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Integrating graphics into PowerPoint

Logic: access more images from within PowerPoint

Graphics are so important to a presentation. The following is not really a tutorial but a demonstration to show you a cool new way to select and incorporate excellent graphics in your presentation, and some of the high end graphic editing effects in PowerPoint 2010.

Step 1 is to make a connection between PowerPoint 2010 and an online graphic provider. The steps are:

  • From within PowerPoint, go to the website to potentially download more clips.

  • Download the Fotolia add-in for PowerPoint.

  • Sign up for an account and except the terms and conditions.

  • Then you can access either a daily set of free images or images from a paid subscription.

Let's look at that through a series of images.

powerpoint 2010 clip art dialog box

Click here to Find more at link

office dot come web site

You will be taken to a page where you can search for thousands of images. Scroll down the page to find the link to the PowerPoint connector add-in. Click the link to the Fotolia add in.

third party addins availalbe at

You will be taken to a page at

fotolia addin for PowerPoint 2007 and 2010

Follow the steps to install the add-in.

install the fotolia addin for PowerPoint 2007 and 2010

You must Read and accept the Licence Agreement.

fotolia ribbon group in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010

When you next start PowerPoint, you will have a photon tab on the ribbon. The next step is to login, and if you are not an existing customer you will be prompted to create a new account.

fotolia login dialog box

You have the option of selecting from a set of daily free images or from a paid subscription. The image below is from the free subscription area.

fotolia shipping cart

Now, you will have access to high quality images from right within PowerPoint!

For example, I added the above image to the shopping cart. It is very important to read and understand the terms and conditions for each type of image. When I click the download link the image is saved to a location of my choice on my hard drive. I then insert the image into PowerPoint 2010.

Now that the image is in PowerPoint, let us do some editing! As I said, this is a demo, not a tutorial- you can work out how to do this from the images and descriptions. Note that there is an excellent example from Ric Bretsneider here!

I insert the image and duplicate it twice.

3 duplicated images in powerpoint 2010

The image above shows the original at left, the center duplicate (to which a color effect has been applied) and the third at right (which has had the background removed).

powerpoin t2010 background removal tool

Above is the Background removal tool in use.

Now, when I drag the boat (at right) over the center image, we get a cool effect as follows.

merge images in powerpoint 2010

We can reproduce this affect as many times as we wish. For example, I'm going to have both the boat and the boy in colour.

overlay images in powerpoint 2010

graphic result

Now, you will notice jagged edges, and we certainly could clean the work up a lot. But let's look as some sample images I created using this technique in PowerPoint 2010.

powerpoint 2010 graphic output sample 1

powerpoint 2010 graphic output sample 2

Let's take the above and change the lower duplicate!

powerpoint 2010 graphic output sample 3






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