using gridlines and guides
      3m 31s
  5. 8m 28s
    1. Selecting Ribbon commands using KeyTips
      3m 15s
    2. Using keyboard commands and function keys
      3m 35s
    3. Navigating with the keyboard
      1m 38s
  6. 14m 44s
    1. Using paste options
      3m 15s
    2. Using AutoCorrect to create abbreviations
      2m 2s
    3. Adding headers, footers, and today's date
      4m 1s
    4. Creating custom themes
      5m 26s
  7. 11m 49s
    1. Selecting objects vs. text
      2m 7s
    2. Adjusting paragraph spacing
      2m 8s
    3. Inserting and removing hyperlinks
      4m 19s
    4. Using the Font dialog box
      2m 14s
    5. Clearing formatting
      1m 1s
  8. 17m 29s
    1. Working with screenshots
      1m 52s
    2. Using SmartArt with picture placeholders
      3m 1s
    3. Creating transparent spot colors
      1m 26s
    4. Deconstructing and editing clip art
      3m 11s
    5. Disabling hardware graphics acceleration
      1m 15s
    6. Compressing images
      6m 44s
  9. 41m 35s
    1. Creating 3D shapes
      2m 38s
    2. Working with picture effects
      3m 44s
    3. Perfecting gradients
      4m 17s
    4. Adding action buttons
      4m 49s
    5. Animating bulleted lists
      4m 53s
    6. Designing motion paths
      7m 53s
    7. Creating cumulative animations
      8m 51s
    8. Coordinating transitions
      2m 38s
    9. Modifying object visibility
      1m 52s
  10. 4m 5s
    1. Reusing slides from other presentations
      2m 22s
    2. Exporting content to Word
      1m 43s
  11. 17m 21s
    1. Saving ink and paper when printing
      5m 16s
    2. Stripping out proprietary metadata
      1m 18s
    3. Creating custom slideshows
      2m 29s
    4. Exporting to PDF and JPEG
      3m 52s
    5. Saving as a template
      4m 26s
  12. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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