When I first started using PowerPoint (many moons ago), images had to manipulated and edited in a graphic package, then imported into a presentation. It could be a lengthy process and I suspect it was one of the reasons teachers filled up their hard drives with clip art to get instant images.
But now, PowerPoint 2010 has an amazing array of graphic tools and functions, that rival many graphic packages, with functionality that allows teachers and students alike to create and manipulate images simply and easily, without having to learn and use another piece of software.
I have been using the graphic tools along with the text formatting tools to create logos like this one for an event in Wales. This is so easy to do and with the live preview feature, students can instantly see the results their formatting.
There are a range of tools in PowerPoint that allow you to edit an image. These include:- Removing an image background, cropping, resize, corrections to colour, brightness and contrast, artistic effects such as mosaic and pencil sketch, special effects such as shadows, reflections and glow.
These combined with the drawing tools, provide and amazing range of options for students to be creative with their image design. This is a great example from Paul Horrell from saltash.net community school. These vector cartoons were created by year 7s in a single hour lesson after a short tutorial on the different shapes. They could choose their own cartoon character, and capture it by using the screen clip feature in PowerPoint and then recreate it as a vector drawing. They can copy their completed cartoon , using the Snipping tool in windows to save it as a JPEG. You have to admire the skills of these Year 7 students in creating these cartoons.
As Paul says ‘Apparently Powerpoint can be used to create slideshows too!’
You can find more creative ideas on how to use the drawing tools in PowerPoint on our Youtube Channel . Here’s a great innovid that shows how to use a little known Combine Shapes function, that lets you combine simple shapes to create more complex ones.