Beautiful Type for Presentations (Sept 2019)

Beautiful Type for Presentations (Sept 2019)

Readability and legibility are key Good typography can make or break any design effort, including presentation design. Successful presentations rely on great type to help convey information to an audience. All text displayed on screen should be legible (easy to...
Formatting with Invisible Bullet Characters (Feb 2019)

Formatting with Invisible Bullet Characters (Feb 2019)

Echo Swinford and Julie Terberg First, we commend you for choosing to override the default PowerPoint text formatting and lose those dreaded dots from slide hell. Second, kudos to you for choosing to limit the amount of text on the screen to short, concise phrases....
An update on “safe fonts” for PowerPoint (June 2018)

An update on “safe fonts” for PowerPoint (June 2018)

There is a lot of confusing, incomplete, and often misleading information out there about choosing fonts in PowerPoint. Specifically, which fonts are considered safe to use when sharing files. Safe fonts are those that are common to most users and therefore will not...
Can I Get a Better Green? (May 2018)

Can I Get a Better Green? (May 2018)

PowerPoint automatically generates the tints and shades that populate the theme color gallery. You cannot manually select your own colors for these swatches. The tints and shades are based on the values you specify for the theme colors. If your theme colors are overly...
Create custom-shaped picture placeholders

Create custom-shaped picture placeholders

Note: the following instructions were written for older versions of PowerPoint. PowerPoint 2013 and newer: you can skip the step to convert a picture placeholder to a shape and go directly to editing.  Picture Placeholders are a great way to add images to...