2. Add a Title Banner

 
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Overview

Most slide decks will have a title banner across the top of the page. Here I show you how to create a great looking banner utilising shapes and colour gradients

Lesson Notes

Title banners

- To give a title banner a different colour, draw a rectangle behind the placeholder and fill
- Make sure that the colour in the title placeholder contrasts well with the banner colour
- When creating text-heavy slides, reduce the height of the banner for more space

Cropping shapes

1 Draw desired shapes and group them
2 Select object and go to Paste Options
3 Paste as Picture
4 Delete grouped object and crop picture

Keyboard shortcuts

CTRL + MOUSE DRAG: Duplicate item
SHIFT + MOUSE DRAG: Draw perfect circle

Transcript

In the previous lesson, we added our company's logo to the PowerPoint template.

In this lesson, we'll continue to format the template with a blue banner across the top of the page.

So we'll start by going to View, Slide Master, where we can make these changes.

I'll select the Master Slide, I'll go to Home, and first of all create a rectangle that will go across the top of our page.

I'll then move this rectangle to the back, I'll remove the outline, and I'll change the blue color to a lighter blue and with a gradient.

To make the logo stand out a little more, I'm going to add a cloud behind the logo.

Although there's a cloud object in the Drawing part of the ribbon, I'm going to create my own cloud, which I think looks a little better, simply by drawing some circles.

So I'll select the oval object in the Drawing part of the ribbon, and hold Shift to draw some circles.

And then I'll duplicate these by holding Ctrl and dragging.

And then I'll position these circles so they look like a cloud.

And that looks pretty good for starters, so I'll select all of the circles, I'll remove the outline, and I'll color them white.

I'll group these objects and I'll move them into position in front of the logo.

I'll then select the banner and the cloud and move them to the back.

As you can see, we need to make some changes to the cloud so that it fits well with the logo.

I'll make some of these changes off-camera, but once I'm done, I'm left with a cloud that looks something like this.

Our next step is to crop the cloud image, because it overruns off the side of the slide.

Unfortunately, we can't crop a grouped object like this cloud, so we'll need to convert it into an image.

To do this, we'll copy with Ctrl + C and then we'll go to the Paste drop-down and Paste Special, and we'll paste it as a picture.

We'll then remove the grouped object and take our new image and move it into position.

Again, we’ll move it to the back so that we can see the airplane.

We can now crop our cloud using the crop tool, but before I do so, I'll increase the zoom so that I don't make any mistakes when cropping.

I'll first select the cloud and move it into position, and then I'll select the Crop tool.

And I'll crop until it hits the edge of the slide.

And I'll also crop the bottom edges of the cloud.

I’ll then press Enter and click away.

Then I'll move the plane slightly to the right, and now our banner illustration is complete.

If we move back to the Fit to Window setting and scroll through our layouts, you can see that the banner takes up quite a lot of the slide.

If your slides contain a lot of content, you may want to reduce the size of the banner.

To do this is very easy.

First of all, we’ll return to the Master Slide, and we'll reduce the height of the blue rectangle and the text placeholder to the size that we want.

We'll then select the image of the plane and the cloud, and move these objects inside the new banner.

We can also reduce the size of our banner illustration if we wish.

This will now give PowerPoint users much more space to create new content in the body of the slide.

To wrap up this lesson on the banner, I'm going to change the text color in this placeholder, because black doesn't look well against a dark blue background.

So I'll change the text to white.

That looks much better, and now our banner is complete.

In the next lesson, I'll show you how to create a color palette for your PowerPoint template, extracting some of the colors from our company logo.