Today I'll be showing you how to make a simple, but colorful newsletter for your classroom using PowerPoint. This tutorial is geared toward a beginner, more specifically, someone who has little to no experience with PowerPoint. I will cover most of the basic functions that I use on a daily basis. Go ahead and open PowerPoint and locate the menu bar at the top of your screen. It should look like this:
The top menu bar is not the only way to perform actions in PowerPoint, but since some of you will not have the same version of PowerPoint as me, I figured this would be the easiest reference point. As you become more comfortable with the program, you'll find shortcuts that work better for you.
Before we get started, I would like to credit Melody Bastin, KG Fonts, Prettygrafik Design, and Sonya Dehart Design for the amazing graphics I've included in the newsletter. Okay, let's begin!
Open a New File
Change the Orientation
Since we're creating a newsletter, we need to make sure the PowerPoint slide has the correct orientation to create and print a newsletter.
Insert Slide Background
Formatting your Text
Here's what the newsletter looks like so far...
As with most actions in PowerPoint, there is more than one way to add graphics to your slides. The picture below shows you how to drag and drop items onto your slides. However, You can also select "Insert" from the top menu bar and choose "Photo" to browse your computer for the graphic that you want.
Just like your font, you'll want to align your graphics to the center or otherwise. However, the procedure is slightly different. When dealing with objects, you have to choose "Arrange" in the top menu bar.
Here's what the newsletter looks like now. Notice any problems? Yep, that's right. The text appears to be gone, but it's actually just hidden behind the object. We can fix that in the next step.
When you add graphics to your newsletter, it adds layers. Often times, you will need to rearrange the layers in order to keep the text on top or to keep other graphics from being hidden.
Always begin arranging by clicking or highlighting the object you want to move. In my case, I want the black chalkboard frame to go behind the text.
Notice that there are several options for arranging. If you click "Reorder Objects" or "Reorder Overlapping Objects" you will be given the option of clicking and dragging your layers in any order you want.
I've skipped ahead and added several graphics to the newsletter pictured below. All of this was accomplished using the steps I've shown you thus far. You can see that I had to arrange the layers in order to make the presents appear in front of the rectangular white frame.
Since some of you may not have an unhealthy amount of clipart stored on your computer (like me), I want to show you an easy way to use shapes to add simple frames to your newsletter.
Looking closely at the example newsletter, you can see that each number in 2015 matches the clipart perfectly. I did this using the eyedropper tool. And while I didn't use this tool much in the example, it definitely comes in handy when I'm working on large projects.
Begin by highlighting the font or object. Then, click "Format" and select "Font" to open up the Format Text menu like we did in step five.
I repeated this process for each number to get the results you see here:
I've only touched the tip of the PowerPoint iceberg. As the final step in this tutorial, I would love for you to comment below with any questions about this tutorial or PowerPoint in general. I love to help, and I know how daunting it can be to learn a new program. So, don't hesitate to hit me up for answers.
Thanks for reading!