How to Edit and Customize PowerPoint Clipart Maps for Presentations

How to Add Text to a PowerPoint Slide

How to Add Text to a PowerPoint Slide

How to Video showing how to add text to a PowerPoint clipart state or county map slide. Editable PowerPoint maps from www.mapsfordesign.com or www.bjdesign.com.

To add text select the TEXT INSERTION tool in the DRAWING TOOL BAR, usually located along the bottom of your slide window. Click anywhere on the slide and begin typing.

Use the FORMATING PALLET or the pull down menus at the top or your screen to customize with fonts, size, and color. Text blocks can be moved around the screen by clicking, holding and dragging on the grey box that surrounds the text. This box is visible after you have clicked on the text.

To delete a text box, select is with the pointer and then click on the gray box surrounding the type. Hitting the DELETE key on your keyboard will delete the text.

Our maps can be completely editable in PowerPoint. Every state, county, country or text block is an individual editable element. They can be colored, customized, move or deleted elements as you want. PowerPoint has a very nice collection of editing and drawing tools, located either along the bottom or along the side of your screen.

About the Maps

Editable MS PowerPoint clipart maps for sales and marketing presentations, illustrations, and websites. Royalty Free, World, USA, States, County, Countries, World Regions, and Globes.

Each state, county, country, text block is an individual element that can be customized, changed, colored however you like.

Perfect for sales and marketing presentations, showing sales territories, office locations, project progress.

Learn more at www.bjdesign.com or www.MapsforDesign.com


Helpful Tips for Customizing PowerPoint

Please visit our Maps for Design Blog for additional helpful tips on editing and building presentations using maps.

http://www.mapsfordesign.blogspot.com

How to Enlarge or Reduce Objects in PowerPoint

How to Enlarge or Reduce Objects in PowerPoint

How to Video showing how to enlarge or reduce a group of clipart state, country or county PowerPoint maps from www.mapsfordesign.com or www.bjdesign.com.

To enlarge several states or counties you need to GROUP them together.

1 Hold down the Shift key and using the pointer CLICK using the right button on the PC mouse and the regular click on the Mac mouse, on the states you want to enlarge together.

2 Once the states are selected click on the DRAW popup menu in the TOOL BAR along the bottom and choose GROUP.

3 You will now see just 8 handles on your selected group. Place your pointer over one of the lower left or right corner handles. Click, and hold down the mouse button and drag the handle in a diagonal 45 degree direction. This will enlarge the group. Release your mouse button when you have the correct size. Pulling out, the group will enlarge, moving in towards the center it will reduce. Holding down the SHIFT key will keep things proportional.

4 Text elements will need to be re-adjusted manually, they will move to the correct place but in PowerPoint they do not scale up or down. You may also need to UNGROUP them and move them where needed. The text can be resized using the Font Tools along the top of the screen.

About the Maps

Editable MS PowerPoint clipart maps for sales and marketing presentations, illustrations, and websites. Royalty Free, World, USA, States, County, Countries, World Regions, and Globes.

Each state, county, country, text block is an individual element that can be customized, changed, colored however you like.

Perfect for sales and marketing presentations, showing sales territories, office locations, project progress.

Learn more at www.bjdesign.com or www.MapsforDesign.com

How Do I Color an Object in a PowerPoint Slide

How to Color Objects in PowerPoint Slides

How to Video for customzing an editable PowerPoint clipart map from www.mapsfordesign.com or www.bjdesign.com.

Select the state or country with the pointer by clicking on it. On the PC use the right button of the mouse, on the Mac just click with the mouse. You will see 8 little handles appear around it, this tells you the object has been selected. Choose a color from the Fill Bucket in the Drawing Tool Bar usually located along the bottom of the PowerPoint slide.

About the Maps

Editable MS PowerPoint clipart maps for sales and marketing presentations, illustrations, and websites. Royalty Free, World, USA, States, County, Countries, World Regions, and Globes.

Each state, county, country, text block is an individual element that can be customized, changed, colored however you like.

Perfect for sales and marketing presentations, showing sales territories, office locations, project progress.

Learn more at www.bjdesign.com or www.MapsforDesign.com

How to Divide an Object in Half in PowerPoint

How to Divide a PowerPoint Clipart Map In-half

How to Divide a PowerPoint Clipart Map In-half?

How to Video showing how to divide a PowerPoint clipart state or county map into two territories and color them differently. Editable PowerPoint maps from www.mapsfordesign.com or www.bjdesign.com.

PowerPoint isn't really a drawing program but we have found a fairly effective way of doing this. There are two ways to handle this.

The first is to copy the state and paste it right on top or on the side so that you can work on it. Go to the DRAW Pop Up menu in the Tool Bar and select EDIT POINTS, you will see all of the drawing points or handles. You then click on each point with the mouse pointer, while you hold down the Control key on the PC or the Option key on the Mac, the selected point will then disappear. You work your way nibbling around the area you want to delete. You end up at some point with a part of a state. Give it its own color and stroke or line and place it on top of the other map. And presto you have a state that looks to the viewer like you have cut it in half. But in reality is made up of two pieces, a full state and half state.

The second way is to use one of the line tools (I like the one that just uses straight lines) and zoom in to 400% and trace over the outline of the state with the drawing tools. Moving around it, tracing the shape of the state and just the part you want to keep. Give it a color and now you have again what looks like a state cut in half.

The drawing tools are located in the AUTO SHAPES pop up menu in the DRAWING TOOL BAR. In AUTO SHAPES select LINES, (we like the middle line on the bottom row, the FREE FORM LINE tool). With this line tool selected you can now trace over the map, making a complete closed path by clicking point by point around th edge. Bring the line back to the beginning point and give two quick clicks and you will have an object that can be filled with a new color.

To make this easier locate the Zoom Box in the upper right hand corner of the top tool bar and select 300 or 400% so you can really see what is going on. If you need to you can adjust the points by selecting the new object with your pointer and choosing EDIT POINTS from the DRAW popup menu on the far left of the tool bar. Also make sure SNAP TO GRID is not checked. This method isn't perfect but will work pretty well and allows you to set up the partial territories.

If you are using the EPS Adobe Illustrator version of our maps you can use the SCISSORS tool and cut the border and then re-join the lines giving you two halves.

About the Maps

Editable MS PowerPoint clipart maps for sales and marketing presentations, illustrations, and websites. Royalty Free, World, USA, States, County, Countries, World Regions, and Globes.

Each state, county, country, text block is an individual element that can be customized, changed, colored however you like.

Perfect for sales and marketing presentations, showing sales territories, office locations, project progress.

Learn more at www.bjdesign.com or www.MapsforDesign.com

Learn More About Our Clipart Editable Maps

Editable Maps for Sales and Marketing Presentations

Editable PowerPoint and EPS Maps for Presentations

Editable MS PowerPoint and EPS clipart maps for sales and marketing presentations, illustrations, and websites. Royalty Free, World, USA, States, County, Countries, World Regions, and Globes.

Each state or country is an individual element that can be customized, changed, colored however you like.

Perfect for sales and marketing presentations, showing sales territories, advertising, graphic design, building maps for websites, anywhere a royalty free map is needed

Learn more at www.bjdesign.com or www.MapsforDesign.com

Favorite Customizing Tips Part 1

Favorite Customizing Tips Part 1: Shift Key and Grouping

This PowerPoint lesson contains a couple of the most common tips I give customers when they call about customizing our editable maps. 

Tip 1. Benefits of the Shift Key
This is one of the most useful tips I tell cutomers for changing several objects at the same time instead of one by one.

Holding down the Shift Key on the keyboard allows you to select several objects with the pointer for customizing. Just click on them one after the other, you can also deselect an object if you didn’t mean to select it by just clicking on it again. It works like a toggle switch, click on, click off. Now when you select a color fill, all of the states or counties selected will fill at the same time with that color.

Holding down the Shift Key is also used to keep an object proportional if you are enlarging or reducing it.


Tip 2. Grouping and Ungrouping
When working with complex graphics like a map, Grouping and Ungrouping becomes very helpful to keep your map organized.

After you have customized an area of the map that contains several objects you should group them together to keep the elements from getting moved around by accident.  Hold down the Shift key and select, by clicking on them with the pointer, all of the elements that you want with the pointer. GROUP is located in the DRAW popup menu in the DRAWING Tool Bar. Select GROUP, you will now see the many handles of the objects turn into just eight.

Grouping is also used when you want to Enlarge or Reduce several object. Group them first and then change size. Hold down the SHIFT Key to keep everything proportional


Favorite PPT Customizing Tips Part 2

Favorite Customizing Tips Part 2: Enlarging & Reducing, Snap to Grid

Tip 3. Enlarging and Reducing Objects.
1. The key to enlarging or reducing several objects is to group them together first. To enlarge several states or counties you first Select them and then GROUP them together. Holding down the Shift key will allow you to select several objects at the same time or you can drag your pointer around the entire group.

2. Once the states are selected click on the DRAW popup menu in the TOOL BAR along the bottom and choose GROUP.

3. You will now see just one object with 8 handles around it. The handles are the little square dots you see on the grey box around your map. Place your pointer over one of the lower left or right corner handles. Click, and hold down the mouse button and drag the handle in a diagonal 45 degree direction. This will enlarge the group. Release your mouse button when you have the correct size. Pulling out, the group will enlarge, moving in towards the center it will reduce. Holding down the SHIFT key will keep things proportional.

4. Text elements will need to be re-adjusted manually, they will move to the correct place but in PowerPoint they do not scale up or down. You may also need to UNGROUP them and move them where needed. The text can be resized using the Font Tools along the top of the screen.


Tip 4. Snap To Grid
This is a tip that almost no one even knows exists. PowerPoint has an underlining grid that helps you line up objects. The default in PowerPoint is that it is on. When working on something like a map the grid can become very frustrating because it won’t allow you to move the map pieces where you want. They want to snap to the grid instead of lining up with their borders.

On all of our maps we have turned the grid off, the default is that it is always on. On any new projects with a new slide we advise turning the snap to grid option off. The option is usually located in the DRAW popup menu but not always. It depends on the version of PowerPoint so search in the Help box to find it.

How to Customize PowerPoint Clip Art Maps

Step by Step techniques for editing MapsforDesign PowerPoint, Royalty Free Clip Art Maps
Step by Step techniques for editing MapsforDesign PowerPoint, Royalty Free Clip Art Maps

How To Edit and Customize PowerPoint Maps Book

MapsforDesign.com has all of the info in this Hub in a FREE Downloadable PDF book, "How to Customize PowerPoint Clip Art Map" Tips on How to Edit and Customize your Editable PowerPoint Clip Art Maps.

The book contains Step by step techniques to customize editable, royalty free, PowerPoint clip art maps from MapsForDesign.com. Learn about coloring • setting up sales and marketing
territories • group and ungrouping • using the shift key • adding text and building hyperlinks.

To download click on this Link http://web.me.com/bjdesign/World_of_Maps_How_To/How_To_Home.html


Converting a PPT Slide to a JPG Graphic

Converting a PowerPoint Slide into a JPG Graphic for Your Web Site

A common question from customers is “can you make web graphics from the PowerPoint maps.“ The answer is Yes. PowerPoint has several different Save As options and they work quite well. For a web graphic you need a format called jpg, it is right there in the Save As window.

1. Customize your map however you want, color, add text, set up a custom region. SAVE your project as you always do.

2. To create a JPG graphic for your web site choose SAVE AS from the FILE pull down menu. Click on the popup menu and select JPG format. This option saves each slide of your PowerPoint file as a JPG graphic file. Select the correct file and send it to your web developer.

About the Maps

Editable MS PowerPoint clipart maps for sales and marketing presentations, illustrations, and websites. Royalty Free, World, USA, States, County, Countries, World Regions, and Globes.

Each state, county, country, text block is an individual element that can be customized, changed, colored however you like.

Perfect for sales and marketing presentations, showing sales territories, office locations, project progress.

Learn more at www.bjdesign.com or www.MapsforDesign.com


Setting up Hyperlinks in PowerPoint

Setting Up Hyperlinks Between Map Slides in PowerPoint

 Customers often ask if they can set up a map presentation where it starts with an overall view of the US and then by clicking on the map the slide jumps to a region or state or maybe a county.

This is called a drill down map, you are drilling down into greater and greater detail. So the question is can you do that with our editable PowerPoint maps. The answer is yes and it is done using the Hyperlink tool.

For this lesson we learn how to build a drill down sales and marketing presentation map using the Hyperlink and Slide Show features of PowerPoint for connecting states or countries on a national or world map to slides with individual states or countries.

1. For this project place one of our USA color PowerPoint maps on Slide 1, a detailed Florida state map on Slide 2 and a New York detailed county map on Slide 3. Check out the video to follow along.

2. Select the Florida on the USA map on Slide 1 with your pointer.

3. Choose the HYPERLINK option in the Formatting Pallet.

4. Select the kind of action you would like to have happen. Sometimes it is just jumping ahead, sometimes to a web site, in our case to a specific slide, Florida.

5. Choose the Florida slide, Click OK. Continue with additional states building your presentation.

6. Hyperlinks only work in the Slide Show mode. To view your project in operation, click on the Slide Show option in the View Pull-down menu. To further customize your presentation there is a nice selection of Slide Show buttons and options that you can add to your presentation. Also there are control options in the lower left corner to help you move around when you are running a show.

You can also add direction buttons to each slide to let you move around inside your presentation.

Building a Sales Territory with Our National County Map

Setting up a Sales Territory with Our National County Map

We often get the question on how to set up a sales territory that covers several states, including territories that cross state boundaries. This is a project where using grouping and ungrouping plays a big part. We recommend building this map state by state to keep sense of all the pieces. Do it wrong and you end up with hundreds of little pieces that become very difficult to make sense of. Using grouping you can keep the map together and end up with a great presentation.

1. Open the map and Click on a single state, say Ohio, Ungroup it, you will see that you now have two groups, text and land. You don’t need to Ungroup any further if you are coloring the entire state.

2. Click off the map to De-Select it. If you need to color individual counties you will need to ungroup them also. Reselect just the land and select ungroup.

3. Click on just the Ohio counties to select the land (check out using the shift key above) and then choose a new color from the Fill Bucket in the Drawing or Formating Tool Bar.

4. Once the color has been changed, drag around the entire state with your pointer to Reselect the two groupings, the text and the land, and Regroup them together, this will keep that state whole and a single unit until you are ready to do something new.

5. Do the process for each state. Ungroup, Change land color, Regroup. We have a good video on this, so check out the site below.

World of Maps CD Collection

World of Maps CD collection of PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator and JPG Maps. Over 2000, World, USA, States, Countries, Counties, World Regions, Globes and more.
World of Maps CD collection of PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator and JPG Maps. Over 2000, World, USA, States, Countries, Counties, World Regions, Globes and more.

World of Maps Editable Maps for Presentations

All of the videos above use maps from the World of Maps Collection available in download form and on CDRom. The CD, available at www.bjdesign.com, www.mapsfordesign and www.amazon.com contains over 2,000 editable, royalty free PowerPoint and Adobe Illustrator maps plus and extensive collection of jpg maps, including the CIA World Fact Book Collection.

The maps are perfect for sales and marketing presentations, graphic design, illustration, web sites, and education projects.

Excellent Books for Making PowerPoint Presentations

PowerPoint 2007 For Dummies
PowerPoint 2007 For Dummies

I love the Dummies books, they have lots of information and have helped me a lot in learning how to use many different things. PowerPoint 2007 helps you learn the new and quite different version of PowerPoint. Learn how to build a presentation, import data, use templates, and work with charts and diagrams. Including working with hyperlinks, editing slides and preparing your presentations for the web. I have recommended the 2003 version of this book for years and this keeps the learning going

 
PowerPoint 2003 for Dummies
PowerPoint 2003 for Dummies

One of my most recommended books. We all kind of know about how to use PowerPoint but when it comes to editing and customizing something like one of our maps it can get a little tricky. We love the phone calls but we aren't always here. PowerPoint for Dummies is an essential resource. This book covers all the basic builing blocks of making slides, adding features, setting up hypelinks for presentations, customizing clip art. Plus working with the formating and drawing pallets, A clear, easy to read book that I highly recommend for anyone working with PowerPoint

 
Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2007 to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire
Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2007 to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire

Beyond Bullets Points by Cliff Atkinson is one of the standard books on PowerPoint presentations. Atkinson takes you step by step through the process of building presentations. You’ll discover how to combine classic storytelling techniques with the power of visual media to create a rich, engaging experience. Transform the way you create and deliver your critical message

 

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