I had an artistic urge over the weekend and thought I'd try to come up with some interesting presentation templates. You can judge whether I did or not, but not being an artist, I had to jumpstart myself by looking at some Powerpoint templates for ideas. The themes seem to be A) cool pictures in the background and B) interesting Mondrian-type graphical shapes. If you're looking for ideas, I'd suggest doing the same thing--just vary your own, of course, so that you don't get a nasty visit in the middle of the night from the Microsoft copyright lawyers. ;>
I verified while doing this that if you create new colors, they'll transfer over in the document to someone else's computer correctly. That is, they won't show up in the other person's color list, but they will be retained in the document as they were used.
Also, master pages seem to be really troublesome sometimes. I'll apply changes in master page view and they won't show up; or they'll show up in master view but not normal view. Let's cross our fingers and hope that 2.0.3 corrects this. I don't remember having this much trouble in 2.0.
Here are my templates; they range from Cloyingly Sweet to Sophisticated Grays. ;> If you don't have the same fonts I used, you might want to pep up the templates with something of your own choosing.
Right-click on each one that you want and choose to save the link target to your computer. Unzip the downloaded .zip file once you get it and follow these instructions to use the template in OpenOffice.org.
Flower template (not sure what kind of flower it is, just a picture I took in my front yard--the flower.jpg file is included with this zip file))
Rose Template (this would be the Sweet one)
Gray template (the presentation uses a gradient; the screen shot doesn't show it perfectly)