How to Use PowerPoint Templates

How to Use PowerPoint Templates

At Createhive, we design many brand guides and templates for clients. One of the most common requests are PowerPoint templates. It is a great idea to have a base design for your collateral, having customized PowerPoint templates for your company will not only make it easy to create new presentations but will ensure your brand’s consistency throughout.

In this post we go over the basics on how to build a PowerPoint template yourself as well as give tips on how to implement your content using templates.

Building a PowerPoint Template

  1. Open a blank presentation, click the VIEW tab in the top menu, then in the MASTER VIEWS group, choose SLIDE MASTER. The slide master is the largest slide image at the top of the slide thumbnail list, to the left of your slides. All of the associated slide layouts are positioned directly beneath the slide master.

This group would be your first custom theme. It is possible to create multiple templates in one document. To create an additional template, select master slide (giant slide) and then go to Edit>Duplicate in the menu bar or use the keyboard shortcut (Mac: CMD + D, PC: CTRL + D).

  1. Style your template with fonts, shapes, colors etc. that you’d like to create for your template. Remember the master slide will retain every element so be sure to only put universal elements that will be featured on all slides there.

  1. When finished with creating a template, close slide master editor (click on “Close Master,” button highlighted on screenshot below).

Once back to your document you can access your template by going to the HOME tab, LAYOUT, and there you should see your template with all the slides laid out. Click on the slide you want to use and there you go!

Things to keep in mind when designing a template or two…

  • If you plan to not use native system fonts (Google fonts or purchased fonts), be cognizant when sharing this template with others who may use the template on their computers that may not have that font on their computer. Unfortunately PowerPoint 2016 Mac does not have a font embedding option but PowerPoint 2016 for PC does.
  • If you plan to add images into your template, high res PNGs tend to display the best.
  • You can create a custom color scheme with easy access for your template. There is a colors button in the Slide Master Template builder where you can pick colors for a custom palette.
  • Pay attention to what proportion you’d like to have your template. New versions of PowerPoint currently have a standard ratio and an ultra-wide option.
  • Always smart to have light and dark version for your template.
  • Transitions are always a nice way to help the flow of your presentation so keep those in mind as well.
  • If you are using images from the internet, be sure to check what their copyright laws are for the photos used.
  • More than not, a simple presentation goes a long way. Use everything in moderation from colors (try not to make your template all bold colors) to slide transitions to your text (give the audience key terms, not an encyclopedia). Breaking up text on separate slides is a great option when battling the issue of too much content on one slide. K.I.S.S!

Tips When Adding Content to Your Newly Made Template

Now that you have a great template in place, let’s discuss how to use it.

  • Best practice when starting a new project is to make sure the new presentation already has your custom template stored on it. A good option is to have a blank presentation with the theme on it and for all future projects to duplicate that file when creating new presentations.
  • If you are copying and pasting in slides from previous presentations, sometimes they will carry over remnants of a theme so be sure to strip all of that by reassigning your custom theme to that slide. (Home Ribbon / Layout)
  • Microsoft Office programs tend to keep content formatting if you are copying content from other sources (online, word document, etc) and sometimes that can be helpful but more than not, it isn’t. Best practice when copying content from said other source, as text for example, make sure to copy/paste it with clear formatting. A good way to do that is have open (WordPad for PC, TextEdit for Mac) and paste the info you copied from original source, then recopy content, the info is now stripped of all formatting.

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Responsive Web Design 101

Responsive Web Design 101

Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach that is becoming more and more popular if not the way to have a site nowadays. The concept aims at designing sites to embrace the flexibility, and unpredictability of internet browsers and throw away fixed widths. The end goal is to design once and have it presented appropriately everywhere whether it be displayed on a giant monitor or a tiny mobile device.

With this new method on the rise more like routine these days, there are changes in the workflow that every designer/client should be aware of:

  • Content Priority: Info/content first. It’s best to think what info do you want your viewer to see first – especially when an average viewer has a very (very very very) short attention span.
  • Think small, then big – MOBILE FIRST. In this day and age, most check websites on their mobile devices whether it be phones, tablets, phablets etc. so be sure to cater the design more for mobile and work from there for the full-size site on a desktop.
  • Consistency is key.

Our graphic header is a great example of how RWD works showing the original graphic on a laptop and how it may translate to smaller mobile devices.


Helpful articles:

W3Schools – CSS Intro to RWD
W3Schools – HTML Intro to RWD
Smashing Magazine – Responsive Web Design Guidelines and Tutorials

Responsive Web Design in a nutshell:


WordPress Plugin Starter Kit

WordPress Plugin Starter Kit

Here is a compiled list of plugins we recommend installing to your WordPress site ranging from super helpful to bells and whistles type plugins.

WordPress sites have been a common request from clients here at CreateHive. With each site, Paula and I notice that there are standard plugins we instinctually install into each client’s site. Gathered here is a list of plugins we definitely install and some extras that have been very nice additions to sites.


Plugins that help behind the scenes during the construction of a new site:

Database Help
To update the domain/url from the database (without sifting through code) – serves as an easy search and replace.

Go Live Update URLs

Under Construction
This is for when we are working on a live site and not wanting to fully launch it yet. It puts an “Under Construction” sign up as we work.

Coming Soon / Maintenance mode Ready!

Elegant Themes Helpers
Since we frequent the use of the DIVI theme from Elegant themes, here are some helpful plugins to help facilitate the use of the theme.

Elegant Themes Updater

Helps implement code into posts/pages like PHP or JS.

Insert HTML Snippet

Child Theme Aggregate
Helps create new child theme without you creating your own on the backend side.

Child Theme Configurator


Wordfence Security


Style plugins to help the construction of a site:

Some clients want a more customized form vs. the standard WordPress one.

Ninja Forms
WordPress Appointment Booking and Online Scheduling Plugin by vCita

Social Networking
Different ways to integrate social networks to WordPress sites.

jQuery Pin It Button For Images
Pinterest Pin It Button For Images

Bells and Whistles
Some common additions clients typically like in their site.

Kiwi Logo Carousel


Plugins that help once site is up and running:

Helpful tools to help track stats for sites.

Google XML Sitemaps 
Google Analytics by Yoast
Yoast SEO Plugin

General Fixes / Help
Fixes to help the site. Often are changes made by WordPress updates.

Advanced Excerpt
– Duplicate Post

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