Animation Sample – Move and Grow

This is a quick animation sample that I created based on yesterday’s posted tutorial. Here I start with a small image and combine a MOTION PATH with a GROW EMPHASIS and finally a fully size image FADE IN. The result is some visually dynamic onscreen action, that overcomes one of PowerPoint’s raster graphic limitations.

Click here to download the PowerPoint file (500k).

-Troy @ TLC

By |2016-11-17T13:50:27-07:00June 5th, 2006|Portfolio, Tutorial|

Animation Sample (Airport Security Analogy)

Here is a presentation that is a series of animated slides from a project where the speaker needed to explain the company’s medical process to a non-medical audience. We decided on developing an analogy of the various industry processes with something everyone is familiar with – airport security.

As is typical for many of the presentations I work on, it is primarily 90% custom PhotoShop elements animated in PowerPoint. Download the presentation for review and inspiration. I have left it as an editable presentation for those that want to look at the animation timeline and techniques can do so. Click here to download (4.5 MB ).

Troy @ TLC

By |2016-11-17T13:56:02-07:00May 14th, 2006|Portfolio|

Visual Appeal to “Standard” Elements

If you look at these two examples, there is only one difference between the “before and after” elements; the addition of a shadow box to add depth.

The wonderful thing about both of these is the shadow box element was created using native PowerPoint autoshapes. So in just a few clicks elements in your presentation can get a little extra pizzaz!

(Up next, how to create shadow boxes)

Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:44:18-07:00April 18th, 2006|Portfolio, Tutorial|

Acura Show and Versatubes

Just wrapped up work at the New York Auto Show (weather was perfect!). Here is the staging for the Acura meeting. The large screen in the center is a traditional (high-definition) rear-projection screen. All of the bars on the sides are called Versatubes.
Acura NY Auto Show staging
1 computer for center screen graphics. 1 computer for LED Versatubes on the immediate left/right of center screen. 1 computer for LED Versatubes on the left/right sidewalls. The versatubes are literally a grid of “light bars” that interpret the video signal and display the PowerPoint slide across them. Think of pointillism(eg. seraut)when looked at up close is just a bunch of dots, but from a distance it is a picture; same idea with versatubes.
Close up of the Versatubes

By |2016-09-16T11:43:30-07:00April 16th, 2006|Personal, Portfolio|

Choose Your Own Adventure Presentation

So what do you do when your daughter’s teacher calls and says they are having a PowerPoint crisis… pack up a laptop and head to school. Fortunately this proved to be a fun project, fairly easy to solve and a unique use of PowerPoint. Unique enough to share here.

Remember as a kid reading the ‘choose your own ending’ books; each chapter ended with a “To go through left door turn to page 64” and “To go through the door on the right turn to page 71.” That is exactly what the elementary school class project was. In this case each slide was a portion of the story and the viewer has the option of going to one of two storylines. Fun and creative – but needed for an open house this Wednesday!

While in the classroom I designed and programmed the template file, which you can download here (feel free to view, use and distribute).

Because everyone from the Teacher, volunteers and students need to know what to do with the presentation template I headed back to my office and created this quick tutorial movie using Camtasia (which I supplied to my daughters instructor on CD). View the online version here.

I hope to have the completed student story posted on Wednesday or Thursday. And last, I have been asked by many to activate the ‘comments/feedback‘ features on the blog. Well here is one I am opening up to comment, so please feel free to share about PowerPoint in education or anything about this file and tutorial.

Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:29:39-07:00March 7th, 2006|Portfolio|

My “desk”

Everyone has a workplace, mine just happens to move to a different hotel/convention center/conference room nearly every week. Part of the “Fun” is moving in all my computers, patching in everything and teching everything to assure it is doing what it needs to do.

I took a series of photos of a recent event, stitched them together in PhotoShop and then experimented with SnagIt’s very easy to use hotspot feature. To see the big image click here.
Tech Table

Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:23:18-07:00February 11th, 2006|Personal, Portfolio|

Placeholders for photos, diagrams, etc.

Plain text floating under a photo. A diagram that uses lots of bland color boxes. A solid color callout on a chart. All are things that generally make a slide boring and look standard/’off the shelf.’

To create a polished look I create virtually all of these placeholder elements in PhotoShop (with bevels, glows, highlights, drop shadows, etc.) and import into the presentation. But aesthetic placeholders can be created in PowerPoint with a bit of creativity with custom fills, bold lines and layered shapes.

Download a quick 1 slide sample here.

Download this 1 slide demo
Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:22:11-07:00February 7th, 2006|Portfolio|

From Good to WOW with OfficeFX

I just finished adding a new project overview to the TLC Creative website. It includes a movie of a walk-in looping presentation I developed for an event, which highlighted the event sponsors. Online is a write-up and movie that shows how it was transformed from good to WOW!

Basically, after developing a custom PowerPoint presentation, I used OfficeFX‘s ability to render realtime 3D moving backgrounds and transitions to add that extra something special! To see the write-up and movie click here.

Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:15:01-07:00January 7th, 2006|Portfolio, Software/Add-Ins|

PowerPoint for the Mime

The requests for presentations always prove to be interesting. But this one initially was out of the ordinary even for me. A professional mime was the opening act of a corporate event and they needed a presentation to correspond with the mime’s acting. A speaker support presentation – but with no speaking 🙂

Click here to see the project write-up, online movie of the presentation AND download of the full editable presentation.

Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:13:07-07:00January 3rd, 2006|Portfolio|
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