If you're creating a PowerPoint presentation, there are a few tricks you can use

1. Create a customized slide template using View > Master > Slide Master. This allows you to create your own slide template file that will appear on all of your inner page slides.

2. Create a title master by using Insert > New Title Master when you're in the Slide Master View. There, you can design a custom cover page.

3. Put your logo into the master by using Insert > Picture From File. You'll want to use a high-resolution copy of your logo (usually a 300 DPI TIF or JPEG file) and you'll want to make sure it's in RGB color mode. Ask your designer if the file you don't have the right format.

Tricks to design your Masters to match your Logo and Visual Vocabulary:

4. First, pull up the best set of tools: If you go under Tools > Customize > Menus, and select the Drawing menu, you'll get a whole set of tools that pulls up.

5. Draw your template: You'll want to use simple shapes; for a PowerPoint beginner, I recommend rectangles and boxes unless your Visual Vocabulary absolutely doesn't allow for it. In the drawing menu, select the AutoShapes button (it looks like a circle, rectangle and triangle together). Use that to select and create your shape. You can select the corner box points on the shape to re-scale or adjust the size.

6. Customize Your Colors: Down at the bottom of this menu, if you click on the paint bucket icon, you can select "Pick Fill Color" which has an eyedropper icon in my PPT. That allows you to pick any color from within any graphic and use it as a fill on the currently selected item. I recommend that you use the colors in your logo and Visual Vocabulary.

7. Change Your Fonts: Chances are, the default "Times New Roman" font won't really work out for your design. I recommend that most small businesses pick a sans serif font – without those little "feet" – like Arial, Verdana, Trebuchet MS or Tahoma for your PowerPoint presentation. And, any of those fonts will be present on any computer that people need to open the presentation on.

This will help you get started on the right PowerPoint path – and if you make a lot of presentations, consider having a professional design a template for you.