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Part 3: Create and animate objects on a slide — Patriotic Theme — Text

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm

This step-by-step series of tutorials will show you how to animate shapes and text to create a customizable patriotic slide with background music. This third tutorial focuses on drawing and animating the Text shown below.

Patriotic Theme Slide - Complete

Patriotic Theme Slide – Complete

Create text
Learn how to animate the Text in the above slide — but with a twist. This tutorial will show you how to create Text using the PowerPoint Fragment Shapes feature and how to animate each letter with the Expand Entrance Effect

  1. On the Insert tab, click Text Box, and then place your cursor on the slide and click to draw the text box on the slide.

    Create text

    Create text

  2. Type the desired text (we’ve used Arial Black)

    Type the Words - Veterans Day

    Type the Words – Veterans Day

  3. On the Insert tab, insert a Rectangle Shape to cover the length and height of the text (shown in red – note that the color doesn’t matter at this point) > Send Rectangle Shape to Back (Right click on rectangle > Send to Back > Send to Back

    Send to Back

    Send to Back

  4. Select the Rectangle Shape then with Shift Key held down, select the Text Box

    Select Text Box

    Select Text Box

  5. Go to Drawing Tools > Format > Insert Shapes  Group > Merge Shapes ? > Fragment

    Use Fragment Tool

    Use Fragment Tool

  6. Delete the areas of the letters that need to be removed  (for example, the middles of the D, A, and R and the area of the shape surrounding the text. Leave the the remaining text.

    Delete Artifacts

    Delete Artifacts

  7. Change the Shape Fill and Shape Outline colors as Desired

    Change Fill and Outline

    Change Fill and Outline

  8. Adjust letter spacing as desired (we’ve tightened it up so each letter touches the next)

    Tighten Text

    Tighten Text

  9. Group all of the letters in “VETERANS DAY.” Select each letter while holding down the Shift Key. Then go to the Drawing Tools Tab > Format > Group ? > Group.
    Select Text

    Select Text

    Group Text

    Group Text

  10. Resize Grouped Shapes as needed
  11. Ungroup

To animate Text, follow these steps:

  1. Holding the shift key, select each text shape (important, select each shape in the order of which you wish to animate – we’re starting with the “V” and ending with the “Y”.

    Hold Shift Key to Select Text

    Hold Shift Key to Select Text

  2. Go to the Animation Tab > Advance Animation Group > Add Animation > More Entrance Animations > Under Subtle, pick Expand

    Apply Expand Entrance Animation

    Apply Expand Entrance Animation

  3. Show the Animation Pane by going to the Animation Tab > Advanced Animation Group > Animation Pane

    Animation Pane

    Animation Pane

  4. In the Animation Pane, with the animations effects still selected, go to Animation Tab > Timing  group> Start (More Arrow) > With Previous
    Text Animation Results

    Text Animation Results

    Start: With Previous
    Set the Delay: Start each letter in 2 second increment (.20, .40, etc.)
    Set the Duration: .50

After creating and animating the Red Bars, White Stars and Text, your Animation Pane should look like the graphic below:

Steps so far

Steps so far

*REMINDER: We have labeled each object on the slide by identifying it in the Selection Pane (Home >  Editing group > Select > Selection Pane)

This tutorial is part of a 5 part series. To learn other drawing and animation techniques to create a slide like this, click any of the following links:

Draw and Animate the red bars

Draw and Animate the red stars

Create and Animate custom text (with Fragment Shapes Tool)

Draw and Animate the shooting stars

Insert Audio (music)

 

Download the PowerPoint file from here

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Part One: Create and animate objects on a slide — Patriotic Theme

In Tutorial on May 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm

This step-by-step series of tutorials will show you how to animate shapes and text to create a customizable patriotic slide with background music. This first tutorial focuses on drawing and animating the Red Bars shown below.

Patriotic Theme Slide - Complete

Patriotic Theme Slide – Complete

Create the red bars:
In this slide we’ve created two bars using rectangles and a gradient fill.

  1. To create the first rectangular bar, go to the Insert tab on the Ribbon> Shapes ▼  > Rectangle.Image 1 - Create Red Bars
  2. Draw the rectangle to the desired height and width (we’ve filled the bar with Red, used .4 inches for the 2. height and 11.82 inches for the length, and placethe bar near the bottom of the slide

    Draw the rectangle

    Draw the rectangle

  3.  Select  the bar, under Drawing Tools click the Format tab > > Shape Fill ▼ > Gradient > More Gradients
    Create Rectangles - Color
  4. In the Format Shape task pane, to set the gradient stops do the following:Create Rectangles - Image 4Type: Linear Angle:  180  Gradient stop 1:
    Create Rectangles - Stop 1
    Gradient stop 2 (click on Gradient bar to add stop if needed):
    Create Rectangles - Image 6
    Gradient stop 3 (click on Gradient bar to add stop if needed):
    Create Rectangles - Image 7
  5. To close the Format Shape task pane, click the x in the upper right corner of the Pane. The rectangle will look like this:
    Create Rectangles - Image 8
  6. Select the rectangle, press Ctrl + C and then Ctrl +V. Now you have two rectangular bars.

Animate the red  bars:
*NOTE: We have labeled each object on the slide by identifying it in the Selection Pane (Home > Editing > Select > Selection Pane)

  1. Press and hold the Shift key, and then select each Rectangle
  2. To show the Animation Pane, click the Animations Tab > Advanced Animation Group > Animation Pane.Animate Rectangle - Image 1
  3. To apply an animation On the Animations Tab > Advanced Animation Group > Add Animation > More Entrance Effects> Expand

    Expand Animation

    Expand Animation

  4. To set the timing to animate both bars, click the down arrow ?next to ‘Rectangle’ (or Red Bar Top), click Timing, and then do the following: **Tip: Be sure that you press and hold the Shift key and select both bars so the timing applies to both.*** Set the Delay: 1.50 * Set the Duration: 03.00

    Results

    Results

 

This tutorial is part of a 5 part series. To learn other drawing and animation techniques to create a slide like this, click any of the following links:

Draw and Animate the red bars

Draw and Animate the red stars

Create and Animate custom text (with Fragment Shapes Tool)

Draw and Animate the shooting stars

Insert Audio (music)

 

Download the PowerPoint file from here

Why not to use the Internet when gathering images for your PowerPoint presentations

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Creating Powerful PowerPoint Graphics Using PowerPoint Drawing Tools

I’ve been working exclusively in the business of creating PowerPoint presentations for others since 2001. Over the course of the past 12 years I’ve learned that PowerPoint users get their graphics from several sources that have their pros and cons.
One of those sources is the Internet. So, why should we eliminate Internet images as a source of graphics for our PowerPoint presentations? Read on.
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Oh my! I’ll bet every single client that I’ve worked with over the past 12 years has lifted at least one image from the Internet for use in their presentations. Admittedly, I did quite a bit of that in my early days as a PowerPoint presentation designer, not understanding the limitations and potential consequences of using this “free” resource.

Usage Rights
Many of the images that we find online have been purchased by others for use in their marketing materials. That means, when you copy their image, you are breaking usage right laws because you have not paid for the right to use that image in your – or your clients’ – materials. Doing so at the very least, violates basic ethics codes, and at those most, it could get you into a ton of legal hurt.

Quality
If you don’t understand how image sizing works in PowerPoint, the image that you lift from the Internet may be too small – it’s not scalable. That means when you enlarge it to meet your needs on a slide, the images will become very pixilated and appear blurry.

Surprises
My business colleagues have heard me tell this story more than once, but if usage rights and lack of image quality don’t hold you back from lifting images from the Internet, perhaps the fear of potential surprises may.

As often happens, a client provided me with several slides with content that needed to be cleaned up. One slide featured several logos to help her demonstrate that each of the companies represented carried a certain brand “feel.” One of those logos was the Land O’ Lakes logo – you know, the one with the American Indian woman sitting on her knees holding a box of butter in outstretched arms. As is habit for me, I viewed each slide in Slide Show View (View > Slide Show) to catch any animation that the client included in the slides. I found that our Land O’ Lakes logo was in animated gif format. To my surprise, someone had used Photoshop to edit the logo, copied a section of the woman’s knees and placed them “behind” the box of butter. The would-be prankster then animated the front of the box to flip up, revealing what appeared to be the woman’s breasts. Look at the logo here Land O’ Lakes logo and use your imagination to envision the result. I hate to think what would have happened if this client had not sent the slides to me first for cleanup.

So what’s the option to lifting slides from the Internet? Well, you could purchase images from a stock photo source like iStockphoto or Bigstockphoto to ensure that you’ve paid for the correct usage. Even then, these photos might not be perfect and you’ll find the need for photo editing – and that brings up a whole new can of worms — like expensive photo editing software and skill (or lack thereof).

On the other hand, you could simply use PowerPoint’s built in drawing tools. It is my promise that, over the course of the next numerous blog entries, I will help you to learn how to leverage these tools to design amazing high-quality graphics that are free, editable and scalable.

Use PowerPoint’s Built-in Tools to Create Amazing Custom Graphics

In Tutorial on September 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I am flattered to have been invited to present at the 3rd Annual Outstanding Presentations Workshop, hosted by fellow MVP Ellen Finkelstein. I’m among six other MVP colleagues and Rick Altman, the annual Presentation Summit host, that make up this year’s 8-week webinar series.  Ellen charges only $8 total for the entire series.

In my session on September 25 (11am PT, 12pm MT, 1pm CT, 2pm ET) you will see why there is no need to buy stock images, “borrow” from the internet or purchase expensive photo editing software for your presentations. Instead, you learn how to use PowerPoint’s built-in tools to create custom graphics like the one’s shown here.

Create custom icon graphics

Don't be limited by stock images, usage rights or photo editing tools. Create custom icon graphics

Don’t be limited by stock images, usage rights or photo editing tools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more and to register, visit Ellens site at http://www.outstandingpresentationsworkshop.com/.

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