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The Master Slide

 

Modifying a Design

The Master Slide is a special slide that controls many formatting features available to all the other slides of the same presentation. It allows you to set the font, the colors, objects, graphics, and other characteristics that all slides share. There are two main ways you can use the master slide. You can use it to modify the design of an existing presentation or you can use it to design a presentation completely from scratch.

You can access the Master Slide from the main menu where you would click View -> Master -> Slide Master. Once the Master Slide is opened, any design you perform would apply to all slides, except on the first slide if the presentation was created from a template.

 

Practical Learning: Using the Master Slide

  1. Open the Human Body Structure4 presentation
    If necessary, in the lower-left side of the screen, click the Normal View button
  2. On the main menu, click View -> Master -> Slide Master
  3. On the Drawing toolbar, click the Rectangle button
  4. On the Master slide, draw a rectangle that spans from the left border to the right border and covers half an inch from the bottom border of the slide
     
  5. While the rectangle is still selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow of the Fill Color button and click Fill Effects
  6. In the Gradient property page of the Fill Effects dialog box, click the Two Colors radio button
  7. click the arrow of the Color 1 combo box and select the blue color
  8. Make sure the Color 2 combo box has white selected, otherwise, select the white color
  9. On the Shading Styles section, make sure the Horizontal radio button is selected, otherwise, select it
  10. In the Variants section, click the button in the 1st row - 2nd column
     
    Fill Effects
  11. Click OK
  12. While the shape is still selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow of the Line Color and click No Line
  13. On the slide, right-click the selected shape and click Copy
  14. Right-click an empty area on the slide and click Paste
  15. While the new shape is still selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow of the Fill Color button and click Fill Effects
  16. In the Gradient property page of the Fill Effects dialog box, make sure the the Two Colors radio button is selected, the Color 1 is blue, the Color 2 is white, and the Horizontal radio button is selected.
    In the Variants section, click the first button and click OK
  17. Press and hold the up arrow key to move the new shape completely to the top border of the slide. When it gets to the top of the slide, release the up arrow key
  18. To add another shape, on the Drawing toolbar, click the Rectangle button
  19. On the slide, there is a vertical line on the left side of the main title title. Draw a thin rectangle that covers it completely. To move your new rectangle, press and hold Alt while you are moving the rectangle
  20. While the rectangle is selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow of the Line Color button and click No Line
  21. While the rectangle is still selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow of the Fill Color button and click Fill Effects.
  22. Click the Two Colors radio button and change Color 1 to black. In the Shading Styles, make sure the Horizontal radio button is selected. In the Variants section, make sure the first button is selected. Click OK
     
    Slide
  23. Click the Normal View button and click the Outline tab
  24. Scroll up and click the second slide
     
  25. To view the presentation, on the main menu, click View -> Slide Show
  26. View the whole presentation until the end.
  27. Save the presentation

Creating a Custom Design

If you access a presentation whose slides were already formatted with a common design, you can change some of the aspects of the existing design and you can add new ones. Working from no design is more engaging because you must create all of your objects manually and decide on the fonts. This can be tremendously arduous which is why you would hardly do it.

Practical Learning: Designing From Scratch

  1. Open the Web Design3 presentation. If you don't have it, then open the Web Site Design3 presentation
  2. On the main menu, click View -> Master -> Slide Master
  3. On the Drawing toolbar, click the Rectangle button and draw a rectangle that completely covers the slide but doesn't go overboard:
     
    The Master Slide in Design
  4. While the rectangle is still selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow of the Fill Color button and click Fill Effects...
  5. Click the Two Colors radio button
  6. Click the Color 1 combo box and click More Colors... In the Custom property page, set the color to Red = 205, Green = 50, Blue = 0. Click OK
  7. Click the Color 2 combo box and click More Colors... In the Custom property page, set the color to Red = 255, Green = 215, Blue = 160. Click OK
  8. In the Shading Styles section, click the Diagonal Up radio button
  9. In the Variants section, make sure the button in 1st column - 1st row is selected and click OK
     
  10. Once again, on the Drawing toolbar, click the Rectangle button and draw a rectangle that covers part of the bottom section of the slide as follows:

  11. While the rectangle is still selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow of the Fill Color button and select More Fill Colors... In the Standard property page of the Colors dialog box, select a dark red color:
     
  12. Click OK
  13. While the rectangle is still selected, press Ctrl + C and press Ctrl + V twice to get two more copies of the rectangle. Resize and position them as follows:
     
  14. Click the rectangle that is between the other two bottom rectangle. On the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow of the Fill Color button and click More Fill Colors... In the Custom property page of the Colors dialog box, set the color to Red=255, Green=90, Blue=40, and click OK
  15. On the Drawing toolbar, click the Ellipse button and click in the lower-right corner of the slide
  16. While the circle is still selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow of the Fill Color button and click Fill Effects...
  17. In the Gradient property page of the Fill Effects dialog box, click the One Color radio button
  18. Click the Color 1 combo box and click More Colors...
  19. In the Standard property page of the Colors dialog box, click a dark red color and click OK
  20. Back in the Fill Effects dialog box, in the Shading Styles section, click the From Center radio button
  21. In the Variants section, make sure the 1st column - 1st row button is selected and click OK
  22. While the circle is still selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow of the Line Color button and click No Line
  23. While the circle is still selected, press Ctrl + C and press Ctrl V twice
  24. Position the three circles one above the other in the lower-right side of the slide:
     
  25. Right-click the smallest rectangle in the bottom section of the slide, position the mouse on Order, and click Send to Back
  26. Click the rectangle that was just larger than the smaller one and press F4
  27. Click the rectangle that was bigger than the other bottom two and press F4
  28. Click each of the spheres on the slide and press F4
  29. Click the middle of the slide to select the rectangle that covers the whole slide and press F4
     
  30. On the Drawing toolbar, click the Rectangle button and draw a rectangle that spans from the right border of the slide to the left border of the Click To Edit Master Title Style box and position under that title
  31. While the rectangle is still selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow of the Fill Color button and click Fill Effects...
  32. Click the Once Color radio button and click More Colors... In the Standard property page of the Colors dialog box, select a dark red color and click OK
  33. In the Shading Styles section, click the Vertical radio button
  34. In the Variants section, make sure the button in 1st column - 1st row is selected and click OK
  35. While the rectangle is still selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow of the Line Color button and click No Line
  36. On the Drawing toolbar, click the Line button and draw a vertical line from the top border of the slide to a 1/4 from the bottom and the line should touch the left border of the Click To Edit Master Title Style box
  37. While the line is still selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow of the Line Color button and click More Line Colors
  38. In the Custom property page of the Colors dialog box, set the color to Red=255, Green=160, Blue=130, and click OK
  39. While the line is still selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the Dash Style button and click the style on the third line (Square Dot)
     
  40. Click the Click To Edit Master Text Styles line then click the border of its box
  41. Move it to the left so its bullet is on the left side of the vertical line but its text remains on the right side of the vertical line (for more precision, to move, press and hold Ctrl while you are pressing the left and/or right arrow keys)
  42. Right-click the Click To Edit Master Title Style line and click Font...
  43. Set the font to Times New Roman, Bold, 44, Shadow, Color=yellow, and click OK
  44. Right-click the Click To Edit Master Text Style line and click Bullets and Numbering...
  45. In the Bullets and Numbering dialog box, click Character... In the Bullets From combo box, select Wingdings 2. Set the Color to Red=255, Green=160, Blue=130. Set the Size to 95. In the list of characters select the button at 15th column - 5th row
     
  46. Click OK
  47. Right-click the Click To Edit Master Text Style line again and click Font...
  48. Set the font to Tahoma, Regular, 32, Color=white, and click OK
  49. Select the Second Level line. Right-click it and click Bullets and Numbering. In the Bulleted property page, click the button at 2nd column - 2nd row. Set the Size to 95. Set the Color to Red=255, Green=255, Blue=155 and click OK
  50. Right-click the selected Second Level line again and click Font... Set the font to Tahoma, Regular, 28, Color=yellow, and click OK
  51. Click the Click To Edit Master Title Style and, on the Formatting toolbar, click the Left button Left
     
  52. In the lower section of the slide, click one of the rectangles. Press and hold Shift. Then click each of the other rectangles to select all three. Press Ctrl + C to copy them
  53. If you have the Master toolbar, click its Close button. Otherwise, on the main menu, click View -> Normal
  54. Display the first slide
  55. Using the Rectangle shape, draw a rectangle that covers the whole slide
  56. Using the Fill Effects of the Fill Color button of the Drawing toolbar, format the rectangle to a One Color that is a dark red, Shading Style = Horizontal, Variants = 2nd column - 2nd row
  57. Press Ctrl + V to paste the rectangles
  58. Move the selected rectangle to the middle top section of the slide
  59. Press Ctrl + V again
  60. Move and position the rectangles as follows:
     
  61. Add three circles to the lower -right section of the slide and format them as we did for the Master slide:
     
  62. Right-click one of the smaller rectangle, position the mouse on Order and click Send To Back
  63. Click the other smaller rectangle and press F4
  64. Click each of the smaller rectangles and press F4
  65. Click each of the larger rectangles and press F4
  66. Click each of the spheres and press F4
  67. Click the middle of the slide to access the rectangle that covers the slide and press F4
  68. Change the slide title to Web Design
  69. Change its font size to 72 and align it to the center of the slide
  70. Save the presentation and press F5 to view it

 

 

MOUS Topics

 
S14 Modify the Slide Master
S18 Change and replace text fonts (individual slide and entire presentation)
S21 Change the text alignment
 

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