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.
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.
On October 26, 2012, I’m presenting my first workshop on video basics, advanced PowerPoint for video graphics, basic editing, and building and optimizing a YouTube channel. Here’s a video I produced to showcase what attendees will learn. For details and registration, visit http://VideosYouMake.eventbrite.com/
This video was created using PowerPoint 2010 for graphics. I used my Logitech C920 Webcam with Camtasia 8 to record the on-camera piece. I added the other videos inside and the music using Camtasia. Then I put the finishing touches using Sony Vegas 12.
You can create videos from your PowerPoint slides. Below is a very basic example of a slide I’m going to start adding to the end of my how-to YouTube videos. I’m hoping it’ll remind more viewers to subscribe to my channel and click to share my tips with their social media network (that’s a hint).
I formatted the PowerPoint slide for widescreen. Then I added graphic elements and animated some of them. From there, I rendered the slide as a video (Windows Media Video). All this was done in PowerPoint. Once I uploaded the video to YouTube, I created an annotation to link directly to the subscription page of my YouTube channel.
Sample PowerPoint slide rendered as a Windows Media Video.
LEARN HOW TO DO THIS
If you’d like to learn how to do all this and more, stay tuned for my upcoming video training event (August 10, 2012, Atlanta GA USA) where I’ll combine getting started with video (equipment, software, recording, and editing), creating PowerPoint graphics, building a YouTube channel, and learning DIY SEO (search engine optimization).