The Easy Guide to Template Editing

The Easy Guide to Template Editing

In this article, I will show you a few easy ways to edit your templates. Free PowerPoint templates are a great tool for presenters. Even if the design isn’t your strong suit – you still need a beautiful presentation. But often times, we need to edit the ready-made templates for them to fulfill our specific needs.

If the instructions on editing templates seem daunting and complicated, you’ve come to the right place. In this easy guide to template editing, I will cover all the basics of changing your slides. When you’re through with this tutorial, you’ll have the skills to give your presentation a personal touch.

How to Edit Colors

Sometimes, a template is almost perfect. It has everything you need to organize your PowerPoint presentation neatly. But, you’d like the colors to match your brand. Or you’d like them to be more subtle. Whichever reason you have for wanting to change the colors, this easy guide to template editing has you covered.

Simply open the template that you want to edit. Click on the Design option on the ribbon, and select colors in the upper right corner, shown in the stair diagram example below.

In order to change color of your slides, follow this easy guide to template editing and select colors on the design tab on the ribbon.

 

Editing your templates in this way will automatically change the color scheme of all your slides. If for some reason, you’d like to change the color scheme individually, the process is different.

In order to edit template colors for each individual slide, you can use the Shape Fill option in PowerPoint. Simply select the segment you want to edit, and right-click on it. Select the Shape Fill option from the menu, like in the image below:

Follow this simple guide to template editing and learn how to use the fill-in option to change the color of individual slides.

 

As you can see, this doesn’t change the color scheme of the entire template:

Follow this easy guide to template editing and learn how to change colors of individual slides.

 

If you’re unsure of how to use colors and are looking for design advice, you might find our article on how to use colors in achieving 4 PowerPoint presentation themes a useful read.

How to Change Font and Size

To change the font and size of a single slide or piece of text, click on the Home tab. Select the text you want to resize, and pick the preferred font and size, like in an image below.

Follow this easy guide to template editing, and learn how to change the font on a single slide.

 

If you’d like to change the font and size for the whole template, you’re going to have to work in PowerPoint Slide Master View. You can find the Slide Master View by clicking on the View section in the ribbon. It should look something like this:

Follow this easy guide to template editing, and learn how to utilize the power of slide master view.

 

Once you’re in Slide Master View, all the changes you make will apply to the entire template. To change your font from here, simply click on the fonts section within Slide Master View, and chose your font.

Follow this easy guide to template editing and learn to use slide master view to change the font for the entire template.

 

To change the font size from Slide Master View, click on the Home section on the ribbon. Then, select the level of text you want to change and pick the size like shown in an image below:

Effortlessly change the font size for all your slides by following this easy guide to template editing.

 

How to Copy-Paste Components Between Slides

No easy guide to template editing would be complete without a simple solution on how to switch components between slides.

To cut/copy and paste an object from one slide to another, select the component you want to move. Then, right click on the border, as illustrated in the image below. When the drop-down menu appears, choose the action you want to take with the selected object.

Learn how to switch components between slides using our easy guide to template editing.

 

When you’ve copied the object, go to the slide you want to paste it to, and click paste.

Follow our easy guide to template editing and learn how to switch components on your free online templates.

 

As you can see, the components are switched around pretty easily in our soft consulting template pack. Our templates are pretty flexible when it comes to switching objects around. You can pretty much move any item anywhere in the presentation.

How to Change Background

Sometimes, we can find the perfect template where the background can just stand in the way. Maybe you just dislike a certain combination of colors on one particular slide. Or maybe you’d like to change the background texture of the entire template to match your topic a little better.  There are plenty of ways to change your background, but this is the easy guide to template editing.

The simplest way to change the background of a single slide is to click Normal on the view menu and select the slide that you want to change. It should look something like in the growth process template example below.

Follow this easy guide to template editing and learn how to effortlessly change background.

 

Once you’re done with that, find the format background option in the Design tab in your version of PowerPoint. It should look something like in an image below.

Follow this easy guide to template editing and learn how to format your background.

 

In Format Background, select Fill, and choose your preferred fill and color. If you want to create a style that will apply to the entire template, simply select Apply to All once you’re finished creating your background.

How to Remove Background

If you have no problem with the color or the texture, but certain objects in the background are in the way, you might want to remove a part of or an entire background. To do this, simply select the background object that you want to remove. Right-click the item, and cut it, like in the image below.

Follow this easy guide to template editing, and learn how to effortlessly remove your slide background.

 

Do this for every external layer of the background. Once you can no longer select individual background components, click on Format Background in the Design tab.

Follow this easy guide to template editing, and learn how to make your background disappear!

 

Select Fill, Solid Fill, and choose white as your color. As you can see in the image below, the entire background has been removed!

Follow this easy guide to template editing and learn how to achieve a perfectly clear background.

 

How to Switch Photos

In order to switch one photo for another during your presentation, you’ll need to work with animations. Luckily for you, this easy guide to template editing has a no-brainer way to do it!

In order to switch two photos in PowerPoint, click Home from the menu. Click Select from the Editing tab in the ribbon. Then, open the Selection Pane.

This easy guide to template editing will teach you how to utilize the full potential of PowerPoint selection pane.

 

Selection Pane is a neat mode in PowerPoint. It’s basically a pop-up on the right side of the screen, listing the names of all the images in the template. It should look like in the image below.

As shown in this easy guide to template editing, the selection pane will appear in the right part of the screen.

 

By simply clicking on an image, you can see where it’s located in the Selection Pane.

As shown in this easy guide to template editing, clicking on an image will show where it is in the selection pane.

 

Select the first from the two images you want to switch and drag it over the second one. Make sure that they align perfectly so that the animation will work. Click Animations from the menu. Select the first picture, and then select Add Animation. It should look something like in the image below.

Follow this easy guide to template editing and learn how to add animations to your photos.

 

From the drop-down menu that appears select the Fade option from the Exit section. You should see the image fade out, revealing the second photo.

Follow this easy guide to template editing and learn to make your photos disappear.

 

Once you’ve previewed your photo fade, click the Start drop-down menu, in the Timing section. Select With Previous.

To complete adding animations to your photo select with previous in the timing section of the ribbon, as shown in this easy guide to template editing.

 

Now click on the name of your second photo. Click Add Animations, and select the Fade option from the Entrance section. Again, choose with previous from the start drop-down box in the Timing section.

In the Advanced Animations tab, click Animation Pane. It should open to the right of the Selection and Visibility Pane. This will list all of the animations you’ve added to the presentation. In order to select the timing and the duration of the switch, click on the drop-down box located next to the name of each image. Once you’re done with that, select timing, and edit it according to your preferences. Your animation can last up to 5 seconds.

Follow this easy guide to template editing and learn the simplest way to time your animations.

 

Once you finish timing your switch, hit F5 to preview your photos change!

Edit Your Templates with Ease

Now you’ve gone through our simple guide to template editing. Hopefully, you can now edit and remove the background with ease. You’ve mastered the basics of photo animations, and you can make your font reveal a little bit more about your personality. You can now enrich your experience using free online templates by putting your own spin on it.

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