Knowing how to make great looking products is one of the first challenges new shopkeepers face. Luckily, Catia Dias is a Teacher’s Notebook Shopkeeper that knows her way around PowerPoint. She was gracious enough to put this tutorial together that can help make your products look a little nicer. Take it away, Catia:

Once in a while my friends send me links to teaching products created by other teacher-authors that use my digital papers.

I always like to see what others came up with using my products. Usually I pin these images on Pinterest as a kind of “thank you” for using my artwork.

Recently I’ve noticed a few products on Teacher’s Notebook that use digital papers as backgrounds for their cover not aligned properly.

Here’s a mock-up of what I’m referring to:

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The authors probably don’t know how to insert image files properly into a PowerPoint document in order to obtain a continuous image. Here’s what to do:

1- Start by opening your document and place your cover elements as you usually do. I made a quick mock up so you can get an idea of what I mean:

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2- Go to “Format” and click “Background”.

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3- A small window will open. Click on the arrow for the drop-down menu. Select “Fill Effects”, when the new window opens select “Picture” and then click on “Select Picture”.

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4- Choose your digital paper image and click “Insert”. Click “OK” and then “Apply”.

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5- Your new background is inserted!!! And look, no seams :D

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PLEASE NOTE: With certain designs, the background can appear distorted after insertion. In the case above, it is barely noticeable because the stripes look good in any direction. If the digital paper you chose doesn’t look balanced, make sure you check the box “Lock picture aspect ratio” before you click “OK” in the “Fill Effects” window. This will ensure that the design of the digital paper is applied without distortion.

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And there you have it! Not hard at all to do :)

I hope this tutorial can be of help to you.

Catia Dias has been a teacher for 15 years, helping students of all ages from adults to pre-k and homeschoolers achieve success in the classroom. Her resources and products are a reflection of her teaching experiences and love of education. As always, you can find out more about Catia and her products on Teacher’s Notebook.   

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