PowerPoint 2010: Sharpen your styled picture

If you are familiar with the picture styles on PowerPoint 2007, you will know that styles such as Simple Frame and Beveled Matte which allow you to style up your pictures will also soften them at the same time, causing the pictures to look blur. In PowerPoint 2010, you will still get the same effect. However, you can enhance it using the new Picture Corrections tool which allows you to bring your picture back to its sharp and crisp look. To do so, simply double click on the picture to bring out the Picture Tools ribbon. Under Adjust section, click … Continue reading PowerPoint 2010: Sharpen your styled picture

Mask with PowerPoint: 2007 and 2010

If you have done masking effect in PowerPoint 2003, or have seen the blog post on Mask with PowerPoint (See Figure 1 and 3), then you should take a look at the blur effects offered by PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. The introduction of blur effects allow you to insert a shape of your preference (e.g. circle or donut), then add the blur effect making the masking more realistic and stylistic. To add the blur effect, simply double click the added shape, then click on the Insert tab > Shape Effects > Soft Edges > (Extent of the blur effect. Preferably 10 to 25 points). Above … Continue reading Mask with PowerPoint: 2007 and 2010

No diagonal wipe transition on PowerPoint 2007

Another good reason to upgrade to PowerPoint 2010. When it comes to software, you would normally want to have absolute control over settings, especially the minor details. Just a few months back, I came to realize that PowerPoint 2007 does not offer diagonal wipe transition, instead, it has diagonal strips transitions where the edge is checkered instead of straight. What’s the fuss, you may ask? Firstly, the position where I have placed my title and the template I am using, a diagonal wipe is the perfect transition to use. Secondly, I have to port it over to a seminar room with only … Continue reading No diagonal wipe transition on PowerPoint 2007

Exploring Reflection in PowerPoint 2010

If you have been following through the growth of PowerPoint, you will notice the introduction of several Picture Effects such as soft shadows, reflections, bevel and many other effects in PowerPoint 2007. However, you are limited to the presets given to you and therefore are not allowed to adjust these effects in anyway you like. PowerPoint 2010 fixes this issue and opens up lots of new editing options. In this article, we will explore the Reflection Options and various ways you can play with the new feature. There are two ways to bring up the Reflection option, either by right … Continue reading Exploring Reflection in PowerPoint 2010

3D Glass and Anaglyph animation effect

Most of you may have seen anaglyph images showing stereoscopic 3D effect when viewed with 2 color glasses (red and cyan). This is not what we are trying to achieve in this article though. Instead, we are going to leverage on this term to create an anaglyph-styled animation. This form of animation is nothing new and has been widely used in anime or horror movies. One example is the ending song of an anime, K-On!!. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKaLm-30-Ss To achieve this effect in PowerPoint, you will need two duplicates of the original image, then using the recolor feature, set the first … Continue reading 3D Glass and Anaglyph animation effect