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The Powerpoint WOW -
Special effects with images

You can create some great special effects using just powerpoint alone. We can hear them now... "I didn't know you could do that in powerpoint"
Just follow the simple steps to create some cool effects.

1. Cast a fading shadow

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    Casting a shadow from text adds a neat bit of wow factor
  1. Insert menu > Picture > From File
  2. Navigate to the awesome image, click "Insert"
  3. Size and position your image
  4. Insert > Picture > WordArt
  5. Click OK to select the 1st word art style
  6. Enter your text. CAPITALS and Arial Black work well
  7. Click OK, then re-size your text using the corner handles
  8. Format > WordArt > we choose a solid white fill color
  9. While holding down both the shift and CTRL keys drag the text to just below the original
  10. Draw menu > Rotate or Flip > Flip Vertical
  11. Fill Color > Fill Effects > Gradient > One Color (choose Black)
  12. Slide the transparency "From:" slider to 100%, leave the "To:" on 0%
  13. Choose the first "Horizontal" variant
  14. Click OK

2. Text filled with background image but lighter

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    Text shows the same money image from the background
  1. Format menu > Background
  2. Click the drop down triangle and choose "fill effects"
  3. Click the Picture tab, click "Select Picture"
  4. Navigate to the awesome graphic, click "Insert" > "OK"
  5. Insert > Picture > WordArt
  6. Click OK to select the 1st word art style
  7. Enter your text. CAPITALS and Arial Black work well
  8. Click OK, then re-size your text using the corner handles
  9. Fill color > Fill Effects
  10. Click the Picture tab, click "Select Picture"
  11. Navigate to the awesome picture, click "Insert" > "OK"
  12. From the picture toolbar click the "brightness" setting approx. 3 times
  13. Format > WordArt
  14. Fill > Color > Click the drop down triangle and choose "Background"
  15. Click OK
  16. For a different effect apply a color wash over just the background with a transparent autoshape

3. Soft edge show through

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    Full color image fades out to soft edges
  1. Insert menu > Picture > From File
  2. Navigate to the awesome graphic, click "Insert"
  3. Size and position your photo
  4. Autoshapes > Basic Shapes > Oval
  5. Draw the shape to totally cover the photo
  6. Fill Color > Fill Effects > Gradient > One Color (This will be the outer color)
  7. Slide the transparency "To:" slide to 100%, leave the "From:" on 0%
  8. Choose "From center" for a circle shape
  9. Click OK
  10. Add a white line color to the text for extra legibility

4. Embossed text on an image

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    This cool effect works best with just a few letters
  1. Insert menu > Picture > From File
  2. Navigate to the awesome picture, click "Insert"
  3. Size and position your image
  4. Insert > Picture > WordArt
  5. Click OK to select the 1st word art style
  6. Enter your text. CAPITALS and Arial Black work well
  7. Click OK, then re-size your text using the corner handles
  8. Fill color > Black
  9. While holding down both the shift and CTRL keys drag the text down and to the right a small amount
  10. Fill color > White
  11. While holding down both the shift and CTRL keys drag the text up and to the left a small amount
  12. Fill color > Fill Effects
  13. Click the Picture tab, click "Select Picture"
  14. Navigate to the same awesome picture, click "Insert" > "OK"
  15. To recap, you should have 3 pieces of text
  16. The top left text should be black, the bottom right text should be white
  17. The text sitting in-between the black and white text is filled with the same graphic as the image that fills the page
  18. You can increase the amount of embossing by moving the black or white text
  19. You can also adjust the effect by choosing a "transparency" amount of the white or black text

5. Pictures inside text

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    Editable text with a picture fill
  1. Insert > Picture > WordArt
  2. Click OK to select the 1st word art style
  3. Enter your text. CAPITALS and Arial Black work well
  4. Click OK, then re-size your text using the corner handles
  5. Format > WordArt
  6. Fill > Color > Click the drop down triangle and choose "Fill Effects"
  7. Click the Picture tab, click "Select Picture"
  8. Navigate to the awesome graphic, click "Insert" > "OK"
  9. Click OK

6. 3D graphics

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    Autoshapes made to look solid with 3D effects
  1. Draw any autoshape (it works best with regular shapes)
  2. Fill color > Fill Effects
  3. Click the Picture tab, click "Select Picture"
  4. Navigate to the awesome picture, click "Insert" > "OK"
  5. 3D Style > Pick any preset (Style 14 is a good start)
  6. From the 3D Settings toolbar experiment with different settings:
  7. - Try altering from perspective to parallel
  8. - View different depth settings from 72pt to infinity
  9. - Change the 3D fill color

7. Rounded corners

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    Pictures with rounded corners
  1. Autoshapes > Basic Shapes > Rounded Rectangle
  2. Draw the shape you require
  3. Fill color > Fill Effects
  4. Click the Picture tab, click "Select Picture"
  5. Navigate to the awesome photo, click "Insert" > "OK"
  6. Try clicking and moving the yellow circle on the shape to adjust the rounded corner size
  7. Try adding a semi transparent shadow to give the photo extra lift

8. Solid color to transparent gradient

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    A full color picture fading to a solid color
  1. Insert menu > Picture > From File
  2. Navigate to the awesome picture, click "Insert"
  3. Size and position your picture
  4. Draw a rectangle autoshape to cover the picture
  5. Fill Color > Fill Effects > Gradient > One Color (we chose a nice blue)
  6. Leave the "From:" on 0%, Slide the transparency "To:" slider to 100%
  7. Choose the first "Horizontal" variant
  8. Click OK
  9. Experiment with different autoshapes and fill directions

9. 3D plaque over an image

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    Adding a 3D plaque adds a really professional touch
  1. Insert menu > Picture > From File
  2. Navigate to the awesome image, click "Insert"
  3. Size and position your image
  4. Autoshapes > Basic Shapes > Rounded Rectangle (it works ok with other shapes too)
  5. Draw the shape the size you require
  6. Fill color > Fill Effects
  7. Choose Gradient > 1 color > Red > to Dark
  8. Choose the "Diagonal Up" shading style and the "1st variant" direction
  9. Edit menu > copy > paste > re-size the shape slightly smaller
  10. Fill color > Fill Effects > choose the 2nd varient direction
  11. Press F2 to enter text in the same autoshape

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