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Powerpoint for Graphics

Added by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN , last edited by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN on Jun 02, 2010 10:16


Powerpoint for Graphics

Did you know that the graphic tools in Office 2007 (Windows) and Office 2008 (Mac) can be used as a quick and easy alternative to using tools like Photoshop?

"When [PowerPoint] 2007 came out, it scared the design world because the average user could now create some impressive-looking work," Darla Wigginton, creative director at eVision Design, San Francisco.

Let's take a look at some of these tools now...


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Shapes & Pictures

  • Artists break complex pictures down into a series of simple shapes.  Use the Shape tools on the Insert tab to draw your own pictures.
  • Insert several pictures to create a collage.  (See Using the Shapes Tool to Create Objects for more information.)

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WordArt & SmartArt

  • If you have an abstract idea, try representing it with WordArt and some images.
  • Use SmartArt for organizational charts, process cycles, replacements to regular bulleted lists and more.

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ClipArt & Beyond

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Quick Styles & Effects

  • Microsoft Office now has Shape Effects like Reflection, Bevel, Glow, and 3-D Rotation.  These make objects look more realistic.  Just don't use all of them at once!
  • Quick Styles are a shortcut to these effects.
  • You will also find suggested colors according to a selected color palettes.  Most are more subtle than previous palettes.  I recommend selecting subtle colors and/or sampling colors from other objects.
     

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Position

  • You can align & distribute shapes uniformly.
  • You can rotate or flip an image.

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Save as Picture...

  • Crop What you don't need.
  • Select what you do need.
  • Right-click & Save As Picture... (See Saving PowerPoint Slides as Images for more information on how to save PowerPoint graphics for use elsewhere.)

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