In this video, staff instructor 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 it was part of a text box, once I select the text box, a format 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 images. I can soften edges, add glow effects, et cetera.
For text, I can change the fill color, the outline. I can add text effects. And I can even use WordArt styles to format it. You can also do a lot of work with images. Let's add this background image onto a new slide. I'm going to add it again, except this time I'm going to make it much darker and put text over it. I'll click right after it, and then click New Slide.
I'll change to the Design ribbon tab, click Format Background. Click Picture or texture fill and then choose to insert a picture from a file. I'll browse to my Assets folder, choose the same picture and click Insert. I still have the Format Background pane open. However, there's two more tabs that I can use, the Effects tab and the Picture tab.
I can click the triangles next to Picture Corrections and Picture Color to get more options. For example, in the brightness and contrast area, I can click to choose some presets. I can do the same thing in the picture color area. I'll do one more. And now I can close out of this. 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, click Text Box and click and draw to draw a text box. And when the blinking cursor appears I can put in my text. Once I have the text in, I can highlight it and change the font property so that we can read it. Now I'll drag it a little bit further down the slide.
And that looks great. 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 we can slightly blur this drone a bit and bring even more attention to the words. I'll go back to the Design tab. Click Format Background. And here are my picture tabs.
If I go to Picture Corrections, let's see what we can do. There's a preset here to soften this image by 50%. That seems to have done the trick. This looks fantastic so I'll close out of this pane. 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 an object, always check out this format tab and see what you can do.
There's artistic effects, text effects, shape effects, even picture effects. If I've clicked directly on a picture, on the Format tab, here's those same artistic effects and color corrections that we saw in the background pane.
- Getting started quickly with PowerPoint
- Creating new presentations
- Adding, removing, and rearranging slides
- Changing slide layouts
- Inserting and formatting images and shapes
- Adding animation and transitions
- Sharing and collaborating on presentations
- Delivering the presentation
- Saving themes and templates
- Exporting presentations as video, PDF, or JPEG files