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Tutorial for Concepts 039 – Scraps of Paper

Using Scraps of Paper

These little scraps of paper can be used to show an impromptu idea or thought. They can also be used for emphasis when combined with words like "buy this now!" and are animated to be paper clipped or tacked onto/over something that has just been presented.

These scraps of paper are different from those in series CN004, which are torn pages and not just little scraps of paper.

There are four basic shapes for the pieces of paper. They have been rotated and flipped in eight variations so that the shadows look correct and consistent. Remember this and download the different variations – don't just flip the PNGs.

Also, the text on these little scraps of paper look best if they are in a handwriting font. You probably have a few that will work already on your computer. There are many others out there that you can purchase. There are a few websites that will even make a font out of your own handwriting. We have not used any of these services, so we don't make any recommendations about these resources. As with any online purchase, research it first.

If you are already using PowerPoint 2007, just download the EMFs and apply the shadow directly in PowerPoint.


Customizing the Torn Pages

Adjust size

These scraps of paper are only one field, so you can size anyway you wish. Remember that the PNGs have a shadow already added, so they look better when they are scaled (hold shift key down as you resize).


Color variations

Most of these pieces of paper are downloaded as PNGs because of the shadow. They can't be recolored or manipulated in any way in pre-PowerPoint 2007 versions. In PowerPoint 2007, they can be recolored.

V05 is an EMF version of the pieces of paper. They can be edited with fill and line colors as you choose, but they don't have the pretty shadow. If you'd like to bring a PNG in and place the colored EMF over it, you can have the color you wish and the shadow. Just size the EMF to match the PNG. Remember that you need to ungroup the EMF twice before it becomes available to apply color or any other formatting.


3D variations

Do not add 3D to the PNGs. 3D applications to EMFs tend to make the pages a tablet or a slab of something, which may serve your purpose better.


Shadows

Don't apply shadows to the PNGs; they are already built into the framework. Shadows on the EMFs tend to lift the torn page off the screen a bit.


Gradients, patterns, and pictures

PNGs are not eligible for this type of formatting. The EMFs can take any formatting you wish to use.


Animations

These frameworks can be animated as reveals.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

CN039 – Concept 039 – Scraps of Paper

Possible use example

Links to instructions for getting the framework into your presentation

  1. Determine the best file type for your needs
  2. Download the file
  3. Import the framework into your presentation
    1. Importing a PPT file
    2. Importing a EMF or PNG
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