How To Create Animated .GIFs in PowerPoint!

Exporting slides as a self contained animated .gif is easy (see previous post). Here is an example of creating PowerPoint slides to be exported as an animated .gif.

Adjust page size if needed. For this example the goal is an online add ready square and the PowerPoint slides page size is 4″ x 4″.

1 Insert the photos, 1 per slide.

In this example, for the scenic photos, each was sized, positioned and cropped to fit full frame on the square area.

2. Preset the slide transition effects for each slide. Note: do not set the Auto Transition timing, we will set this in the export step.


4. There are 4 size options:

     Small (240p at 15fps)

     Medium (480p at 15fps)

     Large (720p at 24fps)

     Extra Large (HD quality 1080p at 24fps)

5. Add the delay between each slide in the SECONDS SPEND ON EACH SLIDE dialog


TIP: For this scenic imagery, we can successfully use the lower FPS (frames per second) of 15fps. For animated gifs with more complex animation, the higher 24fps is going to be better, even if you do not need the larger pixel size. With PowerPoint the pixel size and frame rate (fps) are connected and cannot be selected independently.

Troy @ TLC (thanks Jake for creating the sample file!)

PowerPoint Tutorial

Create Animated .GIFs in PowerPoint!

Microsoft has added a feature to PowerPoint, export as .GIF. 

Export a single slide, or a series of slides as an animated .gif. Our tests have done a good job with capturing animations, slide transitions and timing – all with good size files.

The Export as Animated GIF is very similar to the Export as Video.

  • Go to FILE > select EXPORT
  • Select a size and quality option





Episode 96 “Help Wanted – Presentation Designer (a hiring managers perspective)”

A new episode of The Presentation Podcast is available today! Troy and Lori of TLC Creative Services, Inc. talk about things that help Presentation Design applicants stand out and things that move an application to the “no” list.

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify and Soundcloud – just search for The Presentation Podcast or “Help Wanted – Presentation Designer (a hiring managers perspective)” or go direct to the episode page here:



Cut Out PowerPoint Text

An example, and tutorial, of using PowerPoint for text styling. Here is the simple, all caps, text:

I am updating the text to a white fill, on a white background, with a light grey outline 

To create the cut out effect, an inner shadow is applied.

Done. A text styling effect, created in PowerPoint and text remains editable.

– Troy @ TLC

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Overlapping PowerPoint Text

Typography: The art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed.

PowerPoint is a flexible design app. Sometimes it is not easy to accomplish design ideas as in other apps. As example, text kerning. PowerPoint does not use the design industry term “kerning” and the feature is not easily accessed.

For example, here is some simple, all caps, text on a slide.

To add some visual design, letter colors are updated to the TLC color scheme (RGB).

In preparation for the next effect, the opacity is lowered to

Now the actual kerning, what PowerPoint labels CHARACTER SPACING. Select the text, open the FONT dialog, view the CHARACTER SPACING tab. Change the spacing option to CONDENSED, which essentially is negative spacing (so the 20 pt used is really -20 pt).

The result is the text slightly overlaps and the transparency overlap creates a dynamic visual.

Done. Custom typography styling created all within PowerPoint and remains editable text.

Download the editable slide HERE.


– Troy @ TLC

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Stacked and Mixed Text

Typography: The art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed.

PowerPoint is flexible. Like many design applications, text can be more than bullet lists of black text on a white background. One aspect of graphic design is creating visually engaging layouts with just text. As example, here is a slide one of the TLC Creative design team created – all in PowerPoint.

  1. Add text to a slide. Boring start, but now we know what we are working with.

2. To start the layout, the first section of the quote was set with a new font, ALL CAPS, and new color

3. The final word of the quote has some more extension PowerPoint styling. Starting with using a custom font and applying a text gradient fill.

4. The custom font was a purposeful selection because the font family includes an outline version. The “everything” text box was duplicated, changed to the outline version of the font, set to a purple outline and white fill. Stacked, the two text boxes look great!

5. Last is adding the name as simple, small text in same blue as the top line.

6. As a final design flare, a background image was added and sent to back.

Done. A complete graphic design text layout, completed in PowerPoint.

– Troy @ TLC


PowerPoint Tutorial

Use PowerPoint Text as Part of Background Design

PowerPoint is flexible. This is both a design idea and PowerPoint how-to. The end goal is to add a light/ghosted pattern of text across the background of the template or set of slides.

This could be created in Photoshop, Illustrator, or PowerPoint!

1. Start with creating the text to fit the slide. Insert a text box, add the word or phrase. Pick font and guess at best size. Set the text box settings to DO NOT AUTOFIT, zero margins, and check WRAP TEXT IN SHAPE.

2. Copy the text and paste – paste – paste to fill the entire slide. Adjust font size and line breaks to have a slide full of the background message.


3. Add the background image – your choice of adding as inserted image and send to back or set as slide background.

4. For the sample background in this demo, I want to coordinate with the gold confetti. Update text color to a gold.

5. Select the text box and adjust the text transparency to 88%.

6. Final result is a custom slide background design effect created in PowerPoint.


New Episode of The PowerPoint Podcast – Episode 95, 2020 Presentation Trends

A new episode of The Presentation Podcast is available today! Troy, Nolan and Sandy discuss what they see as Presentation Trends in 2020. 

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify and Soundcloud – just search for “2020 Presentation Trends We See” – or go direct to the episode page here: