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Adding Custom Borders

Borders can often help a photo or text box stand out from the background or other photos on a page. There are a few different ways to approach borders and frames.

Adding a Border

Select a photo or shift- click on multiple photos that you would like to modify with a border. Under Picture Tools in the Ribbon, select the Format tab. In the Picture Styles group, click the Picture Border drop-down menu A. From here you can choose the color, line weight, and style of your border. This is a simple way to help your photos stand out from the background or to make a series of different photos tie together visually B.

Adding Impact with Visual Style

Select a photo or shift-click on multiple photos that you would like to modify with a touch of visual style. Under Picture Tools in the Ribbon, select the Format tab. In the Picture Styles group, there is a series of thumbnails with a variety of different framing/style options to select from. With your photos still selected, roll over each option and watch what happens to your photos. PowerPoint will give you a live preview of several different frames and overall photo styles to choose from. Be patient, some computers are faster than others at rendering a live preview.

Keeping Visuals Consistent

Although it may be fun to have a different border or frame for each photo, it is more visually appealing to have a consistent color and style to all of your borders and frames. The focus should always be on the content, not the carrier. Your audience should be focusing on your images, and not anticipating what kind of border you’ll use next.

Using Borders and Text Boxes

Borders and shape styles can be used to modify text boxes to add emphasis A. The process of modifying text boxes is very similar to modifying picture boxes. Just select the text box that you would like to manipulate and click the Format tab beneath the Drawing Tools tab. You can now roll over different styles in the Shape Styles gallery and review the live preview of your text box modifications B. Be cautious about making font and color changes that do not match your overall design.ICON TYPE

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