Resource/Misc

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving for those of us in the U.S.!

The fun and timely note about this post, and image, is I leveraged Microsoft’s newly released Windows OS Co-Pilot. I entered the prompt “Create an image of a Thanksgiving turkey giving a presentation.” 4 image options offered, all created by Dall-E-3, and the above is a royalty-free, good resolution (original image was 1024x1024px), creative and something no else has.

Troy @ TLC

By |2023-11-22T10:20:57-07:00November 23rd, 2023|Resource/Misc|

New podcast episode!

Troy, Nolan, and Sandy dive into a conversation around defining what a Presentation Design is, by title, description and area of expertise. Listen here.

Plus, this conversation invites everyone to join via an open to all, anonymous Slido poll! Use the QR to add “what is your Presentation Design one-liner, or elevator pitch, answer is when someone asks what you do?”.

By |2023-11-07T06:36:36-07:00November 7th, 2023|Resource/Misc|

New episode available on The Presentation Podcast

As a presenter-trainer-host, what makes for a good experience for attendees to want to listen and learn something? We leave aside non-educational reasons for attending events and focus on what people want to learn and get out of training presentations. Being presentation designers and trainers, we admittedly wander into the PowerPoint and stage craft of presenting – and it is a great conversation! Listen here.

By |2023-10-14T09:34:10-07:00October 17th, 2023|Resource/Misc|

Template Design – and New Microsoft Fonts

I am working a PowerPoint template project (yes, this is the real art, for a real template – and yes, I have removed logos and product indicators – and yes, PowerPoint design can be fun!).

What I want to highlight in this post is this awesome new Microsoft hand drawn style font, Dreaming Outloud Pro. I actually do not know when it was officially added, but one of our designers found it and added to the template concept and I love it!

Troy @ TLC

 

By |2023-10-09T14:54:35-07:00October 12th, 2023|PowerPoint, Resource/Misc|

Things Not Working, Check Microsoft Updates

ote, this post is for Windows only (although Mac has its own dilemmas with update needs). I find that a feature I have been using, perhaps earlier that same day, suddenly is not available or does not work. My new thinking is things do not continue working until broken, they now work until Windows or something Microsoft has an update and things stop working because they see an update is needed.

I am constantly running 4 update checks to limit these random not working/error messages. Most likely only need 3 apply to your, but I am covering all 4.

Windows OS updates
Go to Start > Settings > Windows Update > click Windwos Update (in upper right)

Click Check for updates

O365 Updates
Open PowerPoint > File > Account > Update Options > Update Now.

Windows Store updates
The Windows Store is controlling more and more of the installed apps.
In the Start menu search for “Store”

Select and open the Microsoft Store app > Library > Get updates.

Lenovo Vantage
This only applies to Lenovo computers, but Dell, Asus and others have their own update apps.
In the Start menu search for “Lenovo”

Select and open the Lenovo Commercial Vantage app > Run System Update

Install updates following information provided.

This is a lot of ongoing effort. It feels that more the 50% of the time, whatever issue I was having is resolved with these updates. Hopefully this is a good reference and resource!

Troy @ TLC

By |2023-09-15T11:06:38-07:00September 26th, 2023|Resource/Misc, Software/Add-Ins|

Presentation Summit – Promo Code

If you have not registered for one of the premiere presentation industry conferences – we have a special promo code for the virtual edition of this annual event. Valid for the 2023 virtual event, November 5-8.

When registering, use the promo code 95SPECIAL and a 2nd attendee of your choosing can register for $95!

By |2023-09-15T11:00:32-07:00September 21st, 2023|Resource/Misc|

The Presentation Podcast – episode 182!

October 15-18 is coming soon. We spend some time with event director Rick Altman to talk about this year’s Presentation Summit. Troy, Nolan, and Sandy get answers to the split event format, how this year’s onsite venue was selected, and what really happened on that African safari adventure. All three of us will be at the onsite event and hope to say hello to you there!

Listen here.

By |2023-09-15T10:48:23-07:00September 19th, 2023|Resource/Misc|

Remove Old Presentations from PowerPoint’s “Recent” List.

Have you ever gone to open a PowerPoint file, selected a presentation from the RECENT list, and got the “File-not-found” error message?

I have found that PowerPoint, and all Office Apps, are not really good at keeping track of files listed in the Recent list. Once a file is added to the Recent list, the listing stays there – even if the file is moved to a different location, renamed or deleted – for all time, and the original location and name are what’s referenced. Essentially, PowerPoint can take the file name, but it doesn’t guarantee it will be available when you click on it.

There is an option to manage what is displayed in the Recent menu, but it’s not easily discoverable. Right-click on the line with the file that should not be displayed in the Recent list. Then select REMOVE FROM LIST. The file is not being deleted. Only it being displayed on the Recent list will be removed.

Troy @ TLC

By |2023-09-08T11:23:51-07:00September 14th, 2023|PowerPoint, Resource/Misc|

I need the PMS color for this RGB design!

With Adobe dropping PMS (Pantone Match System) colors from all of their apps, everyone needs to use external solutions for when the client asks, “What is the PMS of the blue in the logo for our printer?

The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is considered a standard for print design, and still very much in use. It is a standards system that means the teal color your selected will the same teal color wherever it is printed.

The full PMS color swatch book was available in all Adobe applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.) through 2022. The Pantone company moved to a subscription model, Adobe removed PMS colors, and everyone is welcome to subscribe to the Pantone Connect subscription, which has an online converter, and  Adobe app plug-in to access the 15,000+ specified PMS colors (for ~$90/year).

For TLC Creative, our primary need for PMS colors is a few 1-2 color offset printing (using real inks) or screen printing (e.g. t-shirts). For these projects I have been using this free online RGB-to-PMS converter. Find it here.

Set the RGB value and it provides a set of potential PMS color swatch matches. Easy. Free. Done.

My tip is to use PowerPoint to assist with selecting the best PMS color swatch. I use Snagit to capture the color chip options, which are pasted onto a slide. Then add a PowerPoint rectangle and set it to the RGB value. This creates a more visual comparison of the RGB to PMS options.

As seen with this example, PMS colors are often not an exact match to the virtually infinite color range of RGB. And there are considerations for monitor calibration and other factors. But, I am confident in the process and providing printers with the needed PMS values for the client printing. These are from a real project, and we specified PMS 314 C.

Troy @ TLC

By |2023-09-08T11:47:29-07:00September 12th, 2023|Resource/Misc|
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