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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.
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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