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Perfecting gradients

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Video: Perfecting gradients

Gradients enliven an object by gently morphing from one color to another. You can apply gradients to shapes, text boxes, and even the text itself. When using the gradient as a fill you can use PowerPoint's presets or adjust the colors to your liking. Let's go down to the Slide 3 and we are going to apply gradients to the people's positions. I'll click on Executive Director, hold down the Shift key, and click on the other positions. Now notice I do want to have a four-headed arrow when I click. I'll click on Executive Director, hold down my Shift key, and click on the other positions as well.

Perfecting gradients

Gradients enliven an object by gently morphing from one color to another. You can apply gradients to shapes, text boxes, and even the text itself. When using the gradient as a fill you can use PowerPoint's presets or adjust the colors to your liking. Let's go down to the Slide 3 and we are going to apply gradients to the people's positions. I'll click on Executive Director, hold down the Shift key, and click on the other positions. Now notice I do want to have a four-headed arrow when I click. I'll click on Executive Director, hold down my Shift key, and click on the other positions as well.

Now let's go up to the SmartArt Tools. Note that if we weren't in a SmartArt, if we were on a regular shape or box, this would say Drawing Tools instead. Then I will click on the Format tab and then we will come over here to Shape Fill. If I hold my cursor over Gradients, I can see a number of different gradients here. Sometimes you may see light or dark variations. We are going to come down here to More Gradients where we can control the gradients ourselves. I am going to move the dialog box over to the left so we can see what we are doing.

We are already in Fill and now I will come over here and I will click the radio button in front of Gradient fill. Our first option are Microsoft's Presets. You can use these as is or further modify them using the steps we are about to take. I am going to click off. I don't want to use a preset right now. Now Type and Direction work together. Let's take a look at the four types. This one is Linear, here is Radial, Rectangular, and Path. Notice that it affects the shape of the gradient and I'll bring this to Radial.

Next is the Direction of the gradient and I can click on each of the four From the Bottom Left-hand Corner, From the Center, From the Top Right-hand corner, or the Top Left-hand Corner, and I'll leave it on that last option. Next, let's take a look at the Gradient stops. This affects the colors across the gradient. Right now it came up as a blue, but that doesn't really match our presentation. So I'll click on my first stop, and come down here to Color, and I'll choose the darkest of my Aquas.

I'll take the middle stop and click on the middle of the Aquas. Then I will click on the last gradient, click on color again, and choose the lightest of the Aquas. You can slide these gradient stops to affect the transition of the color. You can also Position them manually by clicking the Up and Down Arrows or by typing the number that you want. In addition, you also have Brightness and Transparency sliders. If I slide to the left, it will go to black and if I slide Brightness to the right, that color will go towards white.

I will find a happy medium. Transparency will actually allow you to see any shapes behind. I'll bring that back down. You can also add additional color stops simply by clicking inside the Gradient Bar and then you can change those as you like as well. To really see this one in action, I'll color it green. If you have a Gradient stop that you don't like, you can delete it using the red X on the far right, Remove gradient stop. So now we have a really attractive gradient.

Last, there is a checkmark here for Rotate with shape. While it's on, if I rotate my shapes, the gradient will travel with the shape itself. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z to undo that. If I uncheck the box, when I rotate the shape the gradient will actually stay where it is on the page and just my shape will rotate inside that gradient. See the difference? I will go ahead and I will leave it back on and then I will click Close.

Taking control of your gradients allows you to specify the exact shades of color and the rate of transitions across the shape.

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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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