Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Design Bookmarks Using PowerPoint!

Notes from:
“Designing Bookmarks” by Gareth Poon (The Bookmark, Fall 2009, Vol. 50 Issue 1, pp. 25)

-Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

*Italicized points differ from original instructions(2003).

1. Launch PowerPoint

2. From the ‘design’ tab click on page setup.

3. For “Width,” enter 4 inches. For “Height,” enter 6 inches. Click “OK.” (If you are using PowerPoint 2003 for Windows, enter 40 inches for the width and 60 inches for the height).

4. Under the ‘home’ tab click on the ‘shapes’ button.

5. Choose the ‘line’ option, and draw a line straight down the center of the slide. (To make this easier, you may want to ‘view’ tab and make sure that the ‘ruler’ option has a checkmark beside it.

6. Add text and images to the left side of your bookmark.

7. Under the ‘home’ tab press the ‘select’ button near the very right hand side of the menu bar. Choose the ‘select all’ option.

8. Still on the ‘home’ tab, choose the ‘copy’ button from the left hand side of the menu button. This creates a duplicate of everything on the left hand side of the slide.

9. Drag all of the duplicated items to the right side of the bookmark. You can also use the arrow keys to move the items around.

10. Click on the dividing line that you drew in step 5. Press the ‘delete’ key to remove it.

11. Click the big Microsoft button in the top left hand corner and choose ‘Save As.”

12. In the ‘format’ drop-down menu, choose “JPEG.”

13. 14. 15. Only apply to people who are using PowerPoint 2004 for Mac (see The Bookmark Book)

16. Name your bookmark, choose a location, and click ‘save.’ This will produce a JPEG file (i.e. image file) in the location that you specified.

17. Upload this JPEG file to a photofinishing website (such as https://www.londondrugs.com/ldps) or bring it to a photofinishing store on a USH flash drive.

18. Order 4” x 6” borderless prints with a matte finish.

19. When you pick up your order, kindly ask the technician if they can cut the stack of print in half. If they can’t, take the prints to an office/copy store (e.g. Office Depot) and ask them to cut the prints in half.

*Updates by Andrea Meerstra May 2010.

Monday, July 19, 2010

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Features a number of articles of particular interest to parents regarding kids and technology.