Powerpoint for Making Art!
Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 is primarily a tool for creating slideshows or presentations that incorporate text, images, and animations. Common uses for the software are for business presentations, school reports, or instructional materials. However, there are a handful of options available in Powerpoint that can be used to create art with good quality. Powerpoint can be a great tool for beginners who would like to explore with their creativity without having to learn complex software in the process.
Here are some art made with Microsoft Powerpoint 2010:
Most of the Powerpoint features used in these art can also be found in Microsoft Powerpoint 2007. Here are some features you can get started with:
Your Work Area: Blank Layout and Zoom
Change the layout to 'blank' before you start working with Powerpoint. This can give you the freedom of moving objects or text around without having to move or delete default template elements. You can also use the zoom options on the lower right area if you need to check small details on your work. These options make the Powerpoint slides similar to artboards or workspaces found in other software. Adding more slides also gives you more space to work on. You can also change the size or orientation of your slide by clicking on Design > Page Setup.
Getting Started: The Insert Menu
Begin creating your artwork by using the basic shapes available in Powerpoint. If you prefer sketching instead of using shapes, you can make use of the scribble feature that can be found in the shapes menu. Type in text using the text box and you can edit the look of the words afterwards, but you can also use the preset word art options to type text that is already styled. You can also insert picture files that you have saved on your computer. Play around with the insert ribbon to see which items you can use for your artwork.
Your Personal Touches: Formatting Options
The Format Ribbon appears when you have an object or text selected on the slide. This menu gives you options to change the design of your shapes or text. You can use the preset styles available, but you can play around with the fill, outline, and effects options to decide what you would like your art to look like. You can also right-click on the object that you want to design, then click on 'Format Shape' to make the formatting window appear. Try using different fill options such as gradients, textures, patterns, or even picture files. The line options will let you have fun with editing the outlines of your work. Experiment with different line colors, widths, compounds, or dashes. Like advanced art software, you can also use Powerpoint to add shadows, reflections, or glow. 3D options are also available.
Finishing Up: Saving as a Picture
To save your artwork as a picture file, select all objects on the slide, group them (right click > Group), then save them as a picture (right click > Save as Picture). Make sure that every object that you need is selected so that everything will be included in the saved picture. What's nice about Powerpoint is that you have the option to save it as a PNG file, so you can create an image that has a transparent background.
As with any other art software, you can mix and match the features of Powerpoint to make art that will fit your needs. A little practice with the different options will help boost your creativity. Powerpoint is not designed to be a digital art tool so some options may not be suited for making your next masterpiece, but it sure is handy for beginners especially since it is very user friendly. Try using Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 or 2007 for your art and you might actually discover great uses for this software!