Blog2021-05-06T12:54:43-07:00

Quotes with an Overlay Block

Thanks to … for this post’s inspiration slide.

Design Process

  • Locate an image that coordinates with the quote
  • Create a color scheme for the slide (tip: download the editable version of this slide with the link below and look for the awesome image transparency trick!)
  • Create a semi-transparent PowerPoint shape for the quote text
  • Format the quote and attribution text in the PowerPoint shape (no layered text boxes to keep aligned!)
  • Add the quote marks as separate text boxes (okay, not everything can always be formatted in a single text box)

Formatting Tip

  • The text overlay block has transparency so the image can be seen through it, creating a smooth flowing layout
  • Here is the same overlay block on another background to better see its transparency
  • 1 – The image was cropped from the larger original and created the open area for the quote
    2 – The text box has a fill and set to 10% transparency, AND all text is in the single text box
    3-4 – The quote marks are editable text, but are layered on top as separate text boxes to make the unique line spacing and positioning possible

Download the editable version of this slide HERE.

Troy @ TLC

By |August 30th, 2021|PowerPoint, Tutorial|

Quotes – Rotate the Text

Thanks Kelli (who has moved to another great design job – great for Kelli, sad for TLC Creative) for today’s quote inspiration.

Design Process:

  • This slide started with finding a great image, then researching a quote to use with the image
  • The original image showed more, and it was cropped in PowerPoint to create the layout
  • Typeset the text, select the font, set the size, adjust the line spacing, set the color (pulled from the pink pen in the image)

Formatting Tip:

  • Use PowerPoint’s ability to rotate shapes and text boxes
  • Adjust the angle of any text box by click-and-dragging the rotate icon at the top of the text box, or manually in the FORMAT SHAPE dialog

Troy @ TLC

By |August 27th, 2021|PowerPoint, Tutorial|

Quotes in a Circle

Thanks to Jake on our design team for today’s slide design.

Design Process:

  • Review the quote
  • Search for an image that aligns with the quote
  • Develop a slide layout that highlights the quote as the focal point, integrates the coordinating image, and use PowerPoint shapes to create accent graphics

PowerPoint Formatting Tip:

  • Text in circles is not always easy!
  • For the slide quote, all text is inside the circle shape (not a second text box placed on top of the circle). All text is in a single text block. So the bold text, colored text and the smaller attribution text is all formatted in the same text block.
  • Formatting text in a circle requires making some adjustments to the shape formatting properties.
    – Right-click the circle and select FORMAT SHAPE
    – Go to the TEXT OPTIONS and TEXT BOX options
    – [Personal preference] Select “DO NOT AUTOFIT”
    – Adjust all margins to zero’s (although for this example the top margin was manually set to compensate for the smaller font size text at the bottom and keep the layout vertically centered in the circle shape)
    – WRAP TEXT IN SHAPE: this is generally turned on, so the text automatically stays inside the circle. But if the text needs to be just a bit closer the edge, maybe even slightly overlapping the edge, turn this off and use SHIFT+RETURNs to manually create the line breaks

Troy @ TLC

By |August 25th, 2021|PowerPoint, Tutorial|

Let’s Talk About Quotes

The TLC Creative Services presentation design team created a series of inspiration slides using quotes. The results were great, and we are sharing some of the team’s slides over the next few weeks in a series that will hopefully provide inspiration for slide design and provide PowerPoint layout and text formatting tips. So, as my intro image (composited in PowerPoint and exported as a image) says, “Let’s talk about quotes …in PowerPoint design”.

Troy @ TLC

By |August 23rd, 2021|Personal|

New Presentation Podcast Episode!

If you know about the Presentation Summit, an annual presentation focused conference, this is a great podcast episode to listen to! Rick Altman, founder and director of the Presentation Podcast, now in its 19th year (!) talks with Troy, Nolan and Sandy about the hybrid attendee plans for this year and gives some insights into the excitement coming to this years event (and a special discount promo code!).

Listen to the podcast episode 132 here.

By |August 17th, 2021|Resource/Misc|

Color Blindness InDepth

For presentations there is a lot of talk about designing with color blindness in mind. But how much do we know, and understand, color blindness?

I found a nice overview article of color blindness that explains what it is, the types of color blindness (there are 5) and more – all in simple language making it a quick read that I found easy to understand. So, sharing an online resource I found that should be of interest to anyone looking at their slides through the color-blind view.

Article is here.

Troy @ TLC

By |August 16th, 2021|Resource/Misc|

New Podcast – Everyday Business Storytelling with Janine Kurnoff

New episode and presentation conversation available today!Once upon a time, finding a book on presentation design was almost non-existent. On this episode we get to spend some time with the co-author of “Everyday Business Storytelling”, one of the latest entries into the presentation space. All three of us; Nolan, Sandy and Troy, read the book, found it full a great information and examples and are excited to have a conversation with Janine Kurnoff about it!

Listen here.

By |August 3rd, 2021|Resource/Misc|
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