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Working with layers (Send to Back and Send to Front)

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Video: Working with layers (Send to Back and Send to Front)

We're going to add three photos to our photo album. And they are going to be positioned so that they overlap a little. Using layers, we can control which photos are on top and which are on bottom. This becomes especially useful when we have text boxes, shapes, photos and other objects all fighting to be on top. It's up to us to tell PowerPoint what the order is. If you're a little confused, don't worry; as soon as I get started, you're going to see exactly what I'm talking about. So let's head to Slide number 7, our Photo Album. We're going to pull down the new Slide menu to add a new slide right after seven.

Working with layers (Send to Back and Send to Front)

We're going to add three photos to our photo album. And they are going to be positioned so that they overlap a little. Using layers, we can control which photos are on top and which are on bottom. This becomes especially useful when we have text boxes, shapes, photos and other objects all fighting to be on top. It's up to us to tell PowerPoint what the order is. If you're a little confused, don't worry; as soon as I get started, you're going to see exactly what I'm talking about. So let's head to Slide number 7, our Photo Album. We're going to pull down the new Slide menu to add a new slide right after seven.

And this time, we're going to add a Title Only layout. This gives us the Title without any placeholder below for content. We're going to call this one Photo Album (cont.). Now, from our Assets Folder, we're going to add three photos. I'll chose Insert > Picture and add Ranch 1, Ranch 2 and Ranch 3.

Now, I'm going to resize each photo, so it's a little bit easier to manage. There's 1, 2 and 3. In fact, if I select each photo by holding down the Shift key as I click, I can select all three at the same time. Now, with all three selected, I'm going to say that I want the Height of all three of them to be three inches. When I press Enter, all three images are resized.

Now, I'll position them just about where I want them, like that, and with each three selected, again by holding down Shift, I'm going to apply a Picture Style, one that I think is going to look really nice with these photos. All right. That looks great, and they're positioned pretty well. If I hit Shift+F5, I can see how this looks on the screen. The only problem with this is that what if I wanted them in a different order? What if I want picture number one to be behind picture number two, and that behind the picture number three? Or what if I rearrange these, and need to readjust who is on top and who is on bottom? We can fix this by sending pictures to the front or to the back.

For example, if I right-click on this picture, I can choose Send to Back. That'll put it behind the other pictures. Let me do it again with this one. I'll select it, right- click and choose Send to Back. There's also a Bring to Front option, or a Send Backwards, just one step, function. Notice that these functions are available to us here under Picture tools > Format, as long we have a photo selected.

So to make this look right, I'm going to reposition my photos the way I have them in mind and then right-click on any one of these that need to be brought forward or backwards, so it looks exactly the way I want. We're going to try another example in Slide number 3. On our Endorsement slide, I want to spice this up a little bit by using a really fancy way to show a quote. First, I'm going to get rid of the quote marks that surround the testimonial. Next, I am going to create a brand- new text box, just off to the side, that consists of a quote.

I'll select the boundary and make this quote really large. And maybe even give it a different color. When I place my quote over here to the left, it's going to cover up the W. But that's all right. I'm going to right-click on it, and choose Send to Back. That puts it now behind the words. Make it a little bit bigger, use my arrow keys to position it, and I'm set. Remember that Ctrl+D duplicates the selected object.

And with my second quote, I'll move it over here to the right, use the green handle to rotate it, and then use my arrow keys to move it exactly in the position I want. Of course, this one is also in front of my text. So one more time, I'll right-click and choose Send to Back. As we make our slides more complex, it's important to understand the concept of layers. As you saw, whenever an object is added, PowerPoint makes it the topmost layer. Sending an object forward or backwards soon becomes second nature.

One tip about layers: If you pull down the Arrange menu, you can choose Selection pane. This shows you every single object that's currently on the slide: our quotes, our text boxes and even the title. By selecting an object on the right- hand side, we can use the Reorder Up and Down buttons, and they have the same effect as right-clicking on an object and choosing Bring to Front, Send to Back, or Send Backwards or Bring Forwards. But sometimes, it a lot easier to click on something over on the right-hand side than it is to try and grab that object over here.

So go ahead and make your slides more complex. Use the Layers features to bring objects to the front of the text, behind the text, in front of photos and behind them, and make it look exactly the way you want.

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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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