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Resource/Misc

Our Internal COVID-19 Design Challenge!

Like the rest of the world, the TLC Creative Services studio has transitioned. 3 weeks ago it was a lively design studio with everyone together. Today, we have everyone working remote from their homes. Because we have had a number of design projects cancel, or postpone to the Fall, we have started our own internal presentation design challenges to keep us all from going stir crazy! So, welcome to the TLC Creative Services COVID-19 Design Challenge!

Check back tomorrow for details on Challenge #1!

 

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PowerPoint Resource/Misc

PowerPoint Adds HEX Colors

Note: as of today, I see this new feature on the Office Insider build (early beta), but not yet on the Monthly Targeted build (enterprise beta) or Standard build (stable, no beta). So you may not have this available in your install just yet.

In the most recent Microsoft 365 Office update there is a new option in the color dialog – HEX colors (yay!). 

Select a shape, outline or text and choose MORE FILL COLORS

In the COLORS dialog, under the RGB values is a new option for HEX values.

Is HEX colors important? Yes and no. Anything expands the use of PowerPoint is good (in my opinion). Hex color values are primarily thought of in web design. For me, the addition of adding a Hex color directly in PowerPoint is time saver, because my biggest use is gathering colors from a corporate style guide where the colors are listed in PMS and HEX values.

My summary of RGB vs. Hex:

  • RGB sets each color as a value or Red-Green-Blue mixed, set as a number range of 0-255 for each. So a color can be a 3 digit to 9 digit value.
  • Hex is a set 6 digit value that based on a grid of 16 million colors. The 6 digit value is made up of both numbers and alpha letters.

 

Example of a Hex color chart:

Close up of a section of a Hex color chart, showing each color has a 6 digit value

 

Last note: the Hex color value was just added to PowerPoint desktop this week, but it has been in the PowerPoint for Web app for several months. The web app has a different color dialog (which I like). It prioritized the Hex value and does not include the HSL color option.

Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

New Episode of The Presentation Podcast – Microsoft Office Secrets; All About PowerPoint

A new episode of The Presentation Podcast is available today! Troy, Sandy and Lori of TLC Creative Services, Inc. start a new series “Microsoft Office Secrets”. Today is all about PowerPoint and 30+ hidden or unknown slide design tools and features!

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify and Soundcloud – just search for The Presentation Podcast or “Microsoft Office Secrets of PowerPoint, Part 1” or go direct to the episode page here: http://thepresentationpodcast.com/podcast/98

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Resource/Misc

Webinar on Designing with Google Slides

Everyone should mark this date: April 1, 2020

The Presentation Guild has an upcoming webinar that promises to be fantastic for presentation designers. Vincent Thompson from BrightCarbon is spending a full hour giving tons of design examples and how-to’s when it comes to working within Google Slides.

Get details and register here.

Note: this is a Presentation Guild member-only event (and free for members!). If you work with PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides, etc. – the Presentation Guild membership is highly endorsed by me.

Troy @ TLC

 

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Portfolio

Big Banner (and Program Theme)

Received this photo from our client (thank you!). TLC Creative Services was tasked with developing the 2020 annual theme for the region, which was core to the kick off meeting PowerPoint template (TLC Creative Services also developed the PowerPoint template and formatted all executive presentations) and collateral materials. Here is the 2020 theme in the corporate office – I am guessing a huge 20’x20′ display!

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PowerPoint Resource/Misc

Animated .GIF of the TLC Creative Logo – Created in PowerPoint

I wanted to compare the image quality of an exported animated .gif and an exported .mp4 video. Jake, on the TLC Creative design team, created this simple and effective seamless loop animation of the TLC Creative Services logo. No PowerPoint animation or slide transition, just 6 slides of the logo elements in different positions and drop shadows in corresponding sizes.

Animated .GIF

.MP4 Video

Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

The Presentation Podcast, New Episode! “Design Your Career; a day in the life of a presentation designer”

A new episode of The Presentation Podcast is available today! Troy, Sandy and Lori of TLC Creative Services, Inc. give three perspectives on what happens in the day of a presentation designer.

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify and Soundcloud – just search for The Presentation Podcast or “Design Your Career; a day in the life of a presentation designer” or go direct to the episode page here: http://thepresentationpodcast.com/podcast/97

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Tutorial

An Animated GIF Created in PowerPoint

To create this animated .gif we created a small slide size PowerPoint deck. The page size is 1.25″ x 1.5″

From an image from Adobe Stock (TLC Creative has a Teams account to Adobe Stock for project art), we cropped and added the image sequence to 19 slides. No PowerPoint animation and even slide transitions – just multiple slides and a fast auto advance timing.

Troy @ TLC