8. Unique Title Slide Layouts

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A title slide always looks best when it has a unique slide design. Here, we'll design a unique Title slide for Zippy Airways, to give our template a very professional finish.


Title slide layouts

- The title slide layout is the first slide layout under the slide master
- All you need to do is change this slide layout to create a unique title slide

Format Painter

- The format painter tool is a quick of copying and pasting object formatting
1 Select the object to be copied
2 Click the format painter in the Home tab on the ribbon
3 Click on the object that will adopt the new formatting with paintbrush icon


Presentations tend to look much better when the title slide has a unique layout that is different to every other slide, based on the Slide Master.

In this lesson, we're going to create a unique slide layout for our title slide that will look something like this.

If you want to create a unique layout for your title slide, the easiest way to do this is to simply select the title slide layout under the current Slide Master and redesign it.

PowerPoint automatically designates the first layout under the Slide Master as the title slide.

When you create a new presentation, the first slide will always adopt this layout.

So to create a unique title slide layout, all we have to do is to change this design.

I'll start by changing the background color of the slide with the rectangle.

So I go to Home, select Rectangle, and cover the whole slide.

I'd like to change the color of the rectangle to the same blue that I have in the banner, and to do this, I'll use the Format Painter.

So go back to the Slide Master, select the banner, and then click Format Painter.

When I then return to my title slide, the paint brush icon will appear and I can just click, and this fills in my rectangle with the exact same blue from my banner.

Very useful.

Next I'll move my rectangle to the back so that I can see my text placeholders, which I'm still going to use.

Let's delete the bottom three placeholders, which we won't use on the title slide.

For both placeholders, I'll make sure the text is aligned on the left, I'll make sure the text is white, and I'll move them to the right-hand side of the page.

On the left-hand side of the page, I'll add an image placeholder.

I’ll give this image placeholder a white border and thicken it to 3 points.

The last change I'll make to the title slide will be to add the logo.

I'll go back to the Slide Master, select the logo and the cloud, group these two objects, and copy with Ctrl + C.

I'll then return to my title slide and paste with Ctrl + V.

I'll move these objects down to the bottom by holding Shift, click and drag, and then I'll hold Shift and re-size it to make my logo a little bigger.

That looks much better.

And now we're ready to test out this layout in our presentation, so I'll close the Master View, delete the old title slide, and add in my new layout.

We'll then choose our image, and off-camera I'll add some text to my two placeholders.

I'll increase the text size slightly in both placeholders, and now our title slide is complete.

Compared to the default layout equivalent we were given by PowerPoint, our new title slide layout is a big design improvement for about five minutes additional work.

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