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Need to import custom "shapes" into PowerPoint so that anyone (non-designer) can change their color. I know it can be done, I've seen it, but I have no idea what format these "shapes" need to be in so that PowerPoint recognizes them. Help?
For example, people want to use some icons I designed in PowerPoint, but they don't want to have to sift through a pile of jpegs to find the right color for each (I don't blame them, I wouldn't want to create those jpegs either).
a quick search gave me only how to create those shapes, not how to import.. sorry, I know nothing about ppt..
copy paste special should work
I know it may sound stupid and you've probably already tried it, but what happens with a copy + paste? try from different apps, it may have different results.. (Ai, Id, Ps..)
Pasting from Illustrator works, but the object can't be recolored in PPT after that.
comon, “Paste Special” as Picture (Enhanced Metafile)
Okay guys, here's an example PPT file (download link) where someone has successfully done this. The two figures on the slide can be scaled (without quality loss, like a vector shape) and recolored very easily, but they are not standard shapes in PPT, so someone imported them.
Only a fucking maniac would draw them in powerpoint. I know this doesn't help you. But I too feel you pain.
Making progress... my coworker sent me this which I'm going to try out, if I can:
Office 2007 (PC)
1. In Illustrator, convert any fonts and strokes to outline shapes*
2. Use the Pathfinder feature to create compound shapes, if desired
3. Go to File > Export and save as a Windows Metafile (.wmf) or Windows Enhanced Metafile (.emf) format
4. Open PowerPoint and import the .wmf or .emf file
5. Ungroup the object; you may need to do it twice
6. Remove any unnecessary background shapes; often there is at least one
7. If you didn't create one compound shape (step #2), group together anything that needs to be white/background color
8. Group together anything that needs to be a color
I managed to recolor a shape pasted from illy in PPT.
just double click it and then on the menubar there's a recolor option at the top left..
Thanks for the help there ESKEMA, really nifty trick. Problem is, it seems limited to the predefined color palette. Trying to create a custom color doesn't seem to work (for me at least). Also, the stupid people actually using these would never figure this out. They want to be able to just select a Fill color (not some fancy Recolor) like they do with everything else. But seriously, thanks for the help and time. We're gonna figure this out one way or another.
This is just another one of those ridiculous requests from up high, a place where people can ask for the impossible because they have no understanding of how technology works. Yes, I understand they want 500+ icons easily available in PPT in all of the 7 brand colors for the whole firm, but that doesn't mean it's actually possible. I get so irked by the powers that be constantly confusing their desires with reality. It happens to often.
I think you're going to need a PC..
"The information above work for PCs, but unfortunately, not for Macs. Currently, you cannot import objects as editable vector graphics. You can only import them as a picture or as a PDF (this is true for the latest version of PowerPoint also).
If you bring them in an ungroup them on a PC then open that file on a Mac in PPT2008 there is some editing that can occur, but for now, the importing of objects as editable vector graphics on a Mac in PowerPoint 2008 is not available."
Oh, here's the BEST part of the original request. Of course they want these in PPT so that anyone can change the Fill color, but they of course want to preserve integrity and not allow the icons to be edited. Of course.