Drawings & Graphics in PowerPoint 2013

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How to Draw Shapes in PowerPoint 2013

Rectangles and circles aren’t the only two shapes that PowerPoint 2013 can draw automatically. The Shapes gallery includes many other types of shapes you can draw, such as pentagons, stars, and flowchart [more…]

How to Insert Pictures into PowerPoint 2013 Presentations

Whether you buy PowerPoint 2013 by itself or get it as a part of Microsoft Office, you also get access to an online collection of thousands of clip art pictures that you can drop directly into your presentations [more…]

How to Move, Size, and Stretch Pictures in PowerPoint 2013

Because PowerPoint 2013 chooses an arbitrary position on the slide to insert pictures, you undoubtedly want to move the clip art to a more convenient location. You probably also want to change the size [more…]

How to Insert Pictures into PowerPoint 2013 from a File

If you happen to already have an image file on your computer that you want to insert into a slide presentation, PowerPoint 2013 lets you insert the file. These steps show you how: [more…]

How to Crop a Picture in PowerPoint 2013

Sometimes you want to cut off the edges of a picture so that you can include just part of the picture in your PowerPoint 2013 presentation. For example, you might have a picture of two people, only one [more…]

How to Compress Your Pictures in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint 2013 includes a Compress Pictures command that can eliminate the extraneous detail in your images and thereby reduce the size of your presentation files. To save even more space, the Compress [more…]

How to Remove Picture Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint 2013 offers the capability to remove the background from a picture. For example, you can crop out a single element, such as your dog's head, and have it float on the slide. [more…]

How to Draw Polygons or Free-Form Shapes in PowerPoint 2013

One of the most useful shapes in the PowerPoint 2013 Shapes gallery is the Freeform Shape tool. It’s designed to create polygons, but with a twist: Not all the sides have to be straight lines. The Freeform [more…]

How to Draw a Curved Line or Shape in PowerPoint 2013

A useful drawing tool in PowerPoint 2013 is the Curve Shape tool, which lets you draw curved lines or shapes. Here’s the procedure for drawing a curved line or shape: [more…]

How to Insert WordArt into a PowerPoint 2013 Slide

WordArt appears on the Insert tab on the Ribbon in PowerPoint 2013, which provides a convenient way to insert a text box with text that is already formatted with WordArt formatting. [more…]

General Drawing Tips for PowerPoint 2013

Once upon a time, PowerPoint 2013 had but rudimentary drawing tools — the equivalent of a box of crayons — but PowerPoint now has powerful drawing tools that are sufficient for all but the most sophisticated [more…]

How to Draw Simple Objects in PowerPoint 2013

To draw an object on a PowerPoint 2013 slide, first call up the Insert tab on the Ribbon. Then click the Shapes button (located in the Illustrations group) to reveal a gallery of shapes you can choose [more…]

How to Style Shapes in PowerPoint 2013

The center section of the Drawing Tools tab in PowerPoint 2013 is called Shape Styles. It lets you control various stylistic features of your shapes. For example, you can set a fill color, set the outline [more…]

How to Flip and Rotate Objects in PowerPoint 2013

To flip an object means to create a mirror image of it. To rotate an object means to turn it about its center. PowerPoint 2013 lets you flip objects horizontally or vertically, rotate objects in 90-degree [more…]

How to Change Object Layers in PowerPoint 2013

Whenever you have more than one object on a PowerPoint 2013 slide, the potential exists for objects to overlap one another. Like most drawing programs, PowerPoint handles this problem by layering objects [more…]

How to Line Up Objects on PowerPoint 2013 Slides

Nothing looks more amateurish than objects dropped randomly on a PowerPoint 2013 slide with no apparent concern for how they line up with each other. The Drawing Tools tab includes an Align button that [more…]

How to Use Grids and Guides on PowerPoint 2013 Slides

To help you create well-ordered slides, PowerPoint 2013 lets you display a grid of evenly spaced lines over the slide. These grids aren’t actually a part of the slide, so your audience won’t see them when [more…]

How to Create Groups of Objects in PowerPoint 2013

A group is a collection of objects that PowerPoint 2013 treats as though they were one object. Using groups properly is one key to putting simple shapes together to make complex pictures without becoming [more…]

How to Add Style to Your Pictures in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint 2013 enables you to draw attention to your pictures by adding stylistic features such as borders, shadows, and reflections. Here is a slide with several copies of a picture, each with a different [more…]

Correct Sharpness, Brightness, Contrast, and Color in PowerPoint 2013 Pictures

PowerPoint 2013’s new Corrections command can help you make adjustments to those pictures that just don’t come out quite right. This command, found on the Picture Tools Format tab, lets you adjust a picture’s [more…]

How to Apply Artistic Effects to PowerPoint 2013 Pictures

The Artistic Effects command in PowerPoint 2013 applies one of several special filters to your picture in an effort to make the picture look like it was created by an artist rather than photographed with [more…]

PowerPoint 2013's SmartArt Feature

PowerPoint 2013 includes a nifty little feature called SmartArt, which lets you add several different types of useful diagrams to your slides. With SmartArt, you can create List, Process, Cycle, Hierarchy [more…]

How to Add Buttons to a PowerPoint 2013 Slide

An action button is a special type of AutoShape that places a button on the PowerPoint 2013 slide. When the user clicks the button during a slide show, PowerPoint takes whatever action you’ve designated [more…]

How to Change the SmartArt Style in PowerPoint 2013

After you’ve created a SmartArt diagram in PowerPoint 2013, you can adjust its appearance in many ways. The easiest is to change the SmartArt Style that’s applied to the diagram. A SmartArt Style is simply [more…]

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