In this video, staff author Jess Stratton shows how built-in effects from PowerPoint can help work with images and other objects to bring the focal point to the text, or whatever you are trying to bring attention to.
- [Instructor] In PowerPoint anything is an object, an image, a shape, even text, you can format all of that. Let's take this text. Because this was part of a text box, a shape format ribbon tab appears. I can format the text box using the shape fill, outline and effects tools. The shape effects tools gives me things like presets for 3D effects, softening edges, adding glows, and 3D bevels. For text I can change the fill color. I can also add text effects and outlines in word art styles.
You can also do a lot of work with images. Let's add the same background image onto a new slide. I'm going to add it again, except this time I'm going to make this image much darker and I'll put text over it. I'll click right after this one and insert a new slide. I'll change to the design ribbon tab, click format background, click picture or texture fill, and I'll choose to insert a picture from a file. In my assets folder, I'll click the same picture and choose insert.
And now, I'm going to move to these two tabs. In the picture one, I can expand these triangles next to picture corrections and picture color. This gives me a lot of options. For example, in the brightness and contrast area, I can click the down area next to the sun to get some presets. Here's where you can see that I can set the photo to a much darker color. I can go into the effects tab, and under artistic effects, I get another list of choices, but I like how this looks, so I'll close out of the pane.
Now I can put a new text box over this because the focus isn't on the image anymore. I'll change to the insert ribbon tab, choose text box, click and drag to draw out text box, and I have my blinking cursor ready to go so I can put in some text. I'll change the color by going to the home ribbon tab so that we can read it a little bit more easily and now I'll change the font.
I can drag it a little bit further down the slide and that looks good, let's do this one more time. Here's a slide in which the focal point should be this text right here, and for the most part it is, but I think we can do a little bit better. I think that we can slightly blur this drone a little bit and bring even more attention to these words. I'll go back to the design tab, click format background, and here's my picture tabs. If I go to picture corrections, let's see what we can do.
There's a preset to soften this image by 50%. Instantly, the entire drone gets much more blurry. That seems to have done the trick. This looks great, so I'll close out of this pane. So in PowerPoint remembering that everything is an object will allow you to remember that you can change and manipulate anything that you need. When you click on any object, always check out this format tab and see what you do can. You may get those same artistic effects, color corrections, and many more things that you can do.
- Creating presentations from themes and templates
- Using slide masters
- Changing the layout, slide color, or background
- Adding pictures and objects
- Adding shapes, diagrams, and charts
- Incorporating video, audio, and animation
- Inserting 3D models and using freehand drawing
- Adding speaker notes
- Running a slideshow
- Reusing and sharing PowerPoint presentations