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How to Create Blog and Social Media Images in PowerPoint: Quick & Easy Graphic Design in PowerPoint

teacher avatar Rebecca Livermore, Microsoft Office for Creatives

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:37
    • 2. Save PPT as an Image

      2:26
    • 3. Start With a Template

      3:59
    • 4. Create Custom Canvas Sizes

      2:36
    • 5. Adjust Same Image for Different Platforms

      1:47
    • 6. Add a Background

      3:59
    • 7. Text Boxes, Overlays and Borders

      6:47
    • 8. Shapes and Icons

      7:05
    • 9. Smart Art, Graphs, and Word Art

      5:11
    • 10. Layering Objects

      2:25
    • 11. Color and Artistic Effects

      4:34
    • 12. Crop and Remove Backgrounds

      4:20
    • 13. Create Custom Templates

      5:38
    • 14. Your project

      2:06
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About This Class

If you’re a blogger, author, or entrepreneur, you need to create images for your blog and social media. But what if, like me, you’re not a graphic designer? That’s where PowerPoint comes in.

Did you know that you can create everything from images for your blog posts, custom-sized images for sites like Instagram, and even blog headers and infographics in PowerPoint? Yes, you can!

In this class you’ll learn:

  • How to use PowerPoint templates to easily create professional-looking images
  • How to customize templates to fit with your brand colors.
  • How to remove backgrounds from images.
  • How to add special effects to images.
  • How to create customized templates that you can use over and over again.
  • And so much more!

For the class project, you’ll create a blog or social media image using PowerPoint.


This class is for anyone with an online presence that wants to create quick and easy images without resorting to using expensive or complicated programs. No experience necessary!

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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 Teoh How to create Block and Social media images in Power Point. My name's Rebecca Livermore, and I am a full time author and blogger, but I'm not a graphic designer, But images are everywhere, and if you blogged and or are on social media, you need to be able to create images quickly and easily. And now that's where Power Point comes in. Power Point is a great way for non designers to create quick and easy images. Did you know that you can use power point to make everything from block post images, social media images and even infographics chart blawg, headers and other types of images? Yes, you can. In this course, you'll learn how to use PowerPoint templates. How toe estimize templates. How to remove backgrounds from images, how to add special effects to images. How to create customized templates that you can use over and over again, which will save you a ton of time and so much more as you project. For this course, you'll use power point to create an image for year block or social media, and by the way, you're in the right place. If you want to be able to d i Y images and a fast and easy way without resorting to using expensive and complicated image editing programs. So what are we waiting for? Let's go ahead and dive in. 2. Save PPT as an Image: Before I get into the meat of this course, I wanted to make sure that you knew how to save a power point slide as an image. That way, if, as you get into it, you start creating images, you know you'll know what to do to save it as image and won't lose all of your hard work. So, first of all, I recommend that you first save it as power point because you can edit the power point slides easily. So you would just quick on file and then save as, and you would select where to save it. So let's say I'm just gonna save it to my desktop into the skill share folder, and you would just quick on save. Now the good news is, that's essentially the same way that you save an image. The only difference is that let's say after you've saved it as a slight stare presentation , you could just quick on the save as again, and you can scroll down here and you'll see all of these different types of formats that you can save your image ass. So, for example, you could save it as a J peg if you wanted Teoh. Now, first, I'm gonna go ahead, though, and save this as a power point presentation and then show you what happens. So it's now saved as a power point. Let me go. And I'm gonna dio save as and we're going to just save it in the same place where I saved it already, which is my desktop in my scale share folder. And I am going to save it as a J peg. Quick, unsafe. And it will ask, which slides do you want to export all slides or just this one? So let's say that you had a power point presentation with several slides. You might only want to save one of the slides as an image, or you might want to save all of them as an image. So in this case, I only have one. But usually I just quick on just this one. All right, Now let's go to that and we will open it up, okay? And you'll notice now that it is here in pain and you can do whatever you want to from there, For example, you can save the pixels and so on. And this really is in the course on paint, so I'm not going to go too far into that. But that's just an example of it was a power point slide. Now it's an image that you can use in any type of image editing tool. 3. Start With a Template: in this video, I'm going to show you how to create your images by using power point templates. Now, the advantage to using PowerPoint templates is that especially if you're like me and you don't have a design brat ground and you don't necessarily feel confident with how to lay things out. Templates give you a head start with that. So I am right now in a blank presentation, and I want to add some possess to it. So I'm gonna go up to the design cab. Click on that and you'll notice that there are several templates already available. So I'm gonna click on this one right here. I like the looks of it. Okay, so I like the overall Look at this. But the great thing about it is that you can change the color and the font. So let's say that overall, you like the looks of this one. But your brand color is more of a red or more of Ah, let's say blue. You can take the basic template, and you can change it out to be whatever color that you want it to be. So, you know, we started with the one blue maybe you like a different shade of blue, or you want green or red or red violet, whatever it may be, so you just select it from there. You can also change any to any font that you have installed, whether it's a standard Microsoft font or not. So, for example, I got ahold of this one font once called Architects Daughter. And if I wanted Teoh doesn't really go with the design of this, but I could change to that font. And so you do that all from within this area. Here you change colors and fonts. Now regarding colors. Notice that also down here you can customize your colors. And so that's just something you can play around with if any of the preset ones don't work for you now, another thing that I love is that each of these templates here have variations. So, for example, you'll see that there's this one that we started with. And then there's this one that's a little bit different, and so one. So they have. The basic elements are the same, but there's some variations, and on each of those you can change the color and so on. Now the great thing is, let's say that you decided you wanted to use one of these, but then later decided, Well, no, I want to go more with this look. And so there's a different look, and this one has looks like four different options. He has a totally different Phil toothy design and, again doesn't look like on this one. You can change the colors too much, so it may just be like this is a wood grain, and you can't change the color. So sometimes you'll have the option to change your colors Sometimes you want. So the point is right from within these templates, you have a lot of built in variety. Another thing to keep in mind is that there are different slight types. So, for example, from the home tab you would look at, let's say, a new slide and you can select different layouts. So let's say, for example, that you wanted words up here and an image down here, and there's several different layouts that you can choose from, and that can again help you with your image creation layout. So I definitely recommend starting off with templates if you're new to design or if you just want a little bit of help with getting things laid out well, 4. Create Custom Canvas Sizes: One of the great things about designing and power point is that you can create custom canvas. Size is now. We typically start off with the landscape view. And first of all, I want to change the layout to just be blank, because I usually want it blank when I am really creating something from scratch. But now what if you don't want to go with something that's this size well again, you're gonna go up to the design tab and you will select slide size. Now you'll notice, First of all, that their standard and widescreen white screen is what you would want to use if you would were ever going to want to create a video with your images. So just in general, I'm in the habit of using widescreen. But there's also more options available. First of all, you can change to portrait and then ensure fit or maximize fit, and you could just kind of play around to see what you like the best. But right now I'm just going to say, ensure fit and you'll notice that all of a sudden my image is portrait, but you can go far beyond that with the custom size for social media. For example, Instagram, you're supposed to have a perfect square, and ideal is around, say, 640 pixels by 640 pixels. Now you'll notice here that the width is in inches. The great news is that there's 100 pixels per inch. So if you were to do a 640 by 640 image, you would simply change this to 6.4 inches by 6.4 inches. All right, and so you'll notice that now I have a nice square canvas toe work on. Let's say you were going to do an infographic. You would maybe do 6.5 inches by 10.5 and you'll end up with something nice and long, and you could do it even longer if you wanted. Teoh. This size would print on a standard legal size piece of paper, so if you wanted to be able to print your infographic, you would want to go with that. So that's how you customize the canvas size for your images in Power Point 5. Adjust Same Image for Different Platforms: in this video, I'm going to show you how to create on image for one social platform or for your blawg, and then use the same image with different dimensions for a different site. So, for example, you might have a rectangle that you use for your block post, and yet you want a square for Instagram or for Facebook. So I'm going to show you how to easily do that in Power point. So let's say that this is the image that I want to use for my blawg. And yet I also want to be able to do the same image on Instagram. What I would do is go up toothy design tab and slide size, custom size. And I am going to make this 6.4 inches by 6.4 inches and you'll see how that became square . But let's say that you thought, Oh, gosh, I don't really like that. Let me try a different one, and you're gonna have toe fiddle with it a little bit. And what I would do in this case is I would put part of it above the line and part of it below. You're just gonna drag the text down a little bit until it's laid out the way that you want . Okay, so there you have that. Now let's say I want to go back to the standard size. I would just kind of go like that and notice how it is the right size for the vertical again. 6. Add a Background: in this video, you'll learn how to change the background of your images. Now, obviously, here I'm starting off with blank. And as you're probably already able to guess, we're going to go to the design tab to do some things to the background. So you almost over here on the right there is the format background option. Now we have these different options available. Solid Phil Grady int feel picture or texture. Feel pattern Phil and hide back ground graphics. So where I'm gonna just go through these first ones and we'll skip the hide background graphics option. So first of all, this is pretty self explanatory is that if you want a solid Phil, you could just do like, let's say, red who, and that's really bright. But maybe that's the color you want. You could go to more colors and let's say you wanted to pick a red, but something that's just a little bit different. You could pick that like that, all right, and notice that you also have an eye dropper option. So the way that the eyedropper works is you could let's say that you already had an a slide with an image on it. You could take the eyedropper, tap it on that image and grab a color from it. And make that the color of your background. All right. Now let's see that you want a color such as, Let's say you wanted green, but you didn't really like that solid green. You could make it a Grady int. You could choose what different colors you wanted to add into it. And by sliding around these little controls here, you can see how it impacts where the Grady Int starts and stops. All right, let's say yet you want a picture or texture feel now. There are some built in textures, and you can see it's got that 1st 1 you could go with the 2nd 1 He could just kind of experiment and see what's available. You can also find a picture from your computer by clicking on file, or you could find one online. So let's say the do waterfall. Let's say that you wanted that to be the background of your slide. You select it and then click on insert, and that would become the background for your image. And so that's pretty nice is that's a free picture that's available online, and you can search automatically for those just by clicking on the online option. There's also a pattern feel. So let's look at that and you'll see there are these different patterns that you can put on the background. Most of them are really busy, so I would say users with caution. But they are there if you want them and notice that here is a little paint can. And again, that's an indication that you can change the color. You can change again. More colors from here, custom colors by putting in the RGB and so on. Another thing that you can dio is you can pick a background style. So that's again. It's just from the drop down menu here. Go to background styles, and there you have a different style. There's a few different styles that you can select from, So there you have it. You can see that you have a lot of options just from right within here for how to add variations to the background of your image. 7. Text Boxes, Overlays and Borders : in this video, I get into how to add text shapes and borders to your images in Power Point. So the first thing that I'm going to do is upload on image. Now, if you're like me a lot of times you like to have a new image. It could be one you created in Power Point. Or it could be one you got off of deposit photos or wherever, but you haven't image that you want to add some text to. So I'm gonna go up to this insert tab, and I'm going to find a picture online. So I'm to do flower. Okay. And let's just pick this one so quick on it, quick insert, and it adds the image. Now, obviously, this would be better if I was working with a square. So I'm gonna actually go ahead and go to design and make it square. So let's just say that this ISS for Instagram and I want it 6.4 inches by 6.4. Okay. All right. So now this flower takes up the whole space on my image, and that's exactly what I want. All right, So now what if, though I want to add some text to it. I'm going to show you the way to do that. You go to the insert tab, you quick on text box and you pick your font from this drop down menu and the size and you can adjust it. So if you don't get it quite right, don't worry about it. Now it's okay to do this, but have you ever noticed how it's really difficult to read this text? So there's a couple things that you can do. You can change the color of the text. So, for example, maybe it would show up a little nicer. Why am that's actually worse? What I recommend doing if you have a really busy background like this, is to First of all, I'm going to just delete this text box, and instead I'm going to insert a shape. So this is on the insert tab. Gonna go to shapes and I like using rectangles and you just drag and drop. Let's say you wanted to put some kind of text right in the middle, and you'll notice this color. Maybe that's not the color you want. What I would probably do is change this toe white. So down here, from the shape fill, you click on it and you make it white. And then in addition to that, you can make it more transparent so you can do more fill colors, and you can change the transparency, make it more transparent. Okay, so I'm gonna make that pretty transparent and quick on, okay? And that's actually a little too transparent. So I'm gonna go back, and I'm gonna make this last transparent than that. And you might just have to fiddle around with it a little bit until you get it to the level of transparency that you want. Okay, now that I kind of like because you can still see the design through it, but it doesn't show up so much that it makes it hard to read your texts. Now, another thing that you could do is right quick. And if you don't want an outline, you can say no outline. Or if you wanted a bigger outline, you could select a wait and go down here and make it bigger. So I'm going to go with no outline. I just don't want it to be that prominent. All right? And now I'm going to insert my text here and I'm gonna pick. I'm gonna pick aerial black because it's a nice, bold one. But I'm gonna type in my text here and you'll see it's still white. I don't really want it to be white as that really doesn't show up Well, so you can use the eyedropper tool here, and I'm gonna make the text pink, and then I'm going to increase the size of the font. Well, I'm gonna go really big and see how it does. There we go. Okay, so there you can see that I was able to get used the eyedropper tool to pick a color from the flower. I would maybe instead want to make it yellow are what have you or I may just want to make it black or white or one of the standard colors. All right, Now, you can also add in borders. Now there's a couple of different ways to do that. I double quick on this picture to bring up the picture tools, format options, and you'll see that I can add a border of whatever color I want. And since I just use this color, it's in the options, and I can make it whatever weight that I want and so on. Now what you can do is you can select one of these frame like things to make a nice border on the picture. So, for example, I could select that now. I decided to make the image a little bit smaller so that you could see the borders because they were actually be on the frame of what was showing on my monitor. But you can see how you can select different colors for your borders, and you can also select options from here. Now, when you hover over them, they give you a good idea of what they will be light. So you're not stuck with just a plain old border around it. You can do these different frames. That one kind of turns it a little funny way this transit a different way. This makes it more of an oval shape and so on. So that's how to add text shapes such as this rectangle and borders to your images in Power Point 8. Shapes and Icons: in this video, I'm going to show you how to use shapes and icons in Power Point. Now, first, I want to just talk about icons. Depending on the particular version of Power point that you have. You may not have icons. I happen to have an office 3 65 account, and with the account that I have, I'm constantly getting the latest upgrades. And so one time I just happened to notice that under the insert tab there was this icons option, and it's actually fairly new, so you may or may not have it, but I wanted to point it out to you, just in case it is something that you have available, or if you don't right now, you may have it available in the future. So what you do is you quick on the icons button and you'll see that there are different categories of icons people, technology and electron ICS, communications, business and so on. And to be honest with you at the current time, there aren't a ton of icons, but some of them could be helpful. So, for example, let's say that you were going to do an infographic Ah, lot of times you use, you know, like a person on it. So the way that you do this is you just select the one that you want and you quick on insert, and now you'll notice it's scalable. You can make it any size that you want without it becoming blurry. You can also make it any color that you want. So, for example, I want to make this one orange or I wanted to make it green. You can also add an outline. Right now. There's no outline, but I'm gonna put a black outline just so you can see it. You can also try graphic effects, and we'll just experiment with a couple to see what they dio to see if they have much of an impact on it and you can see that turned it sideways and so on. Make it traveled, rotate it a different way. So that's you can see that there's quite a bit that you can do with the icons. The use would be fairly limited, but it is something worth experimenting with, particularly if you want Teoh. Just have some simple icons to add to an infographic or some other type of image so again, that's in the insert tab icons. And then you just select from whatever of the categories that you want. Okay, now let's talk about shapes now. I did touch on shapes very slightly in an earlier video where I talked about using a rectangle as an overlay that you can put text on. But I wanted to make sure you knew there's actually quiet a few options you'll see all if you click on the shapes from the insert mint New shapes. There's all kinds of shapes for example, a star. And, as is always the case, you can change the color of the shape Phil. Change the outline and that type of thing. Now you can also with your shapes, add a picture, and you can select from like one that you've saved to your computer. Or you could do a being image search. Or, if you have one drive and you have some images, save there. You can do that as well as flicker and Facebook, so those are your options. So let's just go to being and earlier I used a flower, so let's issues that same one and see what it does inside of a shape. Okay, now that looks a little odd. Not the best shape for that flower, but you kind of get the idea. But now let's go ahead and let's just try a different one, like maybe a circle. So we'll go to insert shapes and we'll do a circle and shape Phil, we're going to do a picture, and again, we're going to do the flower picked the same one. Insert it, and that's kind of interesting that way. So it's kind of nice to be able to just pick any shape that you want and put an image inside of it that could be a new, interesting way toe. Add interest to your images. Let's take another look at some other shapes just to see what's there. A real common one that you might want to use our arrows, those air great in infographics or social media graphics that you want to bring some attention to notice. There are shapes that are specifically for use in flow charts, stars and banners, call outs. Sometimes it could be fun. Teoh. Make somebody think something show their thoughts. And on this you could let's say that you wanted Teoh have no, Phil. And then be able to type words in it. You would just then go to insert and a text box. Words, Whatever words you want to type in there. That's what you would do there. So again, this is a very simple thing. But it could be a lot of fun, too. Insert different shapes. Now, where it really gets interesting is when you combined shapes to make things like icons. I'm gonna just give you an example here, and I'm in there. Make this one empty. No, Phil. And I'm gonna go get another shape, and you can see I didn't do a great job with that. But they give you an idea of how that could be on envelope. And so that just kind of looks like a very simple envelope icon. So think about how you can take these different shapes and add them to your images for all kinds of interest. Remember, the main things are to take the select the shape and then you can change the fill. You can change the outline. You can add a picture to it. You can add text to it and so on. So it's a great way to add some interest to your images. 9. Smart Art, Graphs, and Word Art: in this video, I'm going to show you how to add smart art, word art and graphs to your images in Power Point. So first I'm gonna start with a new slide and I'm gonna make it blank. Now you'll go up to the insert tab. You'll notice that you have smart art and charts here, and so we'll look at those first. So let's look at what smart art does now. Smart art is great if you're wanting to create a graphic that illustrates some type of process like a workflow, and you'll notice here that their list. So, for example, if you are wanting to create one graphic that had list or a process, let's say that you were wanting to show a workflow. You might use this process one or a cycle. Okay, so let's just pick one, and we'll just add that in there and you'll notice that it has everything built in already where you're going to type your text. It has the arrows and so on. So it's already nicely laid out for you, and then up here in the design tab, you have where you can change colors so you could make it more colorful. You can make it to where they're not all filled in and so on. So you would just kind of play around and see which one that you like now notice that there's also different styles here, even within the same color. So you just kind of click around on them like this one has kind of a bevel. Look to it. This one is kind of beveled, but also a little bit radiant and so on. So let's look at that one, and you can just see how you can very easily create a graphic that illustrates a particular process using this smart art. So again, that's on the insert tab. Smart art, and you have several different options that you can choose from pyramids, pictures and Matrix and so on. So this is a really great way to do it. Okay, now let's take a look at charts. Charts are great to do. If you are, for example, creating an infographic or you have a blawg post where you're reporting on some type of data. You might want to create an image with a chart of some sort, and you'll notice that there's all different types of charts available, and so you would just kind of poke around and see which one would best fit what you're wanting to do. So I'm gonna just start with a pie chart and I'm click on OK, and this works together with Excel. So let's say first quarter your sales were 8.2 2nd 3.2 and so on. Let's change this to 5.2 and 5.2, and you'll see how that impacts the chart. So you put your information in the spreadsheet and it impacts. The chart now is typically the case. You do have design options where you can select different styles of the same type of chart , and you can also change the color. So let's say I wanted to go instead of with this color scheme. I wanted to go with this one and so on. So that's how you create graphs. Now let's go ahead and look at word art. Now, word art is basically a different style of font that's a little bit more dramatic, and sometimes you want a fund that's more dramatic on your images rather than just using a standard Microsoft font. So I'm just going to click on insert word art so you would pick your word art style. So, for example, let's say that I want this one, and you just type your text here. You can highlight it and make it bigger, like so you can also use these little font icons here to make that it go bigger. You just kind of keep clicking or this one to make it go smaller. If you want to customize your text, be on what it is right there. You would just click on it and then about the drawing tools. Click on format and you can use the text effect options. So, for example, you can do shadows, reflections, glow, bevel rotation and transform. Now transform is kind of interesting because let's say that you wanted your text to be in a circle or 1/2 circle. You would simply go to transform and click on it, and it would make it go that way, and you can just kind of play around with these different options to find one that works for you. 10. Layering Objects: in this video, I'm going to show you how to lair objects in power point. So first of all, one thing that you need to know about Power Point is that when you try to lair objects, whatever you created, first whatever objects you added to the slide first, whether that's a shape or an image is going to go behind the other one. So, for example, look at this. I created this rectangle and put the words on it, and then I created this triangle, and my intent was to make this be a label over the triangle. But you can see what happens. It's hidden behind it. The good news is this is very easy to fix. You just simply right quick on the object, and you either select, bring to front or send to back, depending on what you want to dio. Now, in this case, I clicked on the triangle and I want it to go to the back, so I'm going to send it to the back. And now you'll see that the rectangle shows the way that I want it to show. So that's that solves that problem. Okay, let's look at another example These are a couple of pictures from my daughter's wedding. I like both of them. I want both of them to be large in this image. But you can see that my daughter is here in this picture. And so she is a key element of this picture, and that no matter how much I move this around, this image of it happens to be her husband who did the flowers for her wedding. I love that picture, but it's covering up my daughter. So the easy fix is to just do the layering right quick. We're going to send this picture to the back, and now we have where you can still see the flowers. But you can also see my daughter. So layering images and changing the order in which they appear by sending them backward or forward is a way to deal with this issue. 11. Color and Artistic Effects: in this video, I'm going to show you how to change the color of an image and also how to add some special effects to the image. So the first thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to add an image to this blank power point slide. And so to do that, I'm gonna cook on my insert mint, you pictures and select this image. And while I don't have to, I am going to go ahead and I'm going to just make it the full size of the slide by stretching it out. Because, let's say I was wanting to use this image in a power point. I would stretch it out to make it fit. All right, then you'll notice appear. There's picture tools and format and all of these different tools. If you ever are wanting to edit an image and you don't see this picture tools and format, you just double quick on the image and it will bring up this tab here. So then over to the left here, you'll notice one of the options is color. Click on that and you'll see that if I hover over it, it will change this image. So keep an eye on this image here to the right, and you'll notice if I hover over one of these options. It gives me a little preview of what the image will look like. I can No. Yes, I like that. No, I don't know. Let's say I don't like any of these. You can quick on more variations and pick one of these colors. Or you can even go to more colors and pick from here. Or you can even use an eyedropper tool. So what I'm gonna do is I am going to just pick this pink right here, and so I can quick on that. That helps me to see it. And then I quick okay, and you'll notice it added that color to it. The next thing I want to show you in this video is artistic effects. Now these artistic effects are not generally speaking, not best to use with an image like this, that has words on it. And I'm gonna show you what can happen to them so you'll know why. Okay, so let's look at the artistic effects and you'll see that there's all of these different effect options and when I hover over notice what happens to the words they don't show up to ? Well, especially depending on what the effect is. So now that one's not so bad, this one, it totally blurs out the image. So just kind of keep that in mind. If you're working with an image that has words on it, the artistic effects option may not be the best, but it could be really cool on pictures that have no words on them. So let me just show, use an example. I uploaded this picture of a flower and I'm gonna show you what some of the artistic effects could do. Now, remember when I said that if you don't see the options up here for the all of the different picture options, you double click. So I'm gonna do that now and you'll see it brought up the picture tools. So let's go back over to artistic effects. And let's apply one of these to this flower. Now, this looks interesting. Totally different. Look, right now I've got a natural looking flower. Let's quick this and see what happens to it. All right, now look at that. That is completely, completely different. Now let's say I don't like that the way that that turned out. As is always the case, I can reset the picture and I can go back to artistic effects, and I can try a different one. Maybe I wanted to have more of a black and white look to it, OK? And it's kind of looks like a pencil sketch and so on, and even from now within their, I could use all of these different effects. But have them be a black and white look. Let's see if we can add some color to this image that I have made black and white. All right, let's see about making it orange and see sure enough so you can combine the two options. You can change the color, and then you can also add artistic effects or vice versa. And again, if you don't like what happened to your image, you can always reset the image, and it will go back to the original 12. Crop and Remove Backgrounds: in this video, I'm going to show you how to crop images and how to remove backgrounds. Okay, so first of all, we're going to crop this image from my daughter's wedding. I like the picture of her and the girls, her brides, maids. That's great. But I want a picture with just her in it. So the way that I'm going to do this is just double click. And then that brings up in the right here. The crop option. Now there's a couple of ways I can do this. First of all, I can just do a regular crop and you'll see where I'm going to hold this toe where it just shows her. And then I quick on crop and there I have just her now what if I wanted to take this a step further and crop it to a particular shape? You'll notice that is an option as well, and I can pick any shape that I want. So let's say that I just want the overall shape to be just a little different. A rectangle with a single corner snips. I'm gonna quick on that and you'll see that it cropped to that shape undo that and let's do another one. All right, let's try kind of a teardrop shape. Okay? So again, I don't think I would use this particular one. But that's one of the options for cropping is to crop to a particular shape. So if you're wanting to do something a little bit more artistic, you might want to give that a try. Okay, now let's move on to how to remove the background from an image. Now I'm starting with an icon here because, to be honest with you, removing backgrounds are is pretty easy. But if you have a really busy background, it can be harder. So I intentionally chose a simple one for the sake of demonstration. Now, right now, you can't really tell that this has a background on it because it happens to be on a white background. But let's change the slide background and then you'll be able to see what I'm talking about here. Okay, now you can see that there's this white background and I just want this little icon here to show up. I don't want this white part to show up. Good news is it's easy to remove it so the way that you do this is double click, and again it will bring up the pictures, tools, format option and over on the left here is removed. Background Click on that, and you'll notice that there's two options mark areas to keep and mark areas to remove. They work very similarly, but I generally go with whatever I feel will be easiest. Now, in this case, it's I want to mark the areas to keep. I want to keep this circle and I want to keep this kind of rounded rectangle So all that I do is quick on mark areas to keep, and I use this little thing. Teoh kind of go across the image a few different times. I want to kind of get it from some different angles, because what you're doing when you do this is your helping power point to know what do you want to keep? And so that's why you don't just do one little line. We're gonna kind of go from side to side here diagonally, all right. And now we just quick on keep changes and Viola, you notice that that white background is now gone. So that's all there is to removing background images. As I said that more simple, the background, the easier it is to remove. But you can do it with more complicated ones as well. It just takes a little bit, or maybe even a lot more work and attention. 13. Create Custom Templates: in this video, I'm going to show you how you can create custom templates that you can use over and over again, which will save you a ton of time. Now let's say that you very frequently post on Instagram or some other platform where you want to use a square image. I showed you in a previous video how to create a custom canvas size. And while it's not difficult, it's nice to not have to go through all of these steps over and over again. So what you can dio is you can create a blank power Point presentation that has just one slide that is the correct size, and you could just save it as it's a instagram blank template. So the next time that you want to create an image for Instagram, you simply open this up. It's already the right size, but the good news is you can go even further than that with creating templates and make it very, very easy. Teoh. Change them in the future. So just for the sake of ease, I'm going to show you how to do it with just some very basic elements, and then you can take the time to create your own template. That's perfect for you. And one of the ways that you can do that is really work hard at creating your first image to make it laid out, just like you like it. And then you can just replace the pieces each time that you need to create a new image. But I'll give you an example. Let's say that you want to use the same background on every image and just for the sake of ease, I'm just picking this one here. Lets say that you also want to have an image included in every picture that you create. But let's say that you also want to have an image on every image that you create, what you could just do, and this is really just to create a placeholder. For the image is go ahead and add an image to your template, and it doesn't even matter too much what picture that you choose. So you're just gonna grab one because you will replace it each time with the image of your choosing. So let's say that I want to make this smaller and more center, and perhaps you want to use the same frame around a picture every single time. So let's just pick one. Let's say that's it. You may also want to put the title of a blonde post on a overlay on each image, So let's go ahead and do that. Now we're just going to insert a shape. And again, we don't have to worry about the color unless you want to use the same color every time. And we're going to insert a text box. And let's say that you use a particular font again. Just for the sake of example, will use aerial black and will put log post title. And maybe you always want to center the title so you'll just center it now down here a the bottom. You may want to include your local or your website. You are l. So again, we're gonna do insert text box and what's center it and do your website dot com. And there you have it. Now you could just save this as Instagram Blawg promo template as an example. All right, now let's say that you are ready to use this template in an image that you're going to create for your blawg Maybe this one. You want to use a different photo, and so you would just click on change picture, and you can select either from your computer or from an online source I'm going to select from an online source, and this time you want a flower. So again we'll just pick one and you'll see that it replaces the flour. And let's say that instead of a blue box, you want to make it white because that goes better. With this image, you would just make it white and so on. And then you just put in the title, and there you have an image ready to use now. Obviously, this was just a quick and dirty image that I created. I recommend the first time you create your template. You take a lot of care to make it fit with your brand colors and be something that you would be happy to use over and over again. Once you have the template created, all you do is open it up, swap out the picture, swap out the block post title and then save it as an image and you're done 14. Your project: thank you so much for taking this course. I can't wait to see what images you'll create in Power Point. Your project for this course is a very simple one. You'll use power Point to create one or two block or social media images, then share them with the rest of us. We'd love to see what you created, and I'd love to give you feedback and to answer any questions that you might have if you knew to skill share. You may not know how to add a project, so this little image here will help you out with that. So what you do is below the video that you're watching. Right now you'll see a link that says your project. You simply click on that and then you'll have an opportunity to put in a project title and you'll see over on the right. You can upload a cover image, and then there's also a project work space where you can type in information about your image, and you can also click on the upload, a photo option to add a photo and then you simply click on create. Also, if you enjoyed this course, I would love it. If you would leave me a review, There's basically two very simple ways to do This. One is up above the video. You'll see a thumbs up. And would you recommend this class to other students? You simply quick on? Yes. And then you can write a few words of review if you would like a second way is that down below the video, you'll see that there is a leave a review button. You quick on that and also as an added bonus. If you enjoyed this, feel free to share it on Facebook, Twitter or via email. Thank you so much again for taking this course. I hope you enjoyed it. And I look forward to having you in other classes. Take care. Bye bye.