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Once you insert a video into presentation, you can jazz it up by giving it a fancy border that coordinates with your theme. I am working on slide 6 in my presentation, and I'll click on my video. Now go up to the Picture Tools > Format tab, and in the center is a button that says Picture Border. When I drop it down, I can give my picture a border with any one of these theme colors. I'll go ahead and I'll make it blue. Now if I click on it again, if I wanted, I could choose More Outline Colors and click on any other color that I'd like instead. I'll click OK.
Go back up to the Picture Border again. This time highlight Weight. Weight is the thickness of the line, and I can do anything from a 1/4 point hairline up to 6 points. I will go ahead and I'll make this thick, so that you can really see the changes that I'm making. Go up to the Picture Border button again, and here are Dashes. Right now, I have a solid line, but I can have squares, dashes, dots, and different dash-and-dot combinations. Now notice at the bottom of both of these options I have options for More Lines.
That takes me into the Format Picture dialog box. Here I can set both the Line Color and the Line Style. Let's work with the Line Style first. As before, we have Width. Here I am not limited to just the widths that were on the dropdown. I can click these arrows to increase or decrease them in quarter-point increments. I also have a new option for Compound type. Compound type allows me to change from a solid line to double lines, or even triple lines.
The Dash type are the same options that we saw before. Let me go ahead and make this a simple dash. Now the Cap type refers to the edges of all of those dashes. Flat and Square are pretty similar, but Round gives me a nice rounded effect. You can see the Join type anywhere where there's actually a dash in the corner. Right now, it's got a rounded corner, but I can also bevel it, which makes it very slightly flat, or miter, which makes it square.
I will put it back to Round. Now let's take a look at our Border Colors. Click on the button just above on the left for Line Color. Right now, I have a Solid line, but I also have options for gradients. Once I click on Gradient, it changes the appearance drastically. I can start with Preset Colors. I'd like to find one that actually matches my presentation colors. I am going to go with Late Sunset. When I click on Type, you'll find familiar gradient types: Linear, Radial, Rectangular, and Path.
You can select one that gives the effect that you like. I am going to stick with Linear, because that makes the next two options, Direction and Angle, available. Direction allows me to choose which direction my colors go. I can choose any one, again, that gives me the effect that I like. Angle rotates the colors around the rectangle. I like the way that looks at 250 degrees. Now the Gradient stops refer to each of the colors in our border.
I see here that I have six different colors: Stop 1 is black, Stop 2 is blue, Stop 3 is the purple, Stop 4 is the pink, Stop 5 is orange, and Stop 6 is yellow. So I can change the settings for any one of the colors. I am going to make some changes to Stop 1, the black. The Stop position is how much of that color you're going to see. So I could increase it if I wanted to see more of the black and keep it down to zero to minimize it.
If I want to change the color, I can drop down the paint can and choose a different color instead. Maybe I will make this a little more purple, so it's not so dark. Then I can also change the Transparency to make it paler or more solid, and again, I can make those same changes to any of the colors in my gradient. If you want to remove a color, you can go to that Stop and say Remove, or you can also add additional gradient stops as well. I'll go ahead and click Close.
Creating a border around your video provides visual interest, creating a stylized picture frame that color-coordinates with your slide show.
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