About this lesson
We will create an eye-catching title slide using the title slide layout. Then, we'll create a title slide manually from a blank slide using text boxes and basic shapes.
Download the ‘before’ and ‘after’ PowerPoint presentations from the video tutorial and try the lesson yourself.Slide 1: Title Slide - Start with a Bang!
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Slide 1: Title Slide - Start with a Bang!
Every presentation should start with a bang! Create an engaging title slide to get others interested in the topic using modern design techniques.
When to use
Every presentation should contain a title slide so the audience or the reader understand the subject matter, the purpose or the goal.
Creating the title slide background
- Click the File tab and select New.
- Choose Blank presentation.
By default, the title slide layout is applied. We want to create a title slide from scratch so we need to change the slide layout to Blank.
- From the Home tab, in the Slides group, click Layout.
- Choose Blank.
Inserting a background image
Add a high quality image to the slide background. The image might be from an approved company image repository, from an online source or one of your own. Be mindful of copyright prior to using images in a PowerPoint presentation especially if it is for commercial use.
For high quality, free images, refer to lesson '2.02 Resources and Inspiration'. In this presentation, all images have been downloaded to a local folder from the website www.pexels.com.
- From the Insert tab, in the Images group, select Pictures.
- Choose From this device.
- Browse to the folder where the image is stored.
- Select the image and click Insert.
Cropping and Filling
Most images we insert won't fit the slide size exactly. To avoid stretching or distorting the image by dragging the resize handles, we need to use a technique called Crop and Fill. This ensures that the image will maintain it's aspect ratio.
- Click on the picture.
- From the Picture Format tab, in the Size group, click the lower-half of the Crop button.
- Choose Fill from the menu.
- Drag the black handles that appear around the picture out to fill the white space.
- Click the lower-half of the Crop button again and choose Fill from the menu.
Using Transparant Shapes
Background images look very effective but it can sometimes be hard for the text on top to stand out. Most images contain a multitude of colors and you may find that both dark and light text get's lost in the background image.
One way to have a nice background image and striking text is to overlay a shape and take the transparancy down so the images shows through but contrast is greatly improved.
- From the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click the lower-hald of the Shapes button.
- Choose the rectangle shape.
- Draw a rectangle over the background image so it completely covers it.
- From the Shape Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Fill.
- Choose Purple, Accent 5, Darker 50% from the palette.
- Right-click on the shape.
- Select Format Shape from the contextual menu.
- From the Shape Options tab, in the Fill group, adjust the Transparancy to 27%.
Hints & tips
- Think before you start to create a presentation about fonts, color and layout. The title slide will essentially dictate the style of your entire presentation.
- Remember to check the copyright for all images used in a PowerPoint presentation.
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