How To Make A Christmas E-Card Using Microsoft Powerpoint
Using Powerpoint to Make An E-Card to Send By Email to Friends
Powerpoint is more traditionally used to do presentations for conferences and training but it also has another use - as a means by which you can make an e-card.
An e-card stands for 'Electronic Card' and I used to make one every year to send from my team to all of our colleagues at work by email.
None of us sent Christmas cards - we used to donate the money we would have sent on sending cards to one another to a local children's cancer charity and instead, I created a festive powerpoint e-card to send.
Here is how I did it.
Open Powerpoint and Select Blank Presentation
- Open Powerpoint - any version will do
- Select the blank presentation, it is highlighted in the photo
- This gives us a brand new blank powerpoint slide to use as our blank canvas.
Powerpoint - Insert A Festive Picture On Your E-Card Slide
Go onto the internet and download a nice free piece of clipart or a free digital photo.
Save it to your computer.
Go back to Powerpoint
Select INSERT and from the drop down menu select PICTURE and then FROM FILE
Locate your lovely festive clipart/picture and then click OPEN
The photo will drop onto the slide. You may need to resize it slightly, to do this always pull the photo from the diagonal corner, never up and across which stretches the photo.
Powerpoint - Inserting Text Boxes On Your E-Card Slide
The next thing you need to do is place your greeting on your e-card.
You can out it all in as one greeting but this takes the interactive fun out of the e-card so it is actually better to write your greeting in by doing it in a number of text boxes.
Go to INSERT and then select TEXT BOX, drag your mouse to the place you want to place the first piece of text.
Continue to do this until you have a few pieces of text on the e-card.
Now it's time to animate the card.
Powerpoint - Animating Your E-Card Slide
From the toolbar, select SLIDE SHOW and from the drop down menu, select CUSTOM ANIMATION.
You will be shown a list of all of the various elements of the slide.
Ticking the box next to any of the items will allow you to custom animate it.
For this e-card, you will only need to use the first two tabs along the bottom of the drop down box, ORDER & TIMING and EFFECTS
For the moment, leave Order * Timing and let's concentrate on Effects only.
Untick all of the boxes.
Tick the PICTURE FRAME 1 box only.
Any effects you apply will only effect the big picture in the background (Picture Frame 1).
For my e-card, I want to keep it pretty simple.
Under the tab for EFFECTS, click on the left hand drop down menu and select CHECKERBOARD.
Click the right hand drop down menu and select ACROSS. Select PREVIEW on the right of the Custom Animation box to see whether you like this effect. Don't worry about timings yet, you will change this later to make it look more smooth.
From the EFFECTS tab:
- Remove the tick from the Picture Frame 1 box and put it in the next box box.
- Click on the left hand drop down menu and select CRAWL.
- Click on the right hand drop down menu and select LEFT
Repeat steps 1-3 until you have applied customised effects to every piece of text.
You can also reorder the text if you want to do so. I want the MERRY CHRISTMAS text to crawl up from the bottom of the screen last in my e-card so make sure you make sure this animation is different from the other pieces of text.
Powerpoint - Setting the Order & Timing for Your E-Card
Click on the ORDER&TIMING tab and ensure you have your various e-card elements in the correct order.
Use the up or down arrows to reorder the elements of the e-card.
On the right hand side, place a dot in the Automatically area and select 0.02 seconds in the timing for each element (you can tick them all at once, no need to do them separately).
Powerpoint - Saving Your E-Card Slide
Save your file, go to FILE and select SAVE AS.... Save it as both a .PPT file and a .PPS file.
When you email the file to colleagues, send the .pps version as an attachment.
When they click on it in their email, it will automatically open the file in Powerpoint.
Please watch the video above to see how the Powerpoint slide was made, I filmed it so that you could see it properly because I could not insert a PPS in HubPages.
Many thanks for reading.