This Inserting Clip Art tutorial will show you the process of inserting various visual elements into slides such as graphics, images, photographs, arrows, clip-art, and more.
One of the great features in PowerPoint is the ability to add graphic elements to your slides to add some pizzazz to your presentation. This helps to create a visually appealing presentation and keep your viewers entertained and interested.
In a media savvy world, people expect more than just bulleted lists on your slides. They expect audio, video and a complete multimedia production. New tools in PowerPoint make it easy to insert clip art and meet those expectations.
Inserting clip art provides a way to illustrate a point you are making or to mark pauses in a presentation. For example, you might signal a time when you answer questions by inserting a question mark on a slide.
The main point to remember however, that you should never allow the bells and whistles in PowerPoint distract from your message. In many cases, some visual elements such as a photograph or illustration will help you convey your message. In other cases, you'll insert clip art, add images, shapes, or WordArt just to add visual interest.
When adding visual and media elements, you must remember not to overpower the contents of your presentation.
Inserting Clip Art
Clip art is a library of hundreds of professionally designed and absolutely free art you can use in your presentations to help convey your message and to add some visual bells in whistles... to make your presentation more interesting with some visual excitement. Clip art includes photos, illustrations, movies, and sounds, and other media objects.
When you installed PowerPoint, it came with a built-in collection of clip art, but you can also browse the Internet to access and download other collections. You can also use the Clip art Task Pane to search for and insert clip art.
To add clip art to you slides, click on the Insert Tab, Click the Clip Art button, Search clip art using the Search Clip Art dialog box in the Clip Art task pane. Instead of clicking on the Insert Tab, you can also simply click on the Clip Art button on the content placeholder on your slide.
Searching for Clip Art
Open your presentation and from a slide layout that contains a content placeholder, click the Clip Art icon.
Enter a search term in the Search For text box to find clip art related to your search term.
Click the arrow on the Search In field and choose the collections to search.
Click the arrow on the Results Should Be field and choose the format of the media you want to search.
In this sample, I searched for the term "Tools" and I selected clip art and photographs as my media type.
PowerPoint returned dozens of pieces of clip art and photographs for that search term. I selected one of them and inserted it in my slide by clicking on the thumbnail. I could have also clicked on the arrow next to the thumbnail and then clicked on "Insert" from the dialog menu.
To view clip are collections available from the Microsoft Office Web site, you can click on the Clip Art On Office Online link at the bottom of the Clip Art task pane. You must have a valid licensed version of PowerPoint and you must be logged on to the Internet for this to work.
Inserting Clip Art
After searching for clip art, in the Clip Art task pane, scroll through the results using the scroll bar.
To insert a clip, click the thumbnail of the clip or:
Click the arrow along the side of the clip and choose Insert.
The clip art will be inserted in your placeholder.
Clip art often appears larger than you may want it for your presentation or may get in the way or overlap other objects on your slide. See this tutorial for the steps to resizing and moving clip art on your slides.
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