Thursday, 9 June 2011

Tutorial - Making basic picture adverts part three...

Again your ads don't need to be so sexist...

So here we are making you a nice little ad campaign! Lets get to work on our final piece, laying out a nice multi-picture advert. You already know how to edit pictures in paint and picture manager so lets use that knowledge and now add in some extra fun on Microsoft Office PowerPoint.

Step one - Open PowerPoint: This may seem a little obvious but there we go! Open up PowerPoint and select a fresh blank slide. You can delete any text boxes if you wish or go to layout and select blank slide from the drop down as highlighted below.

When you have your lovely clean slide, we should look at getting all the pictures you are using on the slide to help decide your colour scheme. To insert your pictures it is possible to drop and drag them onto the slide right from the file folder, but you can also insert them by clicking on the "Insert" tab and selecting "Picture".

Step Two - Layout: As a rule of thumb odd numbers are better than even when doing a nice design layout. Groups of three are always good and are a pleasing visual for most people for whatever reason so I will be using three pictures in this tutorial. You can use as many or as few pictures as you wish because at the end of the day it is down to you. I'm no art or design expert as the amateurishness of these tutorials makes abundantly clear! I am probably making graphic designers everywhere sick to their stomachs!

Once you have got the pictures into the slide you may wish to add your text by using the text box tool bars at the top of the screen. You can insert a text box by selecting the insert tab and the text box options.

You can the play around with the text you have written, altering size, font, etc with the tools found below. Click on the home tab and use the tools in the font and paragraph sections for whatever effect you desire. The main thing at this point is to have all the text and pictures you require so you can begin sorting your layout.

When arranging your pictures, I personally like them to have a bit of an overlap, rather than be statically placed, but this is my personal preference. If you decide to overlap the pictures make sure that you are not covering anything important of the bottom picture with the top one. With power point you can alter which layer a picture sits on by selecting the object and right clicking the mouse. A window pops up as below and by selecting the bring forward/send back options you can adjust the layer the picture sits on.

You may also wish to adjust the size of the pictures you have selected by holding the left mouse button and dragging the little circles around the edge of the object to change it. You can also flip or rotate the object by left clicking and holding down the mouse button on the little green circle protruding from the top of the object when it is selected.

Once all of the resizing and moving of objects is done you should have your basic layout. The next stage is to pick a colour for the background that either complements or contrasts with the colours in your picture. Black and white are fail safe colours to chose if you are not sure. Just make sure the text is visible if you change the background colour.

Step Three - Colour: In this picture of Rihanna I am getting two key contrasting colours, pink and green. I am also noting an accent colour of yellow in her outfit. I have decided to pick out the pink tones in the pictures and run with this as my colour theme. The next pictures will depict adjusting the background colour on the slides.

Firstly click on the background of the slide without selecting any objects. Then right click to open up a little pop up menu and select the last option, "Format Background"

When you click on format background a window pops up with several options and you will need to click on the little paint can icon and then "More colours..." select more to expand the selections further.

You will then have two further menu options to choose colours from. It will open up on the standard selection. You can select any of these colours easily.

If you have a more specific shade in mind select the customer tab.

Use the cross hairs to select a colour and move the arrow along the right hand slider to adjust the shade. Once you are happy select OK to apply it to the slides. You can then adjust the layout and text further if necessary and you should end up with your final slide. It is important to make sure you have spell checked at this point as any wiggly lines highlighting mistakes should be gone for the best final product. I haven't done this so you will see why I say it is important!

My final slide currently looks like this. You can faintly see the red error squiqqle, but it shows up more when you have the full size image.

The next step is turning our final slide into a jpeg image which will involve editing an image in MS Paint as we have done previously. You don't want to save the red squiggle so it has to go!

Step Four - Creating a JPEG: This next part is very simple. Firstly you get you slide open in power point and hit the "Print Screen" button on your computer keyboard. Yours may say "PrtSc" or "PrntScrn" or some other variant.

Once you have done this open a new page in MS Paint and hit "Ctrl" plus "V" or right click and paste to paste the screen shot of your desktop into the program. It should look something like this.

You then want to crop the picture so you have just the slide in selection and then paste the slide into a new paint file.

When you have cropped/edited it to perfection as outlined in the previous tutorials, save it as a jpeg and then you are good to go! Your very own multiple pictures advert made in power point and paint! I'm so tech savvy I know!

In our next tutorial I am going to tell you all about image hosting and using this on your profile. I will also enclose a list of useful links for pixel size adjustment etc.

Have fun making PowerPoint pictures!

Much prosperity to you.




  1. that is a very nice blog. but you can do that all in photoshop with a blank file. Just confused as to why you chose to use power point. :)

  2. This tutorial is for people who don't have photoshop and are essentially computer illiterate in this respect. If you have photoshop and can operate it this tutorial isn't for you. This is for design noobs. I clearly explained that in part one and said if u want more technical stuff look elsewhere :) lol

    This is easy and works fine if photoshop isn't your bag :)

  3. lol ah got ya. either way works for me. i guess photoshop could be a little intimidating for noobies