The Design Challenge #4 Designs!

It has been a fun week designing a WOW slide – and working with a Microsoft Teams workflow! The TLC Creative design team’s entries for Challenge #4 are in and they all succeed in going from the boring bullet list to a spectacular WOW slide design.

As a reminder. the design team was tasked with not only a slide design, but to work from one shared presentation file hosted in a Microsoft Teams project channel. The design team had a fun time getting familiar with accessing PowerPoint within Teams – and not having a ‘save’ button. Here are our COVID-19 Design Challenge #4 results!

By |2020-05-02T14:47:30-07:00May 6th, 2020|Portfolio|

“40 Lines” Animations!

The TLC Creative design team Challenge #3 entries are in! All layouts and animation done entirely in PowerPoint, enjoy!

[youtube src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/aNFLAK4DUBQ?rel=0″]

Troy @ TLC

By |2020-05-05T14:45:53-07:00April 27th, 2020|Portfolio|

Challenge #1 – 6 Circles

Challenge #1 of the TLC Creative Services COVID-19 Design Challenge! 

Design a slide, or set of slides (up to 3 max), that integrates an amazing animation based on 6 circles. A “circle” is open to you to decide what that is. They can be small to large, any thickness, format, colors and styling effects. Your slide can be colorful, dark, monochrome – again, your design choice. Create an fantastic visual design, with even better animation.

by TLC Creative staff presentation designer: Amber (1 slide)

by TLC Creative staff presentation designer: Christie (2 slides)

by TLC Creative staff presentation designer: Jake (3 slides)

by TLC Creative staff presentation designer: Kelli (2 slides)

by TLC Creative staff presentation designer: Sara (1 slide)

By |2020-04-20T18:43:41-07:00April 2nd, 2020|Portfolio|

Big Banner (and Program Theme)

Received this photo from our client (thank you!). TLC Creative Services was tasked with developing the 2020 annual theme for the region, which was core to the kick off meeting PowerPoint template (TLC Creative Services also developed the PowerPoint template and formatted all executive presentations) and collateral materials. Here is the 2020 theme in the corporate office – I am guessing a huge 20’x20′ display!

By |2020-03-02T06:34:01-07:00March 10th, 2020|Portfolio|

Overlapping PowerPoint Text

Typography: The art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed.

PowerPoint is a flexible design app. Sometimes it is not easy to accomplish design ideas as in other apps. As example, text kerning. PowerPoint does not use the design industry term “kerning” and the feature is not easily accessed.

For example, here is some simple, all caps, text on a slide.

To add some visual design, letter colors are updated to the TLC color scheme (RGB).

In preparation for the next effect, the opacity is lowered to

Now the actual kerning, what PowerPoint labels CHARACTER SPACING. Select the text, open the FONT dialog, view the CHARACTER SPACING tab. Change the spacing option to CONDENSED, which essentially is negative spacing (so the 20 pt used is really -20 pt).

The result is the text slightly overlaps and the transparency overlap creates a dynamic visual.

Done. Custom typography styling created all within PowerPoint and remains editable text.

Download the editable slide HERE.


– Troy @ TLC

By |2020-02-07T07:55:00-07:00February 12th, 2020|Portfolio, Tutorial|

Stacked and Mixed Text

Typography: The art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed.

PowerPoint is flexible. Like many design applications, text can be more than bullet lists of black text on a white background. One aspect of graphic design is creating visually engaging layouts with just text. As example, here is a slide one of the TLC Creative design team created – all in PowerPoint.

  1. Add text to a slide. Boring start, but now we know what we are working with.

2. To start the layout, the first section of the quote was set with a new font, ALL CAPS, and new color

3. The final word of the quote has some more extension PowerPoint styling. Starting with using a custom font and applying a text gradient fill.

4. The custom font was a purposeful selection because the font family includes an outline version. The “everything” text box was duplicated, changed to the outline version of the font, set to a purple outline and white fill. Stacked, the two text boxes look great!

5. Last is adding the name as simple, small text in same blue as the top line.

6. As a final design flare, a background image was added and sent to back.

Done. A complete graphic design text layout, completed in PowerPoint.

– Troy @ TLC


By |2021-06-18T08:16:06-07:00February 10th, 2020|Portfolio, Tutorial|

Using Morph As Part of the Slide Design

Morph is one of the most powerful animation/motion tools in PowerPoint. Most instances of morph I see leverage Morph for simple movement of content. Here is an example from one of the TLC Creative design team where morph is used for elements that make up each slides background styling and provide movement within the presentation that is not directly moving top level content. 

There are 5 slides in this demo, and no on-slide animation, just Morph transitions.

As with all Morph effects, all content must be at the slide level. Content on Master layouts cannot be a part of the morph effect. And Morph relies on content being on the slides before and after the current slide (red arrows show images from slide 1 and where they go on slide 2. Yellow star is content end position from previous slide. Green stars are content start position for next slide).

Troy @ TLC

By |2020-04-20T20:16:34-07:00December 10th, 2019|Portfolio, PowerPoint|
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