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PowerPoint 2010 Power Shortcuts
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Using shapes to mask images and videos


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PowerPoint 2010 Power Shortcuts

with Alicia Katz Pollock

Video: Using shapes to mask images and videos

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.
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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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PowerPoint 2010 Power Shortcuts
2h 39m Intermediate May 29, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Opening recent files
  • Rearranging the interface
  • Using keyboard shortcuts
  • Using the Paste options effectively
  • Adding headers and footers
  • Clearing existing formatting
  • Incorporating screenshots and SmartArt
  • Editing clip art
  • Creating 3-D shapes
  • Animating bulleted lists
  • Coordinating transitions
  • Exporting content to Word
  • Creating custom slideshows
Subjects:
Business Productivity
Software:
Office PowerPoint
Author:
Alicia Katz Pollock

Using shapes to mask images and videos

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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