PowerPoint Tutorial: How to Create Blurred Backgrounds

PowerPoint Tutorial: How to Create Blurred Backgrounds

Blurred backgrounds are a great way to add depth and visual interest to your slide designs. The effect is popular in both web design and e-learning. Here's how you can create the effect using PowerPoint. This tutorial and template was first published in E-Learning Heroes and featured in Articulate's downloads!  
PowerPoint: Before & After Image Effect

PowerPoint: Before & After Image Effect

The before and after image effect is a great way to quickly contrast two images. While this effect is most often created in Flash, you can create a similar effect using PowerPoint and Articulate Presenter's seekbar. Preview the final effect Download the source file
PowerPoint: Creating Visual Emphasis

PowerPoint: Creating Visual Emphasis

Here's a quick way to use PowerPoint to create visual emphasis. Using a simple two stop gradient, you can reduce focus on one area of an image while highlighting another area. Simple and effective. And it's a great introduction to using PowerPoint 2007's gradients.
Using Shape Fills to Remove Backgrounds

Using Shape Fills to Remove Backgrounds

Using PowerPoint 2007's shape fills, you can draw custom shapes around objects to use as masks. Well, PowerPoint doesn't have a masking feature, but the effect is basically the same as masking since you're using a shape to reveal specific areas of an image. Great effect and just one more way to remove backgrounds from images using PowerPoint
Masking Effects in PowerPoint

Masking Effects in PowerPoint

This screencast was inspired by an image of a man's arm coming out of a computer. I saw the effect on Tom's blog and knew it was possible with Photoshop - masking, clipping paths, selections - but not sure how it would work in PowerPoint. So that was my challenge! I think it turned out pretty well...don't you?