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).
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.
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.
Drop everything you’re doing right now and recheck your Facebook privacy settings. That’s what I did when I realized that people I have no connection to could see my updates and everything else on my personal Facebook page!
I’ll admit that I didn’t pay enough attention to the privacy warnings when the Timeline was introduced. I came to my senses when I was on Mashable.com leaving a comment on an article. I decided to click the link to my profile (on the comment box) to update it. I updated my Mashable profile, but then I noticed a Facebook icon and clicked it. That landed me on my Wall on my personal Facebook page for all the world to see. I was surprised but thought it was because I was logged into Facebook on my computer and figured that was what was going on. Then I clicked on the profiles of commenters I didn’t know, and from there, I was able to repeat the same clicks and landed on their personal Facebook Wall. OMG!
I was so shocked that I had to walk away from my computer to keep from deleting my entire Facebook account.
I don’t want to spend time deciding who can see each update so I made some changes to the defaults. I don’t post anything I wouldn’t want my Friends to see (or the public if it ever got out), but I don’t want to give people outside my network easy access to my personal page.
How to Change Facebook’s Timeline Privacy Settings, Video
I was going to record a video to show you step by step everything I changed, but I found a great one on YouTube and posted it below.
Change Privacy Defaults
Click the drop-down arrow next to Home and click Privacy Settings.
Under Control Your Default Privacy, choose Friends (choose Custom if you want something different).
Limit Audience for Older Posts
I don’t know how long my Wall had been exposed so I opted to limit the audience for my older posts.
Scroll down to the Limit the Audience for Past Posts section, click Manage Past Post Visibility, click Limit Old Posts, Confirm, then Close.
Go to your main profile page. In the Friends section, click See All.
Click the Edit button on the upper right of the screen.
Choose Only Me, and Save Changes.
Apps – Delete All
I’ll no longer sign into other Websites via Facebook. Any apps you use will have access to your data…how much? I’m not sure, but from my understanding, it’s quite a bit.
Click the drop-down arrow next to Home, and click Account Settings.
Click Apps (in the left sidebar). To remove the app, click the x next to Edit, and Remove.
Apps – Change Sharing Activity
On the other hand, you may want to keep the app but limit who can view your activity. For example, if you sign into HuffingPost.com via Facebook and you haven’t set the privacy, your friends will see every article you click on when they’re on the HuffingtonPost site. If this doesn’t set well with you either, change the privacy setting. Continuing from above, when you click Edit, choose Only Me in the App activity privacy section, and Close. Repeat this for each app you want to change.
If you find other changes that need to be made, please let us know by leaving a comment.
In a previous post and my YouTube video series (below), I demonstrated how to use PowerPoint to design a Twitter and YouTube channel background (the skin). You can use the same techniques to design a cover graphic for Facebook’s new Timeline (a Cover is the large graphic at the top of the Timeline. Everyone will be switched to this new Facebook layout on December 21, 2011).
In the video below, instructions are for PowerPoint 2007 and 2003. For the Facebook results, your finished image should be 850px wide by 315px high. In PowerPoint, I changed the slide size to 8.85 inches wide and 3.28 inches height, landscape view.
You should save your PowerPoint cover page image in high resolution if the one you upload is pixelated. I used high res images, and when I saved the image in PowerPoint, it was fine. If you use a single photo, you’ll definitely need a high res image.
When you get ready to upload your image to the Facebook Timeline, go to your Facebook Profile page, and click Add a Cover (later, you’ll change this image by hovering your mouse over to display the Add/Change Cover command). Either choose from your Facebook photos or click Upload Photo to find one on your computer.
(The video below is part one of the series. The videos are organized in a YouTube playlist so the next video automatically plays when the previous one finishes.)
NOTE: You can promote your stuff, but don’t do a paid commercial/ad for some other company.