Creative Text Placeholder in PowerPoint : Bill board

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Learn to create a text placeholder using PowerPoint and spruce up your training and marketing slides. Follow this tutorial to create Bill board graphic in PowerPoint.

Where to use creative text placeholder in PowerPoint?

Sometimes while creating eLearning modules or marketing presentations you may find the need to showcase certain text on the slide. When you use plain boring text boxes – you run the risk of losing your audience attention. In such instances it helps to use creative text boxes that grab audience interest and highlight your message effectively.

In this article, you will learn to create a bill board graphic that serves to showcase your text. Let us learn to create the graphic in a step by step way.

Text Placeholder Graphic in PowerPoint

Creating Bill board graphic in PowerPoint:

Using ‘Rounded Rectangle tool’ in Auto shapes menu draw two rounded rectangles of different sizes as shown here:

Rounded Retangles as base
Align Top and Align Middle OptionsAlign the two shapes using ‘Align Middle’ and ‘Align Center’ option under ‘Arrange -> Align’ menu.
Fill the outer rectangle with black color. Select the shape and go to ‘Shape effects’ -> Presets -> Preset 2. Fill the inner rectangle board with white color.

Presets and Fill White Color for board Right click on the inner rectangle and go to ‘format shape’. Go to ‘Shadow’ option and select ‘Inner shadow’ -> Inside center.

Inner Shadow Option  The board is ready. It is time to create the stand on which the board rests.

You may also be interested in creating a scroll background for your text. The tutorial is available here >>

Using auto shapes menu draw a vertical rectangular block. Remove the outline. Right click on the shape and go to Format shape. Select Fill -> Gradient fill -> Presets -> Moss.

Moss Gradient Fill Change the colors of the gradient to shades of grey as shown here:

Gradient Stops for Billboard Place the bar below the board as shown below:

Bar for Billboard Text Placeholder Place a circular disc at the bottom of the bar and add shadow. Add relevant text on the bill board.Your text placeholder in PowerPoint is ready!

Final Billboard Text Placeholder You can learn to create 3D disc by following this tutorial here >>

Variations of the board:

We wish to show you some variations of the bill board taken from our ‘PowerPoint Charts and Diagram Templates Packs for CEOs’. The two packs have more than 1600 Premium Charts, Diagrams, Graphs and Graphics to help you visualize every business idea imaginable.

Billboard Ads from CEO Pack 2 Billboard Options from CEO Pack

Source: Marketing Concept Templates from PowerPoint CEO Pack 2

 Creating interesting text placeholders makes your training slides and marketing slides look interesting. However, it takes a lot of time and effort to create slides that are truly remarkable. If you are a busy business presenter who can’t afford to invest the time needed to create professional looking slides and yet don’t want to compromise on the look and feel of your slides – we have an elegant solution for you.

We recommend you take a look at our ‘PowerPoint Charts and Diagram Templates packs for CEOs’.

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All the graphics in the pack are 100% editable. Just choose the template that closely reflects your thought and replace sample text with your own text. Your business slide gets ready in no time. Of course, you can pick and stick elements from different slides to create your own templates too. Creating professional quality presentations has never been easier.

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