How To Photoshop With PowerPoint For FREE

How To Photoshop With PowerPoint For FREE

Photoshop is expensive, use PowerPoint instead!

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Photoshop is expensive. Like really expensive. So what happens when you need to photoshop an image but don't feel like dropping $119.88 just to edit one picture? Sure, you could sign up for a one-month free trial and hope the system glitches and gives you another month free when you run out of time, or you could use another program entirely. One that you already have... PowerPoint! Now when you think of PowerPoint the last thing you would think of is photoshop, but guess what? You can photoshop pictures in powerpoint for free! Here's a step by step guide on how to do so.

Open PowerPoint

A simple blank presentation will do.

Alexandra Michalski

This is a no-brainer, but you'll want to have powerpoint already downloaded on your computer. If you don't have it download it. If you only have google slides... well I don't know how to help you there. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Insert your background image

Inserting images is an important PowerPoint skill to master.

Alexandra Michalski

Click on the insert tab next to the home tab which should already be open. Then click on pictures and locate the image you want to be your background. Once you select it, press the open button, and the image should appear on the slide.

Make your overlay image transparent (PowerPoint Only)

Take your time. Cutting out an image is crucial to your final product looking good.

Alexandra Michalski

Now, this next step has two possible routes: the first is just to remain in PowerPoint, the second uses another free program available for download on Microsoft devices which is detailed in the next step. The PowerPoint route entails you repeat step number two but with your top image instead of your background. Now before you freak out about the pictures just being on top of each other, you need to delete the background on your top image. Go all the way to the left and click on the Remove Background button. If you have an easy to crop picture such as this one most of the work will be done for you. Simply click mark areas to keep or mark areas to remove and click on the parts of your picture you would like to keep or remove accordingly. Now because this is PowerPoint and not Photoshop this task can take a while and may not come out 100% perfectly. That's where the second option comes in.

Make your overlay image transparent (PhotoScape X)

PhotoScape X makes it so easy to cut out images and it's free!

Alexandra Michalski

PhotoScape X is a free program you can download in the Microsoft store and makes this step much easier to complete when compared to using PowerPoint only. Open the app once you download it and locate the Cut Out option on the top toolbar. Click this, and you will be greeted by a new workstation. On the left side of your screen will be your files; locate the image you wish to make transparent, click and drag it to the workstation. On the right side of your screen, you will see three options: Magic eraser, lasso, and brush. The easiest one to use is the magic eraser because you can just click on the sections you want to get rid of and the program will do most of, if not all, the work for you. Lasso is useful if you have a single area you want to keep and the brush is handy to touch up the other options or to erase a particular section of the image. Once you erase the parts you don't want, make sure to save it as a PNG file (the save button is all the way in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen). Once the image is saved go back to PowerPoint and repeat step two but with your newly cut out top picture.

Combine the two images

Now my senior year self is at some Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico!

Alexandra Michalski

Once both images are on your slide, feel free to adjust them however you see fit!

Crop your image

The final product!

Alexandra Michalski

Take a screenshot of your creation by pressing the windows key and prtscn buttons on your keyboard at the same time. The image will be saved to your screenshots folder. Locate it there and open it. Click on edit and create tab, then edit, and finally on crop. Crop the PowerPoint parts of your image out and viola! You have successfully photoshopped a picture for free!

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8 Solid Date Ideas For Couples Who Drink Beer

Don't go on another boring date. Throw axes, launch golf balls. Be the fun couple.

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Fact: there are two types of people in this world.

  1. People who say, "dating is hard these days."
  2. People who plan dates around boozing.

If you've ever been on a bad date, specifically if you are a beer drinker, I'm going to assume you didn't put much effort into planning the date, let alone the beer you planned on drinking. Yes, everyone has their own expectations when it comes to date activities.

But rather than focus on differences, why not plan your date around something you have in common: a love for good beer?

Don't have any ideas? We got your back. Whether you've been dating for two weeks or nearly two years, here's a list of unique date ideas that include everyone's favorite third wheel, booze.

1. Blind Beer Tasting

Sometimes the perfect date night could very well be from the comfort of home. Movies and pizza are usually what's up for a low-key night, but have you ever considered something as underrated as blind beer tasting? It's a fun way to do something different with your partner, getting your taste buds boppin', experimenting with new drinks. Make the night super official with some beer tasting score cards so you know what to get for next time, or what to never, ever get again for the remainder of your existence.

2. Top Golf

A little competition never hurt anybody, right? It doesn't matter if you're the next Tiger Woods or don't have a single athletic bone in your body, Top Golf is a guaranteed good time. There's literally zero pressure because all you have to do is wave around a golf club trying not to look stupid. Share some laughs, get some embarrassing pictures or videos, munch on some apps, and sip (or pound down) some tasty brews.

3. Axe Throwing

Unless you live under a rock, you'll know that axe throwing is booming and locations are opening up almost everywhere. The Canadian backyard pastime might seem a little odd, but it's AXE-tually a lot of fun. You can bring your own food and who doesn't like food? Alcohol IS permitted at specific locations, so call ahead! Just remember to throw responsibly, because if you aren't married yet you can't collect that insurance premium.

4. College Football Saturdays and Football Sundays

For most guys (and some gals) this is the best time of the year. Weekends in the fall are completely devoted to football. Even if you're not the biggest football fan, you can still have a blast taking part in the social aspect while being a spectator. Some bars are team-themed, so make sure to look up some places and get there early. FYI: this works for almost all sporting and pay-per-view events. Including, but not limited to; the Olympics, boxing, American Ninja Warrior, etc…

5. Check out a local brewery

Craft breweries are perfect date spots. Fun but low-key (read as: you can still have a conversation). And they're full of great beer. If you're ever on the East Coast, you have to hit up Victory Brewing Company's Taprooms & Breweries located in Chester County, PA. One of the perks of craft breweries as a date spot is the local culture and small-town vibes we all love to love. I recommend Victory because they have all that plus one of the strongest beer line-ups in the country, including tastings for new experimental beers. If you can make a day of it, I suggest you do. They have trivia during the week, live local bands, and the food is awesome. Get a pretzel and beer cheese. It's wicked good.

6. Booze Cruise

A different, cool way to party. Whether it's just you two or you're with a group of other couples, booze cruises are a more sophisticated way to indulge. I mean, let's face it, we're all high-key trying to hold onto the savage tolerances we used to have in college and it's nights like this, where we try (really, really hard) reliving it. The city skylines and marina views alone are simply breathtaking. All you need to do is show some ID, pay admission, and pray the rest of the night calls for smooth sailing.

7. Pick a theme and plan your own Bar (beer) Crawl

Going on adventures with your other half is proven to bring you closer together. Pick a theme with your significant other, and plan a beer crawl using Google Maps. Try picking new bars you haven't been to before! At the end of your crawl, hit up your favorite bar or better yet, the first bar you guys met or went to as a couple.

8. Wedding Crashing... IRL

I know this sounds a little far-fetched, but if it's done right this could lead to the most epic of nights. You know when people bring dates who the bride and groom have never even met? Or heard a member of the wedding party be like, "Yea, I don't even know half of these people"? UM, hello! You could be "these people!" Almost all weddings are destined to have good booze, and, unless the father of the bride is a legit serial killer, it's probably an open bar.

The most important part of any date is planning to share good beer, but don't sleep on picking a good partner. Find someone who compliments you the way Victory's Golden and Sour Monkeys compliment each other. These beers are distinctly different but make the perfect duo. Check out their beer finder to see where you can snag some brewskis with your booski. Cheers!

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8 Hacks For Making Long Distance More Bearable, From The Girl Who's Made It Work

Long-distance relationships are hard, but not impossible.

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There are hardships that come along with being apart from the person you love, but making it work can be just as rewarding. Long distance is never easy, but it does not have to be all bad...

1. Make time for each other

Especially when in a long-distance relationship, it is important to take time out of your day to remind your significant other that you care and are interested in what they are doing on a day to day basis. Even if you can't be together physically, it's important to be there for each other emotionally.

2. Trust your partner

Not seeing your partner can be hard, especially if you have trust issues going on in your relationship. It is important that you trust your partner 100%, so you are not always worrying about what they are doing when they are not texting you back.

3. Phone calls

Sometimes a bad day can be turned around simply by hearing your partners voice, sometimes texting gets old and a good ol' fashioned phone call can make all of the difference. Whenever I am feeling down, it always helps to call and talk things out, so I do not feel so alone.

4. Visit each other

Depending on the distance between you and your partner, visiting each other during breaks or whenever you have time can make things not feel so "weird" if you have been away from each other for a long time. My boyfriend and I live 2 1/2 hours away and we would take turns visiting each other. Not seeing each other for a couple of weeks, or months and then seeing each other again is a feeling I cannot describe. It makes you feel like everything you are doing is worth it, but it is important that visits are both sided, and one is not flying/driving to the other more.

5. Effort

The relationship will not work unless you want it too, and effort is key in this situation. One-sided relationships will never work, and will often leave the other person dissatisfied in the relationship. Initiation for visits, phone calls or even a simple text message being constantly from one partner is not fair and shows a lack of effort from the other person. If you care about someone you should want to do anything you can to reassure them that you care.

6. Don't obsess

It is easy to start obsessing about constantly talking to your partner and always being around to talk when they are free, but you need to make sure you do not start to lose yourself. Things could be amazing when you are together, but when you have to be apart it is important to stay busy and have relationships with other people in your life. It is easy to just want to sit in your room and talk to your significant other all day, but you need to live your life the way you normally would. Otherwise, what would you really have to talk about at the end of the night?

7. Cherish the time you have together

Finally seeing your significant other after extended periods of time can be bittersweet. The initial excitement can fade away when reality sets in and you know you will be a part in the next few days or weeks. Don't dwell on the fact that you will be apart again, but instead make the most out of every moment you have together. Utilize the fact one of you is in a new place and take these opportunities to make new memories and do new things together. Make each visit better than the last, yes it is sad it can't always be this way, but you have to make the most out of every situation.

8. What will be, will be

If the relationship is meant to work out it will, and if it is not that is OK. Do not force anything to try to drag a relationship along, if signs of distance are being shown from your partner, do not become blind to them and ignore it. Long distance is not for everyone and can become too much for some people, you have to understand it is not you that is the problem. As I said, what will be, will be and there is nothing you can really do besides put your all into the relationship.

I have been with my boyfriend for almost two years and a majority of our relationship has been long distance. I swore to myself I would never go into a long-distance relationship, but sometimes when you meet the right person it is all worth it. These eight tips have helped me in my relationship, not feel so alone, and keep my relationship happy and healthy.

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