Dec 21, 2009

Best from Blogosphere: Design a Fresh Template for Your Presentation

In today's post, I want to share a great tip which I read on the blog PRESENTability with DFG by Denis. There is a simple video tutorial by David Anderson which introduces a new and refreshing template design and also teaches you how to make it. Do watch the video by clicking here or see it below:

What David Anderson has introduced is not just one cool template design but a 'new format' which you can use to make anything. He has created a farm and a magazine cutout. You can make a boardroom or a railway station. The possibilities are limitless.

Some Observations:

1. Situation: You need to know when to use this technique and how. This template design should be used for informal situations and definitely not for quarterly review presentations. However, marketers and advertising professionals do have some more 'creative' liberty to use it in formal settings.

2. Space for Text: The designs shown in the video have one problem. They are low on space. In case you need to write a lot you might have a problem. But this problem can be resolved. All you have to do is to design the template in such a manner that you leave adequate space to type out the text. It's all in your hands

3. Choice of Images for Cut outs: To make these templates you need images with single color backgrounds. Be it the farmer or the mail box, the 'Set transparent color tool' (which removes the background from an image) works only on one color. So when you make such templates, use only single color background images.

Use this unique method of template design and give your presentation a fresh look and feel.

Image credit: FreeDigitalPhotos.Net


  1. This is quite similar to the one proposed by Duarte in the next Powerpoint 2010...

  2. Hi Vivek,

    Thanks for your post. It is excellent and it's a good enrichment of the post I have written. It push the subject further.

    - Denis Francois Gravel

  3. @jrmacias
    Is it covered under the 5 rules?