What’s in a Powerpoint Template?

Powerpoint TemplatesA PowerPoint template is a pattern or blueprint of a slide or group of slides that you save as a .potx file (or .potm if the template contains macros). Templates contain layouts, theme colors, theme fonts, theme effects, background styles, and sometimes editable content. The template will contain one master slide for each of the layouts you might need while building your presentation.

As with Word templates, our starting point is usually a set of layouts from your design agency. The layouts define the styles for the various levels of text indent, the sizes and positions of graphics, background colour and graphics, etc.

Powerpoint templates do not usually contain macros (program code), but it’s certainly possible to automate them. Most commonly, clients will ask us to provide a mechanism for importing, scaling and inserting photograph files automatically. Done manually, the process of adding a slide, selecting a photo, and then scaling and positioning it can be very time-consuming: with an automated process, you can expect to insert 100 photos in around one minute.

Powerpoint Case Study

We created an automated Powerpoint Information Memorandum template for Bayleys Real Estate. The user could select various title slide layouts and follow-on slide layouts, each with options for inserting photographs and descriptive text. Since the intention was to produce a printed document, we built A3 and A4 versions of the template.

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