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Using picture effects

From: PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training

Video: Using picture effects

The few photos that we currently have in our presentation, though great photos, need a little bit of help to fit in. Let's take the photo on slide number two, for example. We're going to spice this up. When a photo is selected, whether it's one you imported from your own collection or one you downloaded from Microsoft Office online, you'll see the Picture Tools Format tab appear in the Ribbon. Before we learned how to resize and move your photo, but now I'm going to show you how you can apply a variety of changes to the photo, such as color adjustment, artistic effects, frames, shadows, 3D angles and more, even cropping.

Using picture effects

The few photos that we currently have in our presentation, though great photos, need a little bit of help to fit in. Let's take the photo on slide number two, for example. We're going to spice this up. When a photo is selected, whether it's one you imported from your own collection or one you downloaded from Microsoft Office online, you'll see the Picture Tools Format tab appear in the Ribbon. Before we learned how to resize and move your photo, but now I'm going to show you how you can apply a variety of changes to the photo, such as color adjustment, artistic effects, frames, shadows, 3D angles and more, even cropping.

Again, with my photo selected, I'm in the Picture Tools Format tab. Let's start with the Adjust group, and look at the Corrections pulldown gallery. This gallery is broken down into two sections: Sharpen and Soften, and Brightness and Contrast. Watch what happens to our photo as we hover over the Sharpen and Soften options. Here we are softening the photo, and here we are sharpening it. It's almost like we're blurring the photo or un-blurring it. Brightness and Contrast is a little bit easier to understand. Here, we have a photo now adjusted for a little bit of brightness, a little bit of contrast, and a lot of brightness, and a lot of contrast.

You can see how PowerPoint 2010 makes this a very easy feature to control. Now, we'll move on to the Color pulldown menu. This is broken down into three sections, with a few extra options at the bottom. Color Saturation controls how much color appears, taking your color from grayscale all way up to full- color, or even too much color. Color Tone controls what we call the temperature of your photo, and can make photos look colder or warmer. By the way, if it's a photo that you've taken, and the lighting wasn't quite right, you might try just adjusting the temperature to be a little bit warmer, and you'll see that photo turn out to be a lot better.

Recolor gives us some very interesting effects. As you can see from the thumbnail previews, it's going to either grayscale our image, sepia tone our image, provide a variety of washout and black and White features, as well as tint the image, kind of like grayscale, but with a different color. If you don't like the choices available to you here, More Variations will give you even more options to change the color tinting on your image. Artistic Effects give us a wide variety of interesting styles to apply to our image, for example, Blur, Pencil Sketch, Glowing Edges, and a Light Screen.

This applied with some creative cropping, enlarging, and even use of the background features, can make for very interesting graphics in PowerPoint. Let's move on to Picture Styles. Picture Styles allow us to change the border, shadow, and other features associated with the picture. To start with, we can pull down from this gallery. As I hover over these options, you'll see how many of the different settings for the picture are changing, including the shape, border and 3D perspective. But we can change these settings manually as well, using the Picture Effects pulldown menu.

You may recall some of these effects earlier in the chapter when we discussed WordArt: There is Shadow, Reflection, Glow, Soft Edges, Bevel, and 3D Rotation. We can also manually adjust the border, changing the color of the border, the weight or thickness of the border, and the style, including dashes and solid lines. There are still a few more options under Picture Tools Format that I haven't covered, and those will be coming soon.

Once we've got our photo looking exactly the way we want, we can copy it to other photos in our presentation using the Format Painter. I'll select the formatted photo, return to the Home tab, and click Format Painter, found in the Clipboard group. Now, I'll advance to slide number 13 where we have another photo that we want to format the same way. Notice how my pointer currently looks like a mouse pointer with a Format Painter Brush. When I click on this new picture, all of the formatting settings from earlier are applied to this one.

As for slide number 1, we're going to do something a little bit different. On slide number 1, I'd like to demonstrate cropping. Here, we have a really nice photo of a single olive. With his photo selected, I'm going to click on the Picture Tools Format tab, and then the Crop button found in the upper right-hand corner. This changes the handles that you normally see on the edges to crop handles. I'm going to pull the picture in just a little bit to the right, and a little bit from the left to crop out portions of the image that we don't want to see.

Notice how PowerPoint shows us the original image darkened out, just in case we want to ever go back to what it was before. A new feature of PowerPoint 2010 is the ability to move the cropped area left and right or up and down in the area that I had created. Once I'm satisfied with the way that this picture has been cropped, I'll simply click away from the picture to return back to normal. Now, to make things interesting, I'm going to take my photo, move it to the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and make it very, very large.

At this point, I'll use Picture Effects to turn on some Soft Edges. Then with my photo selected, using Picture Tools Format tab, I'm going to send this particular object to the back. In other words, I'm going to send it behind the text that appeared earlier. See what a difference some effects can make? Now, don't go too crazy with this feature. Consistency is important, and most of the photos in your presentation should be formatted the same. But have fun, and experiment, and make those pictures look great.

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PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. What is PowerPoint?
      1m 50s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 19m 17s
    1. Managing your presentations with Backstage
      4m 14s
    2. Using the Office Ribbon
      4m 57s
    3. Customizing the view
      3m 42s
    4. Customizing the Office Ribbon
      6m 24s
  3. 41m 41s
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 19s
    2. Adding slides and content
      3m 24s
    3. Deleting slides and changing layouts
      2m 24s
    4. Rearranging slides
      1m 46s
    5. Saving time with Outline mode
      3m 51s
    6. Separating your show into sections
      5m 15s
    7. Adding photos and clip art
      5m 24s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 6s
    9. Using the thesaurus
      1m 17s
    10. Saving a presentation
      4m 22s
    11. Applying a theme
      3m 59s
    12. Running the show
      3m 34s
  4. 42m 39s
    1. Using fonts and color
      7m 17s
    2. Adding bullets and list numbering
      2m 10s
    3. Changing text alignment
      2m 13s
    4. Using picture effects
      5m 54s
    5. Removing backgrounds from photos
      5m 52s
    6. Understanding slide masters
      3m 7s
    7. Changing slide backgrounds
      3m 17s
    8. Adding a logo to the background
      6m 18s
    9. Applying slide transitions
      4m 33s
    10. Saving the design template
      1m 58s
  5. 17m 10s
    1. Creating tables
      2m 2s
    2. Formatting tables
      3m 57s
    3. Pasting tables from Excel
      5m 1s
    4. Creating charts
      2m 16s
    5. Pasting charts from Excel
      3m 54s
  6. 24m 43s
    1. Adding shapes
      3m 0s
    2. Moving, resizing, formatting, and rotating shapes
      5m 14s
    3. Adding text to shapes
      2m 57s
    4. Adding text boxes
      3m 54s
    5. Working with layers (Send to Back and Send to Front)
      5m 17s
    6. Animating text, shapes, and other objects
      4m 21s
  7. 13m 10s
    1. Adding an audio clip
      3m 16s
    2. Adding video
      5m 7s
    3. Cropping video
      4m 47s
  8. 14m 27s
    1. Adding organizational charts
      4m 59s
    2. Adding cycle diagrams, Venn diagrams, and other diagrams
      9m 28s
  9. 26m 40s
    1. Printing a presentation
      5m 22s
    2. Adding speaker notes
      3m 3s
    3. Saving your presentation as a PDF
      3m 12s
    4. Presenting on another laptop (packaging)
      4m 28s
    5. Broadcasting on the web
      3m 52s
    6. Saving as a video
      3m 24s
    7. Using web apps through SharePoint
      3m 19s
  10. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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