#DigiStampTechniques – 5 Things you can do with Digital Stamps using Microsoft PowerPoint

Hi guys, digital stamps are just everywhere now a days. Very versatile, quite affordable and easy to use – they make a great addition to your crafty stash. ?
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If you are still figuring it out, wanting to know more before investing in them – I have got you covered ! Grab a few free digi images from my blog and join me for a series of #digistamptechniques.
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Today I am sharing 5 things you can do with Digital Stamps using Microsoft PowerPoint – a program most of us have access to.

Why PowerPoint?

Well, I feel like PowerPoint gives me the most flexibility when it comes to working with images. Word treats images like they are embedded with text and we need to edit these images to update their properties etc. PowerPoint is way more straightforward. You just insert images and work with them individually.

Here are all the things I do within PowerPoint.

  1. Resize
    1. This is pretty much the same in all Microsoft Office programs. You need to insert picture from file. You can use one of the little squares on the side of a picture to resize. If you want to scale the picture proportionally, then the trick is to resize using one of the corners and hold SHIFT key while doing so.
    2. You can also use the “Lock Aspect Ratio” setting to scale to some exact height or exact width. Watch the video to see this.
  2. Flipping or Mirror Stamping
    1. Again, this becomes super easy using digital stamps. Just select the image and flip – horizontally or vertically – it’s just one click :)
  3. Masking
    1. This needs the images to be created in a certain way. The images should be opaque while the image background should be transparent. I kinda had a learning curve while creating my images. But this month onwards I have figured it out and with most of my images you should be able to do masking. Again far less complicated and with fewer number of steps than manual masking (the one that we do with rubber or acrylic stamps). All you need to do is place two images, one of top of the other. Adjust their forward-backward order using “Bring to Front” or “Send to Back” from Picture Format menu.
  4. Add Shadow
    1. This one too needs special kinda image (just like the one above), with the image itself being opaque and background being transparent. Once you have the right kind of image, it is pretty simple. Select image, right click to go to “Format Object” and add Shadow. You can play with several settings with the shadow – size, angle and so on.
  5. Planning for cards
    1. I like to create a rectangle with width and height of the card size I want to make.
    2. Especially if I am making multiple cards, I like to edit the Page Setup to be 11in x 8.5in and then put 4 A2 sized rectangles on one slide.

I did capture all this in a video for you. So that you can see it in action.

That’s all for today :)

I hope you like these tips and tricks. I am sure you will have a few up your sleeves too. Let me know some of your favorite tips in the comments below.

Thank you for dropping by. I so appreciate your support!

Hugs!
~Varada

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