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Designing Children's Book Interiors in PowerPoint

teacher avatar Rebecca Livermore, Microsoft Office for Creatives

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Lessons in This Class

19 Lessons (1h 1m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:01
    • 2. The Use of Color

      0:39
    • 3. Bleed

      1:12
    • 4. Page Size and Length

      2:37
    • 5. Setting Up Pages

      1:02
    • 6. Adding Margins to Your Pages

      3:12
    • 7. Using Slide Master to Maintain Consistency

      3:52
    • 8. Finding Illustrations for Your Children's Books

      5:38
    • 9. Tips for Organizing Images

      2:02
    • 10. Adding a Background Image

      3:10
    • 11. Setting Up Images

      2:25
    • 12. Custom Image Demo Part 1

      6:35
    • 13. Custom Image Demo Part 2

      6:07
    • 14. Creating 2-Page Spreads

      3:53
    • 15. Gradient Backgrounds

      2:37
    • 16. Whimsical Borders

      6:26
    • 17. Saving as a PDF

      1:52
    • 18. Kids Book Creator

      5:37
    • 19. Your Project

      1:05
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About This Class

I have a question for you.

Have you dreamed about creating children's picture books but have been put off by the high cost of illustrating the books?

Are you intimidated by expensive and complicated graphic and book designing software?

If so, I have great news for you! In this course I'm going to show you how to create awesome illustrations for your children's books using nothing but stock images and PowerPoint.

Among other things you'll learn:

  • How to set up custom page sizes in PowerPoint
  • What bleed is and how to use it in your children's books
  • How and when to use margins - even if you're creating a book with bleed
  • How to plan out your children's book
  • How to use PowerPoint Slide Master to create page templates
  • Where to find the best images for your children's book
  • How to take stock images and turn them into custom illustrations in PowerPoint
  • How to create whimsical and colorful background pages for text
  • The best way to create two-page spreads
  • And of course, so much more

By the end of this course, you'll have all the tools and information you need to create unique illustrations for your children's book, even if you have no artistic ability and don't have the budget to hire an illustrator.

So what are you waiting for? Why not dive in to this training and learn all of my tips and tricks for designing children's book interiors in PowerPoint?

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Rebecca Livermore

Microsoft Office for Creatives

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Hi, I'm Rebecca Livermore, also known as The Office Creative. I'm a bestselling author, blogger, and the owner of Professional Content Creation. I've been a freelance writer since 1993 and have served as a content manager for top bloggers such as Michael Hyatt, Amy Porterfield, and Marcus Sheridan.

I've always loved PowerPoint, but it wasn't until a couple of years ago that I began to discover the many ways to use PowerPoint to create content. I use it for everything from blog and social media images, lead magnets, low content books, printables, videos, digital planners, and more. The more I use PowerPoint, the more amazed I am by the many types of content you can create with this one powerful tool.

I'm constantly learning new ways to use PowerPoint and other Micro... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hello and welcome to designing Children's picture book Interiors and Power Point. I'm Rebecca Livermore, and I'm a full time author, blogger, online teacher and power point lover. I have a question for you. Have you dreamed about creating Children's picture books but have been put off by the high cost of illustrating the books? Are you intimidated by expensive and complicated graphic and book designing software? If so, I have great news for you. In this course, I'm going to show you how to create awesome illustrations for your Children's books using nothing but stock images and power point. By the end of this course, you'll have all the tools and information you need to create unique illustrations for your Children's books, even if you have no artistic ability and don't have the budget to hire an illustrator. So what are we waiting for? Let's go ahead and die, Van 2. The Use of Color: in my earlier training on creating low content books in Power Point, I made the case for using grayscale in your low content book interiors. The reason for that is simple. Color interiors are expensive. In spite of that, there are times when creating color interiors make sense. This is especially true when it comes to Children's books and photo books. The good news is the page count in those books tends to be less, which keeps the cost affordable. Now let's take a look at what bleed is and how to set up your book pages to include Room for Bleed. 3. Bleed: full color books such as Children's books often have bleed. Bleed simply means that the content, such as images, go all the way to the edge of the page. Here's an example of the difference between bleed versus no bleed. The image on the left has bleed, and as you can see, the image goes all the way to the edge of the page. The image on the right has no bleed, and you can see that there is a nice margin that goes around the image. Now, if your book has bleed, you'll need to add 0.125 inches or three millimeters to the page width and 0.25 inches or six millimeters to the page height. For example, if you decided that you want the trim size of your book to be 7.5 inches by 7.5 inches and you want the image on your book to go all the way to the edge, you will set the page size to 7.625 inches by 7.75 inches, or 19.3675 by 19.685 centimeters. 4. Page Size and Length: Now let's get into the common page sizes and length of Children's picture books. Common page sizes are 7.5 inches by 7.5 inches, seven inches by 10 inches and 10 inches by eight inches. Now remember. If you're creating books with bleed, you'll need to add 0.125 inches or three millimeters to the page, wet and 0.25 inches or six millimeters to the page. Height for a demo purposes. The Children's book that all work on during this class will be 7.5 inches by 7.5 inches, and it will include Bleed, so all create pages that are 7.625 inches by 7.75 inches. Now it's important to note that while books for adults and older Children are varied in length, picture books are traditionally 32 pages long. Since there are set number of pages in a Children's picture book, it's especially helpful to create a storyboard for the book. Now a storyboard is simply a plan for your book that lays out what you're going to include on each page. Storyboards typically combined the text. You're going to include in the book as well. A sketches or images or ideas about the images that you'll use. Think of it as an outline for your book that includes illustrations or ideas for the illustrations. You can create your storyboard multiple ways. I often use a table in Microsoft Word, but you can also go old school and use note cards with one note card for each page in the book. Since the book will have 32 pages, you'd need 32 note cards. Power Point also works as a storyboard tool. If you use Power Point as your storyboard, you'll need 32 slides for your story board. The handy thing about using Power Point as your storyboard is that you can first create the storyboard in Power Point and then create your book on the same slides. By the way, when creating the storyboard for your Children's picture book, keep in mind that two pages often fit together to make a complete picture. For example, you may have a single illustration that covers both the left and the right hand page, so that when the book is open, you see one larger image. If this is a little confusing for you. Don't worry. Later, in this course, I'll show you how to make two page spreads. For now, let's just get into how to set up your pages. 5. Setting Up Pages: creating custom page sizes in Power Point is easy to create. A custom page click on the design tab from the drop down menu. Under slide size, select custom slide size. You'll see that the default with is 13.33 inches and the height is 7.5 inches. We're going to create as 7.5 inch by 7.5 inch book with bleed. Now as a reminder, we need to add 0.1 to 5 inches to the width, so we'll make the with 7.625 inches. We need add 0.25 inches to the height, so the height will be 7.75 inches. All right, now, just click on OK and then insure fit. That's all there is to setting up your pages in Power Point for a book with Bleed 6. Adding Margins to Your Pages: Now let's get into setting up margins for your Children's book in Power Point. If you're creating a book with Bleed, you don't have margins in the traditional sense in that you won't have white spaces around the elements in your book. However, it's still helpful to use margin markers when you're designing your book so that you're sure to keep all of the important elements of your book in an area that won't be cut off. Do create margins. Start by inserting a rectangle shape on your slide. Go to insert, insert shape and select a rectangle. Now, once you have the rectangle drawn onto your page, right quick on the rectangle and then quick on size and position under height type in the height of your book. Now, in our case, the height, including bleed, is 7.75 inches, so will type in 7.75 inches. We want half inch margins, so will type in 0.5 inches for the width. Now we'll drag that rectangle over and position it on the left side. We want to use the same margin for the right side, so we'll quick on the shape and hit control de to duplicate the shape well, then dragged the shape over to the right side that was quick on the shape again and will hit control de to duplicate the rectangle one more time. Now we're going to right quick and go to size and position. Since this is going to go across the top, in this case will make the height 0.5 inches and will make the width 7.625 inches. And then we'll drag it into place. Now click on the rectangle hit control de to duplicate and drag it down to the bottom. Now, in my regular books that are books without bleed, I keep the shapes filled then. But since we're working with a picture book with Bleed, will want to be able to see everything on the pages that were working on. So I'm going to do one more step, and that will be to remove the fill from the margins. To remove the Phil, click on the margin or the rectangle shape, go to shape format and on the shape feel drop down menu. Select no Phil. Repeat that process for each of the margins 7. Using Slide Master to Maintain Consistency: Now let's talk about slide master. Using the slide master option and power point can help you set up page templates that you'll want to use multiple times in your book. This saves time, and it helps you to make consistency in your format. For example, let's say that you're creating a Children's alphabet book. The format on the pages for each letter of the alphabet will be the same, so having a template in the form of slide masters makes it easy to maintain consistency. In addition to that, if you make changes on the slide master slides, those changes are automatically made on the individual slides. For example, earlier in this training, I talked about margins. Margins help you keep all of your content with inappropriate confines, which is great. But you don't want to publish the book with those visible margin shapes, and if you have a lot of margins to delete, that could take some time. However, if you added the margin markers to your slide, master slides and then delete them from the slide master slides. They will be automatically deleted from the rest of the slides that you created. Using that particular slide master layout. This will make more sense to you as all demonstrate. Just that I'll show you how to set up slide masters and then show you how making changes on the slide master slides impacts the rest of the slides. All right, here's how to do it. First quick on view and then from there, click on Slide Master. Next, click on insert layout. Now, up at the top, you'll see Rename Quick on rename and give the slide an appropriate name. Alternatively, you can right quick on the slide thumbnail on the left and select rename layout. In this case, I'm going to name the slide layout margins. Then you set up your slide in whatever layout works for you. For the sake of this example, I'm going to create a slide that is blank with the margin markers. Since I've already shown you how to create margins, I'm going to speed up the process showing you how to do this. Now, you can continue this for any of the page types you want to create in your book. Once you've set up your slide master slides to use them, all you need to do is go back to view and then select normal view. From there, you can choose any of the slide variations that you created in Slide Master. For example, I'm going to select the slide master that I just created with margins and create a couple of slides using it. Now, remember that I told you that if you make changes on the slide master, it will automatically make changes on the slides. Remember that I also told you that once you finished creating your entire book, you'll want to delete the margin markers. So watch now as I delete the margins in the slide Master. Now let's take a look at how making the changes on the slide master impacted my slides. As you can see, the slides I created no longer have the margin markers since I deleted them from the slide Master. As you can see, taking the time to set things up properly and slide master will save you a lot of time, and it will also help you to be more consistent in your page layouts. 8. Finding Illustrations for Your Children's Books: Now let's talk about finding illustrations for your Children's books. There are a couple of ways to go about finding illustrations for your Children's picture books First. If you're a talented artist, you condone. Draw the illustrations yourself. Now I only recommend this option. If you have a true talent for this, I don't recommend drawing your own illustrations. If you're in okay, artist, because you don't want your book toe look amateurish. The second option is that you can hire a professional. The problem with this is that hiring someone to create custom illustrations for you can be expensive. Because of that, I'm going to show you where to find illustrations for your Children's book and then how to make your illustrations unique. First, you can get free images, including illustrations from free image sites such as picks Obey. When you go to pick sabei dot com, you'll see that in the search bar, there's a drop down menu where you can select the file type. You want to select either vector or illustrations. Here's an example of what I get when I do a search for beach sane in Vector. Here's an example of what I get when I do a search for beach scene and illustrations. Now let's talk about licensing on picks. Obey as you'll see to the right under pics of a license. It says Free for commercial views, no attribution required. This means that you can use the image for commercial use, which means you can use it in items you sell. No attribution required means that you don't have to list credits such as the name of the Illustrator. You can also quick on the pics of a licence link and see the terms in greater detail. Now. The challenge with these free image sites is that people who upload the images are the ones saying that they own the rights and are giving permission to use them. The problem is that it's possible for people toe upload images that they don't have the rights to, and you could inadvertently use images that are technically not free to use. If you do so, that can land you in legal trouble. Because of that, I recommend using a paid image site such as deposit photos. Now here's how I find illustrations that I like to use in deposit photos in the same way as you could do on picks obey. You can search for both vector images and illustrations. I'm going to do a search for vector images that are beach scenes. You can see a but the top that there are several other options that can help you narrow your search. I'm looking for a background image, so all select beach background. Now we'll scroll through and find one that I like. You know, I think I like this one. Now that I've quit done it, you can see that it shows me similar images, images from the same Siri's and so on. This is great because it makes it easy to find several images that work well together. This is even more striking when it comes to things like characters or other elements that will want to add to my background image. Let me show you an example. I'm going to type in beach Children. You can see that when I quick on similar images, it brings up several images that may also work well for me. I can also quick on same Siri's and find more images that may be a good fit. Finally, if I don't find what I'm looking for or need additional images. I can go back to similar images and then click on Seymour. As you can see, that brings up a huge number of illustrations for me to choose from. In addition to the potential licensing issue with free sites like Pics of A, you can also see that a paid sites such as deposit photos offers you a lot more variety. Now, in the grand scheme of things, I feel that paying for images is relatively inexpensive and this far less expensive than hiring someone to create custom images for you. Because of that, if your budget permits, I recommend going with a paid image site for your books. 9. Tips for Organizing Images: The problem with stock images, especially free ones, is that you see the images everywhere. The great news is that it's easy to take a variety of stock images and put them together in a way that is unique. The way you put them together not only makes the illustrations in your book unique the illustrations you create help tell your story. I'm going to demonstrate how to take a stock illustration and make it unique. But before I do, I want to give you a couple of tips. First, I recommend collecting several images and having them available to play with when you're working on your book. I decided that I wanted to create a beach scene. So for demo purposes, I went on pics of a dot com and gathered the following images. You can see by looking at my folder of images that I've collected several images that would work well on a beach scene. If you're using a paid image sites such as deposit photos, you can right quick and save the image to your computer without actually purchasing the image. These images will have a watermark on them, so you'll need to purchase any of the images, you decide to use the reason to first save them without purchasing them. It's so that you can play with them and determine if they'll work for you before you buy them. I recommend keeping a list of the You are else for all of the paid images that you are collecting but haven't yet purchased so that you'll be able to find them again to grab the or l click on the title of the image that is above the list of image sizes and resolutions and then grab the U. R L. I like to paste the URL along with the image into a table or spreadsheet to help me keep track of where to find the images I want to buy. 10. Adding a Background Image: Now let's get into how to create unique illustrations from stock images in Power Point. First, we're going to add a new slide to our presentation from the slide menu. Will quick on the new slide drop down menu and select one of the customs lied layouts we created in the slide Master margins. I'm going to duplicate that slide by clicking on the slide and then by hitting Control D to duplicate the slide. You can also write quick on the slide and then select duplicates. Lied. Now I'm doing this just so that I have another blank slide there to use as I desire next quick on the insert tab and then pictures. You can use this option when you want to select an image from your computer. I'm going to select this beach scene. Now you'll notice that the image isn't the same size as the slide. I'm going to show you two ways to fix that. The first way is to stretch the image until it fits the slide. This is the easiest option and is worth doing if it doesn't make the image looks stretched out. The second way is to crop the image to crop, the image click on the image and that will open up the picture format options over to the right. You'll see a crop drop down menu. Since I'm working with a page that is almost exactly a square, I'm going to select aspect ratio and then 11 which is square. You can now see the crop markers. If you're happy with the area that was automatically selected, you can just click on crop. I'm going to undo that so that I can show you a second option. You can also reposition the photo to select the area you want cropped. Once you have it in your desired position, click on crop. Once you've cropped the image, move it to the upper left corner and then drag it to fit the entire screen. So now I have two slides with the background image. The one slide has the image I stretched out, and the other slide has the image I cropped in this case, I'm going to go with the image that I stretched because it doesn't look too stretched out, and it includes little bits that were cut out of the cropped image 11. Setting Up Images: especially since this was an image from a free stock photo site. A lot of other people may use it as well, so we want to make it unique and different from anything else that anyone has created. Now, this is where the fun really begins. First, I'm going to add a sample illustration that I already created and then show you how I made it. When you look at this sample image, you can see that it looks away different from the original background image. I like the way it turned out, but I see a couple of issues that I didn't notice when I originally created the image. As you can see, I have a lot of images very close to the edge of the page to help me out. I'm going to make the image slightly transparent so that I can see the margin markers. To do that. I'll click on the picture, and when I do that will bring up the picture format tab over to the left. You'll see the transparency drop down menu from the drop down menu. I'm going to select a slightly transparent option which will enable me to see the margin markers. Now that the margins are visible, you can see that I have several items that would be cut off. So when I worked to recreate this image, I'm going to be sure to make the image I am working on, slightly transparent so that all avoid positioning items in areas where they'll be cut off . So let's do that now. The next thing I'm going to do is upload to power point all of the images that I've collected to make this scene. Now this isn't absolutely necessary, but I like having them all there so that I can pick and choose what I want to use. Now that we have all of the images handy, I'm going to duplicate the slides that have several items on a single slide. You'll see in just a bit why I want multiple copies of those images 12. Custom Image Demo Part 1: Okay, now that we have everything set up, let's go ahead and create our image. We'll work our way from top to bottom. Let's start with the clouds in the upper right. I got the cloud images from this picture. And to use the cloud illustration, I'm only to crop everything but the clouds out of the image. So I'm clicking on the picture and then under picture format. I'm clicking on Crop and I'm gonna drag the crop markers until the Onley thing inside of them is the cloud. Then click on crop and you'll see the only thing left is the cloud. All right, now let's right quick on the cloud and select copy and then scroll up to the beach background picture and paste the cloud. You can see that the picture I'm using as a guide has two clouds, so I'm going to click on the cloud hit Control C to copy and then control V to paste. Now I have to clouds, and all I need to do is position them so that they overlap a bit. I'll use the handle to move one of the clouds into a slightly different position. Next we have the sun and birds. Let's put the sun on first, go down to the slide with the sun right click to copy the sun and then paste it on the slide and move it into position. Now let's make the sun a bit smaller by clicking on it and then dragging one of the corners inward. Now let's take a look at our sample picture to see how we're doing. Okay, we can see that the next item on the slide or birds when we go to the slide, where I have images of birds, you can see that I want the picture that has the birds flying in a V formation. Let's copy and paste that onto the slide. Now you'll notice that the birds are in front of the sign, and I want them behind that. To achieve that quick on the image of the birds and under picture format select Send backward. Now let's click on the guide picture again, and now we can see that the next thing on the picture are the words. A day at the beach. Let's go ahead and add those words. Now we'll add a text box and we'll type in the words a day at the beach. Now let's change the font. A white and I used juice I t. C as the font, and I change the font size to 54. Okay, let's look at the guide picture to see what's next. Next, you'll see that we have to green sailboats and one orange. One note that two of the sailboats are outside of the margin in the original picture, so we're going to move them over a bet. We'll start by going to the slide that has several small images on it. We're going to crop everything but the green sailboat out of the picture, and then we'll copy and paste that onto the illustration that we're creating, since I have to. Green sailboats in my image all click on the sailboat and hit control de to duplicate. Now let's look at the original picture again to see where I want to place the sailboats. You'll notice that one of the sailboats is further back on the picture and smaller. I made that sailboat smaller and moved it further back to give the illusion that it is farther away and you'll note that the other green sailboat is partially outside of the margin markers, so I'm going to position it a bit different in the image we're working on. Now. Let's add the orange sailboat. Now. When we scroll down, you can see that there's a slide with nothing but the green sailboat on it. And now you know why we duplicated that slide that had the picture with multiple images on it before editing the picture. So let's go to the picture and crop out the orange sailboat now that we have it cropped will copy and paste that onto the illustration that we're creating. Now that I've pasted it into place, I'm going to make it a little bit bigger than the green sailboat to give the illusion that it's closer. 13. Custom Image Demo Part 2: Let's look at our guide picture again. I think we should do the shells next, and you can see that will have to position things differently. Since quite a few of the shelves are in a place, will they'll be cut off? So let's start with the starfish. You can see that the starfish is part of another picture, so I'm going to crop out the starfish and paste it on to our illustration. Now you can see that we have a little problem, and that is that The picture of the starfish doesn't have a transparent background. The good news is that there are a couple of ways to remove backgrounds in Power Point. I'll show you the first way now under picture format. Quick on removed that ground. You can see that you have the option to mark areas to keep or mark areas to remove. When making the decision, I look at the picture and I decide what I think will be easiest. In this case, I think it will be easiest to mark the areas to keep, So I'm going to click on that next. I'm going to use the little pencil tool to draw on each of the legs of the starfish. Now you want to be pretty accurate here, but what you're really doing is giving power point a clue about what you want to keep. It can figure out what exactly you want to keep without you being perfect. So don't stress over this too much. Once you finish telling power point what to keep a remove. Click on, keep changes and you'll see that we now have a beautiful starfish without the background. Now let's take a look at our guide picture to see how many starfish we need. Okay, we need four. So let's quick on the starfish and then hit Control D three times since a lot was outside of the margins in the guide picture, I'm going to position these quite a bit differently, as was the case previously. I'm going to make the starfish that I move further back on the picture, smaller to give the illusion that they are farther away. Now let's go ahead and add a couple more shells to the picture. - Now the only thing we have left are the umbrella and the bucket and shovel. Let's add the umbrella first now that the umbrellas in place. Let's add the bucket and shovel. Now you can see that we have the same problem with the bucket and shovel as we did with the starfish. There's a sand background that doesn't look good. I mentioned earlier that there are two ways to remove a background in Power Point. I'm going to show you the second way Now. First, I'll click on the picture of the shovel and bucket next under picture format on the left hand side, under the color drop down menu, also like set transparent color and then click on the part of the background that I want to remove. Now you can see that it left a little bit to the original picture, and that is the darker bits of sand. But I think that looks great, So I'm gonna leave it as is all right. So now we have a unique illustration may completely from free stock images, by the way, at this point, you want to clean up the clutter by the leading all the slides that you have the various image elements on to do so quick. On the first slide that you want to delete and then holding the shift key down, scroll down to the last slide and click. Then you can either hit the delete key on your computer or right click and select Delete slide. All right, so that all that's all there is to it. You now have a unique illustration may completely from stock images that will not be like any other image and any other Children's books. 14. Creating 2-Page Spreads: many Children's picture books have to page spreads. This is when an image starts on the left page and continues on the right page to create a two page spread. I find it easiest to create a canvas that is twice the size of a page and then break that image into two parts. As an example, a 7.5 inch by 7.5 inch book with Bleed has a page size of 7.625 inches by 7.75 inches. To create the artwork for a two page spread, I set up my page size to be double the width of the book pages. I keep the page height the same. I know this might be a bit confusing, but stick with me and it will soon become clear to determine the page size. Let's first determine the page with will take 7.625 inches and multiply it by two, which equals 15.25 inches. The page height will remain the same, so the slide size we need to create is 15.25 inches by 7.75 inches. Let's go ahead and do that now, as you may recall, you set up the slide size by first going to the design tab and from the drop down menu under slide size, select custom slide size. Now you put in 15.25 inches for the width and 7.75 inches for the height. Now, at an illustration with ah horizontal orientation to the slide, you can then stretch or crop it to fit next at any taxed or images to the image, keeping in mind the margins and how the book will be bound together in the middle. The bottom line is that you want to avoid putting important content too close to the margins or too close to the middle of the image. Here's an image to illustrate what I mean. You want to avoid putting anything important in the areas around the edge and in the middle . The reason is that anything you put in those areas will end up being cut off. Now, for the sake of simplicity and time, I'm not going to add any text or additional graphics to the image. Well, you would just make sure to put them within the margins that I have Marc next duplicate the slide a couple of times. You only actually need to slides, but when you're going to edit something, it doesn't hurt to have an extra copy, just in case. Next, click on the View tab and select Ruler. You'll see why this matters in just a minute. Now you're going to crop the right side of the picture out on one slide next crop, the left side of the picture out on the second slide copy and paste the individual pictures into the Power Point presentation. That is the proper dimensions for your book. Now keep in mind that even pages will be on the left and odd pages will be on the right. So, for example, slide Number four would be a left hand page and slide number five would be a right hand page. 15. Gradient Backgrounds: Another way to create a two page spread is to have an image on one side and put text on top of a matching Grady Int background on the other side. Let me show you how to do that. Let's start with the beach scene illustration that we created earlier that will be on one page, and we want to add a Grady in background to the opposite page. So first, what we'll do is we'll take a screenshot or upload the illustration, and we'll put it onto the slide that we want to add the Grady in background, too. Next, click on the design tab and then format background. Next, select Radiant. We want to change the Grady Int stops to match colors in the image so quick on one of the stops and then click on the color drop down menu. So let the eyedropper tool and then using the eyedropper tool quick on one of the colors in your illustration. You can see that when you do that, it changes the Grady in background on the slide. Keep doing that until you've added all of the desired colors from your illustration. Now you can play with the sliders to adjust the Grady int. You can also change the Grady it type and the direction to change the look of the Grady int . 16. Whimsical Borders : now let's move on to the next example. In this example, I made a border from seashell and sailboat illustrations from the images that I used in my initial illustration. I also added a Grady in background, using a shape. Let me show you how I did that to save time. I already have the sailboat and shell images on the slide, but you can see that they're out of place, so let's move them to where we want them to be. You can eyeball things and try to get them into the right position, but let me show you a better way. Let's start with the row of images across the top. Click on the first image and while holding down the shift key quick on each of the remaining images. Once you've selected all of the images on the top row under a range, select a line and then distribute horizontally. Select a line again and then select Distribute vertically. You can see that the individual images are now distributed perfectly. Okay, let's do the images on the left side. This time we're going to distribute vertically, and then, instead of distributing them horizontally, will center them. OKay, Now let's add that beautiful blue background to the slides. There are two ways to do this. First, let's click on the design tab and then under format background, select radiant, then under preset radiance, pick the one that looks the best. Now, in some cases, there may not be a preset Grady Int that matches well. The good news is you can create a Grady int with a color that matches your image. Using a shape. Let me show you how. First, let's go ahead and remove the Grady int. I just added, I am hitting control Z toe. Undo that Grady Int. Now let's add a shape to the slide will remove the outline from the shape and then under shape. Phil used the eyedropper tool to select a color that matches one of the images on the slide . Next, go back to the shape Phil and select a matching Grady int. Now stretch the shape until it covers the slide. You can see that the Grady Int covers up the images on the slide. To fix that, click on the send backward drop down menu and select send to back as you can see the shape with the Grady Int Phil is now in the background and the images are on top. Let's look at one more example. I'm going to show you how to create this image that has just the shell and the sailboat images in the corner and has a border. Since I've already shown you how to add illustrations to a slide and how to add the Grady Int background to save time, I'm just going to show you how to add the blue border. We're going to start by adding the shape and removing the shape. Phil now will position the shape outline until it is lined up the way we want it. Now let's change the color of the shape outline. We can either choose one of the preset colors, or we can use the eye dropper to pick a color. Once we've changed the outline to the desired color, we can then change the weight of the outline. Next, I'm going to use one of the sketched outlines options now, depending on the version of Power point that you have, you may or may not have this option. If you don't have it, you can use any of the options available to you, such as dashes. We're almost done, but as you can see, the border is on top of the pictures of the shells and the sailboats. To move the image on top of the border, click on the first image and holding down the shift key. Click on the remaining images and then under a range select. Bring to front now, if needed. You can move things around a little bit, toe lying everything up the way that you want it on any of these. You can also add text to the pages by simply adding a text box and putting your text in, and that's all there is to it. As you can see, there are a lot of great ways to create beautiful illustrations and backgrounds for your Children's books. 17. Saving as a PDF: Once you have completed all of the aspects of your look, you've created front matters such as the title and copyright page and things like that. You've added all of the pages that you want and you've tweak things. You have it exactly like you want. The thing that you need to do is you need to save it as a PdF. Now, this is true whether or not you're going to sell a PdF version of your book. So, for example, you might want to sell it on Etsy, or you might want to sell it on your own website. Or, if you want to have the book printed and sell it on Amazon, regardless of the case, you need to save your book as a PdF. Thankfully, that super easy to do. All that you have to do is you go up to file and you quit on, save a copy and you decide where you want to save it. And then from the drop down menu instead of saving it is a power point. You go down to pdf and you click on that and you quick on save, and that will save your power point as a Pdf. Now, the good thing is, you will still have your power point file. You don't want to override the Power point file as a pdf, you want to have the power point file saved, and you want to have the pdf saved. And then that way, if you decide later, you want to make some changes, you want to take some sections out. Or maybe you found a typo or that type of thing. You would just go back into the Power Point file, make the changes and then save the power point and then save a new copy as a PdF. So that's all there is to it. I hope that you found this helpful. 18. Kids Book Creator: once you've saved your book as a PdF, if you want to turn it into a Kindle book, the best way to do that is to use the kid's book creator. Here's how to do that type Kids Book creator into Google or being, and most likely, the first result that comes up will be the correct one. So click on that and you'll scroll down and you'll see that there's different options that you can download. You'll either download the Windows version or the Mac version, depending on the type of computer that you have, so you just click on download now and you'll save it. It's quick on safe, and I am using the Windows version so I'll walk you through that click on OK, and I'm going to agree and click on next and select the install location. Install and I got this message cannot find Kindle preview er on your computer. Kendall Pre viewer is required for previewing your Kindle your Kindle Comment Court Children's book. Would you like to download it? So I'm saying Okay, so it's first downloading the pre viewer. Okay, Once you've installed the program, this is what it will look like Kindle Kids book creator, and if you worked on a book previously, you would click on Open an existing book. I'm going to create a new kids books on clicking here, and it gives you some helpful information that you might want to read through the first time that you do it. So I'm just going to click on, continue and then type in the title of the book My Kids Book Demo. Because I'm not actually creating a book. I'm just demoing it and you can put in your name. And if you have a publisher name, you can put that in next, you will select the language that your book is in. I'm selecting English. You can browse toe where you will save the book, but I'm just going to leave it right where it's at by default and then click on. Continue and then you will select. If your book is in landscape or portrait mode now, minds a little tricky cause it's square. I'm just going to do landscape, as which is the default. And how do you want your page images displayed on a Kindle? I want one image at a time. Actually, I'm gonna do to images side by side, and the reason is that that will look more like a regular book. And if I have a two page spread, it will work out better. And then it says, Do you want your first page image on the right side or the left side? I'm going to have it on the right and continue, and now it's time to add your cover and pages. Select one of the following options. The first is important. Your entire book, including the cover from a Pdf and the first page of the PdF will be your book cover. Or, if you have a cover that's created separately, you would select import your cover from a separate image file, especially since I'm just doing this as a demo. I'm going to import the entire book, including the cover from a Pdf and create the book from a pdf. All right now you have to grab your pdf and get the pdf that I created for this. And by the way, I'm just using for this demo. I'm just using the pdf that I worked on during this course, and so it's not an actual book, but it will still show you the process. Okay, now it says you have successfully imported your pages to enhance your book with text pop ups used the ad pop up and add text buttons in the text toolbar, so you'll notice there's a tool bar up here with different settings. I'm just going to click on OK, and I can look through what this looks like. You could also add pages or delete pages if there's anything not quite the way that you want it to be. Final wages quick on file and save if you're not done working on it or save for publishing , I'm going to save for publishing and notice that it is saving my kids book demo, which is what I named the Pdf. And it's saving it as an e books Moby file, so you will just save it wherever that you want to. I would typically put it in my file, my folder for my book, and then you will just click on Save and then it says, Please wait building your book and then once it processes it, then you just click on OK and by the way, it process mind process really fast. because I was just using the demo file and it's just a few pages. If years was longer, it would take longer to process. And then you have a Mobi file, and you can then publish it as a Kindle book in the same way that you would publish any other Kindle book you just uploaded via your KDP dashboard. And that's all there is to it. So if you want to publish a print version of your book, you'll upload the pdf. If you want to publish a Kindle version, then you use this Kindle Kids book creator to do so, and that's all there is to it. 19. Your Project: thank you so much for taking this class. I hope that you enjoyed it and are excited about creating your own unique illustrations for your Children's books and power point. As your projects were this class, you'll create a custom illustration using stock images. You can either create an image using a background image and then adding other illustrations to it. Or you can create a page that is more text focused with the background and other design elements can. Of course, if you're an overachiever, you can do both. When you complete your project, be sure to share it with the rest of us by uploading it to the project area of this class. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Also, if you have any questions or need help with anything, feel free to start a discussion and I'll be sure to respond. Finally, if you enjoyed this class, I'd really appreciate it if you leave me a review. Thanks again for taking this class. I wish you all the best in your Children's book creation efforts