I love using my PowerPoint to make my graphics for my blogs! If it isn’t PicMonkey it is my PowerPoint. I just appreciate how easy it is to use, and how much you can do with it.
First off…I just love the opportunity of using Microsoft Clip-art in PowerPoint, which is free to use. (The image above is what I found to use in my PowerPoint). I can search all sorts of things, such as, books, children, teaching, laptop, etc. Everything and anything that shows up, you can use for free.
*Disclaimer: I have not tried PowerPoint on Windows 8, only Windows 7 and you cannot find clip-art on the Mac’s version of PowerPoint.
How to use PowerPoint to make graphics for your blog:
Here are the steps I take to making my graphics in PowerPoint…
1. Change your layout to Blank.
2. Click on Insert>Clipart. A small window will open up inside your PowerPoint. This is where you will enter your search query and images will pop up inside.
3. Select the image you are looking for and place it on your “blank” page. Resize it to your desire, by clicking on the image and pulling on the corners.
Now the fun stuff…designing!
4. If you are looking to put a rectangle/circle on top of the picture you choose, select the tab “Insert” and click on the “Shapes”.
5. Select the shape of your choice and place it anywhere you desire on the image. You can resize it, too.
6. To change the color of the shape you just applied to the image, click on the shape. You will notice a tab on the top that says “Format”. Click that and select “Shape Fill.” Find the color your want and do the same with the “Shape Outline”. If you want the shape to be more transparent, click on the “Shape Fill” and click on the “More Fill Colors” and you’ll find something called “Transparency”. You can select the % to your desire, just know it only goes in increments of 10.
7. Now, you can add text! Click on the “Insert” tab and find where it says “Text”. Select that and it’ll give you an option to draw a text box. Once you draw one, you can begin typing the text you want! To custom the text more, go to the “Home” tab and find the font type you want and change the color to your desire.
8. Once the image is completed, now you need to save it! If you just clicked on the save symbol in PowerPoint, it wouldn’t save it as an image, but rather a PowerPoint file. To save the image you just made as a .JPG or a .PNG, you need to do a few simple steps…
- Click ALT + A (This selects all the aspects of your image)
- Right click and select “Group” (This will make all the aspects into ONE picture)
- Right click again and select “Save As Picture”
9. A small window should now pop up and you can name your image, choose whether or not you want the image to be .JPG or .PNG, and choose where you want the image to be saved on your computer.
Tip: I like saving my images as .PNG, because it gives me a transparent background.
You now have a graphic image to use on your blog and all by using PowerPoint on your computer! Pretty cool, right?