In this training session, you will learn how to create branded print materials using PowerPoint. We will demonstrate by building a brochure with step by step instructions.

Creating professional, attractive communication pieces is important to conveying information about the important work that is being done. Publisher is a software program that is accessible to many and more intuitive than Adobe InDesign, but it also has its drawbacks. As part of the new OSU brand rollout, University Marketing began developing templates in InDesign and PowerPoint. This session is an opportunity see a demonstration on how to use the design tools in PowerPoint to create branded communication and marketing pieces for your programs. It is also an opportunity to learn more about brand elements such as photo style, use of logos, headline and sub-head font choices, and more. Learners should be inspired to look at PowerPoint as an approachable design tool.

Also attached is a downloadable PDF with how-to instructions, to revisit some of the information mentioned in the video in a simpler format: Templates – How To.pdf

 

To change a photo that’s locked on the Slide Master, first go to View> Slide Master, and you’ll see all the layout options available to you. These aren’t being seen in the final presentation, but they are the starting place that your presentation bases it’s design on.

To change the image, select the picture and go to Format Picture>Change Picture. Locate the photo you’d like to use, and click Replace.

Because the photo you choose might not be the same dimensions as a Powerpoint slide, you may need to change the size of the photo to make it full screen.

From Format Picture, click crop, and hover over the edges to get your cursor to change to a black T or L.

Expand this to the size of the slide, and then enlarge the photo to fit within. Move around the photo to make sure nothing vital gets cut off, or to leave room for the text to be readable. Click off of the photo to apply the changes.

When you’re done, go to Slide Master>Exit Master view to return to your presentation. If your changes haven’t been updated, you may need to use the drop down for Layout and choose the slide with your new image.

Thank you and good luck.

 

One of the most common things we get asked about is Powerpoint Templates.

Many think their only option is to use the slide they see as the title, and the default title slide shows a whale in this arrangement. If you go to the layout drop-down, you can see there are many title slides to choose from. We have a couple different images to work with as placeholder, or if you’d like to use your own photo you can edit it from the Slide Master.

The same applies to the interior slides, so you can choose a different layout, color variation, or if you’d like to have just a blank slide. Thank you and good luck.