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.

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?

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...