Applied Knowledge: How to show concept translating into reality using PowerPoint

This is a common requirement. From drawing board to finished product or from a sketch to a real building. Let me show you how to do this with just the finished product image. Simple, but extremely impressive. It also shows the effort involved in converting an idea into reality. (Reading time 3 min, Practice time 12 min)


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SmartArt Animation: Part 2: Multi-level diagrams

In the previous article (SmartArt Animation: Part 1) we saw three types of Animation Effects for SmartArt: As one object, One by On and All at Once. In this article, we will explore remaining two – Level at Once and Level One by One. These two types of effects are available only if you have multi-level bullets. Let us learn these two features. (Reading time 4 min)

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Unleash the artist in you: Use Artistic Effects in PowerPoint

Just click on a picture – choose Picture Tools menu – Artistic Effects and try each one by moving the cursor over each type. Get amazed. There are 22 of these effects available. Choose the one which suits the presentation context the most.


Download this presentation (12 MB) to see all available artistic effects in detail – compared with the original picture. Just run the presentation. Each effect is automatically changed after one second.

But wait – there is more. Open the Artistic Effects Options at the bottom and play with the options. These options change depending upon the artistic effect applied. But choosing the right options can dramatically change the artistic effect for better or worse. Finding the right effect and right proportion of options is the skill. Don’t worry, you will develop it with little practice.  Enjoy!

We saw a great way of using this feature in another article:
Applied Knowledge: How to show concept translating into reality using PowerPoint

Setting and using Default Shape Styles in PowerPoint

All shapes in PowerPoint appear like this by default.


We often change them to the way we want. But unfortunately, when you add a new shape, it again draws the blue default shape. This requires repetitive usage of Format Painter.

The solution is so simple, you will curse yourself for not noticing it. Customize just ONE shape exactly the way you want. Right click on it and choose Set as Default Shape.


Now all future shapes you draw will automatically look like the new default. Defaults are stored on a per presentation basis. So this default will not affect other presentations. Same concept works for textboxes as well.

Simple, Effective and Powerful. Use it!
Yes it works exactly the same way in Word and Excel as well.