PowerPoint presentations are often the target of derision. This is largely due to people misunderstanding the effective use of the software and/or creating boring presentations that have been seen before. If you spend any amount of time watching presentations you will start recognising the same tired old themes.
With that in mind — and because PowerPoint is such a great tool for easily creating eye-catching graphics — I am always looking for new ideas.
A common effect used in graphic editing software is the “mask” effect.
This effect is far easier to recreate in PowerPoint than in GIMP or PhotoShop.
- Create a blank slide in a new slide show
- Set the overall dimensions of the slide to the size of the image that you want to create
- Add a text box to the slide
- Add some text to the text box
- Select the textbox, right-click the text box, and select the Drawing Tools » Format menu
- Select the Text Fill button and select the Picture option
- Browse to and select your image
- Use the Text Outline button if needed.