PowerPoint Custom Color Schemes and “Princess Bride”

Part 4 of our internal design exercise is the very classic movie Princess Bride. The PowerPoint slide shows the reference image, the color chips, and you will need to download the PowerPoint file to enjoy the creative color naming.

Princess Bride: Soft, light colors for an analogous scheme. Colors taken from the main characters and the surrounding background.

Download the PowerPoint deck with preset color scheme here.

By |2021-05-08T12:36:39-07:00June 9th, 2021|PowerPoint|

PowerPoint Custom Color Schemes and “Beetle Juice”

Part 3 of our internal design exercise is the classic movie Beetle Juice. The PowerPoint slide shows the reference image, the color chips, and you will need to download the PowerPoint file to enjoy the creative color naming.

Beetle Juice: A mixture of muted and bright colors. Greens and purple taken from the main character and background objects. Other colors are not pulled directly from the image but are complimentary to the movie’s aesthetic and undertone.

Download the PowerPoint deck with preset color scheme here.

By |2021-05-08T12:36:43-07:00June 7th, 2021|PowerPoint|

PowerPoint Custom Color Schemes and “Splash”

Part 2 of our internal design exercise is the classic movie Splash. The PowerPoint slide shows the reference image, the color chips, and you will need to download the PowerPoint file to enjoy the creative color naming.

Splash: Vintage, warm rainbow tones. Inspiration from reds and yellows of the fin and tan of the sand. The cool tones taken from the different hues of the ocean.

Download the PowerPoint deck with preset color scheme here.

By |2021-05-08T12:36:48-07:00June 4th, 2021|PowerPoint|

PowerPoint Custom Color Schemes and the Movies

As an internal design project we explored creating custom PowerPoint color schemes (that can also be applied to other Office apps such as Excel and Word). A custom color scheme (this is not a full tutorial) is created by selecting a master slide (if there are multiple master slides in a presentation, each can have their own preset color scheme) and going to DESIGN > VARIANTS > COLORS > CUSTOMIZE COLOR.

For this internal exercise, the design team picked a “classic movie”, found a reference image, and assembled a color scheme that they felt aligned with the movie. The results were so good, we had to share a few of the creations! This is a 6 part blog series, highlighting 6 classic movies (note, “classic movie” as interpreted by our design team!) and the corresponding custom PowerPoint color schemes. And, each will be downloadable 🙂

To start things off, from Christie, is a true classic – the original Wizard of Oz.

Wizard of Oz: warm saturated tones. Greens and yellow taken from the main focal point of the emerald city and yellow brick road. The reds, blue and brown mainly from Dorothy’s aesthetic, hair, dress, and shoes.

Download the PowerPoint deck with preset color scheme here.

By |2021-05-08T12:37:29-07:00June 2nd, 2021|PowerPoint|

PowerPoint Adds Ability to Lock Objects!

Adobe Illustrator’s “Lock Object” has been something I have dreamt about having in PowerPoint for years. Well it has finally happened!

Here is my example slide. Lots of overlapping images. I am certain everyone can think of several reasons the ability to lock one, a few, or all of the objects in place so they cannot be accidently moved would be a good thing.

For this example I want to lock the upper right image from being able to be moved. It is labelled “Bubbles” in the Selection Pane.

In the selection pane to the right of the visibility icon is a new padlock icon. Currently the “Bubbles” image is unlocked. That means selecting it the standard modified handles are seen, but I want to focus on the rotate modifier.

To lock any object – image, shape, text, media, etc., just click the padlock icon.

The object can still be selected, but it cannot be moved, resized or altered. The rotate modified is replaced with a lock modifier.

This is a huge improvement to PowerPoint’s editing! Some additional observations:

  • Locked objects still have animation applied (and a locked object can have new animations applied to it).
  • Locked objects can be turned off using the Selection Pane visibility icon.
  • Objects on the slide level can be locked.
  • Objects on the Master Slide and Master Layouts CANNOT be locked.
  • Placeholders, on slides, can be locked.
  • Z-order of locked objects can be changed (eg. “bring to front” works).
  • Anyone that can edit the slide can unlock an object (if they open the Selection Pane).


Troy @ TLC

By |2021-05-17T16:55:43-07:00May 19th, 2021|PowerPoint|

CreativePro Week – is next week!

Direct from the event website:

“CreativePro Week is the world’s best HOW-TO event for creative professionals who design, create, or edit in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Microsoft PowerPoint. No matter your skill level, you’ll learn techniques and best practices you can start using immediately to improve your productivity.”

On The Presentation Podcast, episode 125, David Blatner, Director of Creative Pro, joined us for a great conversation. Listen to the conversation here.

CreativePro Week is a virtual event this year (but a live, in-person event again next year) with over 40 expert speakers and more than 100 sessions! CreativePro Week is five days of in-depth training and inspiration. And in a unique option, passes can be 1-5 days with a choose-your-own adventure as to what days and what sessions you attend.

Also of note (for us here at TLC Creative): Friday, May 21st, our very own Troy Chollar of TLC Creative is a presenter  (that is just 1 week from today!). His session is “What’s New with Remote/Virtual Presentations”.

If you have not registered, here is the promo code extended to The Presentation Podcast listeners, for a $100 discount, CPWNH.

Jace @ TLC

By |2021-05-10T00:08:46-07:00May 14th, 2021|PowerPoint|

PowerPoint Designer, On-Demand

The AI powered “Designer” feature is truly fantastic. But, for the TLC Creative design team, we do not have have Designer active by default.

The good news is turning off Designer does not disable it, it just makes the automatic recommendations not happen. So, how do we use it?

From any slide, go to HOME tab > DESIGNER section > and click DESIGN IDEAS. This activates Designer and the Design Ideas pane opens on the right for us to see the AI powered design ideas and use if we want.

Troy @ TLC

By |2021-05-05T17:39:21-07:00May 12th, 2021|PowerPoint|

Talk to Your Slides!

With everyone working remote, I have found myself using more dictation and voice command options than I was in our design studio (where everyone could overhear, and be distracted by, my “conversations” with my computer). Microsoft Office, and specifically PowerPoint, has a really good voice-to-text tool called “Dictate”. It is super easy to use, and I find it almost perfect on converting me talking to my slide to text on the slide.

Of note: in the demo video I am using the Windows desktop version of PowerPoint. The same feature is on Mac and PowerPoint for web.

Troy @ TLC

By |2021-05-20T13:30:30-07:00May 7th, 2021|PowerPoint, Software/Add-Ins|

3D Model in PowerPoint – IBM Logo

TLC Creative is always pushing the limits of PowerPoint. A few years ago, 3D model support was introduced to PowerPoint. TLC Creative leveraged the new file format immediately for a few large corporate events where the end clients had 3D modelling assets available (making those models compatible with Office’s more limited 3D support is another topic).

Always looking to grow our design team’s skills, we are highlighting a little side project Jake on the TLC Creative design team created. This is a Microsoft Office-optimized 3D model of the IBM logo, built from a (non-3D) vector file of the logo, created in Blender.

The fun is twisting, rotating and seeing every angle when a true 3D model is added to a slide! This is a video export from PowerPoint animating the inserted 3D model using morph across a series of slides:

Download the IBM logo slide here.

By |2021-05-20T13:31:29-07:00August 27th, 2020|PowerPoint|

Live Transcription Goes Backwards

Presentation Live is a great addition to PowerPoint presenting (see these posts from last month for more details: …). One feature of the transcription that I did not point out clearly was the user experience when they change the selected language.

It’s easy for audience members to switch the transcription to their language of choice. After joining the meeting, the selected language is in the lower left.

Click it and choose from the list of 60+ languages.

Now the great part! The newly selected language is used almost immediately as the presenter continues their presentation. In addition, all of the previous translation is updated to the new language selection as well (pretty nice feature Microsoft!).

Of course, if the audience member speaks the same language as the presenter and doesn’t want to see the transcriptions at all, they can toggle it off in the same Languages menu.

This will likely never fully replace live translators, but for remote meetings and audience members joining in from their homes, it’s a fantastic alternative.

Troy @ TLC

By |2020-06-28T17:38:15-07:00August 12th, 2020|PowerPoint, Resource/Misc|
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