I know what you are thinking…
How can this cheesy clock ever be useful in a presentation?
but what if I told you the icons you see below are also PowerPoint Clip Art…
Click to download PPTX with these icons
The benefit of creating your own set of icons is that they can be modified to fit any color scheme. Plus they are scalable.
Iconography has been used since the development of writing. A good icon will leave a memorable impression on the viewer. It will help viewers remember topics or themes in a presentation. Most people will remember an image before they remember a word. Plus they are quite useful when trying to describe a process of how something works.
Many presentation specialists have put a ban on Clip Art mostly because they didn’t try to make it work. It doesn’t look good on it’s own, and it’s often cheesy. But if you open yourself to possibilities you can see how it can be quite useful. So I am challenging the notion that all clip art is bad, and want to show you a way how clip art can be used in presentations, without looking like typical clip art.
This might not be as helpful to those with illustration skills or access to Adobe Illustrator, but if you’re not a designer, and want to add an extra element of uniqueness to your presentation this tutorial will help you do that.
In order to create a successful icon all you have to remember about iconography is to keep it simple. An icon is a pictorial representation of a word. You know the image to the left is an apple because the general shape reminds you of an apple.
When selecting clip art for your icons, make sure they all have the same line style so they look like a uniform set.
Clip Art Globe Icon Tutorial
The following tutorial will give you a step by step process on how to create this globe icon using clip art. Time to complete this icon is about 1 min 30 sec. I don’t know ANY designers that can make an icon like this from scratch this fast. It might take you longer if you’re following along the blog, but the next one you will try will be a walk in the park!
Please note this tutorial is only for PowerPoint on a Windows computer. You can’t break apart vector art in PowerPoint 2008 on Macs or Keynote.
Not all the images in the Clip Art database are pieces that you can reuse to make an icon. Usually you can tell which ones are the illustrations that you can break apart. You can also find many pieces by clicking the Clip art on Office Online link. While online when you click the Download button, you can tell the icon is usable when the save as file is in WMF format.
Step 1 : Insert Clip Art and re-size it to fill the slide.
Resizing will help in modifying.
Step 2: Un-group the clip art (CTRL G) TWICE
Step 3: Delete all unnecessary parts
Step 4: Create a new globe
Use a circle to create the globe shape and fill it with a new color
This is the pre-set Foundry color scheme in PowerPoint 2007
Step 5: Apply a new style
Change the fill color of the continents to white. Set the outline color of the globe to white and increase the line width to 4
Step 6 (Optional): Add a globe grid
(from another clip art piece)