December 2013 - Posts

Multiplex Animation
Mon, Dec 30 2013 2:46

PowerPoint is sometimes used as a software to create image slideshow, where album consisting multiple images are displayed through the entire slideshow. With that, here are some interesting Multiplex animations that you can achieve by combining different animations, tweaking timings and images etc. 7 Multiplex animations are demonstrated. 1 - Cross Dissolve, which leverage on random bars. 2 - Diamond Strips, which made use of multiple Strips. 3 - Quartz, which made use of shape and wheel to achieve quartz effect. 4 - Multi-Checkered, which consists of dual checker board effects, 5 - Complex Blinds, which is an advance blind effect, making use of Split and Random bars effects. 6 - Clone Merge, which leverage on dual Float in effects. 7 - Matrix, which made use of multiple Expand effects as well as timing tweaking and image cropping.

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Quick Tip: Quick formatting in PowerPoint 2013
Sun, Dec 29 2013 4:44

Formatting in PowerPoint can become a hassle if you can't find the feature you need. While Ribbon has improved the ease of use, there are still time where you will find yourself randomly scrolling through the tabs to get what you need. Fortunately, PowerPoint 2013 made it even easier for you to format your objects without the need to go through the ribbon. To do so, simply right click on the object you are editing. This will bring up a quick format toolbar which provides different format tools depending on what you are editing.

For instance, right clicking on

1) Shape or border of textbox - bring up a quick format toolbar that allows you to edit the Style, Fill and Outline.

2) Image - allows you to edit the Style and Crop the image.

3) Video - allows you to edit the Style, Trim and Start on click or automatically. 

4) SmartArt - allows you to edit the Style, Color and Layout.

5) Chart - allows you to edit the Fill and Outline 

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PowerPoint Quick Access Toolbar customization
Sun, Dec 29 2013 3:12

Ribbon has been introduced since PowerPoint 2007 (also the rest of Office programs) and it has pretty much replaced the old styled toolbar in PowerPoint 2003 and earlier versions. With Ribbon, commands are now easier to look for if you are not familiar with PowerPoint. However, there are some who still preferred the old small icons in PowerPoint 2003 and earlier. To achieve this, one can make use of the Quick access toolbar. This toolbar is available by default at the top left hand corner of PowerPoint 2007 and above, with 4 default commands - Save, Undo, Redo, Start from Beginning.

You can also add more commands to the Quick Access Toolbar. There are a few ways to bring up the customization. In the order of ease: 1 - Right click on the toolbar | Select customize Quick Access Toolbar. 2 - Click on the dropdown beside the Quick Access Toolbar | Select More Commands. 3 - Click on File | Options | Quick Access Toolbar. On the customization screen, you will find two columns, the first being the list of available commands and the second being the commands you want to have on the QAT. On the first column, you can also see a drop down menu which allows you to choose from a range of commands within a list (e.g. Commands in the SmartArt Tools | Design Tab), thus allowing you to have easier accessibility to frequently used commands. Once you have selected a command of your preference, click Add which is located in the center of the customization screen.

A tip is to add some of the useful commands which are not found on the ribbon. For instance, Bring Forward and Send Backward, which allows you to reorder the stacking order of your objects more easily; Reuse Slides, which allows you to add slides from other PPT files; Snap to Grid, to toggle on and off based on your preference during editing. You can also add a Separator which should be on top of the list, which allows you to categorize your QAT. In addition, if you are working on a project presentation which require frequent usage of a certain feature, you can set the QAT to be available for this presentation only. 

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Vector Shine effect
Sat, Dec 28 2013 4:10

Gradient can be a useful tool to create effects. Here's a demonstration of vector shine effect done in PowerPoint using shapes, background and gradient formatting. 

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Text formatting technqiue
Fri, Dec 27 2013 2:05

PowerPoint offers various ways for you to format your objects. In this article, we will concentrate mainly on text. With text formatting, you get to several options such as Fills (Solid, gradient, picture or texture and pattern fill), outline, shadow, reflections, and the list goes on. If you choose not to meddle with these options, you can also leverage on WordArt which provides a list of pre-configured formatting for you to use. While formatting offers wide variety of features for you to play around with, there is still a limitation to it, which would be that you are only able to apply a form of fill, thus restricting complexity and give you the 'this and nothing else' option. 

A solution to this is to make use of multiple layering technique, which is simple yet opening up more complexities and choices when making a text design of your preference. It also allows you to separate your formats to allow easier customizations. For instance, pattern fill provides multiple patterns from strikes to checker board. However, you will not be able to create gradient effects on the patterns. By overlaying a duplicated text with gradient fill, then set the transparency to your preference, you will then be able to achieve such effect. A sample text effect below demonstrates how multiple layered formatting can achieve effects that single layered formatting are not able to. Download the ppt file for more samples.

 

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