Tutorial for Concepts 021 – Magnifying Glass
Using the Magnifying Glass
This magnifying glass is not just another piece of clipart. The formatting and animation techniques make this a stunning and effective device for highlighting a portion of a slide or object. Use this concept to illustrate investigation, discovery, scrutiny, detail, focus, and many others.
There are two versions in the download for this series. The first version contains opaque magnifying glasses, one with a detachable lens. The second version contains semitransparent versions of the magnifying glass, one in color and one in grayscale. The first version is best used with slides like the series example, where animation and enlarged portions of the slide/an object are used. The second version is used to suggest a deeper look at something, but the background can be seen through the graphic and text can be placed over the edges graphic and still be readable.
Customizing the Magnifying Glass
If you want to change the size/shape of the magnifying glass, be sure to group it and resize the entire group – hold the shift key down as you resize so that the graphic scales. The v2 magnifying glasses do not need to be grouped, they are only one field.
None of the magnifying glasses can be colored; they are pngs. If you are using PowerPoint 2007, you can tint the magnifying glasses in v2 in the same manner as tinting a photograph.
Do not use 3D formatting with the magnifying glasses.
Do not use shadows with the magnifying glasses.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
The magnifying glasses cannot be formatted with gradients or patterns. They can be used in combination with photographs, however. Use the magnifying glasses in v1 when working with photographs or pictures created from a graphic/chart on a slide.
If you are working with a photograph, place the photograph on the slide and follow the steps below:
- Duplicate the photograph
- Enlarge the photograph to get achieve the detail you wish
- Crop the photograph so that the section that will be in the magnifying glass is the size of the magnifying glass lens.
- Import the cropped photograph into a circle that is the same size as the lens. Refer to this FAQ for the techniques for importing the photograph.
If you will be "magnifying" a part of a data-driven chart or other graphic on a slide, you'll need save the graphic as a picture. Click here to review this technique as it is described in the Chart of the Month for April 2009. Then follow the steps below:
- Bring the newly created picture onto the slide
- Enlarge the picture to get achieve the detail you wish
- Crop the picture so that the section that will be in the magnifying glass is the size of the magnifying glass lens.
- Import the cropped picture into a circle that is the same size as the lens. Refer to this FAQ for the techniques for importing the picture.
Be sure you view the animated flash and download the animated example to see how the animation is handled. It's important to review the tutorial for tips on formatting and animation.
It was a bit trick getting the large, empty magnifying glass to swap out with the smaller magnifying glass containing the enlarged portion of the picture. This is what was done:
- Animate the enlarged magnifying glass to appear from the bottom right and reduce the size to 60% at the same time it is appearing
- Fade the newly appeared magnifying glass out of the slide
- A second magnifying glass containing the enlarged portion of the photograph/picture (which is resized to 60% of the original size of the first magnifying glass) is then faded into the slide at the same speed as the first magnifying glass is faded out. The two magnifying glasses need to be the same size and in the same position when they fade out/fade in. This will probably take a few adjustments in placement to get it right.