I’m refreshing my front living space. I want to buy an area rug and recover the dining room chairs to match the newly-covered sofa (Surefit.com …I’m a customer). But it’s so hard to know what’s going to work, and I want to avoid doing a lot of ordering, buying, and returning.
Soooo, I’m using PowerPoint.
I have little images of my furniture and am grabbing pictures of rugs, pillows, etc., off the Web (Overstock.com …I’m a customer) using PowerPoint’s screen capture command (see how-to video below). Using actual photos gives me a much better visual when putting the room together.
This is quite interesting and fun.
When I grab the images off the Web, I’m knocking out the backgrounds in PowerPoint, including removing white space. Here’s a how-to video I recorded a while ago to show you how to remove backgrounds.
If I’ve inspired you to make your changes to your surroundings, let me know in the comments.
I’m redesigning a PowerPoint 2010 presentation, and wanted to match the colors to the ones on my book cover. I used free software to do it. Microsoft Paint’s Color Picker tool makes it easy to color match.
The colors displayed on your computer are designated as RGB. That’s short for the first letters in the colors red, green, and blue that are combined in various percentages to produce other colors. Here’s how I used Paint’s Color Picker and then used it in PowerPoint by creating a custom color.
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As illustrated in the above video, I used the Color Picker tool in Microsoft Paint to get the Hue, Sat, Lum, Red, Green, Blue. Then I went to http://www.ColorPicker.com and used those numbers I got from Microsoft Paint to get the #Hex code. Users who’ve invested in Adobe Illustrator probably know to use its Eye Dropper tool to find the numbers. It gives you the RGB, CMYK, HEX, and other codes.
Another method is using the Windows Calculator:
Open the Windows Calculator (in Windows 8, on the Start Tile screen, type Paint, and press Enter when it’s selected).
Press Alt+3 to get to Programming mode on the calculator.
With Dec selected, type in the Red, Green, and Blue numbers.
When I need photos for my presentations, I will either take my own or grab something free from the Microsoft images Website. I prefer photos, and when I can’t find exactly what I need, I’ll alter. I recently needed someone in bed working on a laptop.
I found a picture of just a bed and another of a woman sitting outside on the grass. I removed her background (easy in PowerPoint 2010), and put the woman on the bed. Perfect.
Here’s a quick video to show you how I did this. You can contact me anytime for software training.
If you have any other ideas, please leave a comment to let us know how you would have handled or how you’ve used a similar technique.
Note: Here is Microsoft® says about using their images, videos, etc.
“3. Media Elements. Microsoft grants you a license to copy, distribute, perform and display media elements (images, clip art, animations, sounds, music, video clips, templates and other forms of content) included with the software in projects and documents, except that you may not: (i) sell, license or distribute copies of any media elements by themselves or as a product if the primary value of the product is the media elements; (ii) grant your customers rights to further license or distribute the media elements; (iii) license or distribute for commercial purposes media elements that include the representation of identifiable individuals, governments, logos, trademarks, or emblems or use these types of images in ways that could imply an endorsement or association with your product, entity or activity; or (iv) create obscene or scandalous works using the media elements. Other media elements, which are accessible on Office.com or on other websites through features of the software, are governed by the terms on those websites.”
I’m a PowerPoint fanatic, and I’ve put together some ideas for you to explore that go way beyond just slides. You’re a click away from creating anything you need…print or digital. Use this software you already have to create anything from a postcard to a YouTube channel banner. Click inside for some ideas. Some how-to videos are included at the end.
I know, I know, it’s hard to find just the right image for your presentation or art project. Sometimes you have to resort to ClipArt. And then when you do, it’s hard to find diversity. Here’s a how-to video I recorded to show you how to recolor PowerPoint ClipArt. I’m using the 2010 version in this video, but older versions work as well.
So get creative and do your own. Let me know in a comment what you think.
Anytime I need a graphic for print, online, or video, I turn to PowerPoint. Starting with shapes, I add color, 3D effects and formatting, etc., and create postcards, video thumbnails, business cards, training flyers, and more. PowerPoint is not just for slides and its flexibility makes it the perfect tool to use…plus you probably already have it.
I’m developing a series of classes on this topic. Join my email list here so you’ll find out first.
After speaking engagements, I like to walk around with my iPhone and iRig microphone to capture testimonials. This video is from a recent conference, Society of Government Meeting Professionals, SGMP.org. I created portions of this video in PowerPoint with animations and slide transitions (in PowerPoint 2010, you can render directly to video).
I pulled the PowerPoint video into my editing software (Camtasia) and added music and the testimonial videos from my iPhone (I’d added all that to PowerPoint, but it kept crashing). I’ll send this to attendees and my conference host.
I recently fascinated a group of meeting professionals on how to design graphics using advanced PowerPoint techniques. These are three testimonials from this recent national education conference of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, SGMP.org.
I used PowerPoint 2010 animations and transitions and saved the file as a video. I pulled that video into my editing software (Camtasia) and added music and the testimonial videos (I’d added all that to PowerPoint, but it kept crashing). I captured the testimonials right after my sessions using my iPhone and iRig microphone.
YouTube has made more design changes, eliminating the background and replacing it with a banner. Now, no matter which device someone views your channel on, they’ll see a consistent design that works. I used my favorite software, PowerPoint, to create the new banner.
YouTube has a requirement that your artwork has to be 2120 pixels wide and 1192 pixels tall. You’ll receive an error if it’s too small. PowerPoint doesn’t size in pixels, so I had to convert these measurements to inches (AuctionRepair.com/pixels.html is the site I used). The pixels converted to 22.08 inches wide and 12.42 inches in height, using the 96 flat panel display option. This ended up being a perfect fit.
Here’s a how-to video I just recorded to show you how to use PowerPoint to create your new banner and how to upload it to your YouTube channel.
Let me know how yours turns out. Leave a link in comments.