Have you ever heard the term "Death by PowerPoint"? It's a reference to presentations that are disorganized and go on forever. It's a plague and we want to help. Our latest video was suggested by members and is designed to teach students an essential 21st century skill: how to plan a presentation so that it's organized and easy to follow. What it Teaches: All great presentations have one thing in common: they are well organized. This video illustrates how to plan your next presentation so... Continue Reading
Learn how to turn digital photos of your pets, friends, kids and even spouses into "Creatures" that can be shared online. Wait, what? As any subscriber to our newsletter knows, at Common Craft, we love our dogs. Recently we noticed something: Common Craft Cut-outs and dog photos can easily be combined to create funny creatures. “Maybe the Dragon” was the original. Our friends loved it: The more we played with the Cut-outs the more we laughed. It's so fun! Soon enough Bosco became a (somewhat... Continue Reading
This post is based on a more comprehensive article I wrote called Welcome to the Next Golden Age of Animated GIFs. Animated GIFs are fascinating. These silent, looping, video-like experiences are popping up all over the web, much like they did in the 90s. But this time, it's different. Animated GIFs can now be created by anyone and we're seeing them used in new and interesting ways. You've probably seen animated GIFs used for entertainment or highlights: But have you considered how... Continue Reading
Whether it's PowerPoint presentations, videos or blog posts, the use of high-quality visuals have become an essential part of communicating clearly. This is why we've invested in our library of Common Craft Style images - what we call "Cut-outs". We recently made it much easier to browse, search and download Common Craft Cut-outs and use them in visual projects. We currently offer over 1,400 high resolution images in .PNG format. All Common Craft memberships come with access to Cut-outs,... Continue Reading
This short video shares the basic steps to animating Common Craft Cut-outs using PowerPoint. It is part of series focused on helping you make Common Craft Style videos and presentations using common tools. Note: the "custom animation" functionality used below may appear differently in various versions of PowerPoint, but the basic ideas should be consistent across versions and in tools like Keynote. Watch: Reading this in email? Watch here. Want to get started? Check out our library of... Continue Reading
This three-minute video demonstrates how to download, insert and manipulate Common Craft Cut-outs in PowerPoint. Reading this in email? Watch here. This video is part of the "Know-How" section of Common Craft, where we share our expertise through guides and other resources. Find more Know-How.