PowerPoint Tutorials: How to Create Soft Edges Effect in PowerPoint

Sometimes, images don't work nearly quite as well as they're supposed to. Look at the first image below and you will see that it doesn't really speak as well as the second image does. While the first image is not only very common, it doesn't communicate that well. And if you were to put this first image in your ideating campaign, it might not be able to create that much of an impact. Now look at the second image and you can see right away that it will definitely have a better impact.

And you don't need to know Photoshop or any other image enhancing software. Plain old PowerPoint will do the trick and we'll show you how! We will show you how to create the soft edges effect in PowerPoint and apply it to your own presentations and reports.

How to Create Soft Edges Effect in PPT - PowerPoint Sample How to Create Soft Edges Effect in PPT - PowerPoint Sample

 

1. Insert an image of a bulb into a PowerPoint slide.

Inserting image in PowerPoint Slide

 

2. (a) Superimpose another image (we use an image with a question mark) on top of the bulb image.

Superimposing image in PowerPoint

 

(b) Resize so as to make the question mark fit within the size/image of the bulb.

Resizing the image in PowerPoint Slide

 

3. Double click on the foreground image (the one with a question mark as you can see below) and a picture tools - Format ribbon will show.

Formatting the image - PowerPoint picture tools

 

4. Right click on the foreground image and choose Format Picture. On the Format Picture dialog box choose Glow and Soft Edges.

Photo edge effects tutorial in PowerPoint

 

5. Adjust the size of the Soft Edges to 40 pt.

How to adjust the image size using Soft Edges in PowerPoint

 

6. This is how it will eventually look. Let's take a step further to make it more brighter. Right click on the foreground image and choose Format Picture. On the Format Picture dialog box choose Picture Corrections.

Picture corrections in PowerPoint

 

7. Adjust the Brightness to 10% and adjust the contrast to 70% and click Close.

PowerPoint tutorial on how to adjust the brightness and contrast of the image

 

Read more on how to use PowerPoint:

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How to Change the Dimensions of a PowerPoint Slide
How to Use PowerPoint Maps for Print
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