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custom template

by JuliannaKunstler.com


  • overall aesthetics
  • functionality of the design
  • color scheme and color usage
  • fonts: typeface choice and color
  • elements alignment
  • background image
  • additional graphics (if needed)



custom settings

Open a new PowerPoint presentation

select View tab

Choose Slide Master

Slide master view gives you access to modify the template layout and settings.

If you are going to insert your pre-designed images, make sure the presentation has the same dimensions as your images.

Save the new file as a template: .potx file

Let's start with applying your color scheme to the template.

Click on Colors menu.

Scroll all the way down and click on Customize Colors

A New Color scheme window will pop up.

It is set up for default colors.

As you enter your own colors, you can see how they will work together in a Sample area.

Give your Color Theme a name.

Then start with the first color: Dark 1

Click More Colors.

In the Colors pop-up window:

Enter values of your darkest color.

Click OK.

Next swatch: Light 1

Enter values of your lightest color.

Continue with the rest of the colors (total of 6).

Adjust the rest of the colors to your liking. I chose deep saturated colors for accents and contrasting colors for links.


Now your color theme is saved and you can access it directly from the Colors menu.

Let's set up the fonts.

Click on Fonts menu.

Scroll down.

Click Customize Fonts.

Select a font for all headers and titles. It will become your default font for all headers.

Select a body font.

Give your Font theme a name and save.

Your selection will show in the Fonts menu.

Select the very first slide. This is your master slide. The settings you apply here will be applied to all slides.

You can set font and its properties to subtitles (the first text style).

Highlight it.

Then select Home tab.

Now you can apply fonts, colors, styles, etc.

Select a color from your theme.

slide layouts

Now let's work on individual slide layouts.

Select your Title slide.

Insert the background .PNG image that you have created and saved previously.

The image will be placed over the text placeholders.

That's fine.

We are going to move it to the bottom of the stack.

Keep it selected.

(You can always access Picture tools by double-clicking on the image).

Choose Send to Back from the menu.

Now the image is our background.

Reposition and resize text boxes.

You can change text options for this particular layout of the Title slide.

Consider using letter spacing options for subtitles.

Even though the master slides have areas like footer, slide number, and date, they do not automatically show in your presentation.

You will need to specify what do you want to show in the Title slide.

Under Insert tab, click on Header & Footer

I am just adding my signature (copyright info) in the footer.

If you click on Apply to All - it will save this option for all master slides.

If you want to add another area for text, image, chart, etc input - you will need to use a placeholder.

Placeholder is an editable object that you will be able to edit in a presentation.

If you add a regular text area, image, etc, they will be locked in a presentation and serve as a part of the background.

So, under Slide Master tab:

Insert placeholder >.....

That's if you need one.

Once a text placeholder is "placed", it will show all text styles available.

Delete the text and default text "Click to add text" will appear inside the placeholder.

Add more placeholders if needed.

Modify font color and other type properties.

Modify or remove footer's units:

date, footer, and slide #

Click on the next layout slide.

Insert the background that you have created.

Modify placeholders and footer elements.

Add shapes and lines if needed.

Stick to the theme colors both for shape outlines....

.... and shape fills.

To align and distribute elements, use FORMAT tab.

The elements should be selected.

Hold Shift to select multiple elements.

You can group multiple elements by right-clicking on selected graphics and choosing "Group" option.

Make sure you align placeholders where needed.

Continue with the rest of the slides.

Close the Master View when done!


You can use this template now create presentations.

To apply a template to a presentation:

  1. open a new blank presentation
  2. View > Slide Master
  3. Themes
  4. Browse for themes...
  5. Find your template and click Apply