Create PowerPoint Presentations Like A Pro

A step-by-step course to develop your PowerPoint skills quickly and start creating presentations like a professional.
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 29 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

Did you know that several TV advertisements/commercials are created using PowerPoint special effects? Here is your opportunity to learn a few tricks. To learn the basic techniques and develop your PowerPoint skills and start creating PowerPoint presentations with special effects just like the pros, you will be creating a Fireworks Explosion Project. Creating the colorful fireworks explosion involves skillfully combining shapes with entrance and exit animation effects. You will be guided with step-by-step easy to follow instructions to develop your skills.

The course is divided into nine sections:

Section One: Introduction

  • Watch the magic happen
  • Getting Started
  • How to follow this course

Section Two: Creating The Fireworks Explosion

  • About section two
  • Draw the circle

Section Three: Coloring And Formatting The Circle

  • About section three
  • Coloring & Formatting The Circle
  • Demo Video

Section Four Creating The Flares

  • About section four
  • Create the flares
  • Demo Video

Section Five: Combining Your Creation

  • About section five
  • Combine the circle, large and small flare to create the explosion
  • Demo video

Section Six: The Fireworks Stem

  • About section six
  • Creating the stem
  • Demo video

Section Seven: The Starry Sky

  • About section seven
  • Create the starry sky
  • Demo video

Section Eight: Animating the Fireworks Explosion

  • About Section Eight
  • Animate the explosion
  • Animate the stem and stars

Section Nine: Activating The Fireworks

  • About section nine
  • Tying it all together

What are the requirements?

  • Familiarity with creating presentation slides using PowerPoint is recommended but not necessary.
  • This is a guided, step-by-step and easy to follow course.
  • The course tasks are repetitive to reinforce experiential learning
  • Stay focused and follow the steps closely to successfully accomplish each project.
  • To benefit fully from the course PowerPoint must be installed on your computer. If you do not have PowerPoint installed on your computer, please follow the instructions in "how to download Microsoft PowerPoint for free" video available in the course resource folder. Also read the "How To Follow The Course" available in Lecture 1: Getting Started.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create colorful fireworks explosions under a starry sky using PowerPoint entrance and exit animation, sound, and color scheme techniques.
  • Apply PowerPoint: shapes, color scheme, shape fill, shape outline, gradient stops, grouping images, aligning images, entrance animation and exit animation to create engaging presentations.

Who is the target audience?

  • This is a project based & experiential learning (learning by doing) course, and is suitable for all PowerPoint users who wants to take their presentation creation skills up a notch.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction To Creating Awesome Fireworks Explosion With PowerPoint

Helpful Resources

  1. A general overview of the course video
  2. How To Follow The Course material which can be found in the resources section
  3. How to set up the lecture and PowerPoint screens side-by-side

It is important to read the "How To Follow The Course" material and "Setting Up Your Screens Side-by-Side" available in the resources folder, as this will help you follow the course and facilitate your learning.

If you do not have PowerPoint installed on your computer, see the "How To Download Microsoft PowerPoint For Free" Video in the resources folder.

Section 2: Creating The Fireworks Explosion

In this lecture you will learn how to:

  • Select a circle from PowerPoint shapes
  • Draw a circle and adjust the size
  • Format the circle using PowerPoint: shape fill and shape outline

Level of difficulty: Basic to intermediate level

Section 3: Coloring And Formatting The Circle

Part Two: Coloring and Formatting the circle

In this lecture you will learn how to:

  • color the circle using Gradient Fill
  • Color Variation
  • Set Gradient Stops
  • Select Gradient stops colors
  • Add and remove gradient stops
  • Adjust position
  • Adjust level of transparency

Available Resources:

  1. A Demo Video is available to demonstrate how to Color and Format the Circle.
  2. Instructions for working with the Gradient Stops in available in larger prints in the resources section.
  3. Instructions for setting the Gradient Stops Position, Transparency Level and Color Change are also available in larger prints in the resources section.

Level of difficulty: Basic to intermediate level

Section 4: Creating A Small And Large Flare

You will be drawing the large and small flares for the explosion using PowerPoint shapes, shape outline and color scheme.

Available Resources:

  1. A Demo Video is available to demonstrate how to Draw, Color and Format the 2 Flares.
Section 5: Combining The Three Shapes - The Circle, Large and Small Flares

You will be combining the three colored and formatted shapes into a single shape to created the first part of the fireworks explosion.

Available Resources:

  1. A Demo Video is available to demonstrate how to combine the three shapes together.
Section 6: The Fireworks Stem

You will be able to select a rectangle shape and color and format it using, shape fill, shape outline, and gradient color to form the second part of the fireworks which is the Stem.

Available Resources:

  1. A Demo Video is available to demonstrate how to Draw, Color and Format the Stem. The Stem is the second part of the fireworks.
Section 7: The Starry Sky Background

You will be able to Draw, Format, Color and Duplicate a 4-point Star Shape to create the Sparkling Stars and Night Sky Background for the fireworks.

Available Resources:

  1. A Demo Video is available to demonstrate how to Draw, Color and Format the Starry Sky.
Section 8: Animating The Fireworks Explosion

You will be able to select and activate different PowerPoint entrance and exist animation effects to animate the fireworks explosion.


You will be able to select and activate different PowerPoint entrance and exist animation effects to animate the fireworks stem and stars.

Section 9: The Grand Finale - Activating The Fireworks

This brings us to the end of the course: The Grande Finale! In this lecture you will be able to combine all three animated shapes to create the final part of the project - An Animated Fireworks Explosion.


This lecture is designed to complete your PowerPoint project by adding sound to your animation.

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Instructor Biography

Rosanna Montoute, Educational Technologist

Moto: Leveraging Human Performance and Educational Technologies for meaningful and purposeful outcomes. I have a passion for learning, teaching and imparting knowledge. What inspires me, and is also the most rewarding to me as an educator? It’s observing the “aha” moments on my students’ faces when they have made a new discovery or created something new. I founded a new company called Training As A Service Academy (TAASA). The mission of TAASA is to deliver both traditional and online training and educational consultation services to individuals and companies worldwide. Specifically for the Udemy platform, I developed the Did You Know! Do It Yourself (DIY) course series. The course series includes: WordPress, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest. The objective of the Did You Know! Do It Yourself (DIY) series of courses is to teach others that it is possible to create and maintain their own online presence with little or no money by using available tools and resources and investing a bit of time. I got involved with social media starting with LinkedIn in 2004 and WordPress in 2005 followed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and several others. My primary reasons for using social media were to learn, teach and educate. Over the past two years I have been a Social Media Management Instructor at a leading community college and looking to host such in-class workshops internationally in 2015. My educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Human Relations; Certificate in Adult Education; and a Certificate in College and University Teaching. I design, develop, implement and evaluate the following skills development courses: Interpersonal Relationship, Leadership, Team Work, and Customer Service. I authored an eBook titled: “16 Essential Tips for Moderating Virtual Classroom Events”. It was published in 2013 and is available for purchase on Amazon. An online course of the eBook with the same title is currently being developed and will be available for purchase on Udemy in the spring of 2015.

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