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We can now focus on making each individual slide look great. PowerPoint offers a number of tools to alter the appearance of text, lines and other shapes. We can add shadows, glowing edges, reflections, and more. And if we don't overdo things, the result is a polished, professional look. Let's start by touching up our slides, like our New Warehouse Photo, slide #11. In Slide Sorter view, I can double-click to access the slide. Here we see the text, New Warehouse Photo. It's in dark blue over a blue sky.
That's going to make it hard to read. Let's make it stand out. If I click inside the text, my cursor blinks inside the word, Warehouse, right now and if I make any changes, only the word Warehouse will be modified. Instead, I am going to click again, but this time on the boundary of the text box. Any changes I make now will apply to the entire textbox. I want to go a little fancier than the standard font settings. So I am going to access the Drawing tools Format tab and then pull down the Shapes Styles gallery.
Notice that the colors available to me in the gallery are linked to the theme colors that we set earlier in the Design tab. As I hover over the choices, I can apply a variety of different colors, foreground and background, plus other aspects, like the Bevel, the Shadow, and the Reflection. If I am happy with any of these, great; I can select it and move on. After doing that, I can resize the textbox, move it around. I can pull down the Text Fill, Text Outline, Text Effects menu or Shape Fill, Shape Outline, and Shape Effects menus to give this an even more customized look.
Let's try this in our next example. We'll leave this as it is and move on Slide #10. Here's our map and we are going to begin by giving it a nice drop shadow. I'll select the map graphic and from Format, choose Picture Effects>Shadow, and then choose any of the directions that I want. You can see that there's barely any difference. So I'll click here to add the Shadow and then pull the menu down again, and choose Shadow Options. In the Format Picture dialog box, I can adjust things like the Distance, Angle, and Blur of my new shadow.
If I make it a little bit less transparent, it will be darker, and I can also make the size smaller or bigger. Clicking Close returns me to the slide. Now let's make our pushpin stand out a little as well. I'll click on 1 and pull down the same menu, Picture Effects. Let's see how this looks with a glow. The Glow menu is going to give me the same color choices that we have in our Color palette. If I don't like any of these, I can choose More Glow Colors and pick something else like yellow or white.
Again, if I return to the same menu, and choose Glow Options, I can further changes settings like the Transparency and Size of the glow. Let me move the window out of the way so we can see the difference. Once I have added the glow to my pushpin, I'd like the others to look the same. To make this faster, I'll return to the Home tab with my pushpin selected and double-click on the Format Painter icon. The double-click locks the feature on. Now I will just click on each pushpin to apply the changes.
When I am done, I can click anywhere outside or press Escape. Slide #7 has a quick little adjustment we need to make. The photo on the left could really benefit from a nice vertical line stretching from the top to the bottom. From the Home tab, I'll click on the Line icon in the Drawing group. Position my mouse right about here and drag straight down. If you have trouble making a straight line, hold down the Shift key and PowerPoint will lock it in as a straight line. Let go, and now return to the Drawing tools Format tab to adjust the outline's characteristics.
We'll make it a little bit heavier and change the color. Let's see how that turned out in full screen. Finally, we are going to play with a little transparency, and we'll do this on Slide #24. In this slide, we want the numbers for the R-4000 series to stand out. The colors and everything that you see here were created using the actual table formatting properties. I am going to select the entire row and get rid of it. We'll go to Design> Borders, and choose No Border; Shading and choose No Fill.
When I click away, that's been reset. To make this stand out, I am going to create a rectangle around the entire row. With the rectangle in place, I want to make it transparent. So I'll select Drawing tools Format>Shape Fill, and under Fill Colors, I can add Transparency. We'll try it at about 25%. Definitely not enough, we'll pull down the menu again and this time we'll try it much more at about 80%, and there's our new transparent rectangle around the row.
Let me click on it and make one more modification. With the shape selected, I am going to go to the Drawing tools Format tab, choose Edit Shape>Change Shape, and then I'm going to try out the rounded rectangle instead. That looks quite a bit better. Again, you don't want to overdo it using these features and you want to maintain consistency. For example, if I decided to use another full screen picture, like the one on Slide 11, I would use the exact same formatting. I'd probably even create a new layout just for that style, but we'll discuss that shortly.
Let's move on to some text specific changes that we can make.
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