Microsoft MVP Summit

I am honored to have the invite from Microsoft to attend the 2022 Microsoft MVP Summit that is happening this week! It is a virtual 3-day conference, so lots of really great time with the PowerPoint team Program Managers, Devs and the other MVPs for PowerPoint (of course in person hanging out together in Seattle/Bellevue would be better!). As I note every year, almost every conversation is under NDA, so not much I can report here – but I am always encouraged by the compassion and drive the PowerPoint team has for constantly improving the app!

(also, the MVP event artwork is from Microsoft – not something I created)

Troy @ TLC

By |March 29th, 2022|Personal|

Metallic Gradients

Metallic surfaces are created with gradients. Here are gold-silver-bronze-copper metallic gradients, all created within PowerPoint.

As example, the gold gradient is 6 color stops with asymmetrical spacing.

Download all 4 metallic gradients here.

Troy @ TLC

By |March 24th, 2022|PowerPoint|

Stylized Bevel Text Bar

Combining long gradients and hard transition gradients within a single shape was used in creating this beveled bar. In addition, because this is a PowerPoint shape, it can become a combination graphic element, and text box.

The bevel effect is created with a set of tight/hard stops on the far left and right. The bevel bar is created with 8 color stops.

Download a slide with the Beveled Callout Bar here.

Troy @ TLC

By |March 22nd, 2022|PowerPoint|

Spring 2022 PowerPoint Template – Free

We’re celebrating the first day of Spring with this new Spring 2022 template that we’ve made available for you to download for FREE!

This spring template features retro flowers & stripes.

Thank you to TLC Creative staff designer, Karen, for this fun and vibrant full feature PowerPoint template! Click the button below to download it now.

By |March 20th, 2022|PowerPoint, Templates/Assets|

Create “Hard Transition” Gradients

By using the color stop positions gradients can be designed to be very short transitions, or “hard transitions”, to create new styling options.

As example, this full slide PowerPoint rectangle is created with 10 color stops* going from very dark blue to blue with long/smooth transition and a white hotspot (vertical line) created by positioning the color stops very close to the white creating “hard transitions.”

* TIP: the maximum number of color stops PowerPoint supports is 10.

Download a slide with this gradient fill shape, here.

Troy @ TLC

By |March 18th, 2022|PowerPoint|

PowerPoint Rainbow Gradient

Gradients from one color to another have nice smooth transitions. As example this 6 color rainbow:

On the design, the gradient fill is composed of 6 equally spaced color stops using the rainbow color spectrum.

Download the Linear Gradient Rainbow PowerPoint shape here.

Troy @ TLC

By |March 16th, 2022|PowerPoint|

New episode on The Presentation Podcast!

Presentation design work is often developing a PowerPoint template as a standalone project or developing a PowerPoint template that is then used for the presentation design phase. On this episode, Troy & Lori, the co-founders of TLC Creative Services, Inc. chat about PowerPoint template design projects they have each recently completed.


By |March 15th, 2022|Resource/Misc|
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