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Concepts 128, 130

Electronics Screens

Using the Electronics Screens

Every once in awhile a great idea emerges that is simple and elegant at the same time. This is one of those instances. These PNG-format images have a transparent screen so you can put whatever you want behind the image. This is a much better approach to populating a computer screen than pasting something over the screen image; it is much more realistic looking. There are two computer types, two phone types, and a PDA. Be sure to download the animated example. We know you'll like these additions to the PowerFrameworks library.

Even if your company is not an electronics company, you probably have a website. You can use these graphics to show your website to your audience. Any on-screen material you wish to deliver as a message can be very well displayed with the images in this series.

The panel (cn130) is designed to make it easy to arrange multiple photographs/graphics as a control panel, bank of flat screens, or as a kiosk. The "windows" are clear, making it easy to position photographs/graphics under the panel, creating a uniform and evenly spaced layout. If you are using PowerPoint 2007 or 2010, you can group the panel and photographs/graphics and then rotate to create an arrangement like what is shown in the series example. The series example also has a very slight bevel applied to the panel, making it appear 3D.

These are for a different type of use than the computer projection concept CN033.


Customizing the Electrics Screens

Adjust size

Resizing PNGs is simple. They are only one field and can be resized simply by holding the shift key down and then resizing. For the other laptops and monitors that have many fields, group them and then resize while holding the shift key down.

Then position the resized electronics screens on your slide(s) and bring in and place the screenshots that you wish to use behind them.


Color variations

The PNGs are ineligible for formatting unless you are using PowerPoint 2007. With PowerPoint 2007 you can recolor the PNGs as photographs. However, since the laptops and monitors represent real objects, it's best to keep them colored so that they appear realistic. Adding color tints tends to detract from realism.

The same principle applies to the laptops and monitors that can accept color: be careful that you do not format the colors in such a manner that the laptops and monitors appear cartoonish.


3D variations

You won't be able to apply 3D to these screens. They are already drawn to look 3D


Shadows

Don't apply shadows, they already have shadows applied.


Gradients, patterns, and pictures

You won't be able to apply gradients or patterns. You can add your photographs behind the electronics screens. As you can see in the image below, the screens are transparent, so photographs or screenshots can be placed behind the screens. You won't have to worry about lining up the photograph edges and corners to match the screens perfectly any longer.


Animations

If you are developing a screenshot tutorial, take screenshots of the successive steps and animate them in order. You can download a curser from cn033 and "click" the next screenshot into view, or you can use the animation scheme used in the downloadable animation example for this series. Be careful on sizing your screenshots if you use the method in the animation example. It's important that they be perfectly sized and placed for the successions to appear correctly.

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