I work with PowerPoint on a daily basis and I am very honored to be a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP. We have a talented team of presentation designers at TLC Creative Services and ThePowerPointBlog is our area to highlight PowerPoint tips, tricks, examples and tutorials. Enjoy! Troy Chollar

Create Presentations? Listen to this Episode of The Presentation Podcast!

What do presentation designers do when they need to create a presentation for themselves? Do we follow our own best practices, or do we take shortcuts? Troy, Nolan and Sandy are joined by Lori Chollar of TLC Creative Services, and as a group we to explore that question – and there are terrific tips and ah-ha moments for everyone during this episode!

 

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By |2021-09-21T09:22:00-07:00September 21st, 2021|Resource/Misc|

Be on the Presentation Guild Board!

The Presentation Guild has announced that next year’s Board of Directors elections with occur soon, and anyone that is a Presentation Guild member (and if you read this blog, you should be!) is welcome to nominate themself, or any other Guild member.

More information, and the nomination form, here.

Troy @ TLC

By |2021-09-14T21:55:01-07:00September 15th, 2021|Resource/Misc|

A Cool PowerPoint Gradient

As we approach the 2021 Presentation Summit, I am finalizing my session talks (and packing equipment for our team to coordinate all live streaming of the entire conference – don’t miss the fun!). One of my talks is on using PowerPoint gradients as a design tool within PowerPoint. The gradients tool is very robust and over the years I have found myself less and less in Adobe Illustrator or even Photoshop, creating gradient styling elements, in favor of staying inside PowerPoint and having the gradients be editable there. Well, I am not giving away the talk (it is going to be good!), but I am highlighting one of the gradient examples our design team created, because it is amazing!

This beautiful slide background is 100% created in PowerPoint. It is a very creative use of PowerPoint gradients, and multiple overlapping PowerPoint shapes. As example, here is one of the vertical bands pulled from the background composite. It has a gradient fill created with 5 gradient stops, at a custom angle, and with varying opacity per gradient section.

On its own, the above gradient is not spectacular. It is technical, but not really amazing. The full background is a composite of 11 PowerPoint shapes over a white background slide to create a wonderful slide background.

For inspiration, the editable slide can be downloaded HERE.

Troy @ TLC

By |2021-09-12T13:11:42-07:00September 13th, 2021|Templates/Assets|

Noun Project PowerPoint Add-in Does .SVG Images!

The Noun Project is the first 3rd party plugin we have seen that enables .svg images to be added direct to slides (others insert .png images). Which makes it exciting to say “The inserted icons are now vector .svg!”

Note noun project is a nominal annual fee ($40). It is a web adding, go to the insert tab select “Get Add-ins” and search for “Noun Project”.

The add in is found on the insert tab and clicking the ICONS button opens a right action pane that shows the Noun Project library.

If you have not paid for the service, you will see the icons that are locked.

Search for an icon category or key words. Click the selected icon, then click the INSERT ICON button.

All icons insert as vector .svg graphics. Resize large or small with no quality loss. select and change the fill color, outline, apply styling effects. Ungroup the icon in order to enable the ability to edit the shape(s)!

Christie @ TLC

By |2021-08-22T11:44:09-07:00September 9th, 2021|Resource/Misc|

The PowerPoint Blog – New Episode!

Jump over to The Presentation Podcast for a great conversation about client questions! Clients ask questions, and many of the same questions. This podcast episode Troy, Nolan and Sandy pose the questions they hear from clients consistently to see if the others also hear the same question – and their answers to those questions.

Listen here.

By |2021-09-07T07:47:05-07:00September 7th, 2021|PowerPoint|

Quotes and Full Frame Images

I am wrapping up this series on slide layout ideas for Quotes and PowerPoint formatting tips with a set of slide layouts created by several designers on the TLC Creative Services team. They all share the concept of using an image that provides an open, focal point area for the quote text to be positioned.

This does not mean each image was ready to use when downloaded. Most were sized, cropped, and positioned to fit the slide. All were cropped to have a focal point area for the quote text. All also used PowerPoint typography for the text.

Troy @ TLC

By |2021-08-22T11:43:06-07:00September 3rd, 2021|PowerPoint|

Quotes and Curved Text

Thank you to Kelli Willcoxson for the inspiration slide.

Design Process:

  • Find an image to support the quote
  • Size, position and crop the image to create a clear area for the quote text
  • Stylize and position the quote text

PowerPoint Formatting Tip:

  • This layout has a lot of custom PowerPoint formatting applied to the text. Easy to do in Adobe Illustrator, a bit harder in PowerPoint.
  • The text is filled with a gradient giving it a subtle blending effect with the background
  • The text also has a subtle glow effect applied, making it seem to glow like the stars in the background
  • But most impressive, and difficult, is the text has a curved layout – using PowerPoint options, and remains 100% editable!
    – Applying the curve effect is a hidden feature in PowerPoint
    – Select the text > go the SHAPE FORMAT tab > go to the WORDART STYLES section of the ribbon > click TEXT EFFECTS > click TRANSFORM (I believe this is the only way to access the text transform feature in PowerPoint) > select a WARP effect, the curve down effect was selected for this slide layout
  • Note: the text warp effect has no interface adjustments, but it is adjustable.
    – By stretching and adjusting the text box the warp changes. As example, make the text box very tall and thin and the curve becomes more pronounced

    – All warp effects have an adjust node, the yellow dot. Sometimes the adjustment is helpful, other times… well, it is obvious we are not using Adobe Illustrator with its greater control options 🙂

Download the editable version of this slide HERE.

Troy @ TLC

By |2021-08-22T11:37:27-07:00September 1st, 2021|PowerPoint, Tutorial|

Quotes with an Overlay Block

Thanks to … for this post’s inspiration slide.

Design Process

  • Locate an image that coordinates with the quote
  • Create a color scheme for the slide (tip: download the editable version of this slide with the link below and look for the awesome image transparency trick!)
  • Create a semi-transparent PowerPoint shape for the quote text
  • Format the quote and attribution text in the PowerPoint shape (no layered text boxes to keep aligned!)
  • Add the quote marks as separate text boxes (okay, not everything can always be formatted in a single text box)

Formatting Tip

  • The text overlay block has transparency so the image can be seen through it, creating a smooth flowing layout
  • Here is the same overlay block on another background to better see its transparency
  • 1 – The image was cropped from the larger original and created the open area for the quote
    2 – The text box has a fill and set to 10% transparency, AND all text is in the single text box
    3-4 – The quote marks are editable text, but are layered on top as separate text boxes to make the unique line spacing and positioning possible

Download the editable version of this slide HERE.

Troy @ TLC

By |2021-08-22T11:13:39-07:00August 30th, 2021|PowerPoint, Tutorial|

Quotes – Rotate the Text

Thanks Kelli (who has moved to another great design job – great for Kelli, sad for TLC Creative) for today’s quote inspiration.

Design Process:

  • This slide started with finding a great image, then researching a quote to use with the image
  • The original image showed more, and it was cropped in PowerPoint to create the layout
  • Typeset the text, select the font, set the size, adjust the line spacing, set the color (pulled from the pink pen in the image)

Formatting Tip:

  • Use PowerPoint’s ability to rotate shapes and text boxes
  • Adjust the angle of any text box by click-and-dragging the rotate icon at the top of the text box, or manually in the FORMAT SHAPE dialog

Troy @ TLC

By |2021-08-22T11:01:44-07:00August 27th, 2021|PowerPoint, Tutorial|

Quotes in a Circle

Thanks to Jake on our design team for today’s slide design.

Design Process:

  • Review the quote
  • Search for an image that aligns with the quote
  • Develop a slide layout that highlights the quote as the focal point, integrates the coordinating image, and use PowerPoint shapes to create accent graphics

PowerPoint Formatting Tip:

  • Text in circles is not always easy!
  • For the slide quote, all text is inside the circle shape (not a second text box placed on top of the circle). All text is in a single text block. So the bold text, colored text and the smaller attribution text is all formatted in the same text block.
  • Formatting text in a circle requires making some adjustments to the shape formatting properties.
    – Right-click the circle and select FORMAT SHAPE
    – Go to the TEXT OPTIONS and TEXT BOX options
    – [Personal preference] Select “DO NOT AUTOFIT”
    – Adjust all margins to zero’s (although for this example the top margin was manually set to compensate for the smaller font size text at the bottom and keep the layout vertically centered in the circle shape)
    – WRAP TEXT IN SHAPE: this is generally turned on, so the text automatically stays inside the circle. But if the text needs to be just a bit closer the edge, maybe even slightly overlapping the edge, turn this off and use SHIFT+RETURNs to manually create the line breaks

Troy @ TLC

By |2021-08-22T10:54:21-07:00August 25th, 2021|PowerPoint, Tutorial|
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