Videos: Find the Perfect Color Match for Text and Graphics (PowerPoint’s Eyedropper and Microsoft Paint)

If you’ve ever tried to match the colors in a picture to coincide with your presentation, etc., PowerPoint 2013 has the Eyedropper tool that makes this easy. If you have an older version of PowerPoint, you can accomplish the same thing using Microsoft Paint (free software that comes with Windows).

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.

EYEDROPPER. PowerPoint 2013+ has the Eyedropper command. It’s easy to find an exact match in an image that’s on your slide. In the video, I’m creating a custom color pulled from a graphic that I’ll apply to some text.

MICROSOFT PAINT. I’m redesigning a PowerPoint presentation and wanted to match the slide colors to the ones on my book cover. Microsoft Paint comes with Windows, and its Color Picker tool makes it easy to color match. I’ve included how to find Paint on your computer.

I’ve posted two real quick how-to videos on both methods below.

For PowerPoint 2013 and Above

Using Microsoft Paint

Hope this helps. Feel free to comment and share. #SuiteTuesday

PEACE.

Video: How to Add a Picture Inside Text Using PowerPoint and WordArt

I use PowerPoint for most of my graphics, including the ones I use for videos, event flyers, postcards, my Linkedin profile header, and more. If you can see it, you can create it in PowerPoint. (A link to samples is below the video.)

In this example, it’s easy to add design elements to words using PowerPoint and WordArt.

 

Here’s a real quick video to show you how I did this. I’m using PowerPoint 2013, and this has worked the same in other versions.

P.S. In another video, I show you how to save your WordArt graphic as a picture while on the slide, crop it, then save outside of PowerPoint so you can use it anywhere. Click here to watch that video after you’ve learned from this one.

For more ideas on using PowerPoint for design projects, check out this slideshow video.

Hope this helps. Feel free to comment and share. #SuiteTuesday

PEACE.

Video: Save Artwork As a Picture and Crop It in PowerPoint

In a separate video, you’ll learn how to insert a picture inside text using WordArt. In the video below, you’ll learn how to save WordArt as a picture while you’re on the slide, and then how to crop then save the image outside of the slide (so you’ll be able to use the picture anywhere).

Whether you create a graphic as WordArt or not, this is a technique you’ll use often when you use PowerPoint beyond slides (I use it for all kinds of graphics from flyers to video thumbnails).

Hope this helps. Feel free to comment and share. #SuiteTuesday

PEACE.

How to Set Up a Teleprompter for Videos Using Equipment You Already Have (with video)

Most of my videos are screen recordings that show tips and tricks in software. But recently, I’ve started getting in front of the camera. I’ve wanted to use a teleprompter, but didn’t have an iPad and didn’t want to spend any money buying a traditional one. Here’s what I came up with.

First, I wrote my script. The key to writing a script for the teleprompter is to write exactly the way you talk. Then practice, practice, practice until you don’t sound like you’re reading.

Second, I composed the text in Notepad, saved it, and pasted it on http://www.CuePrompter.com when I’m ready. This is a free online teleprompter service.

Third, I put my laptop behind my camera, just above it. This way, I can see the scrolling text on my laptop, and it looks as if I’m looking right into the camera’s eye.

Finally, I had to figure out a way to control the laptop when it’s not in front of me (e.g., to start the cueprompter, start and stop the video recorder for my webcam, etc.). My Logitech Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad is the perfect solution.

So I’m all set, and here’s the video on this setup. 

 

Are you using a teleprompter? If so, what’s your setup?

PEACE.

 

Learn Three (Or More) Ways to Use PowerPoint That You Have Not Thought Of – GUARANTEED (with video)

Eyes glaze over when I start talking about how I use PowerPoint for more than just slides. In the video below, I’ve compiled about a dozen examples of my favorite uses for this wonderful software that gets such a bum rap. At the end of the video, you’ll see links to some tutorials. I’m absolutely positive that you’re going to go “Ahhhh. Now why didn’t I think of that?”

If you like these ideas, let me know by leaving a comment. If you have some more ideas, by all means, share that with us too.

And if you LOVE this type of creativity, click to SHARE with your online network.

This video is available in HD. Click the wheel-like icon near the YouTube logo to change, especially if you go full screen.

PEACE.

How to Change or Customize Your Twitter Background (Skin) to Fit the New 2012 Design Change (with video demo)

I love the new Twitter layout. It’s rolling out and my account was just updated yesterday. I’d recorded a video series on how to create a customized background using PowerPoint, and the last video in the series shows how to upload a new jpeg design to your profile.

This new video is an update. And if you’d like to try creating a new background using PowerPoint, it’s all on my YouTube channel.

If the video series helps, I hope you’ll share it with your network. And feel free to embed it into your Website or blog.

PEACE.

Create Your Own Video Website for Free with Vidcaster and YouTube. Perfect for Vodcasts.

I’m becoming obsessed with creating how-to videos about productivity and technology tips and gadgets. I’d decided earlier in the year that my project during this holiday season (as business slows down) would be to learn even more video editing software and to get more serious about vodcasting (Internet TV with my own videos). My brain cells are in overdrive, and that keeps me motivated (I’ll talk more about the software and gadgets I’m using in another post).

I have a YouTube channel and have been posting how-to videos for several years, but I also wanted to have a separate Website for my videos and my vodcast, Suite Minute with Peggy Duncan. I didn’t want to host the videos on a site that I’d have to create and then maintain.

Vidcaster.com – Create Your Own Video Website

Vidcaster.com has a lot of features I wanted. However, I’m using the free version and have some limitations such as not being able to add social tools to each video. For this reason, I’ll promote my YouTube channel most of the time.

  • Easy to use. I clicked around the site because I wanted to know everything I’d be able to do. I’ve created new pages, added my own background, chosen a template, etc. Everything was straightforward.
  • Connects with YouTube. This is key because I didn’t want to have to upload all of my videos to the site.
  • Has customizable background. I wanted this site to resemble the design of my YouTube channel. I created a background in PowerPoint, and uploaded it. After tweaking the design, I was able to make everything fit the template I chose on Vidcaster.
  • Offers a free version. I’m going to stick with the free version for now. When I get advertisers interested in my channel, I’ll upgrade to the paid version so I can include commercials in my shows.
  • Can customize the domain name. For $20 a year, I’m using my own domain for more professional branding (I didn’t want .vidcaster in the name). This was tricky because this called for creating an A Record where I registered the domain (I’d never done this before and still don’t know what the heck it is). You’ll see info on this on Vidcaster’s site when you attempt to add the custom domain, but you’ll have to figure out how to create the A Record on your own.

    I found the instructions for doing it on Godaddy.com (that’s where I registered the SuiteMinuteTV.com domain), inserted the IP address I got from Vidcaster, and waited a few hours for all this to propagate throughout the Internet. After that, I clicked to verify it on Vidcaster.com, and it worked! (See below for instructions I used on GoDaddy).

So, here it is. Introducing SuiteMinuteTV.com.

 

How to Create an A Record, GoDaddy.com

Here are the instructions I found for creating an A Record on GoDaddy.com. You’ll have to do a similar search for instructions with your registrar (or call them).

GoDaddy: To Access the Zone File Editor

Log in to your Account Manager.

In the My Products section, click Domain Manager.

Do one of the following:

From the Tools menu, select DNS Manager, and then click Edit Zone for the domain name you want to update.

Click the domain name you want to update, and, in the DNS Manager section, click Launch.

 

GoDaddy: To Add an A Record

Go to the Zone File Editor for the domain name you want to update.

Click Add New Record. The Add DNS Record window displays.

From the Record type list, select A (Host).

Complete the following fields:

Host Name: Enter the host name the A record links to. Type @ to point the record directly to your domain name, including the www.

Points to IP Address: Enter the IP address your domain name uses for this host record (I got this from Vidcaster).

TTL: Select how long the server should cache the information (I changed to a week…don’t ask me why).

Click OK.

Click Save Zone File, and then click OK. The new A record displays in the A (Host) section.


Back on Vidcaster

Go to your Vidcaster page and change the domain to Custom (on the Dashboard, click Site, Domain).

Only thing left to do on the Vidcaster site is to set up analytics…I’ll update the post when I get it done.

Hope this helps. Let me know what you think about all this.

PEACE.

 

 

 

14+ Windows 7 Tips in 14 Minutes for End Users (with video)

I’m going to record a lot more videos in 2012 and build up my TV channel on YouTube (Suite Minute with Peggy Duncan). I bought a more powerful laptop so I could upgrade and buy different video editing software. The laptop came pre-loaded with Windows 7, and this is my first exposure to it. I figured I may as well make a recording of what I was learning. The video below covers the features I’ve been using every day. It’s 12+ (at least 14) tips in just under 14 minutes..

For more training, I’m giving my own public seminars, workshops, and Webinars in Atlanta. And I can travel internationally to speak at your location.

Embed This Windows 7 Video Into Your Site

I hope you’ll promote this video to your network, and feel free to embed it into your site. If you use WordPress, here is a video I made on how to insert a video into your site from YouTube so that it doesn’t disappear later.

What You’ll Learn in Windows 7

Below this video is what you’ll learn and where it appears in the video. Please click Share, Like, etc., on YouTube, and also leave a comment here to let me know what you think.

Windows 7 Tips for End Users Time on Video

Show day of week on the Taskbar

0:41

Shortcut to Windows Desktop called  Aero Peek (I use this mostly to see my weather gadget on my Desktop)

01:26

Add program shortcuts to the Taskbar

01:47

Add a folder to the Taskbar for quick access

02:31

Open multiple instances of programs and browsers

03:30

Customize: Start menu, Jump List; add Run command

04:01

Search for a program and add to Start menu

05:43

Aero Shake: Hide/unhide multiple windows at once (I’ve used this when I’ve wanted to drag a file to my Desktop quickly)

06:20

Windows Explorer: Your computer’s filing cabinet

06:41

Resizing, maximizing a window by dragging

07:37

Using a dual monitor setup

07:56

Preview pane to see files before you open

08:50

Eliminate need to do a hard refresh

10:12

Create a System Repair Disc (an emergency reboot disc)

12:36

 

 

 

Record Better Sound with the iRig Mic for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

If you’re not satisfied with the sound quality when you record videos with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, get the iRig microphone. In the video below, I’ll show you the difference in the sound quality when the mic is used. It has three settings that will change how the sound is picked up in various situations.

  • Low intensity setting will capture all the sounds around you.
  • Medium intensity setting cuts out the noise around you and is ideal for busy tradeshow interviews, podcasting, and other similar work. This is the setting I use.
  • High intensity setting cuts down the background noise, but records loud.

I want to use my iRig mic with other gadgets other than the iPhone or iPad (if I had one). I found an adapter that works. It turns the iPhone connector into a standard mic plug. K-AD-IMIC (iPhone iMic to standard mic plug Adapter, 3.5mm TRS Male to 3.5mm TRRS 4 conductor Female).

I also want to use my other microphones with the iPhone so I purchased the adapter, KM-IPHONE-MIC (iPhone 1/8 inch microphone adapter – 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS Male to 3.5mm Microphone Input Jack).

 

 

Use the iGo Battery and Charger to Juice Your iPhone and Other Gadgets Without an Electrical Outlet

Have you been away from your home base and your gadget battery was dead, or close to it, and there was no electrical outlet anywhere? Or have you been at the airport, coffee house, or bookstore, and the few available outlets were taken? Me too. That’s why I’m so excited about the iGo. It’s a battery and charger in one. You can use it to charge various gadgets without an outlet, just by changing the tip.

I made this quick video to demo using my iGo to charge my iPhone (you can order various tips to fit whatever gadget you use, including a laptop).

You can purchase the iGo from Amazon (this is a link to the unit I purchased on Amazon for my iPhone) where it’ll probably be less expensive than buying from the manufacturer. Two tips came with this order: one for my iPhone and an extra tip for a BlackBerry. Other tips are available, if not on Amazon, check out iGo.com.

So don’t get caught with another dead battery and nowhere to plug it up. Impress your friends and colleagues with this simple but powerful technology and charge your battery anywhere with iGo. Let me know what you think.

 

Send Your Product for Reviews

If your company manufacturers a gadget or software that improves productivity or helps with small business marketing, send it my way to review. First, email me with a brief description of your product and include a link to your Website. I’ll respond if I’m interested. No returns. Thank you!

PEACE.