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Resource/Misc

JewelBeat Review

We integrate multimedia (music, video, etc.) into a lot of projects. TLC Creative Services has also invested in a lot of royalty free music for our resource library. JewelBeat makes a lot financial sense with royalty free tracks at $.99 each.

What does “Royalty Free” mean for music? No performing rights fees, mechanical licenses, cue sheets, ASCAP or BMI expenses to worry about. For a presentation, it means when the music is purchased, you have the license to use it – anywhere.

I like that all tracks can be previewed for the full length. And there is a free demo (sound marked and low quality) to test and confirm it fits with your project. The site says 35,000+ music tracks and it is a wide range of styles. On the technical side, tracks are generally .mp3 format, 44Hz with a 128k bit rate (ie. good).

One of the best online deals is their hundreds of FREE downloads. Even better, make just a single $.99 purchase and you jump to 1,000+ FREE music tracks, SFX and loops.

Jewelbeat.com

– Troy @ TLC

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Portfolio

CEO Presentation for Toyota

TLC Creative Services was happy to work with Toyota to develop a presentation delivered at the CAR (Center for Automotive Research) Meeting last month.

The presenter was Mr. Jim Lentz, President & CEO, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. TLC Creative Services developed a custom template, story boarded a presentation based on the presentation script, then optimized images and designed and animated the visual layouts slides.

Just another presentation project (but this time, public information so we can share some of the design work).

– Troy @ TLC

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Tutorial

PowerPoint vs. Photoshop Opacity Settings

PowerPoint and Photoshop each have their own way of changing the opacity of an element. The most confusing aspect is that each app defines 0% transparency different.

In PowerPoint, 0% Transparency means the shape is fully opaque/solid.

In PowerPoint, 100% Transparency means the shape is fully transparent/invisible.

On the other hand, Photoshop does the exact opposite.

In PhotoShop with 0% Transparency the shape is fully transparent/invisible.

In PhotoShop, 100% with Transparency the shape is fully opaque/solid.

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

Adobe CS6 – Disc or Subscription?

TLC Creative Services is a long time user of Adobe apps – all the way back to Photoshop 2 (not CS2, just “2”). For the last few CS (Creative Suite) versions, we have purchased the Design Premium suite, which includes:
– Photoshop Extended
– Illustrator
– InDesign
– Acrobat
– Flash Professional
– Dreamweaver
– Fireworks
– Bridge
– Media Encoder

With CS6, the staff designers have the Design Premium Suite and we are testing Adobe’s new subscription option of CS 6 this year. The subscription plan is a monthly fee vs. the big upfront cost. Adobe is also adding features to applications that are available only to subscription users. The CS6 Subscription is like getting the CS Master Suite and includes:
– Photoshop Extended
– Illustrator
– InDesign
– Dreamweaver
– Flash Professional
– Adobe Premiere Pro
– After Effects
– Audition
– SpeedGrade
– Muse

It would seem the subscription is the way to go. It costs a lot less at the end of the year vs. the disc install. But a major advantage of disc version is still owning the previous version when you upgrade. The TLC show computers inherit the previous version, so they have a full software suite for all design needs.

Every situation is different, but the disc install is going to remain a part of our use for several years because we have an ongoing use for the “old” Adobe software.

– Troy @ TLC

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PowerPoint Tutorial

Help – This Shape is Stuck in the Chart

There is a good reason for this feature, but for most it seems to be bug. Which is it, depends on your preference.

Here is the scenario. A chart is on a slide:

With the chart selected, you decide to add a callout box to highlight the import data point in the cart.

The new shape is inserted, but within the chart boundaries. Note: The chart is still selected while the shape is selected.

The new callout shape can be edited and moved – but it can only move within the chart boundaries.

The newly inserted shape has become part of the chart. If the chart is moved, the shape moves. If the chart is deleted, the shape is deleted. But the shape does not interact with the chart, the chart styling options do not change the new shape, and the chart animations do not animate the new shape. For some, this is a feature (ability to tie new shapes to a chart). For others, it is a bug (they did not want the shape tied to the chart).

If you want the shape outside of the chart, the easiest fix is to select the shape (select the chart, then select the shape in the chart) >> copy >> delete >> unselect the chart >> paste.

Now the slide has a chart and a separate shape.

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2012 Start Tomorrow!

Tomorrow starts the best value on the internet for PowerPoint training. PowerPoint MVP Ellen Finkelstein has setup an 8 part PowerPoint Webinar series entitled “Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2012.”

Each week is a different presentation expert and included with the registration is the ability to watch the recorded sessions over the next 2 months. Oh, and registration is $7 – not per session, but $7 for all 8 sessions!

9/18 Real-World Makeovers
– By: Rick Altman, Host of The Presentation Summit

9/25 Create Amazing Custom Graphics
– By: Sandy Johnson, PowerPoint MVP

10/2 Dynamic PowerPoint for Games, Tutorials and More
– By: Glenna, PowerPoint MVP

10/9 – NO SESSION (Hope everyone is at The Presentation Summit!)

10/16 10 Evil Little Secrets about PowerPoint
– By: Ric Bretschneider, PowerPoint MVP

10/23 Create Slides that Look Handmade
– By: Geetesh Bajaj, PowerPoint MVP

10/30 Create Charts That Don’t Make Their Eyes Bleed
– By: Echo Swinford, PowerPoint MVP

11/6 A Theme Runs Through It (Slide Masters and Themes)
– By: Julie Terberg, PowerPoint MVP

11/13 Make a Lasting Impression by Visualizing Business
– By: Ellen Finkelstein, PowerPoint MVP

To get more information and register, go here.

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

Preparing for the Presentation Summit

With The Presentation Summit just a month away, I am now focused on getting my PowerPoint 2013 session ready to present! If you have not been at one of the past Presentation Summits (formerly “PPTLive”) and you use PowerPoint – this is definitely one event to be at. It has the highest concentration of PowerPoint MVPs and a large group from the Microsoft Office and PowerPoint team all in one place just hanging out for several days talking with everyone. Plus, this year is at a great property in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Fire and Ice Resort – which I have been at for a few executive events in the past (nice place!). Details are at the Summit website here.

After this past month of PowerPoint 2013 blog posts, which did not cover a number of my favorite new features, I am excited about this year’s Presentation Summit and my session. I had some fun with a video intro to my session, which was put together before the Public Beta was released:
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The schedule has great presenters and topics one after another every day. Echo Swinford and I were elected to have sessions on the upcoming PowerPoint 2013. We have some overlapping topics as Echo talks from the designer perspective and I cover what’s new from the presenter perspective. Check out the Seminar Schedule here.

Hope to meet you in Arizona.
– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

Microsoft Has a New Logo

On August 23, Microsoft revealed their new corporate logo, which was originally released 25 years ago.

The logo, like virtually every design element coming out of Microsoft right now, is pulled from the Metro style guide. The new design is a modification of the current logo, with boxes (ie. Tiles) that are equilateral and in a symmetrical layout with the four colored boxes forming a single larger box. The type is equally streamlined into the Metro styling with font selection and grey color.

Here is Microsoft’s logo unveiling with its tie ins to the other major Microsoft brands:
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– Troy @ TLC