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In PowerPoint 2010 New Features, David Diskin explores the latest version of Microsoft's presentation software. This course covers themes and transitions, the ability to add equations and over forty new SmartArt diagrams to presentations, new photo retouching and video editing features, and new ways to collaborate and share presentations across the Internet. Exercise files accompany the course.
With each new version of PowerPoint, the need for photo editing and graphic design software gets smaller. PowerPoint 2007 introduced a variety of styles and effects to alter photographs and give them a unique, interesting look. 2010 gives us even more options. On slide number 3 of our presentation, we're going to add a photograph on the right-hand side. As we usually would, we'll go to the Insert tab of the Ribbon and click on Picture. From my Exercise_Files, in the Assets folder, I'm going to go ahead and add the picture of an appetizer. Now that our photograph has been added, I'm going to resize it using the handles, as we normally would. Position it.
And with that photograph selected, I can now take advantage of the Picture Tools > Format tab, and the Picture Styles underneath. The Picture Styles gallery hasn't changed since 2007. When I pull down the gallery, you'll see the same list of options. As I hover over them, I'll see the result. Let's apply this one. But what is new in 2010 is the Adjust group. For example, I can pull down Corrections. You can see thumbnails of how this photo is going to look if we adjust the sharpness, or soften the picture, or change the brightness and contrast. Again, as I hover over, I'll see the results immediately on the right-hand side.
If I go to Color, I can adjust the saturation, making it black-and-white, or adding it to be rich in color. I can change the tone, making it look dull or warmer. I also have a variety of recoloring effects: washing it out, changing into black- and-white or applying color to what would have otherwise been a grayscale image. Artistic Effects gives us a variety of very interesting looks to our picture. For example, we can apply a screen, give it a glowing look, almost neon- colored, add blur, and every single one of these settings allows us to control the intensity.
For example, if I choose Blur and then return to Artistic Effects and choose Options, I can tell it the Radius of the blur. Notice as I increase this, it gets more blurry. If I choose a different effect, such as Light Screens, I can turn the grid size to a larger number, smaller number, or add transparency. Let's try this one more time with our Glow Edges, and make it more smooth, or less smooth. You'll note that the Format Picture dialog box allows you to try out features with immediate feedback.
You may have to move the window out of the way, but you'll be able to see the results. If you don't like it, when you close the window, pull down the Reset Picture option, and you can either reset the picture to its original look or completely reset it to its original size. By the way, a large photo, such as this, can make a great background if we apply the right corrections, color, and artistic effects. For example, we'll take this image. We might add a little bit of blur, perhaps color-adjust it, and take that image, send it to our background, and maybe just make a little bit more of an adjustment there.
So it's not quite as intense. There we go. So now our audience can see this image in the background, just like that. Maybe that's not the right image; maybe we need to do a little bit more fine-tuning, but you can see how a large image with a little bit of color effects using the new 2010 feature can make a great background. This new feature brings PowerPoint closer to professional image editing tools, but not quite. You still can't use it to remove redeye, or create fancy coloring effects, but it will serve most of your basic photo needs.
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