PowerPoint can be used as a mini graphic arts program. In this video, staff author Jess Stratton demonstrates the eyedropper tool, which samples a single pixel of color from any PowerPoint presentation. She'll also demonstrate how PowerPoint can be used to create social media ads and exported as a JPG or PNG file.
- [Instructor] With the tool called the eyedropper, you can custom match a color to anything that you see on a slide. In this quick video, I'll show you how you can make a nice ad using a photo, and choosing colors to match. Let's start by getting our photo in. However, instead of choosing the traditional way, which is Insert, Pictures, Picture From File, I'm going to set the picture as the background image of the slide. Let's do that by changing to the Design tab, and all the way on the right hand side, clicking Format Background. I'll choose Picture or texture fill, and instead of this default texture, I'm going to choose to insert a picture from file.
I'll browse to find the file, and I'll choose to use the image that I showed you in the last video. Click the blue Insert button, and now my image has filled the entire slide as a background image. I'll click the X in the top right-hand side of the Format Background pane to get rid of it, and the beauty of doing it this way is I can click and drag with my mouse, and I'm in no danger of changing the image, accidentally resizing it, or dragging it around on the screen. It's a great way to have your image be foolproof on the slide. Let's add some text.
I'll change back to the Home ribbon tab, and I'll choose Text Box. I'll click with my mouse in the screen and now I can start typing some text. I'll highlight the text, and while still on the Home ribbon tab, I'll change the font properties to make it much bigger, and in a more readable font. Now I can slide it around on the screen, and get it in a nice placement. That looks good, but I'd like to make the text pop a little bit more, and look a little bit more seamless in the photo.
Let's change the color of the text. I'll select the text one more time by clicking and dragging with my mouse, and I'll click the down arrow next to the color in the Home ribbon tab. Instead of choosing a color from a theme, I'm going to select More Colors. The color dialog box is going to pop up and what I'm going to do is click and drag on that dialog to move it out of the way of the slide, so that I can see my complete slide. From here, click the eyedropper icon that's in the bottom left-hand side of the dialog.
The cursor is going to change to a large round circle. From here, I can hover my mouse over any aspect on my slide. The area that I'm currently hovered over will be zoomed in, and I can see every single pixel of that region. Now I can decide what pixel on the screen I want to sample to use as the color for my font. I'll pick a nice green from the melon, so I'll hover my mouse over a green and I'll choose the individual pixel that I want. The color appears on the left-hand side, and I can select it and click OK.
The text color has changed. Let's do that one more time. I'll click and drag and select the text in the bottom row. Click the down arrow next to colors. As you'll notice, the color that we just picked is still in Recent Colors, which is useful for adding to it. I'll click More Colors. I'll move the dialog out of the way. Click the eyedropper tool, and this time I'll choose a nice orangey red from the grapefruit. I'll make sure that color is selected, click OK, and now I'll move my cursor off of the image. That looks fantastic.
Now we have this great ad. What can we do with it? Just because it's in PowerPoint doesn't mean I can't use it for something other than a presentation. I can use this for an ad, or a post on social media, like Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. This is a one slide presentation, so I can export this. From here, click File, Export, and we're going to click the down arrow next to File Format. We have a lot of choices here. For example, instead of a PowerPoint presentation, I could even export it as a PDF file, but I'm interested in the image formats.
There's bitmap, GIF, PNG file, TIF, even JPEG. I can select the slide. I can choose to save every slide in my presentation as a JPEG, or just the current slide only. From here, you can click the blue Export button after choosing a place where you want to save the file. I'll save it on my Mac, on the Ddesktop. Click Export, and let's minimize this and check it out on the Desktop.
Here's my social media ad. I'll hit the spacebar to preview it, and now you can see we have a fantastic ad as a JPEG that we created in PowerPoint.
- Identify where you can add frequently used tools to access them easily.
- Recognize the tool that allows you to match a color from any of a slide’s contents.
- Recall the benefits of using sections.
- Explain what smart guides consist of.
- List the steps needed to practice presenting your presentation and keep track of how long it takes.
- Name what the Presenter view includes.