Training developer Infinite Skills has announced a new 4.5-hour tutorial video course ( designed to help home and business users gain a full understanding of Powerpoint for professional level use.

Narrated by professional software consultant, Guy Vacarro, Learning Microsoft Powerpoint 2011 covers everything from template design to advanced graphics, effects and interactivity options. The course spans 55 video lessons and includes usable sample files.

The Learning Powerpoint 2011 tutorials begin with a run-through of a simple presentation from start to finish, included to give viewers an instant familiarity with basic Powerpoint functionality and offer a frame of reference for the more detailed lessons that follow. Building on the techniques shown in the initial lessons, the next section teaches how to create effective sales presentations.

The tutorials go from template selection and customization to using to adding charts, notes and enhanced graphics. Further subjects addressed within the Powerpoint tutorial include narration and background music, web broadcasting, digital distribution and using Microsoft’s SkyDrive hosting service.

The training can can be purchased on a cross-platform compatible DVD-ROM or as an instant download from the Infinite Skills website. The retail price is US$99.95 for both editions.