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Working with picture effects

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Video: Working with picture effects

PowerPoint's advance graphics capability allows you to apply professional strength formatting to your images and videos. Effects that formerly would've taken a designer hours in Photoshop. Now you can do it with a few clicks of your mouse. Let's go to slide 2 and click on our picture. The Picture Tools ribbon appears and I'll click on the Format tab. Let's explore some of the presets under Picture Effects. Let's look under Shadow. As you hold your cursor over, it will show you what they look like. We're going to go ahead with the first Outer Shadow. Go back up to the Picture Effects button, let's choose Reflection, let's choose the second one right here.

Working with picture effects

PowerPoint's advance graphics capability allows you to apply professional strength formatting to your images and videos. Effects that formerly would've taken a designer hours in Photoshop. Now you can do it with a few clicks of your mouse. Let's go to slide 2 and click on our picture. The Picture Tools ribbon appears and I'll click on the Format tab. Let's explore some of the presets under Picture Effects. Let's look under Shadow. As you hold your cursor over, it will show you what they look like. We're going to go ahead with the first Outer Shadow. Go back up to the Picture Effects button, let's choose Reflection, let's choose the second one right here.

We'll go up to Glows and let's give it a subtle Aqua glow. Back up in Picture Effects again now we'll go to Soft Edges. Now as I start accumulating my effects, you'll see that some of them are going to override others. But let's give this picture a 2.5 Point Soft Edge. Now we've already looked at Bevels and 3D Rotation in a previous video, so we'll skip them for now. Once you've applied the basic style and effect that you like, you can go further with it.

At the bottom corner of the Picture Styles group is a Launcher button. That takes us into the Format Picture window, then I'll slide that over to the side. Let's take a look at our Shadows. Here's the preset that we already chose. If I wanted, I can change the color of the shadow to another color. Now that we're in the dialog box, we have sliders to affect all of the settings. So we can make the shadow transparent or dark, we can increase the size of it. Let's go ahead and bump it up just a little bit. Let's make that a 103. You can affect how blurry it is or how sharp the edges are, the angle of the shadow, and how far from the image it is.

When we go to Reflection, we have the same kinds of settings. The original preset, how transparent the reflection is, how big it is, how far away from the picture it starts, and how blurry or how sharp it is. Glow and Soft Edges have their own settings as well. We can change the thickness of the Glow and then the Transparency of the edge will brighten it and fade it. And last, but not least, how soft the Soft Edges are.

Now notice that there are detailed settings in this dialog box for other effects too. Line Colors and Styles, Picture Corrections with Brightness and Contrast, all kinds of things. These settings allow you to fine-tune the commands from the ribbon by using sliders. Once I'm done I'll click Close and we'll apply these same settings to the other graphics in our presentation. I'll go back to the Home ribbon, double-click on the Format Painter, and we did cover the Format Painter earlier in this course. And I'll scroll down to Slide 8 and Slide 9, and then I'll hit Escape to turn the Format Painter off.

As you can see, PowerPoint 2010 allows you to create intricate special effects for your graphical objects without knowing anything at all about graphic design.

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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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