by Adam Noar
I have many clients who come to me specifically for PowerPoint templates.
I find that many of these PowerPoint template projects are for startup companies who are looking for an exciting presentation template that matches the theme of their new branding.
Creating the perfect template for your presentation does take a bit of thought and creativity. If you are looking to create a new template for your presentation, here are a few things things to keep in mind.
Note: While I am talking primarily about PowerPoint templates in this post, you can also find great Keynote templates the same way.
#1 Check Out Graphic River: Graphic River is a great place to start when thinking about your new PowerPoint template. Graphic River is essentially a market place for all things graphic related (templates, vector graphics, icons, etc.), and they sell presentation templates that are created by top graphic designers around the world. There are lots of different styles to choose from. Also, don’t worry … these PowerPoint templates look NOTHING like the “cookie cutter” templates that come with PowerPoint. Some of the PowerPoint templates are nicer than others, so make sure that you shop around. You can also sort the templates by a number of different categories including: date, author, category, rating, sales, and price.
Graphic River has plenty of cool PowerPoint templates and Keynote templates to choose from
A few more tips, when using Graphic River, for finding PowerPoint templates:
- Make sure to find a template that matches the theme and style of your presentation. For example, don’t purchase a conservative/corporate looking template if you run a frozen yogurt business.
- If you do purchase a template, make sure to add your own customization to it after you purchase it. Chances are the PowerPoint template you find is not going to be a 100% fit for your custom story, so make sure to take the time to change things around to make it your own. The nice thing about all the templates is that they are 100% customizable.
- Most of the PowerPoint templates will require you to download a CUSTOM font that comes with the template. You MUST download these fonts in order for your template to look the way that it does in the sample.
Even if you don’t end up purchasing a template from Graphic River, you should be able to find plenty of inspiration for designing a PowerPoint template on your own.
#2 Keep Things Simple: When designing your PowerPoint template, understand that “less is more”. While it may be tempting to add lots of logos, graphics, and other branding to your template, your real focus should be on PRESERVING SCREEN REAL ESTATE. When you clutter up your slide with large logos, large headers, and large footers, you end up leaving little room for adding the “real meat” of your presentation: the CONTENT and VISUALS. So, if you do insist on adding your logo to every slide make sure to keep the size of the logo to a minimum.
Do you have a friend that is looking for cool PowerPoint templates and could benefit from the information from this article? If so, make sure to email them the link to this post.
Also, don’t forget to comment and let me know what you think. What are some things YOU make sure to include when designing your presentation templates? Send me your comments below!
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