Powerpoint 2010. Multiple Slide Masters in one presentation.

NOTE:  This is a more advanced concept.  If you don’t know yet what a Slide Master is, or how to create one, click HERE.


If you have a presentation with hundreds of slides, one look for all the slides may not do the trick.  In this case you’ll want to use more than one Slide Master, and therefore have more than one look.

Click View / Slide Master.

You should already see one created with all the attendant layout suggestions.

Click Insert Slide Master.

A new Slide Master will appear beneath the old one.

Edit and design it to your specifications.

Staying on the Slide Master ribbon, go to the ‘Edit Theme’ group, and click the Themes icon.

Click ‘Save Current Theme’.  (By the way, this is where I got initially confused.  When you save a theme, you are actually saving the look of a Slide Master.  Two different names for the same thing.)

Save it to it’s default location, or wherever you can easily access it.

Close the Master View.

You are back in your presentation with several slides.

In the Slides panel, select Slide #1, or multiple slides.

Click on the Design tab.  (This is where I initially got confused even further.  Design is just another word for Theme, which is just another word for Slide Master.  Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong on this, but it’s the only way I can understand it.  For the purposes of this tutorial, just think ‘Slide Master = Theme = Design’.)

Locate your recently created Slide Master(s).

If you simply click on any choice in the design tab, it will affect every single slide.   We don’t want this.

We want multiple looks for multiple slides.  So do NOT simply click on your choice in the Design tab, but instead, RIGHT CLICK.

The obvious choice from there is:  Apply to Selected Slides.



Little-Big Successes!

First, I’d like to thank whoever cautioned me to stay out of the sun, because my dermatology exam turned up totally in-the-clear for any sort of melanomas.  With the few brown spots on my back and freckles galore, I can get a little anxious.  “Nothing evil,” sez my doc.  Of course, I’ve learned that’s entirely the wrong language to use.  One should say, “All clear,” otherwise the patient (that’s me) thinks, “Holy sh*t!  Then what DO I have?”   Sort of like saying, “You’ll be very comfortable,” instead of, “Don’t worry,” because then the only word that sticks in the mind of the person you want to calm down is:  “WORRY!”

Second, I’d like to thank the Metropolitan Transit Authority ridership for snapping up four more copies of “Andy Hero of Brooklyn!”    A fifty-page hand-drawn story for a mere two bucks?  Who can resist?


Anansi Unbound: Storytelling Without a Net

Welcome to the latest page in my blog:  Storytelling.

I will try to put stories there as often as possible.  If you are impelled to ask, “Did that really happen?”  Well, all I can tell you is that any story is a little bit of fact and a little bit of fiction.

For those curious about the page’s title, Anansi is the African trickster God of storytelling.

Please enjoy my first story:  “Bhudda Daughter, or How a total stranger appeared on my doorstep and changed my life.”


Illustrator CS4: Brushstroke vs. Stroke

The following exercise can be done with either the Pen tool, the Brushstroke tool, or the Pencil tool.

Click the Brushstroke tool.  On the Object Type toolbar select the 15 pt Round Brush type and create an outline of an image.  Click your move tool and deselect.  So far so good.

Note that on the Object Type toolbar, the Brushstroke says “15 pt Round”, but the Stroke (a very different tool, and to the left of the Brushstroke on the toolbar) stays at “1”.  This is very important to watch.

Select the outline again.  Choose a different Brushstroke (5 pt Oval) from the Object type toolbar, and the look how the outline changes appearance.  So far so good.

Look on the Object Type Toolbar again.  The weight of the Stroke stays at 1.  This confused the hell out of me until recently because I had assumed, “A stroke weight is a stroke weight, and they’re all connected.  Somehow.”  I’ve decided that it’s best to think of the Stroke weight as an afterthought, a fine tuner for creating a Brushstroke to save in your library, then to be avoided altogether afterwards.

For example, Charcoal comes as a default Brushstroke in 1 pt. weight, and that’s it.  So if you need to adjust the stroke weight, then go to the Stroke menu.  However, I strongly suggest that if you do use the Stroke menu to adjust the weight, you then save that Charcoal Brushstroke with the adjusted weight in your Brushstroke library, and then discontinue using the Stroke menu.  To use the Brushstroke in conjunction with the Stroke weight as standard practice without saving the Brushstroke itself for later use is highly volatile, confusing, and very frustrating.

Conclusion:  If you have a particular Brushstroke style you need to use, either use the defaults that come with Illy and ignore the Stroke weight, or use the Stroke weight to create a new Brushstroke and store it in your library for future use.

Stroke and Brushstroke are interdependent of each other, and probably shouldn’t be used together as standard practice.  I hope this wasn’t obvious to everyone else already, and that I helped you out today.  : )


Integrated social media!

Hi folks,

I just rigged my WordPress to automatically link to my Facebook page and my Twitter account.

Please send me a brief message if you see this on Facebook or Twitter so I know it works.

And just for kicks I put in a picture of my dog.  I have no idea which one I chose.  Or if you can see him either.