All you have in hand is Power Point. If you are slightly well-to-do, you can take pride in having the 2007 or 10 version of it. The super affluent clans may possess an Articulate or Captivate studio.
... And, you, (the lone warrior) are expected to wieve training marvels for your company, on subjects you dreaded in life, and for unseen and unheard `colleagues' on some other corner of the world...
If you could associate yourself with this description, welcome aboard!
Hailing from a Visual Communication background, I always thought that editing an image is impossible without Photoshop.
But today, 90 % of my image editing is done in Powerpoint itself. Let’s check out some cool ways of editing images in power point –
With the Freeform tool, you can easily crop images to a fair degree of perfection.
For instance, here is a photo that I took from Microsoft Clipart. I just need to keep the one who is throwing the ball. So here is how I would do it –
First, maximize the picture (shortcut – Press Ctrl and scroll up your mouse, and vice versa for zooming out) and stencil out the picture, as perfectly as you can. At first, you might need a little bit extra effort and patience, but I assure you that you will be just fine with a little practice.
We are almost there. Now, crop the real picture and keep only the frame that’s required.
Now copy the image. And then, right click on your stenciled shape> Format Shape > Fill > Picture or Text Fill
You will find that the cut image has fit in the stencil, but not quite perfectly. Now, the trick is to select `Tile picture as texture'. Try playing around with the Offsets, until you get the perfect crop.
Bingo, the image is cropped!
Tip - If you choose to use the Curve tool, you can get a sharp/straight curve by pressing Ctrl.
2.Removing Image Backgrounds
If you are lucky, the image might just have a plain background. In this case, removing the plain background is just a click’s effort.
First, select the picture.
Reset Picture > Set transparent color
Now select the color you want to delete.
Here is a sample-
Here is a before and after version of the picture –
3.A tricky way to use the Crop tool in Power Point
My teammate Tom Thomas has shared a clever way of using the crop tool. Read it here .
I was very fascinated by Tom Kuhlmann's idea of developing an e learning course template resembling an i pad.
Click here if you want to download Tom's iPad mock up. I was so much wowed by it, that I created a little more stuff, in order to accomodate my course material which had a heavier chunk of text.
You can download the additional templates here.
Go ahead and show off to your learners with a stylish iPad themed course!