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    Modifying a template background(Powerpoint 97)

    Can you modify the elements in Powerpoint background templates? Not just change the colour scheme.

    I have converted a Powerpoint presentation using the 'Dad's Tie' template into a PDF. Unfortunately, in the conversion, the drop shadows behind the tie have become solid black lines which are most unattractive.

    What I want to do is open up the Dad's Tie.pot file in a graphics program so I can remove the drop shadow. I have tried opening the file in Photoshop, Illustrator, Photopaint, Coreldraw, MS Photo Editor and Irfanview, but none can recognise the file format.

    Alternatively, if I wish to create my own background, how do I get it to become a choice in Powerpoint? Or can I only create a graphic and insert it into a blank master?

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Modifying a template background(Powerpoint 97)

    Catherine

    Thank you for your reply. I was able to do as you suggested and modify the graphic element in Dad's Tie so as to remove the drop shadows. I used the second method you suggested, and just changed the shadow part to all white. Got thrown a bit initially, because I had the stripy pattern at the front, but once I realised that by sending the stripes to the back. I could still get the wavy edges, everything was fine.

    In the end however, I used my own graphic and made a template from it. I am very happy with the result. Now all I have to figure out is how to make the TIF files I imported to illustrate some points look better once the PPT file is converted to a PDF. I believe this problem is associated with using PDFWriter to make the PDF, which handles text very well, but has a real problem with graphics. I am going to experiment to see if there are any other graphics formats that (1) I can actually place in the PPT file and (2) look better when converted it to PDF.

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    Re: Modifying a template background(Powerpoint 97)

    You don't need to open Dad's Tie in another graphics program. Return to your presentation and open up the Master for presentation by going to the View, Master menu. There are actually two master views you'll end up working with - the Slide Master and the Title Master.
    1) Select the tie graphic.
    2) Go to the Draw menu and choose Ungroup.
    3) The "tie" will be ungrouped.
    You'll have two choices at this point - delete the drop shadow objects or fill them with plain white. I'd choose the second option, because the objects are what gives the "tie" its' irregular shape.
    Repeat as necessary in the other master.

    Now for your second question. If you create a presentation with a master that you like (with your graphics etc), save it as a template and then it will always be available to you.
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    Re: Modifying a template background(Powerpoint 97)

    Please let us know what the results of your experiments are! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Modifying a template background(Powerpoint 97)

    It might take me a while, as it is not an urgent problem at the moment, but I am trying to create PDFs of all my work (I am a DTP) to display as a folio on an online (website) CV.

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    Re: Modifying a template background(Powerpoint 97)

    Catharine

    I tried a few other file types, but none worked any better than the TIFs. When I printed the page, the graphics actually turned out looking fine! Of course, the reverse is usually the case - what looks OK on the monitor looks bad when printed.

    I assume it has something to do with the graphics resolution, but as the PDF Writer doesn't allow any settings to be made (unlike Distiller), I will have to learn to live with it.

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