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- Building standout layouts with PowerPoint Designer
- Creating engaging animations in PowerPoint and Keynote
- Using the hyperlinking feature in PowerPoint
- Using 3D models in PowerPoint
- Working with logos
- Choosing the best stock photos for your presentations
Skill Level Intermediate
- [Joel] I'm Joel Simmons, aka the presentation guy. Hello, and welcome to this week's installment of presentation tips weekly. So not too long ago, Microsoft introduced support for 3D models directly in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. This may not seem like much of a big deal, but once you see what's possible, you may want to check this feature out the next time you create something new. Using 3D models can definitely give you that wow factor you're looking for. Let's say you want to talk about some new features your company's rolling out in it's server rack technology. Sure, we could use some stock photography of a server rack, but let's face it. That's just a little bit boring. Also maybe there's a feature we want to point out in the back of that server rack. Well with 3D models, we could be able to rotate that image and point that feature out really easily. So let's go ahead and take a look and see what server images we can find in PowerPoint's 3D models. So we're going to go to a new slide down here, and we're going to go up to insert and go all the way down to 3D models and click from online services. And over to the right, we have online 3D models. And we're just going to search for server. And just like that, we have some server images that pop up, and let's go ahead and select that first one, and hit insert. Okay, and while that's inserting, let's see. There we go. Zoom in a little bit. So the cool thing is if you grab this middle part, you can just click and drag and just do all kinds of stuff in 3D space. I think that's really cool. So what we're going to do is we're going to animate that. So we're going to duplicate that slide and command D, and let's say on this second slide we're going to grab it and turn it like this. Actually let's do something weird like that. Now if we select this slide and go to transitions and click morph, look at that. So now when you see that full screen, that's pretty cool. That's really cool. So let's see that in practice. Let's say we want to talk about our server features. I've already pre designed this to make it a little bit easier. So when we do that full screen, and I go to the next slide, just like that, we can individually rotate each one of those and point out the features that we want to point out. I think that's really really cool. All right, now let's take a look at another use for 3D models. Let's say you have something like a three icon layout, something like this. And you want to point out just to make it a little bit more, maybe just a little bit more dynamic. So, what I did here is you can kind of see over here on my slide pane over here, the next slide I took out technology and the phone. Let me zoom out so you can see. And you see, I took big data and eco friendly, these other two, and moved them off the slide. And I did that with each one. So for big data, I took big data out and moved the other ones off, and just did that all the way down. So when we hit play, we highlight technology, you see on the second slide I have that phone scaled up and rotated, same thing for big data. And same thing for eco friendly. And morph works beautifully here. You see how those icons are sliding out? That's, it's doing that because I move those off the slide. Actually pretty pretty cool. So hopefully I've helped you think a little bit outside of the 2D box today and thinking more so about 3D cubes. The next time we're looking for a little visual wow, take a look at what 3D models you can find within PowerPoint. You just never know what kind of cool stuff you can find out there, and what kind of amazing things you can create. Well, that's about it for today, but join me next week for more presentation tips weekly.