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Using SmartArt with picture placeholders

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Video: Using SmartArt with picture placeholders

There's a cliche that pictures speak louder than words. PowerPoint is the perfect vehicle to demonstrate just how very true this is. SmartArt is an easy tool that produces advanced graphics in just a few clicks, and it even allows you to incorporate pictures. Go down to slide 8. Here, I have a bulleted list of the kind of art that can be found in SAMOCA. Sure! I could add a few images to the slide, but let's make it artistic too. Go ahead and select the bulleted list, and on the Home ribbon, just to the right of center, there is a button for Convert to SmartArt.

Using SmartArt with picture placeholders

There's a cliche that pictures speak louder than words. PowerPoint is the perfect vehicle to demonstrate just how very true this is. SmartArt is an easy tool that produces advanced graphics in just a few clicks, and it even allows you to incorporate pictures. Go down to slide 8. Here, I have a bulleted list of the kind of art that can be found in SAMOCA. Sure! I could add a few images to the slide, but let's make it artistic too. Go ahead and select the bulleted list, and on the Home ribbon, just to the right of center, there is a button for Convert to SmartArt.

It shows a few sample SmartArts, but let's use the More SmartArt Graphics option at the bottom. When you look at the SmartArt window, there are all kinds of different categories for the kinds of SmartArt that you'll find. But down at the bottom there's an option for picture. This pulls all of the SmartArt from the various types that include pictures which is perfect for a museum. Scroll down in the gallery, and look for the Hexagon Cluster. I'll click on it and click OK. Now, I have a SmartArt, and on the left-hand side I have my bulleted list. Highlight Oil and Watercolor, and Mixed Media.

Up on the ribbon, click on the Promote button to make the main bullet levels. Let's add another one, click at the end of Mixed Media and then back up on the ribbon, there's an option for Add Shape. Drop that down, and Add Shape After, type in Photography. Now that I have all my text in place, I can close this window. If you ever want to open it again, just click on these little arrows. I am going to use the handle on the bottom-right corner to stretch out my SmartArt and make it a little bit bigger. Now let's format it. I am going to click on Change Colors, scroll down in the gallery, and make this Accent 5, the Gradient Loop. Under the SmartArt styles, use Intense Effect.

Now, our text is too light for that. So, go back to the Home tab, drop down the Font Color, and change it to the darkest Aqua. Last, let's make the text bold, so it really stands out. Now, we're ready for our pictures. Notice in each of these hexagons, there is a matching pair. So, this is my Mixed Media. I'll click on the picture, and it opens up the dialog box. Right now, I'm in my Chapter 7 folder of my Exercise Files, and here's my Mixed Media artwork. I can double-click on it or click on it, and click Insert. PowerPoint will think for a minute, and then put the art into place.

Now, let's do the same thing for Oil and Watercolor. I'll click on the picture, double-click on my art, and it will get inserted into the placeholder, and last, Photography, click the picture, click Insert. Now what's nice is that when I play my slide, even though I have nothing in this particular placeholder, when I show my slideshow, it doesn't have the picture placeholder, it shows up as an empty hexagon. Now, doesn't that look nicer than a bulleted list? By incorporating SmartArt into my museum slide show, the examples from our collections are much more suited to the creative atmosphere of the San Angelico Museum of Contemporary Art than my plane boring bulleted list.

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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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