Multiplex Animation

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 … Continue reading Multiplex Animation

Quick Tip: Quick formatting in PowerPoint 2013

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) … Continue reading Quick Tip: Quick formatting in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint Quick Access Toolbar customization

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 … Continue reading PowerPoint Quick Access Toolbar customization

Vector Shine effect

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. 

Text formatting technqiue

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 … Continue reading Text formatting technqiue

Video editing in PowerPoint: Part 2

PowerPoint is full of neat tricks that you can play around with. One of these would be the great variety of video editing features. Bookmarking video is one feature where you can create interactions with the audience or complex trigger during your presentation. To do so, first insert a video. Double click the video to bring up the Video Tools bar. Under Video Tools, select Playback. Next, play through your video to a segment where you want to bookmark it. Pause the video and click Add Bookmark. Once a bookmark has been added, you can then leverage on the bookmarked … Continue reading Video editing in PowerPoint: Part 2

Video editing in PowerPoint: Part 1

Inserting and interacting with videos in PowerPoint have improved greatly over the years, with newer versions providing many great features. In PowerPoint 2010 for instance, you have the ability to format your videos just like images. To do so,  first insert your video, then right click on it and select Format Video. From here, you can then set the video’s brightness, contrast, recolor it, crop it and etc. You can also style your video through video tools by double clicking on the video to bring up the Format tab. From there, set a shape of your preference so that your … Continue reading Video editing in PowerPoint: Part 1

Motion Path in PowerPoint 2013

Editing motion path in earlier versions of PowerPoint can be tedious at times. Reason being, your end path is mostly a wild guess as you are only provided the end arrow which does not exactly show the exact position of where the object will end at. With mutliple complex paths involved, this might become frustrating to play around with. Fortunately, there are add-ins available that help to resolve this issue. In PowerPoint 2013, Microsoft introduces a translucent image which acts as a projection on where your object will start and stop at. The projections will also appear only when you … Continue reading Motion Path in PowerPoint 2013

Grouping your slides

Having ton of slides in your presentation can be confusing if you are required to navigate around the slides during Q & A session. In the earlier versions of PowerPoint, there are several ways for you to group your slides manually, such as having hyperlinks and custom shows, though this may not be what you are looking for. In PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft made it possible for you to group your slides easily in the editing mode, by introducing the ‘Add Section’ feature. This feature allows you to easily group slides, as well as hiding them to allow easy navigation when … Continue reading Grouping your slides

Brush Stroke Outline in PowerPoint

When drawing shapes, there are several ways to add outlines. PowerPoint 2007 and newer versions offer great variations that you can play around with. For instance, you can add solid or gradient line color to the shape itself. You can also add transparency to the outline depending on your preferences. More advanced features would be the Line Style which includes setting compound type, dash type, width and etc. In this article, we would explore even further, that is, creating your own Brush stroke or calligraphy styled outline in PowerPoint. The brush stroke outline however, is not something that is available … Continue reading Brush Stroke Outline in PowerPoint