The other day Lauren asked about how I created social media buttons with PowerPoint and since I've loved this trick since I discovered it, I thought I would share with those of you who wanted to know!
Lauren is a friend of mine who blogs over at "The Anstey's". Have a peek at her blog, it's one of my go-to blogs each day. (Go on, I'll wait...). Wonderful, yes?
Well I thought her bright and beautiful blog would be a perfect example for creating social media buttons.
To begin, I wanted to find some flowers that matched her fresh background. I googled "scrapbook flowers" and clicked the "clip-art" option for searching in Google. (Under Search Tools).
The best option I found was this brown flower below.
I copied and pasted the image into PowerPoint...
Now, brown does not at all go with the bright and fun feel of Lauren's blog so to switch up the colour I clicked "Recolor" and chose an accent color in blue.
Now I wanted to make the center of the flower more closely resemble the pretty yellow one on her blog. To do that I inserted an "oval" from basic shapes.
It pops into our image like so... bleh...
Then I duplicated that white circle and made a yellow one...
To make the yellow dots around the circle I changed the line to red, then under style chose "dashed" and adjusted the weight of the line until it looked like the one on Lauren's blog.
Next, I needed to add a social icon to the image. I searched "twitter bird" and under images picked one! (Copy and paste into PowerPoint).
I set the color to black and white and that made the bird white. You can also find a white version of the twitter bird or recolor it using the same option that we did above for the flower.
If the background of the image isn't "clear" already, you could end up with a bird and a big black rectangle around it. If this is the case, "set transparent colour"is my best friend. Click it and then select the background of your image. (It looks like the option below on my comp, but I'm not sure about other versions of ppt.)
Next you need to group all the images you have stacked together. Do this by dragging your mouse around all of them so they are all highlighted. Then right click on the image and select "Grouping" and then "Group".
photobucket.com. Create an account, and an album for your "blog photos".
Now you need to prep your blog to insert the image.
Go to layout and "add a gadget".
Select the HTML box option.
It should look like this:
You can repeat the second line of code for each button. (Make sure you have the "div" part of the code at the end of all your buttons.)
Replace "YOUR LINK" with the website address of where you want your button to lead. For example: http://twitter.com/melanieathomp
The YOUR DIRECT LINK FOR IMAGE can be replaced with the code from your image in Photobucket. Go to your Photobucket and click on the image you want to use as your button. Once you are at the image click on the button on the far right that is pictured below (The one with the arrow. You can find it at the top right of the screen).
Now you should be able to see pretty social buttons on your blog!
Things to note:
- This was specific to "blogger".
- Be sure to place the gadget in your layout in the place you want the buttons to appear.
- I didn't talk about resizing the image, but when in ppt make sure to create a very small image. (Icon sized- to your preference).
- You can create just about any type of button you want this way.
- You can obviously import all kinds of shapes and textures for your buttons. I just used a simple square of burlap for mine!
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