Beautiful Type for Presentations

Beautiful Type for Presentations

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...
A Guide to Cloud Fonts in Microsoft Office 365

A Guide to Cloud Fonts in Microsoft Office 365

View the Guide (PDF) By Julie Terberg Cloud fonts are here and the font story for PowerPoint has changed. No longer are we limited to a short list of fonts deemed safe for templates and shared presentations. In my previous post: An update on “safe fonts” for...
Formatting with Invisible Bullet Characters

Formatting with Invisible Bullet Characters

By 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

An update on “safe fonts” for PowerPoint

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?

Can I Get a Better Green?

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...