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.

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