Step 3.Leave it as an empty presentation and click the 'Create' button. This screen will open up for you.
Step 7. Adding a background colour is easy enough, you simply right click anywhere on the card face, which opens up a menu box, simply put your cursor over the first option 'Slide' and this opens up a box to the side. Slide the cursor over to the option 'Page Setup' and left click on this. A new box opens up which has a blue highlighted menu bar with 'none' written in it. There is a downwards arrow next to this which if you click on it you get some options for the background. select either 'color' or 'gradient'as these will give you the best options to make your cards look pretty. Once selected you have either different gradient options or colour options, simply choose the one that suits you.
Step 8. If you want a background image instead, such as a parchment effect or even a background photo you will need these to be ready made either from your own pictures or something nabbed from the web and saved in a handy file somewhere. Okay assuming you have an image simply right click anywhere on the card face, which opens up a menu box, simply put your cursor over the first option 'Slide' and this opens up a box to the side. Slide the cursor over to the option 'Set Background Picture for Slide' and left click on this. This opens up a box filled with your images and you find the image you want and open it. Now you have a background image. Obviously make sure that it isn't too busy as this may make your card hard to read. If you use a photo of a unit you can always alter the opacity of the image in Photoshop or similar type program, if not simply choose a simple parchment effect like this.
Step 10. So now you will have a full set of cards for every unit in your army, including separate sets of cards for each of your Generals and Special Characters too. Make sure that these are separate sets as the backs of the cards are different for each set. And now the card backs.
Step 11. Open a new presentation just as before, but this time click on the 3rd down on the second column. Add the name of the cards and choose a colour and font size that appeal to you and set a background image or colour as you desire. Again this can look as simple or as complex as you want it to look and once done make 5 copies so that you have a total of six cards. Save the file with the relevant name. Here is a card back set that I created to give an example of how they can look.
Step 13. Once you have the card fronts you need to follow the above instructions to print the card backs, this time only print one page of card backs at a time, so just load one page at a time into your printer. You must make sure that you put your previously printed card fronts into your printer the right way round to ensure that the cards fronts and backs are both facing the right way up when you look at them, this isn't critical but does add to the aesthetics. Once printed you will have a double sided print of your cards and you can either cut them out and use them or you can laminate them first, the choice is yours but laminating does make them look nicer and protects them from sweaty palms etc.
Well, that's it for making army cards, mine were made for Pike & Shotte rules with amendments for using complete units of Pike & Shot instead of the separate units as used in the rules. Also each unit can have a several variants such as 'Pike Heavy', 'Shot Heavy' or 'Normal' and the first one you pick from the pack will mean that any the other versions are discarded. Sometime in the near future I will make a PDF for all of my Pike & Shotte amendments including all of the Special Characters and full sets of army cards for anyone interested.