Dandy Designs

Okay, we've got the stars where the aliens came from, and we've got a picture of the goldfish that they stole. But what about the potato resembling Cindy Crawford that they left in the fish's place? I bet you don't have that in your clip art library!

You're right, Jim. As much as I wish I had a picture of that potato, I don't. But I'm an agile program. If you can scan it, draw it, or take a picture of it with a camera, I can use it in a presentation. Anything goes. Here, let me show you.

Adding your own works of art
You are not restricted to using clip art or pictures from the Clip Art gallery. PowerPoint lets you insert images from other sources.

Let's say you've used a graphics program to create an amazing logo for your school, and you want to insert the logo into your PowerPoint presentation. Here's how to do it:

    1. Click the Insert menu, point to Picture, and then click From File. The Insert Picture dialog box will appear.

Inserting your own clip art

    2. In the Look in box, find the drive and folder where the artwork is located.

    3. In the File name box, enter the name of the file. Then click the Insert button.

Insert Picture dialog box

    4. The drawing is inserted on the slide.

Okay, but what if we're working with images and they get piled up on top of each other? Then the image you need is in the back and you can't get to it!

Oh, I hate it when that happens. That's why I have an ordering function that solves the problem. Afterall, if you have a picture of a pizza and another picture of some sliced pepperoni, you're going to need that picture of the pepperoni on top. Am I right?

Of course you're right. Who likes their pepperoni under their pizza? Yuck!

Layering images
Sometimes you may end up with images overlapping each other on a slide. Let's say you've created a design where three different colored squares are layered on top of each other: a blue square at the back, a yellow square in the middle, and an orange square in front.

You want to send the orange square to the back layer. How do you get it there?

Moving a layer

Try these steps:

    1. Click the orange square to select it.

    2. On the drawing toolbar, click the Draw button. The Draw menu appears.

    3. Point to Order, and then click Send to Back.

Send to back command

Orange square is now in the back

To bring the orange square back to the front.

    1. Click the orange square to select it.

    2. Click the Draw menu, point to Order, and then click Bring to Front.

move forward command

One other thing... You can add shadows to shapes. It's just another cool feature I have.

This is just amazing. My producer is telling me to cut to a commercial, but I'm ignoring him. Please, tell me more!

Adding shadows to images
Let's try adding a shadow to a shape using the Shadow button.

    1. Click the shape to select it.

    2. On the Drawing Toolbar, click the Shadow button, then click a style.

Selecting a shadow style

Cool shadows!

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