Building PowerPoint Templates: Step by step with the experts

Echo Swinford and Julie Terberg

A one-of-a-kind guide to building templates that work well beyond your desktop.

Rare copies of the first edition do exist!

The authors are working on a second edition. Stay tuned for more info.

A Guide to Cloud Fonts in Microsoft Office 365 (Updated Nov 2019)

Cloud fonts are available to Office 365 subscribers on all platforms and devices. If you have Office 365, you’ll see them in your font list indicated by a cloud and arrow icon. When you apply one of these fonts PowerPoint downloads it in the background and applies it to your text. When someone views the file with Office 365 or Office 2019, PowerPoint downloads missing fonts from the font service and the file renders the same as it was authored, without embedding.

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)

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)

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

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...