Instead of master slides, Pitch uses flexible templates, which can be maintained over time to reflect your brand's style and content. The first step in setting up a great template is creating a presentation style. Presentation styles ensure consistency in colors and fonts, as it sets the default options for any blocks you add to your slides, like text, shapes, and charts.
Get started and create your style
You can create a presentation style while editing a presentation. Start by opening the Design panel in the bubble bar on the right, look for presentation styles (deselect any blocks on your slide if you’re not seeing it), and click New Style:
Alternatively, you can create a new presentation style from the slide editor below your slide. Click on the name of your current style, and select New style:
Either of these options will open up your style builder. You can keep it simple and adjust your brand colors and font family, or customize each text style, table, chart, and shape individually.
By the way, you can also edit your style from relevant inline menus or the editor toolbar. For example, clicking on Text in the top toolbar and then Edit will open the style builder as well:
Define general colors and fonts for your style
In the Style colors section, you will see all colors used throughout your presentation style. Hover over any color to see where it's used in your style. Click on a color and you can replace it from the color picker. Any elements that previously used that color will instantly be updated.
Similarly, the Style fonts section shows the fonts used throughout your style. If multiple font families are in use, you can hover over them to see which text styles they're associated with. To get started, you can select your main font family here first, and make more granular changes to each text style below. You can also use your own fonts in Pitch! Next, choose a background color or gradient for your slides, and select the colors for hyperlinks and bullet points.
Change the look of text styles and blocks individually
To make changes to a specific text style or type of block, scroll to the relevant section on the left and click the arrow to expand the editing options. You can also click the content you want to edit in the preview in the center and it will take you to the editing options automatically.
Any changes you make in an individual styling section will only apply to the selected text style, table, chart, or shape. The colors and fonts you decide to use in these sections will also appear in your style summary at the top. For example, if you use a different color for Small text, that color will be added to the Style colors section at the top.
Once your style is ready to use, enter a name and click Save:
Update your style from the editor
If you realize that a different headline color or text size would suit your presentation much better, you can update your style straight from the editor at any time. When changing the formatting of a text block from either the inline menu or the Design panel, you’ll see a brush icon with a blue dot indicating that this text style has been modified.
After clicking on that icon, you can either Update or Reset the style. If you update the style, it will automatically update all text blocks with the same style in your presentation.
Apply a presentation style to your slides
You can now apply your presentation style to individual slides by selecting it from the Design panel or the slide editor. To change the style for multiple slides at once, select them in the slide navigator, right-click, and select Apply style:
If you delete the default style, your own style will be applied to the entire presentation and new slides will automatically use it. Don’t worry, this only deletes the style from your presentation, not the template itself. In order to delete a presentation style, open the options in the Design panel and select Delete:
After you’ve created an entire presentation based on your presentation style, save it as a template to give the rest of your team easy access to your styled template.
Ready to learn more? Find out how to apply your style to a different presentation and make it available to your entire workspace.