animation vs. animator

02/03/07 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: PowerPoint, Resource/Misc, Personal

This is just creative and fun animation that is entertaining!

Click here to view.

- Troy @ TLC

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Allocating Desk Place

02/01/07 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Personal, Portfolio

Setting up a mobile graphics office is sometimes a challenge on a smaller table/desk. At this recent show I was literally stacking computers two deep to get all of the graphics horsepower within reach.

Of course there is always room for an espresso drink (see #2)!

- Troy @ TLC

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PPT Requires A Lot of PSD

01/30/07 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Portfolio

Here is just the title slide to a very visually stunning presentation Lori recently developed for a client (maybe later I will upload some of the highly stylized content slides).

The key with this entire project, is that the amount of time spent in Photoshop was more than double the amount of time spent working in PowerPoint. Here are the layers created in Photoshop to end up with the above template background (and this one is pretty straight forward/easy in the number of layers and effects).

- Troy @ TLC

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From This To That (Technical Architecture Slide)

01/28/07 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Portfolio

With a recent project I began to feel that part of my duties were interpreter. All the information was there, but I did not have the presenter available to explain the industry and what the message of the slide was. All is done and very well received, but thought I would share a some before-and-after slides.

Before:
Lots of information, sort of compartmentalized, lots of colors, lots of confusion and of course, clip art.

After:
Took a while to figure out the message, then recreate with a new layout that allows everyone to see the interaction of the elements, a more limited color palette and no more stock clip art.

- Troy @ TLC

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Lights, Camera, PowerPoint

01/26/07 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Portfolio

Here is a link to a recent project. Thought it would be appropriate to share here because in creating this video tutorial for a client I used Camtasia for the video screen captures, Vegas Video, Photoshop and to make things simple I used PowerPoint for a few things:
1. My storyboard of topics covered (sent to client for approval)
2. Created all of the static image layouts as PowerPoint slides and exported as .jpg's (which were added to the video timeline)

click here to view the video.

- Troy @ TLC

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Seating for 2,500+ Please

01/24/07 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Personal, Portfolio

I spent last week in Las Vegas working on, and running, the presentations for a large corporate event. Walking into a ballroom, before anyone is there, for a group this size is always "big." Just a few quick photos of the main ballroom seating.

Note the 'flying' screens. With a room this large a second set of screens hang suspended above the audience so people in the back can read the slides.

- Troy @ TLC

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Add Align Tools to a Toolbar

01/22/07 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Tutorial, Software/Add-Ins

I use the Align and Distribute tools constantly. But accessing them by going to the DRAW button and then into the ALIGN OR DISTRIBUTE tab was just to much work. I added these important tools to my Draw toolbar, which now has a number of addtional buttons - all to make my work faster and easier.

- Troy @ TLC

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What's Wrong With It? (Alignment!)

01/20/07 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Tutorial

In working through many, many presentations this week a large part of my time was spent not only improving the overall visual content and layout, but giving the small, but professional, tweaks to elements. As example:


Here are two elements, as provided. They screamed out to me, but what was the problem...


Zooming in we can see that the two equal size boxes are not aligned.


The solution is very easy in PowerPoint.
Select both boxes.
Go to DRAW >> ALIGN OR DISTRIBUTE >> ALIGN LEFT.


Now both boxes are perfectly aligned! (and all is good with in my world... just 200-300 more slides to go).

- Troy @ TLC

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MS PowerPoint Homepage

01/18/07 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Software/Add-Ins

Everyone here uses PowerPoint, but how many have explored the PowerPoint section of the Microsoft website?

Amongst the advertising, hype and standard Microsoft info is a lot of good information, tips, and files. Click here to go straight to the PowerPoint homepage.

- Troy @ TLC

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Why Do My Slides Start at Zero?

01/16/07 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Tutorial

Had a client call with this situation - which is frustrating if you don't know where to look.

You look you slides in Slide Sorter view, or on a printout, and the first slide is not labeled as #1, but as #0.

To "fix" go to FILE >> PAGE SETUP

In the Page Setup Dialog note the NUMBER SLIDES FROM option. Change the "0" to "1" and all is back to normal.

- Troy @ TLC

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