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Templates/Assets

Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat! That is what I will be hearing all evening from my daughters and the neighborhood kids – and it is great. I had the TLC Creative design staff develop a treat for everyone – a free Halloween themed PowerPoint .pptx template.

Download here (255K) . The ‘Happy Halloween’ text at the top was created in PPT 2010.

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal

3 Views of a Corporate Show

Here is my show I just finished and the three views of it.

1. My view, the Graphics View.
2. The audience view.
3. The presenter view.

And all three views have the PowerPoint slides.

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal

Being In The Audience…

On most projects my work area is setup backstage. But on this particular project, there was no backstage (front projection), and the tech table was completely in use. So I basically setup shop in the audience.

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal

Renewed as Microsoft PowerPoint MVP!

Just a personal note that I am very honored by. I have been awarded as a Microsoft MVP for PowerPoint again (basically renewed)!

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal Resource/Misc

Green Screen Video for PPT Slides

On a recent show I was asked to develop the speaker IMAG slides with a curved design to match the set design (IMAG = Image MAGnification, and for this event it was live video of the speaker). The solution was to work with the video switch department and setup a green screen video area. Here is my slide:

We went with the standard green screen green. The key was to assure no slide had any solid green on the left half of the slides. During the show, the video switch would bring in the camera shot (rectangular) and it would fill the curved green area to create a custom speaker IMAG window.

– Troy @ TLC

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Tutorial

Small Textures for Big Images

This is can be a great visual effect that can make large images out of very small files. The concept of using repeating pattern images to fill a large object has been used, by me, since the 1980’s for web design. It is still a valuable tool to use for presentations today. Here is an example:

1. Here is my very small image. It is a .png image, 102×102 pixels and only 2KB file size.

2. Here is the large rectagle shape on my slide.

3. I then change the fill from SOLID to PICTURE OR TEXTURE FILL, then FILE and finally choose my seamless texture image.

4. This is the first result – which is not the final result.

5. Click TILE PICTURE AS TEXTURE.

6. This is now the same image. It can be resized, to any size and the pattern background does not distort or loose quality.

7. In addition any of the formatting options can be applied, because it is a PowerPoint shape. Here I used the 3D Rotation and a drop shadow to create a new, very small file size, image for my slide.

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal

Presentation Summit – MVPs

The 2010 Presentation Summit concluded today and it was a really great event. It is the one public event each year that has a large gathering of the Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs – and Microsoft PowerPoint developers and managers.

Here is our MVP group this year:

Glen Millar, Elen Finkelstein, Julie Terberg, John Wilson, Troy Chollar, Echo Swinford, Glenna Shaw, Ric Bretschneider, Geetesh Bajaj, Sandy Johnson (not pictured)

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal

Presentation Summit – Garr Reynolds

Garr Reynolds (author of Presentation Zen) was the morning keynote speaker at this year’s Presentation Summit – live from his home in Japan.

This was probably one of the most engaging remote/webcast presentations I have seen.The small rectangle in the lower left is the webcam Garr had of the audience. He managed a very entertaining and audience interactive presentation.

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal

The Presentation Summit – On My Way

I am heading down to San Diego today (yes, I am located in San Diego, but handling graphics for a corporate event in Los Angeles for the past week) to spend a few great days at the 2010 Presentation Summit.

– Troy @ TLC

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Portfolio

Mac – Windows – It’s Doesn’t Matter To Me

When the client does image research and finds the perfect image – great! But when the perfect image has a Windows PC vs. a Mac it is time for some Photoshop work.

Here is the original image with the “windows” monitor.

And after a quick photoshoot of an iMac and some Photoshop work, the new version:

– Troy @ TLC