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250 Yonge Street

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Toronto, ON M5G 1V2


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Microsoft PowerPoint training course | Design for Non-Designers Course | Online in Virtual Classroom Format or in Toronto

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Microsoft® PowerPoint®: Design for Non-Designers (1 Day Course)

Duration: 1 day - 9 am - 4 pm (ET)

Upcoming Dates: August 16, 2021 |  Check for more dates >

Microsoft PowerPoint Versions: 2013 | 2016 | 2019 | 365 (Windows)

Delivery Methods: Instructor-led, in-person (live classroom) training or virtual classroom training

Course Fee: $275 CDN per person + HST (Virtual classroom), $295 CDN per person + HST (Bring your own device for live classroom courses) or $345 CDN per person + HST (Avantix Learning provides device for live classroom courses)

Virtual Classroom: Virtual classroom courses are led by a live instructor and run from 9 am to 4 pm (Eastern Time) with a 15 minute break in the morning and in the afternoon and a 1 hour break for lunch.

In-person (Live Classroom) Course Location: Our live classroom courses are offered in downtown Toronto at the Toronto Eaton Centre or at the Toronto Star Building (some Avantix Learning courses may be held at an alternate downtown Toronto location). Location will be confirmed when you register.

Learning Path: Level 3

Prerequisite: Microsoft PowerPoint: Intermediate / Advanced

Custom training: Available on request. Contact us to arrange a date.

Note: Public scheduled courses are delivered as live instructor-led classroom training or virtual classroom training (as indicated). Bring your own device rates apply to live classroom courses.

Learn how to make your presentations stand out using various design techniques in your PowerPoint slides. During this hands-on course, students will learn about typography, color, layout, hierarchy and techniques for using pictures, shapes and overlays to create better, more impactful presentations. Key concepts will be introduced to help you create PowerPoint decks that will engage your audience. Themes, masters and templates will also be created and applied to various presentations in different ways. Learn to add animations to help focus attention and to visualize data using charts and infographics. Throughout this course, the instructor will include numerous tips, tricks and shortcuts. Each student will also receive a full course manual.

Course topics

Key PowerPoint Concepts

  • Common mistakes in PowerPoint presentations
  • Psychology concepts you can apply to PowerPoint presentations
  • Engaging the audience in different ways
  • PowerPoint best practices – using slide masters, layouts and themes
  • Editing the default slide master and layouts for consistency
  • Themes and their effects on masters and PowerPoint objects
  • Resetting layouts


  • Importance of typography/font choices in PowerPoint design
  • Common typography issues
  • Ensuring consistent fonts throughout a presentation
  • Typographic terms
  • Choosing fonts and sizes
  • Controlling spacing
  • Using type as an image

Choosing Colors

  • Psychology of color
  • Choosing colors
  • Using the RGB color model
  • Issues with color
  • Ensuring sufficient contrast
  • Applying, editing and creating color themes
  • Picking up colors from images and applying them to shapes (2013 and later versions)

Basic Design Concepts for PowerPoint

  • Hierarchy of elements
  • Contrast
  • Negative space
  • Framing
  • Adding lines
  • Rule of thirds

Working with Images

  • Key recommendations for choosing images
  • Placing images in different ways
  • Using creative cropping techniques
  • Placing images in different types of placeholders
  • Tips for inserting images in masters and layouts
  • Quickly resizing pictures to be the same size
  • Using overlays with images
  • Making the background of an image transparent
  • Removing backgrounds
  • Combining black and white and color in images
  • Using blurred images to create interesting design effects
  • Creating different types of picture layouts

Using Masks and Overlays

  • Creating overlays to create contrast or consistency
  • Masking images
  • Creating image and text masks

Designing Slides with SmartArt and Custom Shapes

  • Inserting different types of SmartArt
  • Converting multiple images into SmartArt
  • Changing SmartArt into shapes
  • Using grid layouts as an alternative to SmartArt
  • Merging shapes
  • Creating, editing and formatting custom shapes

Enhancing Engagement with Animation and Video

  • Engaging audiences with different types of animations
  • Recommended animations
  • Using video in different ways to to engage the audience

Using PowerPoint Designer (2019 or 365 Users)

  • Turning PowerPoint Designer off and on
  • Changing slide composition using Design Ideas
  • Creating timelines using the Designer

Applying the Morph Transition (2019 or 365 Users)

  • Applying the Morph transition between two slides
  • Using Morph with shapes, pictures or text
  • Using Morph with pictures
  • Morphing between different types of objects

Using Data Visualization Techniques

  • Visualizing data using charts
  • How themes affect charts
  • Considerations when choosing chart types and colors
  • Common charting issues
  • Formatting charts to focus attention
  • Alternatives to charts



Who will benefit

This course has been designed students who have completed the Microsoft PowerPoint: Intermediate / Advanced course or who have equivalent knowledge and skills.

Can I bring my own device?

Absolutely! If you choose to bring your own device, you will receive a reduced rate. Be sure to bring a power cord and a mouse is helpful.

What's included

Included in this course:

  • Comprehensive course manual and/or published book
  • Keyboard shortcuts quick reference
  • Sample and exercise files
  • Refreshments (for classes conducted in Avantix Learning classrooms)
  • Certificate of completion
  • Follow-up email support

Microsoft Office training series

Other courses in this series include:

Microsoft PowerPoint: Intermediate / Advanced

Microsoft PowerPoint: Animations Bootcamp (Intermediate / Advanced Animation Techniques)

Microsoft Excel: Intermediate / Advanced

Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis with Functions, Dashboards and What-If Analysis Tools

Microsoft Excel: Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Macros | Introduction

Microsoft Word: Intermediate / Advanced


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About Avantix Learning courses

Avantix Learning offers live instructor-led classroom courses and virtual classroom courses allowing personal interaction between the students and the instructor. We specialize in small classes, typically ranging from 6 to 8 students to ensure an optimal student to instructor ratio.

Live classroom courses are offered in downtown Toronto at 1 Yonge Street (Toronto Star Building), Suite 1801, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Some courses may also be offered at an alternate downtown Toronto location.

Virtual classroom courses are delivered online by a live instructor in a virtual classroom environment.

Our top-notch instructors have years of experience in the business world and students are encouraged to ask questions during our courses. Avantix Learning senior instructors have 15 or more years of experience. A complete profile of the instructor leading a specific course is available on request.


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Avantix Learning | Virtual Classroom or Toronto Classroom

250 Yonge Street

Suite 2700

Toronto, ON M5G 1V2


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Avantix Learning offers live instructor-led classroom (ILC) courses in downtown Toronto. We specialize in small classes with top-notch instructors. Public courses are offered at 1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801, Toronto Star Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and at alternate downtown Toronto locations. We also offer courses in virtual classroom format.

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