Create and render your texture in Wood Workshop, then name and save your file
Note: 750 x 750 appears to be the point whereby you obtain a sufficiently large field to create a good background for PowerPoint (more on this important issue later). Intuition points towards creating relatively dense textures so that there is no significant loss of detail when they are expanded to fill a PowerPoint slide. Please post any observations about optimal detail, densities and resolutions as they may apply to this specific application.
Launch Microsoft Word so that a blank document is on-screen
Return to Wood Workshop and display the desired pattern
Note: Before proceeding, make sure to first move your cursor out of the rendered texture field image
Press “Print Scrn” (i.e., Print Screen - above the “Insert” key on your keyboard)
Open the blank Word document and right click (or use Control-V) to paste the image (screen grab) onto it
Note: Do not include any other text or input on the Word document's page
Click within the image’s field to activate the Picture toolbar
Note: To summon the Picture toolbar, pull down the “View” menu, highlight “Toolbars” and select “Picture”. This will bring the Picture toolbar on-screen. Drag the Picture toolbar to the edge of your screen to make it readily available
Click on the Bucket and Brush icon titled “Format Picture”
Select the “Picture” tab
For the Left, Right, Top and Bottom cropping values, enter the following numbers:
The above settings will give you a cleanly cropped extraction with minimal loss of pattern field
Note: Be aware that by using manual input, the cropping values can be adjusted by increments of 1/100ths of an inch. Due to screen sizes and other arbitrary factors, your ultimate cropping measurements may vary. Please comment if this is the case.
Create a folder in My Documents labeled “PowerPoint”
In the PowerPoint folder, create another folder named “Backgrounds”
Begin saving the cropped Wood Workshop screen grab image into the Backgrounds folder
Note: The following step is critical
When the “Save As” window opens, be sure to first change the file type from an ordinary Word file over to a “Web Page” file, using the “Save as type:” option at the bottom of the “Save As” window
Save the image as a Web Page with the same name used in Wood Workshop
Launch the Microsoft “Paint” application
Note: Click on “Start”, go to “Programs”, scroll up to “Accessories” and then select “Paint”
(Consider placing a one-click icon for Paint on your fast launch toolbar)
Once the Paint application is opened on your screen, click “File”, open “My Documents”, open “PowerPoint”, open “Backgrounds” and open the target texture folder
Select and open the “image002” file in the target Background folder
Once the correct image is displayed on-screen, drag open the “Image” menu and select “Flip/Rotate” to obtain rotation options
Select “Rotate by Angle” and activate the 90° option
Store the new image in target Background folder using the same title with a “horizontal” file name addendum
Note: When using PowerPoint, make sure to import the desired Background texture file into the Texture group for ready use.
Everybody goes home happy. Right?
What follows is a challenge to the participants at this dynamite forum.
There appears to be a serious issue involving “seams” in the final images rendered by Wood Workshop. During pattern repeat sequences there is a slight mismatch that may escape the eye under normal circumstances but is undesirably highlighted once used in a PowerPoint background.
Please keep in mind that I have been using PowerPoint for only a few weeks so my expertise is limited.
My solution is to avoid using a large field of the final rendered image. I intentionally crop down into a 90% field format so that no longitudinal (i.e., horizontal) component of the pattern repeats within the image. The PowerPoint Background extraction tool appears able to expand that partial field into a full-frame background without any problems.
Some issues that the wizards here at this forum might be able to resolve:
- Ideal resolution which yields fine grain structures with dense detail that survives expansion into a PowerPoint background
- Detail settings like Ring, Agitation etc. that yield optimal complexity without causing undesirable pattern repeat.
- A final cropped pattern size that translates into a seamless PowerPoint background
Finally, congratulations to the creators of this fantastic application and thank you so much for making it freeware. I have managed to amaze myself with the textures I’ve been able to create after only a few minutes experience in using Wood Workshop. You have allowed me to maintain and control the appearance of a much-desired wood grain background theme in a major PowerPoint presentation that I am generating. For that, I am very grateful.
As an aside, the image extraction technique detailed above can also be used to import Wood Workshop textures as clip art to create custom bullets in PowerPoint and Word.
What about a group of presets that deliver the classic cabinetry saw patterns like End Cut, Cross Cut, Flame Cut, ¼ and ½ Sawn, Veneer and so forth? Added into that could be another group of fundamental grain types such as Bird’s Eye, Burl, Knotty Pine, Bog Oak and so forth. Having these presets readily available would flatten out a huge portion of the learning curve required by this application. While Wood Workshop is surprisingly easy to use it is not exactly intuitive. Without intimate knowledge of the various operators, pattern control remains more hit-and-miss than I would like. That said, I am still impressed by how fast I have been able to become productive with this excellent application. Again,
Thank You Very Much.
[Edited for spelling 05-28-08]
Edited by Zenster, 28 May 2008 - 12:00 PM.