Making editable icons for Powerpoint

Clock Mini IconJuly 23rd, 2009 written by

PowerPoint and OpenOffice support eps files, but changing the color of the icons isn´t possible with eps files. If you export your icon as *.emf (Enhanced Metafile) you are able to change the colors with PowerPoint, but you lose all your curves, if you look closely on your icon.

It took me some trials to convert the icons made with Illustrator to make them editable with PowerPoint. It takes a few steps, but it works. Now it´s possible to change the color of the icons with PowerPoint and OpenOffice.

  1. If you work with Illustrator, you first have to save your icon as *.svg (Scalable Vector Graphics) file.
  2. Then open your *.svg file with Inkscape.
  3. With Inkscape you save the file as *.odg (OpenDocument Graphic)
  4. Now you can open the file with OpenOffice and save it as *.ppt file to open it with power point.

If you want to spend time and money remove step 1 and 2 :)

I hope this will help you. When I´ve a little more time I will update this post.

5 Responses to “Making editable icons for Powerpoint”

  1. Mael Says:

    When I used them in Inkscape, I had to un group an dele te a white background on each element.
    Something to upgrade in next release !

  2. PICOL Admin Says:

    Hi Mael,

    thanks for your hint. It´s a good idea. But I need the transparent background for layout tools like Indesign. Basically I need that for the EPS files you´re right that it is useless in the SVG files. Right now I´m very busy, but it´s on the todo-list :)
    An easy way to remove the transparent background:
    1. Open the SVG file in a text editor.
    2. Remove the lines:
    code removing background from picol icons
    3. And save it.

  3. PICOL Admin Says:

    Oh I´ve problems to display code. pre and code doesn´t work.
    Just a minute I´ll find a way.

  4. PICOL Admin Says:

    I don´t know why but it doesn´t display the g-tags. If someone has an answer please post it here.

  5. Mael Says:

    I can read now !
    I will do this next time.
    Thanks !

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