Happy New Year PowerPoint Animation

This is the final day in the studio for us before 2017 begins! Many thanks to Wanda on the TLC Creative design team for creating this fun Happy New Year PowerPoint animation!

The presentation is a single slide with many layers of custom images, music and SFX embedded, and lots of PowerPoint animation.

New Year PowerPoint Animation

Editable PowerPoint slide can be downloaded here.

– Troy  @ TLC


Green Screen Holiday Greeting (fun)

Christmas Greetings from Troy and Lori of TLC Creative Services, Inc. Many thanks to the Video Resources team for letting us jump in and make a fun Christmas greeting in their very cool green screen studio!


– Troy @ TLC 


The 2016 TLC Team PowerPoint Holiday Animation!

Each year, everyone on the TLC Creative Design Team has a lot of fun creating an amazing holiday animation entirely in PowerPoint. Here is our 2016 edition!


You can see a number of our past year animation compilations here.

Holiday Animation

– Troy @ TLC



Modern Design in 2017

My fellow Microsoft MVP and presentation trainer, Ellen Finkelstein made a post entitled “10 Tips for Modern Design in 2017” (see post here). She then organized a blog roundup on the same topic.

modern design in 2017

Here is the TLC Creative Services list of Modern Design Trends we see for 2017:

  • More Motion:

    Morph has simplified adding complex animation to presentations and allowed a greater number of users to now add motion to their slides without investing hours into a single slide.

  • Color Blocks:

     We see a merging of flat design (no bevel, reflection, etc.) and a move away from textures and gradients to the use of large color blocks as the accent graphics and layout framing devices.

  • More Visual Layouts

    Even if not used, the addition of Designer in PowerPoint (see post here for review), is raising awareness of how slide layouts can be improved over simple (and often boring) bullet lists. For years, TLC Creative has developed what we call “Visual Layouts” for bullet list slides, and we are excited to see more awareness and requests for more professional slide designs in 2017.

  • More Navigation:

    PowerPoint has always had Custom Shows, but they are tedious to setup. With the addition of Zoom, setting up elegant non-linear navigation is much cleaner and intuitive.

  • Better Organization:

    Sections have been available sense PowerPoint 2010, but only recently have we seen more presentations leveraging the Sections tool. The small feature improvements, such as ability to copy a Section and its slides to another presentation, are making Sections a more powerful and flexible tool to use.

  • More Vector:

    Vector graphics, those that can be resized without quality loss and modified using PowerPoint’s fill-outline-styling tools, will get a huge boost with the new .SVG file format support (look for a full blog post series on SVG later this month!).

– Troy @ TLC


Save AND Apply PowerPoint Chart Styles

Formatting the visual styling of charts can be… tedious. When a presentation has a number of charts, all needing the same visual styling, saving a chart template can be a huge time saver!

  1. Format a chart with all of the visual styling. Here is the sample stylized chart for this tutorial.
  2. Right click the chart and select SAVE AS TEMPLATE

  3. In the SAVE CHART TEMPLATE dialog, give the chart template a (short) name that helps identify the styling (ie. project name, type of chart, colors used, etc.). The Chart Template is automatically saved into the Microsoft/Templates/Charts folder (and must be in this folder for PowerPoint to use it).
  4. To apply the chart template styling to a chart, select a chart, right click and select CHANGE CHART TYPE
  5. In the Charts dialog, select TEMPLATES and the custom template to apply
  6. Click OK and done!


Here is an unformatted chart.

And here is the same chart with the above chart template (4 clicks and formatted!).


  • Chart Templates are local to a computer, they DO NOT travel with a presentation.
  • Chart Template thumbnails are very limited in the visual and description, so if you have many it can be difficult to tell them apart.
  • Right-click to Save Template was introduced with an Office365 PowerPoint 2016 update, I have not tested in previous versions. 


Troy @ TLC


The Presentation Podcast Episode #20 Released Today!

A new episode from The Presentation Podcast with Troy, Nolan, and Sandy is available today! Check out their latest discussion, “Holiday Edition,” and add to your favorite Podcasts on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, SoundCloud and more at The Presentation Podcast.



Happy Holidays PowerPoint Template (Free!)

Many thanks to Amber on the TLC Creative design team for developing this festive Christmas Holiday themed PowerPoint template! Enjoy!

Download the full template HERE.

Note: this template uses a custom font, slide 3 has instructions on how to install and a link to download the free font.

Troy @ TLC



2017 Color of the Year – “Green”

The Pantone color of the year was recently announced – Pantone 15-0343 Greenery. 

Pantone’s webpage on the 2017 color here.

Troy @ TLC 


Yes, We Can Copy PowerPoint SECTIONS!

PowerPoint’s Sections are not new (introduced with PowerPoint 2010), but they are very unutilized. Just this past month, the updates to PowerPoint (for Office 365 subscription version) included the ability to copy sections to another presentation, or different location in the same presentation. While there are more improvements needed to help PowerPoint Sections become a truly easy to use and helpful organization resource, this is a great improvement (and it lets us know the Microsoft Dev Teams are looking at Sections and making progress on improving them!).

As an example, if there are sections in the deck, copying the entire section is easy.

  • Find the Section name either in Slide Sorter View or the left thumbnail Panel
  • Click the section, which highlights all the slides in the selected section
  • CTRL + C to copy the section
  • Go to other presentation (or other location in same presentation) and CTRL + V to paste in the section name and all of its slides!

Here is my sample presentation with sections. I am going to copy the RED FLOWERS section into a new presentation.

PowerPoint Sections

PowerPoint Sections


  • Right-click dialog on a section name does not have copy or paste commands, so must use keyboard shortcuts. But you can right-click the insert location and use the standard PASTE OPTIONS in the right-click dialog.
  • Drag-and-drop copying does not work (yet)
  • Currently only able to select one section at a time
  • If pasting into a presentation that does not have sections added, the pasted in section – and its name – are added to presentation and all slides above go into an automatically created section. But all slides after the insert point are added to the new (pasted in Section)

Troy @ TLC


The Presentation Podcast Episode #19 Released Today!

A new episode from The Presentation Podcast with Troy, Nolan, and Sandy is available today! Check out their latest discussion on “Data Viz and Presentations” and add to your favorite Podcasts on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, SoundCloud and more at The Presentation Podcast.