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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.
For maximum wow factor, consider placing your image or video inside a shape, so that instead of a rectangle, it looks like a diamond, a heart, or other appropriate form. We're going to work down on Slide 11, and we'll start by inserting a shape into the slideshow. I'm going to go to the Insert tab and click on Shapes. I'm going to insert a heart down here under Basic Shapes. I hold the Shift key down, so that as I click and drag the heart stays proportional. While the heart is selected, I'll go up to Drawing Tools and Format. Here I have a button for Shape Fill, I'll click on it and come down here to Picture. I'll navigate to my Exercise Files/Chapter 1/images and here I have a picture of a couple looking at our art.
I'll double-click on it and now it inserts itself into the shape. After your shape is filled with an image, you can continue to stylize the media with borders and other shape effects, as we'll describe later in this course. To apply this effect to a video, it works just a little bit differently. I will go to Slide 10, here I have a video, we'll play it in a little while. I'll click on it and now I have a Video Tools Ribbon, I'll click on Format, and this button right here says Video Shape. When I dropdown the gallery, I'm going to look over here to the Basic Shapes and find this teardrop. It's important, again, to find a shape that matches the concept being expressed in the video.
Since SAMOCA features design, the teardrop gives it a little bit of interest, but it's not tacky. Now, some of these shapes may cut off your media though, so try and find one with a large center area. For example, we can't usually use the heart shape like we did on the image, because the photographer in the video will get cut off by the cleft in the middle. So I will click on this teardrop. Now to refine it a little further, look for a yellow diamond. Not all the shapes have them, but some do. When I click and drag it, it alters the shape subtly. Once I have my video in place, I'll play my slide, and I'll click on the video to start it.
(Jim Sugar: Photography was something that, from an early age, it felt right to me.) (Jim Sugar: And more importantly it made me happy. And one of the very--) I'll press Esc to stop the video, and press Esc again to go back to the Normal View. By inserting my images or playing my video inside a shape, it departs from the normal boring rectangles and allows me to further enhance the attitude of my presentation by choosing shapes relevant to my topic.
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