How to Create Projects Using PPT
*Use these tips for all future, similar projects that require virtual tools!
Create Projects for "The Yellow Wallpaper," the Gatsby Setting Map, and More, Using a PowerPoint Slide
What in the world are virtual tools, and how do I use them to create projects?
Student Q & A - "The Yellow Wallpaper" Project
Q: I don't have Photoshop, so my project is not as creative-looking as I would have liked. What could I have done?
A: I don't have Photoshop, either, so I use a PowerPoint slide. Here are my steps so you have this for your next project:
- Open a blank slide in PowerPoint (PPT)
- Find a "Creative Commons" = not copyrighted - use this search - image on Google as your background, or "Wallpaper."
- Next, print a copy of "The Yellow Wallpaper." Reread the text several times.
- Highlight the most important quotes that contain the most important symbols within the story.
- Find free images on Google that are similar. Just do searches, such as "paper rip," "woman's head shadow," "Victorian woman," "prison bars," etc.
- Overlay these images onto the top of your "wallpaper" background, and size them as needed. You may do this by clicking on the image, and then reducing them by the corners and sides / dragging them in.
- When you have included all images necessary for the project, take a screenshot of this PPT slide. I have a Mac, so I press "Command - Shift - 4" simultaneously.
I hope this helps for your next project - be sure to let me know if you have any questions!
So What Would This Look Like?
Step #1 - Open a Blank PowerPoint Slide
This paper is vintage (check), yellow (check), looks wrinkled and worn (check), so now all I have to do is add 5-7 important symbols, and I'll have a great project.
Finding the Right Image - but how?
Perform a search for free, Creative Commons (non-copyrighted) images for "hole in the wall," you will come-up with images such as this. When you see a shaded gray and white-checkered background, that means the image is "cut-out" - there is no additional white / other background. This is a lucky find!
I have a Mac, so I drag-and-drop the image onto my desktop, then drag-and-drop it onto my PowerPoint slide, over the wallpaper. I move it around and size it down to how I think it would look best, and then that is one symbol down, 4-6 symbols to go.