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How to Make a Holiday eCard in PowerPoint


Are you short on time and need to create an ecard quickly? This video demonstrates how to use existing illustrations to create a well-designed ecard in less than 5 minutes. Let's get started.

Create a PowerPoint file

Open a Blank Presentation in PowerPoint

Change the default slide layout to a blank slide

Save the presentation using a descriptive name

I will use holiday-ecard

Add stock illustrations

From the Insert tab, choose Pictures and Stock Images...

A quick tip for Mac OS, drag the image panel to the slide to create a floating panel

Choose the Illustrations tab

Search by the word holiday

Select the illustrations you want

I am going to choose the hanging ornaments

Click the Insert button

You can also add illustrations from other image sites like Pixabay, RawPixel, or Freepix.

Just make sure they are .svg or scalable vector graphics

Move the ornaments to one side of the slide

Keep the strings at top edge of the slide

If you want to change the orientation

Select Rotate in the Graphics Format tab

Then choose Flip Horizontally

Change object colors

To change the predominate yellow

Select the illustration and in the Graphics Format tab, click the Fill drop down

Choose from the existing palette or select more color to select a different color

To change other colors,

First ungroup the illustration

With the object selected, click the Convert to Shape button in the Format Graphics tab

Then click the Selection Pane button in the Shape Format tab

Click an object name in the pane to identify what object it is

If it helps to keep track, double click the object name and type in a more descriptive name.

Press Return or Enter to save the new name

For quick identification of each object group, click the eye to hide it

Use the drop-down arrow to collapse the group of objects you don't want to edit

In the Selection Pane, select all of the objects you want to recolor

Highlight the first object

Press your Shift key

and then select the last object

Choose a color from the Shape Fill drop down color palette

Change the background color

Next change the background color if you want

Right click over the background...

Choose Format Background from the popup menu

In the Format Pane, choose a new color

Add the holiday greeting

Now Add your holiday greeting

Click the insert Text Box option

Click the slide

Type or paste the greeting

I like to keep the words separate so I can arrange them more easily

Select the text box or boxes

Change the font style and size

Rearrange the text boxes if needed.

Save Card as Image File

Lastly, save your card as an image file

In the File menu, choose Export

Choose either jpg or png from the File Format option

If needed, change the file dimensions

Click the Export button

The image is now ready to be posted to social media, sent via email, or embedded on a web page.

In the comments below, share what strategies you've used to create ecards.

List of Festive Google Fonts

Plaster - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Plaster

Pinyon Script - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Pinyon+Script

Bebas Neue - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Bebas+Neue

Fredoka One - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Fredoka+One

Codystar - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Codystar

Berkshire Swash - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Berkshire+Swash

Julius Sans One - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Julius+Sans+One

Pacifico - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Pacifico

Meddon - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Meddon

Asset - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Asset

Festive - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Festive

Mountains of Christmas - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Mountains+of+Christmas

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Jennifer Sharkey is known as the Virtual Presentation Specialist. Being passionate about seeing people shine and be heard, she leans into her 20+ years of public speaking experience and uses what she has learned from presenting, both in-person and virtually, to small groups all the way up to 5000 people. Jennifer draws from her experience as an associate professor, academic librarian, and coach to help holistic coaches master virtual presentations to grow their business. Her unique immersive program provides practical strategies and methods to build confidence, engage audiences, and generate authenticity and authority.

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