“Let your creativity take flight; let nothing stop you – even Photoshop.“
Before I got serious with the graphic arts “business”, PowerPoint was my best friend in realizing my design ideas. As a matter of fact, I still use it today in planning the layout of my designs, or when I get too lazy messing around with Photoshop.
What’s that? You thought PowerPoint is only used for slide presentations? Well, you’re not alone, my friend. I, too, once had the same views 🙂
The simplicity of the software’s commands enable beginners, like myself, to transfer sudden Brain Blasts! into actual art projects. So, whether you are an artist or not, you can still make magic happen just by visiting le olde PPT.
Ready to create your own digital artwork? Good! Here are some basic art tinkering methods, guidelines, steps (or whatever) in making your designs in PowerPoint:
- First things first. You have to have a clear idea of what you’re going to do…or not.
Have you ever heard the CLAYGO Policy? Yup, that’s “Clean As You Go”. Well, in the art realm, we have our own version – CRAYGO. That’s Create As You Go. Sometimes, being struck by lightning isn’t enough to actually visualize what you want with your final output. So the best thing to do is try out different fonts, background, shapes, and colors with your design, until you are satisfied with what you are seeing.
2. Format the size and design of your work area.
On the Design ribbon (ahem, still using MS Office 2010 here), click on the Page Setup button. Choose one of the preset sizes on the dropdown menu, or set your desired width and height length. It’s important to choose a bigger size for your work area so that you won’t have pixelation problems when you save it into one of the photo formats. You may also choose between Portrait or Landscape orientation.
The background of your artwork depends upon your idea, of course. You may change the design of the slide through the Format Background command, which can be accessed on the pop-up menu when you right-click on the slide (there at the bottom of the menu, got that? Good). Experiment with the different kinds of color, texture or pattern available, or insert an image to fill the background. If you choose to have an image for the background, however, I strongly advise that you just copy & paste the image unto the slide instead of using the format background command to avoid distorting the image.
Oh, and one more thing! It’s best to choose the Blank Layout for your work area so that you can create from point zero and be able to see your artwork coming together. The command button may be found on the Home ribbon, Slides group.
3. Now here’s the fun part. Choose your WordArt!
To get your message across the viewers, you need to have a proper font design. On the Insert ribbon, Text group, you’ll find the WordArt button. You may opt to select one of the available presets there, or also start from point zero. If you chose the latter, then click one of the simplest WordArt designs, type the text, and then go crazy with changing the font type, color and size.
Under the Format ribbon, you may even select a border for your WordArt, change its shape, the thickness, color and style of the outline. Shape and Text Effects are also available if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous with your design.
Tip: Don’t go overboard with the fonts. A maximum of three (3) font type is enough for your artwork.
4. Twist and turn, left to right, insert and delete, copy and paste.
The beauty of creating your design on PowerPoint is that you can easily edit your mistakes or add more flair unto it without the fear of losing your original crazy idea. If you have several designs or layout in mind for your artwork, it’s best if you can copy your current work into several slides, then do your editing works on the copies. This way, you can compare your designs and choose the best one out of them without even publishing all your previous design ideas.
5. And lastly…yes, it’s the last one ‘coz I’m afraid I might bore you out 🙂 Save and publish your artwork.
When you’ve finally created your masterpiece, save the PowerPoint presentation in the normal way. This will be your back-up in case you still want to edit your design.
THEN, go to File, click Save As, type in the Filename of your artwork, and under the Save as type dropdown menu, choose one of the photo formats available (e.g. JPEG, PNG), and click Save. A menu shall pop-up prompting you to choose between exporting Every Slide or Current Slide Only. If you want to publish all or several of your designs, click on the first one; if you’ll only publish the active slide then choose the latter.
Tadah! Now you have published your designs without even needing to go through complex tutorials on Photoshop!
I have here several of my amateur designs, all done using PowerPoint. Feel free to look into them, and give your comments on the designs and on this post. If you have questions, I’ll be happy to assist you! Just leave a reply below. I just hope you learned something from this, no matter how small 🙂