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10 Free Professional Fonts to Make Your PowerPoint Slides Shine

by Adam Noar

Fonts can help make your PowerPoint decks look awesome.

But fonts are also really underutilized. Unless you’re a designer, we’re betting you don’t really know much, or even think much about what fonts can do for you.

Well, that ends now.

If you’re struggling to find that perfect typeface that matches your next PowerPoint project, look no further! We’ve done all the searching for you, and pulled together some great, high-quality fonts. With 10 fonts to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find AT LEAST one you’ll love.

This collection focuses on those clean and distinctive fonts that will give your slides a professional shine, combining impact and legibility in a beautiful way. Oh yeah, and you can download them for FREE (for personal use only, nothing commercial).

So, let’s get to it. These are our top professional fonts that will take your PowerPoint slides to the next level:

 

#1.) Qanelas Soft

Qanelas Soft is a modern sans serif font with just a touch of geometric influence. It’s designed with powerful features in mind, and it’s surprisingly versatile across a lot of industries and uses.

This is really a great font to play around with, because it looks great basically no matter what you do, and can be used for different types of impacts. Using it in all caps will look amazing for your title slide or headers, while sentence case will be better suited for a slightly more informal header, or for sub-headers.

Using the same font for both the header and sub-headers, but with alterations in style, is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. One, you don’t have to search endlessly for two fonts that work together and complement each other, and two, you keep a nice level of consistency in your slides. They won’t look too different because, duh, they’re the same font.

For Qanelas, if you have any sort of graphic design or display needs, we highly recommend it for that. It has a great bold look and works really well for a lot of different professional styles. To get the most from this font, check out the full family!

Of course, a big thanks goes to Radomir Tinkov for making this amazing font free of charge. Make sure to check out his shop for more amazing fonts, his work is outstanding.

#2.) Langdon

Another creative font for ppt is Langdon! This font is all caps, and all eyes are on this font at all times. It’s bold, but not tacky, and will give your ppt slides the injection of personality that they desperately need.

We love Langdon for headlines and branding. It’s a strong font, no frills, and very clean looking. It gives off an industrial vibe, in a way that boasts “old school cool,” like those vintage photos of your grandpa smoking a cigar under his giant mustache.

It’s a no-nonsense look with a modern twist – the high-stress line widths, shown with thicker thick lines and thinner thin ones, give this font an updated feel, rounding out the vintage veneer.

If you want to add extra punch, try out the shadow version –  you can see it above, in blue. This is a favorite for a bold title slide.

Best of all, it can be used for personal or commercial use for free, no licensing fees required. Pretty sweet!

#3.) Mohave

If your PowerPoint needs a bold header, look no further.

Mohave is the way to go! It’s a clean and bold all-caps font that is perfect for display needs.

Of course, the standard Mohave font also works perfectly as a title slide or header in presentation slides – but they have a lot of alternates to choose from for your other needs! The font comes with 3 different weights, plus matching italics.

If you’re pressed for time, this would be a great choice as the only font for your slides. In fact, this is one of our favorite beginner tips! Weights and italics are enough to build a hierarchy within your slides, and it’ll be easy for your audience to tell what the titles, headers, and body text are, even though they are the same font. Use the weights and sizes to differentiate between them and you’re good to go!

In fact, this font has a similar vibe to one of our all-time favorite fonts: Bebas Neue. But they actually made some improvements – the glyph shapes are better, and they added more latin diacritics and punctuation (who doesn’t want more of that stuff).

#4.) Linotte

There’s no other way to say it – this font is a charmer.

Linotte is one of those fonts that always puts your audience in a good mood. It’s still professional, but it has a charming sweetness that will win them over. It’s fun! We know we have a soft spot for dramatic and bold fonts, but sometimes you really just need something sweet.

Of course, it’s not just fun and loveable, it’s also a great font just on its other merits. It’s very readable and looks great in all caps or sentence case. The rounded sans serif keeps it clear, but still gives off a friendly vibe.

Our favorite thing about this font are the slight irregularities. It’s not “too perfect,” which actually makes it look more warm and naïve. Instead of bold, it’s more friendly, and the rounded edges almost give it a bubbly feeling.

Anything fun, sweet, or innocent will be an ideal fit for this font – think food, dessert, kids, pandas. Anything that needs to convey a friendly feeling. (Pandas are very friendly! At least we are.)

Bonus: Linnote semi-bold is completely free for personal and commercial use.

#5.) Charlevoix Pro

When you think about typefaces that are trying to convey a clean, modern, cutting-edge look, the Apple fonts typically come to mind. If that’s what you’re trying to emulate, Charlevoix Pro is the iPhone-esque font you’ve been looking for!

We tend to feature bold header fonts, and this can work for that if you’re looking for something very clean and minimal. This will definitely give your title slide an understated look. That said, we actually think it’s even better for body text. It’s super readable and very professional.

It’s one of those fonts that can blend in, and let another font take center stage for the title or header. It won’t distract or clash with it, and can complement a lot of different styles. Your audience won’t be straining to read it, and it will make whatever you put in the body look good!

Best of all, there are a huge variety of versions of this font, ranging from thin to extra bold. These different versions are great for different projects, so play around with what you like best! Anytime you need a versatile, modern font, consider Charlevoix Pro.

#6.) Ostrich Sans

This is our favorite font judging by the name alone.

Of course, we like Ostrich Sans for a lot of other reasons too! It’s a gorgeous and modern sans-serif with a very long neck (get it?), all-caps, and has roughly a million different styles and weights that can fit any project. They all tend to give off a kind of retro vibe – it reminds us of those neon signs with the pink flamingo.

Just as an example of how different the styles can be, compare the heavy style to the bold style. The heavy is rounded, solid, definitely great for a large headline that isn’t too serious. Bold, on the other hand, is done in race track style with the double lines, with nice crisp corners and edges. It’s bold (obviously), a little more retro, and definitely makes more of a statement.

Aside from those, there’s a medium rounded style, a normal, ultra-light, black, and even in-line with italics. Choosing a couple of these would be amazing for a slide deck.

#7.) Carton

Carton is a free slab serif font that packs a lot of personality into 26 letters (and 10 numbers).

As a quick reminder, serif fonts have small lines that trail off from the edges of each letter and number. These small lines are generally considered to make the font easier to read, as they help our brains stay on track with the top and bottom of the line, and are easier to process.

Those small lines, or decorative features, tend to make a font bolder and give it some extra weight or personality (in contrast to very clean sans serif fonts that look more minimalist). Counter-intuitively, although serif fonts are considered easier to read, we actually prefer them for headers or titles! We think they work better to give more impact and personality in your title or header because they can weigh down a body text portion.

As for Carton, it’s an all-caps font with a lot of style, no matter the weight you choose. It almost gives off typewriter vibes, but with more modern angles and curves.

#8.) Airbag

If you couldn’t tell, we have a soft spot for fun and playful fonts, and Airbag is definitely one of those!

Aside from being all-caps, it’s also very bold and distinct. All styles have a very distinct shadow feature, which really makes it stand out. Of course, this means that a little goes a long way – this is absolutely not a good fit for a larger chunk of text. It would be really heavy, hard to read, and would lose all its playfulness. To be used to its full potential, sprinkle it in to add maximum doses of impact and personality.

Despite how intense it is, it also manages to be very clean and modern. The edges are crisp, curves smooth, and the striped shadow gives great depth. The combination of the serifs and the bold shadow style give it a great hipster vibe, so go forth and use this font, drink craft beer, and listen to your vinyls! You used this font before it got popular.

#9.) Hagin

Hagin is another all-caps font (whoops, looks like we have a type – get it?) with a lot of personality. It’s sans-serif, made with very strong geometric shapes.

This font is surprisingly really versatile and can work well with tons of different types of PowerPoint projects. It’s bold but not distracting and has a little bit of “old school” vibe without being too vintage. It’s, dare we say, classic.

If you’re looking for a very authentic vibe with a lot of depth, this is it.

#10.) Homestead

We had to go out with a bang. How amazing is Homestead?

This is such a bold, in your face font, we love how daring it is. It’s very hipster – if plaid flannel could be a font, this would be it. It’s great for title slides, obviously, because you wouldn’t want to try and read a block of text in this font!

It’s an all-caps, serif font, which is perfect because serifs would just weigh down the style too much. The creator of the font said it was “designed by his desire and need to explore … always searching for a place to call home.” This is a perfect fit for that feeling – there’s definitely a pioneer vibe to it, and it looks amazing overlaid onto a stunning nature visual.

If you have a project that needs a stunning text for a short and simple title, this creative font could do the tree. This would be great for projects that have anything to do with nature, inspirational styles, etc.

Conclusion

That’s all of them! We tried to include some variety while still being true to our favorite styles – bold, eye-catching, minimalist, fun, and professional. You won’t find a font that works for every  slide – you need the intense fonts for bold titles and headers, and you need simpler fonts for larger portions of text. Most importantly, it has to fit with your story.

We tried to check every box, but we know we can’t get them all. Do you have any awesome fonts that you would recommend for PowerPoint decks? Do you have a project that you’re struggling to find the right fit for? Let us know! We love to hear from you.

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