So you’ve got yourself one of our templates (or you’re thinking about getting one)? This post will describe how to get started using our templates in the easiest way possible. If you’re a beginner or a seasoned .ppt vet, this guide has you covered.
SOFTWARE NOTE: The instructions below are for PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. I believe there are many similarities between the PC version. In the mean time, this should suffice getting you up and running.
The five-step set-up:
- Buy – Buy a template! We’ve got something for everyone. Want to request a feature or a style? Submit it here.
- Download – Download the template via the receipt/thank you page after you’ve purchased. Missed the link by accident? Check your email! One should have been sent directly to the email you specified on check out.
- Unzip – Find the template you just downloaded and unzip it in a place where you’ll remember (perhaps start a dedicated “Templates” folder in your Documents folder so you can keep future templates here as well).
- Install fonts – Install the fonts in the Fonts folder contained in the template folder. This process is different for Mac or PCs so be sure to look up how it’s done on your machine if you don’t know how. A simple Google search will yield easy instructions.
- Duplicate and edit – When you want to get going using your template, take the template file and duplicate it to another folder where you’ll edit your presentation, then get to cranking! We recommend duplicating the template and keeping the original template you downloaded intact for easy reference in the future, for instance if you want to start from scratch again on a new template.
Each template comes with four major parts:
- 1) Pre-designed slides
- 2) Master slides and layouts
- 3) Icons
- 4) Default fonts, theme colors
Pre-designed slides are what you see when you first open up one of our templates. They make use of the Master slides and are filled with fake content.
- 1) First, ensure you’re working from a duplicated (copy) of your originally downloaded template. You don’t want to erase any part of the template by accident!
- 2) Once you’ve got that double checked, simply delete the content you don’t want and replace it with your own content. The Master slides that are included make layout easy.
- 3) Don’t see a pre-designed slide that you want? Check the Master slides or scan the Layout menu.
Sections. All of our pre-designed slides are broken up into major sections when viewing so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
Master slides are the backbone of any PowerPoint presentation. Sure you can create a nice looking presentation without them, but it’s going to be a pain in the ass having to recreate every slide exactly the same way; and forget about having anyone else use it – they’ll have no idea what you did to get it to look that way! Good design in PowerPoint means leveraging the power of Master slides whenever you can.
To view a template’s Master slides: In the menu select View > Master > Slide Master.
Once viewing Master slides, be careful what you edit. Whatever you change here, will affect whatever primary or pre-designed slides you’ve created. Keep in mind, one Master slide can be used by many slides in your presentation. Also, content shouldn’t actually go on a Master slide, it should go on a slide you’ve designed in “Normal view” using the Master slide.
- 1) Again, make sure you’re not working on the originally downloaded template so you don’t erase original files by accident.
- 2) Edit your Master slides how you see fit.
- 3) Need to make a new Master slide? Duplicate a Master slide that’s already somewhat close to what you’re trying to design by right-clicking a slide and selecting “Duplicate Slide”, then edit the duplicate slide to your needs!
To return to Normal View: In the menu select View > Normal View.
Selecting a Master slide Layout: When editing a slide in Normal view and you’d like to change it’s Layout, select a Master slide from the Layout menu.
All Crispy Presentation templates come with a minimum of 260 pre-loaded, easily styled icons (design credit to Webalys.com, original files here).
- 1) Duplicate the icon so the original is preserved – you’re sensing a pattern here hopefully.
- 2) Then simply resize and recolor using the Fill tool. If you want to get fancy, you can add an outline with the Line tool or a gradient fill by selecting “Fill Effects…” from the Fill tool dropdown menu.
DEFAULT FONTS, COLORS AND SHAPES.
Fonts. All of our templates have default fonts, colors and shapes set. If for some reason you find yourself using a font that looks out of place, check the Fonts folder that was included with your original template download – this will have all of the fonts needed for the template. To keep the design aesthetic, we recommend using only the font families that came with your template.
Colors. In addition to default fonts, all of our templates have pre-set colors that are visible whenever selecting a color-oriented dropdown (like the Fill tool as seen above). Technically any of these colors are okay to use, but the first row of colors are the default colors, and the colors below are the color variations that PowerPoint automatically generates.
Shapes. Lastly, we’ve styled and set default lines and shapes that will match the aesthetic of your template.