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Office 2013 Bible: The Comprehensive Tutorial Resource by Faithe Wempen, Dick Kusleika, Michael Alexander, John Walkenbach, Lisa A. Bucki

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Chapter 24

Using SmartArt Diagrams, Clip Art, and Pictures

IN THIS CHAPTER

Understanding SmartArt types and their uses

Inserting, editing, and modifying a SmartArt graphic

Modifying an organization chart structure

Resizing, restructuring, and formatting a SmartArt graphic

Choosing and inserting appropriate clip art

Modifying clip art

Inserting, sizing, and cropping photos

Adjusting and correcting photos

Compressing images

Just as charts and graphs can enliven a boring table of numbers, a SmartArt graphic can enliven a conceptual discussion. SmartArt helps the audience understand the interdependencies of objects or processes in a visual way, so they don’t have to juggle that information mentally as you speak. Some potential uses include organizational charts, hierarchy diagrams, and flow charts. Similarly, the right clip, image, or photo can highlight a concept or present a product with clarity that words cannot deliver.

In this chapter you will learn how to create and fine-tune SmartArt diagrams, and how to select and insert clip art into your presentations. You’ll also learn how to integrate and work with photos in a PowerPoint presentation.

Understanding SmartArt Types and Their Uses

SmartArt is a special class of vector graphic object that combines shapes, lines, and text placeholders. SmartArt is most often used to illustrate relationships between bits of text.

The SmartArt interface is similar regardless of the type of graphic you are creating. You can type directly into the ...

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