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|

Canva Presentation by Troy

As part of a design studio wide project, everyone delved into Canva to develop their own version of a presentation, everyone working from the same 10 slide presentation outline. Canva had good features for presentation design which were intuitive to use, fast processing (Canva is a web-based app, and I was working on a 300mbps fiber optic connection, so a fast response time was expected), and capable software package.

Here is my presentation, developed entirely with Canva. Download the PDF version Here

Comparing the presentation design workflow between Canva and PowerPoint (desktop version), I would prefer PowerPoint. Canva has a simple feature set and for a business presentation like this one, it was a source of frustration and lots of extended formatting. A few examples are: 

  • Canva does not have table formatting. So slides 3 and 9 required a lot of additional formatting time vs. developing same slide in PowerPoint. Slide 3 required additional time to think through a layout for the content that was not a quick table – in this instance the result is visually better than a standard PowerPoint table. Slide 9 was just painful to manually add the 4 column backgrounds, the 4 top dividers and 7 separate text boxes.
  • Canva has single text formatting style per text placeholder. This requires a lot of additional formatting time vs. ability to vary text styling. As example, slide 4 needed 4 text placeholders vs. 2 I would have used in PowerPoint.
  • Canva has limited bar chart styling and formatting options. Slide 5’s bar chart worked well for this presentation, but I had to make some concessions on the overall design to stay within the Canva options. There are only 4 bar chart styling options and complex data will quickly go beyond the Canva capabilities.

On the praise side, the web-based Presenter View capability is really fantastic coding. The variety and depth of “templates” is very impressive (although they do not meet my definition of what a full template is). The variety of font options, color scheme options, and sharing options all are impressive. 

I am certain the future will have requests for developing presentations in Canva and from this internal project, our design team is ready to take on those requests and develop professional slide decks.

Troy @ TLC

By |2019-06-23T02:33:36-07:00June 24th, 2019|Portfolio, Software/Add-Ins|

Making The Memorial Day 2019 Video in PowerPoint

To create the Memorial Day 2019 video was first about finding the art assets.

  • The US Flag was a vector art file downloaded from our Adobe Stock subscription. It was opened in Adobe Illustrator and saved as two art files; the flag with transparent “white” bands saved as an .svg, and the gradient white bands fills saved as an opaque .png.
  • The white bands gradient was saved as a .png so PowerPoint image transparency could be applied.

  • Next was searching our VideoBlocks.com account for the 4 videos.
  • Each was downloaded as .MP4 video files and in PowerPoint each was sized, cropped and duration trimmed.

Setting the animation on the slide was simple, but did require a few rounds of revision.

1 For an additional layer of motion, the U.S. flag has a very slow, horizontal only, scaling. This slow animation was used as the duration for the overall video.

2. The first video begins playback immediately.

3. The second video fades in, on top of the first video that is still playing (goal is no static pauses) and starts playback at the same time.

4. Like videos 2-3-4, the third video is set to fade in and start playing just before the end of the previous video.

5. The duration of the fourth video was set to match the U.S. flag emphasis animation.

6. All 4 videos fade out just before the U.S. flag animation completes, leaving a static U.S. flag with white bands, where the white is actually the slide background color.

Done! All layout, video compositing, animation timing and export completed in PowerPoint (note: video from PowerPoint exported at 1280×720, 30 FPS with audio channel. The exported video then brought into Adobe Media Encoder to render a blog friendly under 12MB version).

Troy @ TLC

By |2019-11-12T14:43:04-07:00May 30th, 2019|Portfolio, PowerPoint, Tutorial|

Design BIG – In PowerPoint

An Ultrawide screen, in this case almost 60′ wide, needs a background that coordinates with the meeting and can be a nice background for the “standard” 16×9 presentations. For this meeting we sourced an image of Las Vegas (meeting location) and created a walk-in look adding the event logo and accent graphics.

Then for the background look used during the presentations we updated the same background image to be more subtle for the 16×9 presentation slides and live presenter IMAG camera (note: the event logo bug transitioned to their 2nd styling and seamlessly maintained same size and position as the full logo).

Troy @ TLC

By |2019-01-02T17:10:10-07:00January 9th, 2019|Portfolio|

Visual Brand Portfolio Slide

Even the world’s largest toy company needs to show it segmentation and brand portfolio. For this presentation we wanted visual consistency (vertical bars and all white logos), brand color coding (bottom block for logo), and large visuals to emphasis things are not small with these small toys!

We could have completed this entire design in Adobe Photoshop or InDesign, but the layout is composited directly in PowerPoint. The bottom color blocks are PowerPoint shapes (with a gradient top edge) filled with colors from the brand style guide. The logos were all made white using PowerPoint’s brightness function. The brand images, while optimized in Photoshop, were sized and cropped in PowerPoint.

The result. Faster design time and more flexibility for revision requests, animation and more.

Troy @ TLC


By |2019-01-02T16:56:16-07:00January 7th, 2019|Portfolio|

A Presentation to Explain the Presentation

This is a portfolio piece, but not a design example. We work in PowerPoint a lot. And our live event projects often use presentations that are not the standard 16×9 setup. Our job as the design studio is to help the presenters understand the event staging and how their presentation will work.

This is a few slides from a presentation to the presenters on how their presentation will work in the meeting space – yes, a presentation about the presentation. It is part staging, part technical information, and part about being aware of how slide content needs to be laid out to work with the staging and be best for the audience.

Just a peek behind the design and some of our client communication efforts.

Troy @ TLC


By |2019-01-02T16:47:03-07:00January 4th, 2019|Portfolio, Resource/Misc|

Happy Thanksgiving Animation

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy time with family and full of fun and food 🙂

Thanks to Christie on the TLC Creative presentation design team for creating a fun Thanksgiving themed PowerPoint animation – it only took 82 animations for the above animation!

Troy @ TLC

By |2019-10-28T15:40:59-07:00November 22nd, 2018|Portfolio, PowerPoint|

It’s A Bright Pink World Full of Animation!

Sometimes a presentation project is just all about the animation. In this case we were tasked with developing a 2+ minute motion graphics video to be used as a meeting opener, a short segment is here for preview. We developed the video all in PowerPoint, exported to video with a music track. It is not the tool that creates bad, boring and bland presentations – PowerPoint is just a canvas, and can accomplish wonderful results in the hands of professional design team.

Troy @ TLC

By |2019-10-30T05:55:12-07:00June 1st, 2018|Portfolio, PowerPoint|
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