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Designing Low-Content Books [Journals, Planners & Workbooks] in PowerPoint

teacher avatar Rebecca Livermore, Microsoft Office for Creatives

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24 Lessons (1h 47m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Why Create Low-Content Books?

    • 3. Planning Your Low-Content Book

    • 4. Grayscale Vs. Color

    • 5. Trim Size and Bleed

    • 6. Create Custom Page Sizes

    • 7. Set Up Margins

    • 8. Create Lined Pages

    • 9. Create Manuscript Pages

    • 10. Create Dot Journal Pages

    • 11. Create Graph Paper

    • 12. Create Drawing Plus Text Pages

    • 13. Create Comic-Book-Style Pages

    • 14. Create Text-Heavy Pages

    • 15. Create Checklists

    • 16. Create Calendar Pages

    • 17. Adding Borders

    • 18. Creating Design Elements Using Shapes

    • 19. Adding Images

    • 20. Combining Elements to Create Unique Pages

    • 21. Front Matter

    • 22. Duplicating Pages and Sections

    • 23. Saving as a PDF

    • 24. Your Project

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About This Class

Low-content books such as journals, planners, and workbooks are popular for good reason. Here are just a few of the benefits: 

  • They’re much faster and easier to create than other books. 
  • They can make nice companion books to your other books. For instance, you can create a workbook, planner, or journal that goes hand-in-hand with your other book(s). 
  • You can create a low-content book for your own use, designed exactly the way you desire. 
  • They make excellent gifts. 
  • You can add them to your list of products or create an entire business based on low-content books 

The great news is, you don’t need any special or expensive software to create beautiful books. All you need is something you likely already have – PowerPoint.  

This course provides step-by-step instructions for using PowerPoint to create a variety of low-content book pages. Among other things you’ll learn: 

  • How to properly set up your pages  
  • A trick for adding margins to your PowerPoint slides 
  • How to create a variety of page types such as lined pages, dot (bullet-style) journal pages, graph paper, and more 
  • How to create a variety to your pages using elements such as borders, lines, shapes, images, and more 

By the end of this class you’ll be able to quickly and easily create unique low-content books in PowerPoint that you can gives as gifts, use for your own purposes, or make available to others in print or PDF form.   

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Rebecca Livermore

Microsoft Office for Creatives


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.

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1. Intro: hello and welcome to how to create low content books in Power Point. My name's Rebecca Livermore and I'm a full time author, blogger and online teacher. Power Point is one of my favorite content creation tools because it is incredibly versatile , and creating low content books such as journals, planners and workbooks is one of my favorite ways to use it. In this course, I demonstrate and provide step by step instructions for creating a variety of low content book interiors. Among other things, you'll learn how to properly set up your pages. I'll show you how to set up your slides so that they're the proper size for a book. Also show you how to add margins to your pages so that you don't inadvertently end up with some of your content being cut off. I'll show you how to create a variety of page types using elements such as borders, lines, shapes, images and more. By the end of this course, you'll be able to quickly and easily create unique low content books and power point that you can give us gifts, use for your own purposes or make available to others in print or PBF form this course is perfect for you. If you want a step by step plan for creating a variety of low content books in a short period of time. So what are we waiting for? Let's go ahead and dive in. 2. Why Create Low-Content Books?: before I get into the how of making low content books, I want to talk a little bit about the benefits of low content books. Now here are a few of my favorites, first of all, there quicker and easier to create than regular books. And let's face it, a regular book can take weeks, months, her sometimes even years to create. Whereas I've created low content books in a day or two, typically now, since they're quick and easy to make their less daunting than writing even a short Kindle book. And because of that, I find that creating low content books are a nice break for me. Also, the more books that I have out there, the more income streams I have. And since the low content books don't take very long to create, they're a great way to supplement my income. Now I do want to add a little caveat, and that is that This doesn't mean that you should slap together low content books and call it good. Ah, problem that has occurred in low content Book creation is that people are cranking out literally dozens of low content books in a day, and needless to say, if you're doing that, most likely the quality of them will not be good, and the market ends up being oversaturated. So I think a way to stand out in the crowd is to focus on quality in your short content books, even if you're wanted to create books in a short period of time. So again, even if they're quick to create, you want to focus on quality, And one way to do that is ask yourself, Would you buy this for yourself or as a gift for someone else? Is it good enough that you would want to use it yourself or give it to someone else? So even though they're quick to create, keep quality in mind? Okay, Number two. They could make nice companion books to your other books. So, for example, a workbook planner or journal that goes hand in hand with one of your other books. This works best for nonfiction books. So, for example, one of my books is the bloggers Quick Guide to Block Post Ideas, and an excellent book for this would be a journal planner or workbook for researching and recording ideas for a block, and perhaps even planning out when and how to use those ideas on my blog's. So that would be a great companion book for that book. Number three. You can create something for your own purposes. So, for example, let's say that you want a book that doesn't actually exist. You might want a certain type of journal that nobody has made, or at least not exactly how you'd like it to be. If you've ever used a journal or a planner anything, I I wish that they had a little section for notes, or I wish they had this, that or the other thing. The great thing is, you can custom make a journal to fit your specific needs, and finally, they make great gifts. You can create a journal that specific for someone, and I'm going to talk about this a little bit more throughout this class. But an example is that I created the journal my memory pal for a friend that has short term memory loss. I created it as a gift. I wanted to help her. I thought journaling would help her, and it was just, ah, actually a meaningful but an inexpensive gift idea. So now the added bonus of this is that even if you create a low content book for yourself or as a gift, you can sell it and bring in income. And that's definitely true of that book, My memory pal. It's funny because at the time of this recording it has zero reviews. I haven't promoted it because it doesn't fit at all with my audience. And yet, in spite of that, I sell several copies every single month. And so I made it as a gift, and it didn't take me very long to make. And even though it doesn't fit with my normal topics, that I write about it has brought in consistent income for me ever since I made it, so that's another plus. 3. Planning Your Low-Content Book: Now let's get into planning your low content book before you start to create your low content book. It's a good idea to do a little bit of planning. So the first thing to consider is what type of low content book do you want to create? Do you want to create a journal? If so, do you want a simple line journal? Or do you want to include journal props? Do you want to create a workbook to go with one of your other books? Or perhaps you want to create a planner? Now, one thing that will determine the type of book that you want to create is the purpose for the book. So you want to keep that in mind as well. Think of the purpose and then think of the type of low content books such as journal Planner workbook that would best accomplish the purpose. So the first thing that you want to figure out is the basic type of low content book you want to create. Once you've done that, jot down some ideas for what you want to include in the book, and when you do, be sure to keep in mind the intended outcome for the book. The purpose of the book What you're hoping that the people who use the book will accomplish . As an example. When I decided to create the journal for my friend with short term memory loss, I did a little bit of research, and I jotted down some ideas of what elements in a journal would be helpful for someone with short term memory loss. So I thought, Well, let's see. It would be helpful to start off with some pages that explained how to use the journal so that the actual journal pages wouldn't need a lot of explanation and they'd be less cluttered. I also thought about what things would be helpful for her to keep track of, such as taking medications and eating, since she had a tendency to get meals and also reminders to drink water. I also included space to record who she talked to and what they talked about because she often couldn't remember conversations. And I wanted her Tavel place to jot down anything that concerned or frightened her. She was having a lot of health issues and and there might be someone who would call, let's say and try to take advantage of her in some way. So if there was anything that made her an easy, I wanted her to be able to write that down so that then maybe a caregiver or family member could see that and know that they needed to. Perhaps a sister. I also wanted space for her to write down what she was grateful for as well a space to record anything that she wanted to make note of. And finally, I wanted this gift to be not just practical. I also wanted it to be meaningful. I wanted it to affirm her and let her know how much that I loved her. So I decided to include a dedication page. And on the dedication page, I said, This book is dedicated to my dear friend Cherie Johnson and all the fond memories we share , and I have to tell you that when I gave her this journal, she some through it and was very happy with it. But the thing that made her tear up was when she read the dedication. So that's something to keep in mind. Also, if you are creating a book as a gift with a specific person in mind. Think about what would bless them. So the bottom line is that it's a good idea to have a basic idea of the purpose behind your low content book, so that you created in such a way that it includes the right content and so that you'll have some direction as you create your pages. Now I do want to say that journal or planner creation is a creative process. So as you work on your journal, don't be afraid, toe. Let the creative process take over even if you end up including some things that you didn't plan to include or you end up cutting out some things that maybe you thought you wanted to include. Just make sure that you don't stray too far away from the intended purpose of the book. I'm also just one other thing to keep in mind is think about what you want your pages toe look like in terms of how many pages per day or per week or whatever, if you're using a journal or a planner. And that made a difference in this memory Powell that I created because I could only fit so much on there. So what I ended up doing is at the beginning of the book, I included how to use this journal. And I gave some thoughts of what you could write down in the last section that was more open ended. So that way I kept the pages from being too long, too many pages per week. Ah, and yet still was able to include everything I wanted to include. 4. Grayscale Vs. Color: Now let's talk about color. I love color, especially when it comes to creating art. See things like journals. But from a cost perspective, it doesn't make sense to have color in your journal interiors. Now note. I'm talking about the interiors, not the cover. Okay. Till illustrate this. I ran a few calculations using Thedc 80 p printing cost and royalty calculator. For the sake of example, I'm going to act as if I'm creating a 100 page journal. Most 100 page paperback journals on Amazon are priced between $6.99 and $8.99. I've had good results with price in my journals that are more than just basic line journals at 8 99 So I'm going to set that as the anticipated list price. Now let's take a look and see how that comes out. As you can see, a 100 page book with a black interior priced at $8.99 gives me a royalty of $3.25. If the book is sold on Amazon and $1.45 with expanded distribution Now, this is nice because it's a fair royalty for me. But it also was very nicely priced for the customer. All right. Now let's take a look at how changing it to a color interior impacts the royalty. You can see that we have a problem for a color interior. The minimum list price is 13 09 compared to the $8.99 that I typically like to price my journals. And at that price, I wouldn't get any royalty. So let's take a look now at how I, too have to increase pricing in order to get the same $3.25 royalty that I get. If I make the interior color instead of black and white, you can see that when I use a calculator that I'd have to price the book at $18.50 to get the $3.25 royalty. And there's still a bit of a problem. Even at $18.50 the price is still too low for expanded distribution. Finally, when I entered an anticipated list price of $19.99 it was high enough to qualify for expanded distribution and let's raise it $19.99 is simply way too much for a paperback journal or a planner. And that's why I recommend doing a black and white interior. And that's also why, in the remainder of this course, all demonstrate everything in grayscale and again, just to be clear, I'm talking about journal interiors, not the cover. Your cover, of course, will be in color, and there's no additional charge for that. But keep this cost analysis in mind when it comes to your journal interiors or your planners workbook, whatever low content books that you're creating and use grayscale as all demonstrate in this class. 5. Trim Size and Bleed: Now let's talk about trim, size and bleed Before starting to design your low content book, you need to decide on trim size and whether or not to go with bleed or nobly. Now let's dive into what those terms mean and the options that are available to you. If you're publishing your book through Amazon first, trim size simply means the size of your book. Trim is a printing term that refers to where the book is trimmed, which is the final stage in the books production. Most trade paperback books are six inches by nine inches, and most workbooks are eight by 10 or 8.5 by 11. So I recommend using one of those popular trim sizes. So that's first. There's there's three popular sizes, six by nine, eight by 10 and 8.5 by 11. So I recommend picking one of those for your book, and a lot of that will depend on the type of book that you're creating. So, for example, my journals, I typical use six inches by nine inches, and if I'm creating a workbook or ah, a book for Children, I would use the eight by 10 or 8.5 by 11. Now, one thing I do want to mention that's good to keep in mind is, if you want to sell your journal or plan or whatever it is that you're creating in both print and as a PdF, then I recommend using 8.5 by 11 since that's a common size for most printable Zell's All right Now let's talk about bleed and no bleed. If you have a book with Bleed, it means that there are elements such as images that extend all the way to the edge of the page. Now here's an example of Bleed versus No bleed. The image on the left is a journal page with Bleed, and the image on the right is a journal page without bleed. As you can see, the image on the page on the left goes all the way to the edge of the page, and the journal page, without bleed on the right, has a blank margin all the way around. It's important for you to decide whether you'll go with bleed or nobly before you start designing your journal, because it makes a difference in the page dimensions. So, as an example, If your book has bleed, you'll need to add 0.125 inches or three millimeters to the page with and 30.25 inches or six millimeters to the page height. Now let's talk about what that means with the popular size of a six by nine book. If you decided that you want the trim size of your book to be six by nine, and you want the images on your book to go all the way to the edge or to bleed, then you'll set the page size to 6.125 inches by 9.25 inches. Okay, so the main thing to keep in mind, you can apply the same thing to the different size. Different trim size. The main thing to keep in mind is adding 0.125 inches to the page width and point 25 inches to the page height. Now we'll get into how to set up your file to be the right size based on the trim size you selected and whether or not you've decided to go with bleed or no bleed 6. Create Custom Page Sizes: Now, let's take a look at how to set up your file size. Now again, we're creating a book. So we probably want to dio six by nine or an 8.5 by 11. We've already talked about bleed versus no bleed and all of that, and I'm gonna show you how to set all of that up from within power point. Okay, Now I'm just on a standard power point slide without any content. Except I added this information here, both for your information and also because I sometimes forget exact what the exact numbers are. So I wanted to include them here for me as well. All right, So what you're going to do is you quick on the design tab right here and then over here on the right. You quick on slide size and you will click. Go to custom slide size and there's with and there's height over here. And I'm first going to do six inches by nine inches and I just click OK, and then ensure fit. And you can see that my slide is now a six by nine inch slide. Now for bleed. Remember that for bleed. You add on 0.1 to 5 inches or three millimeters to the page with and 30.25 inches or six millimeters to the page height. So I'm going to do that now. I'm going to change the dimensions from six inches by nine inches to 6.125 by point, not excuse me. 9.25 Okay, so again, just going back here, going to custom slide size. So I'm gonna go in here, and instead of six inches, I am going to put a 0.1 to 5 by 9.25 inches. Okay? And I would quick okay, and again ensure fit. And that makes it you. You really don't notice it when you're working on it? It looks basically the same as it was, but that accounts for bleed. Okay, Now, let's make it 8.5 by 11 without bleed again. Custom size. And I'm gonna do 8.5 by 11. Quick on. Okay. Ensure fit. And that just made it bigger. So that made it an 8.5 by 11 size. All right. Okay. Now again, that's without bleed. Now, the way you'd figure out what you need if you wanted. Bleed is you do 8.5 inches plus 0.125 All right, and that comes to 8.625 inches and then it will be by 11.25 And again, this is If you wanted bleed, you would adjust the numbers in that way. So I'm gonna switch that to 8.625 inches and I will make the height 11.25 inches and click on OK and ensure fit. And there you have it. So that is how you adjust the size of your file so that your pages will be the right side and account for bleed versus no bleed. So again, this goes back to you mentioning why it's important to figure out what size you want your a book to be and whether or not you want bleed or nobly, Do you need to make those decisions before you set up your file size And then with that information, you just go to the design tab and slide size custom slide size, and you adjust the width and the height based on your desire for your page sizes. 7. Set Up Margins: and Cain ominous. Show you how to set up margins in your power point slides. So, unfortunately, unlike Microsoft word, Power Point doesn't have built in margins. So I'm gonna show you a trick, though, of how to create them, though I'm going to just start by inserting the shape and it could be any size. Doesn't matter. What I'm going to do is right quick. And then I'm going to go down to size and position and click on that and the height I'm gonna make 11 inches because I've decided that I'm going to for demo purposes, I'm going to create an 8.5 by 11 inch book and without bleed. And so this the height of the document is 11 inches, and the wits of the margin is going to be 0.5. I'm making half inch margins, okay? And I'm gonna just drag that over to the left, and then I'm gonna right quick on it and copy and paste. So I just did control V for Paste, and I'm gonna then drag that over. And now I have the both the left and the right margin, and I'm gonna paste one more. But I'm going to change the size of this to go across the top. So I'm going to right quick, go back to size and position. In this case, the height will be 0.5 and the with will be 8.5 and I'm hitting. Enter and there's the width. And then I will, right, Quick, copy. Or you can also do control, See and in control V. So I've duplicated that. And now I put that right down there. Now you can see that I have a page with margins. Now, obviously, before you publish the book, you would delete the margins. But those air guidelines that will help you create everything within the confines of those margins so that you don't have a problem. You know, maybe going too far to the right or the left, the top of the bottom, whatever. You'll know what your margins are, and any of the design elements that you create need to fit within those margins. Now I recommend, rather than working on this this document, this slide, I recommend duplicating it each time that you're going to create a page. And then that way you won't you'll just have a blank page, really a blank slide, but for these purposes, I'll call it a page for each page in your book. So the way that I'm going to duplicate the slide is I'm just going to do control D, and I'll duplicate it, and I'll do that each time that I want to create a new page. 8. Create Lined Pages: Now I'm going to show you two ways to make lined pages. For the first way, we will use a table. So you go to insert table and insert table, and I'm going to do one column and 20 rows. Some change that toe one and 20. Click on. OK, and I am going to drag this Teoh fit within the margins. Okay, Now, obviously, this is shaded. I don't want it shaded, so I'm going to Quick Unshaded and no Phil. So then I'm going to go to Borders and select inside borders. And just to show you if I take thes, uh, these little guidelines, these margin shapes away, you'll see that I have no outside borders on it. But I do have the inside borders, so that's the first way. So you create a table, you remove the shading, and then you remove the outside borders. All right, so now let's talk about another way to do this. Okay, so you see, I have the one page that I've already done, and I've duplicated that you can't overdo duplicating pages or excuse me. I duplicated the blank page rather than working on this one that I already did. I'm starting with a new blank one, okay? And that way I don't have to worry about messing anything up something quick on that And I'm going to insert a text box, start with shift and underscore, and you'll just keep doing that until it fills up the box all the way. And you just kind of keep going and going and going. Now, before I feel all this up, I want to show you a way to manipulate thesis eyes of the line, the width of the lines. And you probably just want experiment and then find a size that you like That looks good to you. But the way that you would impact this is just change the font size. So if you wanted wider lines, do you see how when I did 28 that went bigger? 18 it smaller, 14 at smaller and so on To give you a feel for how what that's actually gonna look like, go down here to the bottom and zoom to 100%. Okay, so I am at 100% now, and you can see what the width of the lines looks like with this. So if you wanted, like, really skinny lines. You could dio it, you know, put narrower. So experiment with that before you start filling in the lines and then all that you do again is shift and hold down the underlying option. And you just keep going until you fill up the entire page just so we can see it better. I'm gonna go ahead and zoom out, all right? And that's another way of creating your line pages within the borders that you want, and that's all there is to it. 9. Create Manuscript Pages: Now let's get into how to create manuscript pages now these air pages that would be used for handwriting. Often you'd see them in Children's handwriting, workbook or, ah, workbook, where Children are going to do any type of writing, and they need the dotted lines. Another thing you could use them for is to create, let's say, handwriting practice for adults, which could be things like calligraphy or that type of thing. All right, so the first thing that you're going to do is you're going to start off by duplicating one of the lined pages that you've already created. Now, if you don't have one that you've already created, refer back to the information on how to create line pages. But since I have some here, I'm going to start off by just duplicating one of those pages. Now I have two types of line pages over here on the left. I have the wider lines, which are best for Children or the college rule lines. And so since I'm going to make this as a Children's handwriting page, I'm going to use the wide roll lines, and I'm just right clicking and then clicking on Duplicate and then I have this new slide right here. So what I'm going to do is I'm first going to remove the margins just so I can see things a little bit better. And I typically don't actually delete the margins until I'm 100% done with the page, because I might want to use them again. So I'm just gonna remove them, move them off to the side. Okay, Now you'll see we have just the standard lined pages here, and we want the dotted lines that you typically see in Children's handwriting books. So we're going to quick on the table and then click on table design and you'll see down here on this this drop down menu there, several different line types. Right now, the table has solid lines, and I wanted to have thes dash lines. Now there's different thicknesses of dash lines. There's these ones that are more narrowing closer together. I'm picking the larger one, but you could pick whatever you prefer. So I'm gonna pick that and you'll notice I have this like little pencil. That's kind of like a formatting tool, and I'm going to start off by clicking on the second line and you'll see that made it dotted and then every third line on make dotted. Now you'll see that I don't have room for one more line down here. So what I'm going to do is, first of all, I'm gonna click on this draw tool, soul, Turn off my little formatting pencil thing and click on layout. And what I want to do is delete a couple of these extra lines because I don't want to end up with just some extra lines here. So I'll click. First of all, in this table down below the line that I want to delete, and then click on this. Delete Icahn over here and elite Rose. And then I want to again click in and do the same thing again because I still have one extra row. So all right, and you'll see now that everything's correct. It starts off with a solid line, and it ends with a solid buying. Now you'll see that now I have a whole bunch of extra space down here, so there's a couple of ways to deal with that. First I'm clicking and you'll see that the table is now highlighted or outlined and I can use the down arrow key and move the table down. Or I can go to the home tab quick on home and then under a range, click on a line and a line middle and that will automatically move it into the middle. 10. Create Dot Journal Pages: Now let's get into how to create dot journal pages. Now this is what is commonly called bullet journals, but you cannot use the word bullet journal in the title of your book. That's a trademarked term, so you would need to call it dot journal or these pages dot journal pages. But really, they're what people typically use for a bullet journal. All right, now. So you're going to start off by inserting a text box and initially, don't worry about the exact size of the box will stretch it out to fit in Just a minute we're going to change the font size to 10. You could do 12 but I, like 10 then inside of the box were just going to type some periods. I'm gonna just you, maybe five or six, and then we'll highlight them and right click, go to font and then character spacing and expanded. And then we're going to expand it by the same size font that we use. So we used 10 and then we will also make this 10. And what this is going to do is this is going to space out those periods, and that's actually called turning click on OK, and for some reason, sometimes it puts in a Lipsey. So let's just backspace and delete those. I'm going to just fill up the whole line. And actually, now this is the time that you want to stretch this out all the way to the margins, and then we're just going to keep hitting the period until we fill up the whole line, okay? And I actually have it expand just a tiny bit of my text box expand just a tiny bit into the margin because it it actually won't do the dot quite that far. So And I'm going to just get this nice and centered here, and I'm gonna do control a actually, let me first drag this up to the top. I wanted to go right near the top part Border and Madu control a Control C and Control V. And I'm just going to fill up the entire page with these dots. So this font on here was black and I prefer something that's not quite a stark, is that so? I'm going to change it to a gray, so I'm just quick ing on the outside of the text box and then selecting one of these like darker grays. And let me do zoom and see and kind of see how that looks. OK, so that is the color. You could experiment if you want a little lighter color. So, for example, if you wanted to just be very faint, you can do that. Or you could do black. You can do whatever you want, but that is, in essence, how you create dot journal pages. 11. Create Graph Paper : Now let's get into how to create graph paper, which some people also call grid paper. The first thing that you're going to do is go to insert table insert table, and we need to calculate the number of columns and the number of rows that we need. So let's pull out the calculator for the number of rows were going to consider the width of the paper and in this journal were using 8.5 and we have 1/2 inch margin here. Half inch margin there, so we're gonna subtract one inch. Now graph paper typically is either four by four or five by five. And if you're going to include information about having graph paper in your journal, or if the whole journal is or workbook, whatever it is is graph paper. You need to make sure and let people know if you're doing four by four or five by five. It seems the most common is four by four. So that's what we're going to use when considering the column size. We need to look at 1/4 since we're doing four by four. The calculation we're going to use is going to be based on 1/4 and that will be 40.25 So we're doing 7.5 divided by 0.25 and that equals 30. So we'll have 30 columns and we'll pull up the calculator again to figure out the number of rows that we need. Remember, the height of the paper is 11 inches minus one for the borders, and now again, we're going to divide it by 0.25 and that comes up with 40 rows. So we will put 40 and the number of rows and will create our table. Now what we need to do is we first of all need to just click on the table, go to table design, uncheck header row and banded Rose. And then we're going to drag this table up to the corner, up to the top of the margin, and we're going to stretch it out over toothy right end of the margin. Now, if you look at layout, you'll see that the columns are 0.25 inches, which is exactly what we want, but the roads or 0.41 inches. So I'm gonna put in 0.25 and hit, enter and notice how it defaulted 2.36 The way to fix that is to go to Font, and we're going to make it a one point font. So I'm just cooking on one entering one enter, and now you see that it fits into the page perfectly, just for ease of use. I'm going to go ahead and delete the margin markers. All right. Now, let's quick into the table and we'll go to table design shading no Phil, and you'll see that makes it completely blank, which we don't want. So how we fix that is we go into borders and click on all borders, and there we have our graph paper. Now you'll notice it's really dark, and I want to change it to a gray color. So typically, when we change the element colors, we go into home, and we picked the font in that type of thing. With tables. It's a little bit different. Instead, at table design over here on the right, you'll see that you can change whether it's dashed or how thick it is, and you can also change the pen color. So we're going to change it. Teoh, a gray color and then click on borders and you can see that it changed the color to gray, and it's a nice paint color. 12. Create Drawing Plus Text Pages: Now let's get into how to create comic book tight pages. Now, this is a great option if you want to create pages that half the pages for drawing and 1/2 of it is for doodling or sketching, It could be for doing a comic book, a storybook, any type of journal or anything where you want a combination that includes both lines and space to draw. So I'm starting off with a page that was made from a table and I don't remove the margins here so you can see what I'm doing. And what I'm gonna do is I am just going to highlight, Let's see the first part of the rose here. All right, then I'm going to right quick and go to Borders and click on outside Borders. And then I will again right quick and then on inside Borders to take away the lines. Okay. And just like that, I have a page that has both lions for writing and a box for drawing. Now I'm going to show you how to edit the page that I created with just a text box and lines. Okay, so the easiest way to do this is to first of all, just start off by the leading about half the lines or however many you want. You want to leave enough lines to that you want to use for writing, and then just figure out how much space you want for drawing. And that's that's how you'll base your decision. So I'm just gonna go here, and I'm gonna delete this many lines, okay? And see, I have a little straggler down there. I'm gonna get rid of that, all right? And I'm just gonna drag this text box down lower. Okay? Now, for the upper part, what I'm gonna do is insert a shape that's about the size of this blank area here. And don't worry, the color of the shape doesn't matter cause you're going to get rid of the Phil. So let's get it exactly that size, actually, let me just make Well, that's good. All right, Now you go up to shape Phil, and you say, No, Phil and then shaped outline. I'm gonna make that black. And I actually just make this strength this down just a little bit because I don't want to cut into the border, but I want to make my lines a little bit thicker. So I'm just gonna just I'm just dragging and adjusting the border. And then you go to shape outline and you select the weight that you want and that looks good to me. So I'm or maybe like right around there, Okay. And so then there you have it. That's a different way of doing it, starting with the text box, deleting some of the lines and then just adding an a shape. And then you will remove the fill for the shape and just tweak the border to the right color and sickness that you want. 13. Create Comic-Book-Style Pages: Now I'm going to show you how to make some more advanced comic book style pages in Power Point. All right, so I have my slide here. I'm again working with an 8.5 by 11 size slide, and you'll see why it's important to have the size in mind in just a minute. Okay, so what we'll do is we'll first start off by inserting a table, and we will make it a five by five table, okay? And quick in it and do control a and under shading No, Phil. Then I'm going to go toe borders and all borders. Some of these rows and columns narrow, and they're gonna end up being the spaces between boxes inside of the table. So first, I'm going down here highlighting this, going to lay out and over here on the left, you'll see that there's places to put in height and width on the right. You don't want to do that because that will impact the whole table. We're going to do it over here on the left, and I'm gonna make the columns this particular column 0.36 inches, and then I'm gonna go over and do the same for this one. And I just did control wide to repeat what I done the first time. All right? Now we're going to do the same thing with this row and this row. Okay? So you'll see what I'm one doing here, so just hang tight. Ok? So I highlighted the row and I'm going to make the row 0.36 and then I'm going to make this row 0.36 is Well, okay, now, let's go ahead and move this up into the corner, and we're going to figure out what size we need to make the rest of the cells. And this is where a little bit of math comes in. But don't worry, it's not difficult, OK? So first we're going to figure out what with we want to make these particular boxes here. And the way that we're going to do that is we wanted to stretch all the way across. Now, remember, this was 8.5, and then there is 1/2 inch margin on the left and the right, so we're going to subtract one, because between the two of them, that's one inch margin. And then remember we made these columns 0.36 So we're going to subtract 0.362 times 0.36 minus 0.36 Okay, in that equal 6.78 Now, we have three boxes here that we're going to want to stretch across. So we will divide 6.38 times three and we come what? Come up with 2.26 Okay, Now I'm in the first little box here, and I'm going to lay out and over here. I'm going to put that number 2.26 and you'll see how it stretched it out. Now I'm going to do it again. Make this 12.26 and I'm going to do this 12.26 Okay, now you can see that that stretched it out toe where it fits perfectly within our margins. Now we need to figure out how wide we want to make or how tall we want to make some of these boxes going down so it will end up filling up the whole page. So again we'll get out our calculator. The height of the page is 11 inches, so we'll start with 11 minus one for the borders. That's 10. And then we have two rows that are going to be like spacers between our boxes. And those were both 20.36 on minus 0.36 equals minus 0.36 All right, now we've got 9.28 We will divide that by three, cause we're going to have three boxes going down so divided by three. And that comes to 3.9 All right, so now we have the right calculation that we need to make the boxes the right size. So let's go ahead and do that. Okay? Again. Layout. We will do this up here and you'll see how it stretched it down. Were skipping the next row because that's gonna be a spacer. And we will again put in this amount 3.0 night and we'll go down one more and do the same. 3.9 inches. Okay, now you can see that this again. It fits perfectly on the page. So we have our nine boxes now. What we want to do is we want to create blank lines in between all of the boxes toe where we don't have all of these lines showing cause that just doesn't look very good. So first will take care of the ones that air up and down. And it doesn't matter what order you do them in, but I'm just doing them in that order. Okay, now, I highlighted on entire row of them. I'm going to go to table design borders, and I'm going to remove the inside border. And then I'm going to remove the top border and the bottom border. And now you'll see how there's those lines that were there are gone. All right. Now, let's go ahead and do the same with this one. Okay, so borders inside borders, top border and bottom border. Okay, Now, for some reasons, sometimes it doesn't take everything out. Notice how there's a little There's still the border down here at the bottom. Why that happens. I'm not real sure, but you just have to look things over and make sure that everything's correct if there's something missing the way that at first this was real confusing for me. But the way that I figure out, as I think, what do I want to have go away and in this case, I want the bottom border to go away. So that's what I'm going to click on is the bottom. And now you see that that's gone. And by the way, the opposite is true. If you're missing a border and you want to add it, you think of what you want to add on. And then that's what you select when you're in that border menu. Okay, now let's take away these extra borders again. Go to borders and again inside border. But this time, instead of doing top and bottom, we want to take away the left and the right. So borders, left, border and right border, and you'll see that now those are gone and we will do the same thing here. Take away the inside borders, take away the left border and take away the right border. All right. Okay, Now you have a good comic book page that has nine rectangles in it. But let's say that we want to add a little bit of variety because if you're creating a low content book that is made for comic books, people doing their own comic books is going to get really boring. If every single page is just like this, so let's switch it up a little bit. But before we do that, I'm going to actually duplicate this life because I do want to keep one of those, okay? And now I'm going to make some changes. First, I'm going to make this one big box instead of three small ones. So the way that you do that is you just put your cursor in the 1st 1 and I'm using the arrow key to go all the way across it and then again to table design. And I'm going to click on Inside Borders because I want to take away the inside borders. And then I'm going to click on outside Borders because I want to add outside borders, okay. And you'll see that's now a complete one big box rather than three small ones. All right, now we have just one more thing to do. Let's say that you want to add even more variety. Let's go ahead and duplicate this light, and that way we'll be working on a fresh one, and I'm gonna just use a shape to make this box different, and I'm going to go to insert shapes. And let's say that I want to make this shape. Ah, let's see. You can do any any of the shapes that you have here. Let's say I'm just gonna do a heart. What I'll do is I'll make the heart the right size to go all the way to the edges. I wanted to fill it up, and this is kind of making a weird, elongated heart. But you can always change out the shape to something different. If you decide you don't like the way it looks now, we obviously don't want it to be solid. So we're under shape format and we're going to shape Phil. No, Phil. And we're going to make shape. Outline black. Now that's fine. But you see, you still have this one border around here, so we want to get rid of that, and I find it easiest to move the shape off and then I'll add it back in in a minute. But then just put your cursor inside of the box that you want to replace with the shape and then go to design table design borders, no border and you'll see that took away that border and you can move the heart in there. Okay, Kind of fiddle with it. So it lines up properly. But once that you look at that and you go, I don't really like that heart being there. So what you're going to do is just click on the shape and then under shape, you can click on shape format, and that will bring up over here on the left, an opportunity to edit the shape, and you can change the shape out. So let's say that I want to do on oval. Instead, I'm gonna click on that and automatically that becomes an oval. So you see, we have these air definitely more advanced comic book pages. I struggled with this particular technique when I first started doing it, so if you find it difficult, but you want to create books that are used for comic books or other types of sketching to where you want a wide variety of nicely laid out shapes of different sizes, then I recommend just experimenting with and just be patient with yourself because you'll get the hang of it. If you just practice 14. Create Text-Heavy Pages: Now let's get into how to create pages with text. Now, obviously, on low content books, you're not going to have a ton attacks. But there will be times when it makes a lot of sense to have a few pages of text. As an example, let's say that you were creating a time management planner. You might have some pages at the beginning that explain your time management philosophy and how to use the specific journal. So that's an example of how you would use pages with text. So the first thing that you do is you go to insert in. You insert a text box so you go to text box and you just inserted text box. You drag it to fit. You would just type or copy and paste your text. And to save some time, I'm just going to pause its video while I copy and paste this over and over again. OK, now, I intentionally didn't fill up the entire slide with text because let's say that I wanted to use a bigger font or do some other things. I'd want a little bit more room so you can see, though, how, basically the text is all fitting within the margins. Because I made the text box, I stretched the text box two fit in that space. And just to make sure that you understand how to do that, I'll show you again how to do that. Go to insert and text and you just put in the text box and make it fit within the margins. Maybe take that just a little bit and then you type your or copy and paste your text into that area. All right, Now, let's say that I wanted to add its ah title of sorts to this page, such as a chapter title. I'm just gonna move that down a little bit and I'm gonna type the title here, and I am highlighting it and then centering it. I'm gonna use a different front going over here and making it bigger. Now there's a couple ways you could make it bigger. You can do the drop down here and choose a bigger font like that. Or you can also just keep cooking up here and making it bigger that way. Now let's say that you wanted to add a little bit of styling, such as a list of bullet points. I'm gonna show you how to do that now and it's very, very simple. I'm gonna make just some of these sentences here bullet points. So I'm gonna start by. I've got my cursor right at the beginning of what would be the first bullet point. And I'm gonna just quick on bullet point there. If I wanted to indented it, I would go here and in debt. If I wanted to choose a different bullet point, I would go into here and pick a different type, a bullet point. And it works really very similar toe word because obviously they're both off its products. And so that's basically how you do that, OK? And I'm not gonna go into ton of the details here, but you could play around with ah, numbering in denting positioning things. We don't I want to change the font color, probably because of wanting to go with a black and white interior. But you can obviously bold italicize and do everything just like you would in word. Ok, now let's say that you wanted to have a a page that has a combination of text and place for people to write Thankfully, that is super easy as well. All that you will dio is let's delete some of this text and write within the text box. You can easily just use shift and then the underscore key and add in some lines for people to write. Now this would be perfect in something such as a workbook, where you give some instructions, maybe questions for people to answer, and then you just add some lines. So that's all there is to creating pages with text and pages that have a combination of text and lines. 15. Create Checklists: Now we're going to look at how to create checklist. This could be like for to do list task list. Let's say that you were creating a workbook that had a list of steps in a process, that type of thing. The good news is this is one of the easier things to Dio. So all we need to do is we start off by inserting a text box, and then you might want to write some text in the centre such as to do list and make it probably maybe change the font. So I'm gonna changes to one that I use quite a bit and we'll make it bigger. All right, Now all you have to dio and we probably want to change it from centered over to the left. And we're going to use a bullet points for this and you'll see that one of the bullet point types is a check box, and so you can just create some lines, go all the way to the end, and then if you hit, enter it will put in another check box and so on. Now, if you felt that this was too big the way that you would fix it is you would just change the font size. So I'm gonna just highlight what I've got there. And I'm gonna change the font size to, let's just say, 28 you'll see that automatically. The check boxes got smaller and the lines got thinner. And then you would just need to adjust to make them fit all the way across. So that is all there is to making checklist. 16. Create Calendar Pages: Now let's look at how to create calendar pages. So I'm going to start with putting some text in and, as usual, just using a text box here. And I'm gonna put months and a year. If you were going to create a calendar for a specific month, obviously, you could just put in the month. But I'm just creating like, a blank page that people could personalize themselves. So it's really up to you, however you want to do it. The best way to create calendars is to do a table. I'm going to do a seven by six table now. One thing that I love is that there are lots of table designs already built in to Power Point. And so you pick one that you like. You can experiment a little bit, so let's say that I want one like this that has the black at the top. Then white click on that and you'll notice that the little boxes went away. So what I'll do is I'll just go in and add all going to borders and at all borders. And now I've got the boxes there, and I'm going to put Monday and you know I think that I will center that. So I'm just gonna go upto home and center. I'm tabbing Tuesday, Tab Wednesday. Okay. And make sure that I centered all these. All right, Now I'm gonna start off by dragging this up, stretching it out to fit each side, all right? And actually, let me bump it in just a tiny bit. They don't want it. Teoh, go right up against the margins. All right, now, obviously, this is much smaller than I want it to be. I want it to fill up the page, or at least mostly, felt the page. So the way that I'm going to do that is I'm gonna go in tow layout, and I'm just going to experiment with different row sizes. So first, all highlight all of these rows here, and I'm just holding down the shift key and then using the down arrow and let's just them to try 0.75 inches and see what happens. And I want it bigger than that. So I'm gonna just go ahead and do one inch and maybe even 1.1, and I don't want it to go all the way down and you'll see why in a minute, actually, let me do 1.2. Okay? Now, the reason why I didn't want it to go all the way down is I want toe include a little area for notes down here. So I'm just gonna insert a another text box, and I'm gonna write the word notes and make it a little bit bigger. Put a cold one there and then just some lines, and just to give it a little bit of style quick on the outside of the text box and you'll see that you could do shape, format and shape outline. I'm gonna keep it black, but I'm gonna make it a little bit whiter just to make it stand out. If I wanted to, I could Oh, do something a little bit different. Such as? Make it a dotted line or that type of thing. So that's how to create a basic calendar page. Now, in this particular example, I left the dates off of it. The days, the numbers for the days off of it. And the reason is that I want this to be a perpetual calendar that people could fill out any time for any month, and I wouldn't have to recreate the Journal or the planner every single year. However, there is some value also to doings. For example, a 2020 or 2021 planner, whatever the year, maybe. And if that was the case, you could go in and you could just put type in the months rather than having month and year . And then you could go into the boxes and do a number like that. So let's say that Monday was on the first and I'm gonna actually do that, position it to the right. I would do the same for the next day, and so on it. So just have the actual month in Europe here. And then I would feel inthe e proper numbers to fit with that calendar year. So it's up to you as to whether or not you want your planner to be a perpetual calendar or you want to do it for a specific year and then create a new planner every single year that has the right dates. Okay, now let's go ahead and duplicate this slide and let's create a a week long journal, so I'm just gonna change this to week of and then a line there for people to write the week . I'm going to delete this table and start with the new one insert table, and I'm going to do it. Seven, because there seven days of the week and I'm going to do to Rose, all right. And again, I'm gonna just pick this particular one and add in the borders and put it up here and again . I'm gonna put in the days of the week, all right. Now, since it's a weekly calendar than Aiken, do a lot more room, A lot bigger spaces. But I'm going to do that. The process will be the same as it was before. I'll go to lay out now. Obviously, I have plenty more room. So I think I'm going to try five. That might be too big, but we'll see, actually, maybe even six or 5.5. And if I wanted Teoh, I could make this box bigger for notes and still have plenty of room for my calendar entries for the week. All right, so there you have it. Those air Two ways to create calendar pages. Four planners in journals 17. Adding Borders: Now let's get into how to add borders to your page is my favorite way is to use shapes. So the way that you do that is you start with insert and you go to shapes, and I usually start with the either the rectangle or the rounded rectangle. I kind of like the rounded one. It just gives a little nicer look, but you can use whichever one that you prefer. So let's go ahead and do the rounded one. And again, I've got my pages with the borders set up. I like to make it just a little bit inside of the margins because I might add some weight to the border, and I don't want it to overlap, so I'm giving it a little bit of extra space there. First thing you want to do is remove the shape Phil, and so you go to shape Phil. No Phil shape outline. I usually do black or grey, and then I add a little more weight, usually make it a little bit sicker. And now here's where it gets fun. You can add all types of effects to the border. I'm going to start off with dashes so you can see that this makes like a little dotted border. This is a dotted line again, but it's less rounded and more stretched out and so on. So you can kind of just play with it and see which one that you like the most. The next option is sketched. Now, depending on what version of power point you have, you may not have this sketched option. I believe it's only available through the office 3 65 accounts. And by the way, if you don't have that, I would highly recommend that because you get a lot of extras that are not included in other versions of Power Point and other office products. But let me just show you how that works. Okay, so you see the sketched and you can give totally different feels to it like this has almost a thorn paper effect, and this does is well. And so those air really fun. I really like the sketched effects. Now let's go into the next way. The next way that you can create a border is to use a text box. So you go to insert and then text box, and he just draw your text box. Now the process with text box will be very, very similar that you quick on the top of the text box, and then again, it's It's considered a shape, so you're going to have the same options available so shaped fill you all. You don't have to worry about that because it doesn't have a feel to begin with. OK, but then you go to shape outline and again, you can choose the weight, and you can choose whether you want it to be sketched or dashes. So this is very similar. The primary benefit of doing shapes instead of the text box is because you have a lot more options with shapes than with the text box. For example, I was able to do the rounded border, whereas with the tax box, I only have the option of the street borders, and now you know it's actually I made this a little small so I could kind of tweak that and make it a little bit bigger. And by the way, if you're messing around with a shape or border anything and it gets a little bit off, it's not exactly centered. It's really easy to get it just right? You quick on it and you go to arrange a line, a line middle, and then you could also allying it center. And you see, it just made a slight tweak in the way that it moved things over. All right, Now I want to talk about how you can use images to create borders. There are a lot of free image sites out there or paid one, such as deposit photos, but free sites such as picks, obey or pecs ALS you confined borders that you can add to your pages. So that's what I'm gonna do. In this case, I just have a blank slide. I'm going to insert pictures and I'm gonna insert this picture and this I believe I got on picks Obey so all I will dio iss stretch it. So then that's a very nice looking border for the page. And it was made with a photo that I uploaded. Now, speaking of photos, I want to show one more way to create, uh, borders using a photo that you make from a shape. Okay, Now, let's go ahead and add just a rectangular shape, and we're going to add a white shape, Phil to it and no outline. All right, now, the cool thing about this is that you can actually save a shape as an image. So I am right clicking on this and then save as picture. Okay, so I'm going to make this It It's the default is a PNG, so I'm just going to call this plain white rectangle. And the reason that you want to do this instead of just using a white or other color rectangle to begin with as I showed you earlier with shapes, is because there's certain image, border type effects that you can add, and I'll show you that now. So let's go to insert pictures. Let's go toe plain white rectangle. That plain white rectangle is now in there, but you'll notice that you have some options now under picture format because this is a picture so I can add Ah, frame like that. Actually, I would need to make it quite a bit smaller to fit in with our frame or with our borders rather, so I kind of just need to play with it and squish it in. Okay, so that has a totally different look to it. Let's say I wanted to do this again. That's a different fill in this. I would stretch out to be to fit better. But it's a different feel than the other borders that we've had. So there are actually quite a few different options in here. Not all of them would work well, but some would actually create kind of a nice effect that looks different. But it could kind of give your page a certain feel to it that is different than any other type of border. So the picture format really opens up some possibilities with different types of effects, borders and so on. And so that's why I recommend just creating a image that is just a white rectangle, starting with a shape. 18. Creating Design Elements Using Shapes: Now let's talk about shapes. You've already seen me use shapes quite a bit in this course, and the reason is that you can do so much with shapes, So I really encourage you to explore shapes. So far, I've used them for things like Borders. But I want to show you how you can use them to add a lot of interesting designs to a page. So again you go to insert and two shapes and you'll notice there is a huge number of shapes here. Okay, so I am going to choose a son, okay? And I'm holding down the shift key. That's a good thing to do, because if you don't hold down shift ah, lot of times you end up with a shape that stretched out. So, for example, I'm not holding shift now, and I'm doing this and you see how the the sun is getting all stretched out. If you hold down shift, it keeps it in the proper proportions. Now there's times you might want to not hold down, shift and stretch it out. But just be aware that that's how that works. Okay, Now, this is actually kind of a pool sun design. You could see how. Let's say that you were creating a planner or journal having to do with setting goals for the day or keeping track of things for the day. You might have something related to the morning, a morning routine and want to add a son on the page or on that element of the page. This would be a shape that would work for that. So first, let's go to shape Phil, and we're gonna go to know Phil and outlying, and there's you can see the black outline, and as we've done before, you can change the weight of the outline. You can make it a lot sicker. You can also change the color. Let's say that you wanted to make it gray instead of black going back into the outline. There's a lot of effects that you could do. You could add dashes, and that makes it look completely different. I think that's the thing that I want to get across with this particular part of the course , and that is that shapes have a ton of flexibility, and you can totally change the look and feel of a shape just by doing a few things. In fact, let me just start off by doing copying these and will will change them up each one a little bit different. So we've got that one there with a dotted line. Let's go ahead and do a so would line, and you can see how that looks different. Obviously, if you do a solid line and you turn it black instead of gray, it has a different feel to it. Let me first copy that and we will add Make it black because again, I want to demonstrate how differently things can look just based on a few different changes that you'll make. Okay, now let's take this one, and we'll copy it and let's change it. Let's say I wanted a more informal, hand drawn effect. I would go down to sketched, and I would use this or this, and you can see this one gives a more dramatic effect, but it gives more of a hand drawn effect. Okay, now we'll copy that one, and to make it look a little different, let's go ahead and fill it with a light gray and change the outline to a darker gray. Okay, so you could see, this has a hand drawn and kind of a pencil type of effect. This has the dotted. This is, you know, and so on. Okay, now, here is something that you might even want to consider is overlapping a couple of the option someone to do Control C Control V. I've got this, and I think I'm going to copy this Control C Control V. And but I'm going to change it to blacks. I'm gonna go up and change the outline color to black. And now I'm gonna play around with overlapping. These too. Let's see. How about if I just put it there and turn it okay? And you can see I have a totally different look, even from the original shape, by taking to the exact shape, except with a different outline and just overlapping them and turning them. So again, take a look here at the shape options you have, and you'll see that there are tons of options in here that you can use to add interest to your pages. And you can experiment with the shape, fill the outline and even with overlapping shapes to add more advanced options to your pages by the use of simple shapes 19. Adding Images: Now let's get into how to add images to your pages. Okay, there's three primary ways that I like to add images to my pages. They're all found within the insert tab and the first waves pictures. The 2nd 1 is online pictures, and the third is icons. So let's start with pictures with pictures. You just double click, and you would just go to your images file and add any type of image that you want to the slide. OK, and then you can resize it, and you can change color, artistic effects and things like that. The next way is to add online pictures, and this is kind of a cool option, because these are pictures that you don't have to purchase their included free, and you'll notice that there's categories that are automatically added that you can sort through. So if you want to just look through the beach pictures or things like that. And one thing important to note is that Creative Commons, by default, that's what's selected, which is a good thing because that means that you're free to use them. Okay, but I'm just going to type in, let's say flower, and then that will bring in several different flower pictures. So let me just start off by this one. I'm just clicking on it and going to insert. And the first thing to note is that you can stretch it to whatever size that you want and this is color. And we've talked about using gray scale. So the first thing that I want to do is I want to change the color two black and white. Okay, so now I've got a black and white picture. Now, let's say that you were wanting to use that as a watermark. That's way too dark, so you can go to transparency, and you can just adjust the transparency level to whatever level that you want. Now, if people are going to be writing on pages, you want to be careful that there's not its not too dark for people to write. But you also wanted to show up well enough, so you're just gonna have to kind of fiddle around with it. But for this purpose, I'm gonna just use that. And then another cool thing that you can do is at artistic effects. Now you'll notice that there are tons of them this one is called glass, and it kind of gives a glass like feel to it kind of us. If you're looking through frosted glass, this one is pencil sketch, and you'll see it looks a little bit more sketched. Okay, so there's really a ton of things that you can find with online pictures. Let me go ahead and change this out to a picture that's a little more realistic. So I'm right clicking and I'm doing change picture. And I'm going again toe online sources because that's what I want to look at right now. And I'm gonna go back to the flower pictures. And this time I'm going to pick this Rose. Okay, cause I just want to show you how using an actual realistic picture makes a difference in your overall effect. Oh, and by the way, you'll notice that a lot of times when it pulls in the picture, it has this little bit of text down here at the bottom. I just like to quick on it and delete it, so get rid of that. Okay, so now again, under picture, I clicked on the picture and under picture format. I'm going to go to color, and I'm gonna make it black and white, and that's darker than I want. But that's OK. I will fix that in a minute. With transparency, Pay Now Artistic FEC's Let's say that I wanted to do a pencil sketch quick on that and you'll see how. Now it looks like it's a pencil sketched effect rather than it being a photograph. And yet it still looks realistic. Now I'm going to go to transparency because I want it to be much more transparent. And I'm gonna pick this because I wanted to just show in the background and you'll see that's much more faded so you could use it as a background image and put lines over it to right on and so on. Okay, now the third option that I like to use and this is actually one of my favorites is icons now, depending on the type of power point that you have, you may or may not have this for certain. It's available in an office 3 65 account, and that always has the latest options, which is why I recommend it, and I'll leave a link to it as well. So anyway, let's quick on Icahn's and you'll see that it has a broad range of icon categories accessibility, analytics, animals, apparel, arrows and so on. Okay, and let's just pick, since I'm going with a flower theme, nature and outdoors. But let's pick this one and click on insert. You'll see that it inserts it very small, but these can be resized to any size without getting pixelated looking. Okay, so let's say I want to just put it in the background. Obviously, that is black color. So if I was going to use it as a background image, I would want to put a lighter color in it than that, a lighter grey or something to that effect. Under more fill colors, you can even change the transparency and make it as faint as you want. So, for example, I'm going to switch it to 50% transparency. Click on OK and you'll see it went lighter if I wanted it lighter. Still, I would just go back to graphics ville more fill colors and adjust this to say, 70%. We'll see how that does. Okay, and now it's a very faint, so that's a great way to do a watermark. So there you have it three ways to add images to your pages 20. Combining Elements to Create Unique Pages: Now I want to get into how to combine the various elements that we've already covered in this course. My goal here is not to give you an exhaustive list of examples and ways that you can do things. My goal, rather, is to just give you a few examples that will hopefully get the wheels turning in your own mind and help you to come up with some creative ideas that you can then use to apply the principles that I've covered in this course and you'll be able to create some unique pages . All right, so the first page that I'm going to show you here I started off with an icon and I changed the fill to gray. And so that's the first item on the page. The 2nd 1 is that I used a shape, a rectangle, and I changed the shape feel toe black, and then I typed on the title of the page. Finally, I created a text box, and I just using the shift key just created underlines. So that's how I created that page. And again, if any of this is unclear to you, refer back to earlier parts of the training where I show how to do things like How do you shapes and how toe create the lines and so on. All right, now, let's go on to just a slight variation. I duplicated the page that I just showed you. And instead of a text box with just lines, I used a text box again. But I used bullet points to create a checklist. Okay, moving on to the next page, I started this page by inserting a shape the sun shape and I filled the shape with gray. I outlined it with great also, but I changed the outline type to the sketched effect, and that gave it a little bit of a hand drawn feel to it. I then added a shape, a rounded rectangle which you can see right there. And I removed the shape Phil and I made the shape outline Gray and I made it dotted I. Then in this case, I decided to use a table to create the lines. Not remember. There's two ways to create lines. You can use a table or you can use a text box. In this case, I used a table. All right, on this page, I started off by adding an icon and changing the field to gray, and I have that in the background. I use the same icon right here and just kept it as black. And then I added a text box. Finally, I used a text box and used the check mark bullet point with lines. All right now, I duplicated the previous page and wanted to just change it up a little bit. So I deleted a few of the check boxes with lines so that I would have room to add this box for instructions. The way I created this boxes, I used the shape, the rounded rectangle, and I did a great feel, and I made the outline a dotted black outline. And then I have a text box here where I am adding some instructions. Okay, on this page, I started off by adding an icon to the page, the coffee cup that you see there and I used a gray feel instead of black. I then used a text box to add on some text. I used a shape, a rounded rectangle shape, removed the Phil and created a dotted outline. And then I used the text box to add some lines. All right, on this page, I started off with a text box and I just put some text with some underlines, and then you'll see these five stars here. I use the shape. I used a shape to create the start. That's one of the shape options and so that the stars would be exactly the same size and shape. I just copied them four times and then space him out equally. I also used text boxes and text box with lines. And then you'll notice that I also put some faded kind of watermark type images that fit with what I was saying here. This was a journal page where people could write about what they saw, what they thought and what they felt. And so under I saw, I used an eye icon under I thought I used a thought bubble and under I felt I used a heart . Okay, you've already seen this page earlier in the class, but I wanted to include it here because it's another example of how to include some elements on a page. This is a text box. I created the calendar using a table and then I have another text box down here and finally this page has an image for the frame, and then this is a simple text box where I added text to it. So again, this is just a sampling of the types of pages that you can create using the different elements that I've already taught you. And I am sure that I am just beginning to scratch the surface and that, as you think about the purpose of your journal or your workbook or plan or whatever it is that you're creating and you combine that with what you have learned in this course, you will be able to come up with some very creative, unique pages that no one else has. Any pages exactly like yours. So just have fun with this experiment and just take the time to play some of it. I find that it takes me a while to get everything laid out exactly the way that I want. So be patient with yourself. And another thing I want to encourage you to do is when you're working on a page, when you kind of have it, how you want to go ahead and duplicate that page and you can just do control de or You can right click and select, duplicate and then make changes because sometimes what I've experienced is that all create a page and then decide to mess around with it, and I kind of mess up what I already did. So I recommend duplicating the page a couple of times and then just playing with arranging things in different ways and trying different elements, and then you can decide to keep which ever version that you like the best. 21. Front Matter: Now let's get into front matter. Front matter is simply the pages that are at the front of your book. Now. There's really only a couple of pages that you absolutely need, and I'm going to talk about those. And then I am also going to get into some extra things that you might want to add into your front matter before you get into the actual journal pages. So for the sake of this demonstration, I'm going to kind of take you behind the scenes of one of the journals that I created, which was an artist date journal, and you'll see that the very first page is the title page. So you need a title page. Which, of course, has the title could have the subtitle on it your name and the name of your publishing company. So that's a very basic page that a very important page. Okay, the next page is your copyright page, and you can see that basically, it's the copyright symbol with a year and your name or the name of your publishing company . If that's how you're publishing it, and I s B in number and just a little copyright blurb, you can also include for more information, visit and put your website Okay, so those two pages that they only two pages that you absolutely need having your front matter, especially if you're publishing something just like a basic line journal. You don't necessarily need anything else. You just need the title page and the copyright page. But if you're like me, you might want to do some things that are little bit nicer than just having a title page and a copyright page. The third page that I sometimes include is a page for this journal belongs to, and then people can write their name in it or this planner belongs to or that type of thing . If you really want to take things up a notch, I recommend writing an introduction now. Since this journal was about artist dates, I explained, Here's how I learned about artist dates and I could gave credit where credit's due. I first learned about them in a book called The Artist Weight by Julia Cameron. So rather than acting as if this was my original idea, I kind of explain that, and then then down here, I give some ideas for various artist States and I continue that on into the next page. So basically, rather than just giving them journal where they can record their artist dates, I give them some ideas to get them started. I then went in and put something about scheduling your first artist date with the idea of If it's not scheduled, it's not done. And that type of thing. I then added a page for actually, I ended up with two pages. The one the first page has instructions on it where people could jot down their ideas for artist states. And then I went into some instructions of how to use this journal. So it's only after that that the actual journal pages started so you can see that I actually ended up with nine pages of front matter. But again, all you absolutely need or two. So that's something to think about, what you want to include in your front matter. And I'm putting this information near the end of this course because I usually create the front matter after I've created the other journal pages. Because then I have some ideas of what I want to include and what I want to explain and talk about. So that's basically all there is to adding front matter to your book. 22. Duplicating Pages and Sections: Now let's get into how to duplicate pages and sections and also how to bring in slides from other Power Point slide decks. Okay, so first of all, let's talk about duplicating pages. You've seen me do this multiple times already, but I wanted to include it in this video as well, just to have it with the other ways of duplicating things. So, first of all, I have the page here. But where you're going to duplicate is over on the left column, and I am right clicking and you'll see that there's an option to duplicate. You can also accomplish the same thing by if you're under slide, just clicking on control and D, and that duplicates the slide. Now let's talk about duplicating sections. You can see that I have several different sections over here, and duplicating sections is a great way to duplicate several pages all at once in a particular order. Now, the way that this comes in Super handy is let's say that you were creating a 90 day planner and each month had 12 pages in it, or 15 pages or whatever the case may be. Once you set up the initial pages you can do click eight each section rather than duplicating individual pages, and that makes it super easy to do so. What you do is you go over to the left hand side and you just quick on the section header and you'll notice that there's a little red border around the slides in that section, and you would just do control D, and you'll see that automatically. Those particular slides are duplicated right beneath it, so that makes it really easy to duplicate multiple pages at once. So I definitely recommend setting up a certain section for, like, weekly spreads or monthly spreads or anything that you're you want to have occur again and again in your journal and then just use that option, too, duplicated multiple times. Okay, now let's talk about how to bring in slides from other presentations. This would be something that you would want to do, Let's say, after you have created several journals. So, for example, I talked about front matter earlier. You might include the same basic front matter in each of your journals and just tweak it slightly. What you would want to be able to do is, rather than recreating those pages from scratch, you would want to be able to pull them in from another slide deck. So the way that you do that, if you go over here to new slide and you go down to reuse slides and then you browse for the specific slide deck that you want and I'm gonna use this artist state Journal so I just double clicked on that and you'll see that it opens up all of the slides over here and all that you do to add those slides as you just click on it and then it automatically pulls it into your presentation. Now, obviously you want to do it at the point that you want to add this slide. I had been on this slide over here and then because of that, when I clicked on this part over here, it automatically pulled it in beneath the last slide. So let's say that this was front matter. I was wanting to copy. I'm gonna pull that, move it all the way up to the top, which is what I should have done at the beginning. Gotten up at the top. And let's say that I want to use the title slide kind of as a template and the copyright. So I'm just going to click on that and you'll see it came in over here as well. So that's one way to pull slides in from another presentation and make things easier. Now, obviously, I would have to tweak things. If the name of this journal was something different, I would change this information. This information, actually other than the I s P n number would be the same and so on, so you might have to make a few different tweaks. But that's much easier than starting out from scratch. So there you have it, how to duplicate slides and how to duplicate sections and also how to pull in slides from other slide decks. 23. Saving as a PDF: Once you have completed all of the aspects of your low content book, 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 quick 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. 24. Your Project: thank you so much for taking this class. I hope you found it helpful. Now let's be honest. Watching the class in and of itself doesn't really accomplish anything, so I want to encourage you to immediately take action on what you've learned. If you're not quite ready to create a complete low content book, at the very least, create a page or two just to get your feet wet. You can even create something like a short pdf that you can use as a leak magnet or as an inexpensive digital product that you can sell directly to your followers as your project For this class, he'll create one or more pages using this guilt you learn in this class. You can then save the slides as images and upload them to the project area so the rest of us celebrate your accomplishments with you. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them for me in the community section of this class. And of course, if you enjoy this class, I'd appreciate it if you believe me a review. I wish you all the best in your low content book endeavors