Second, they invest in RESOURCES for creating awesome looking presentations … and one of these resources are professionally designed PowerPoint templates.
Using a PowerPoint template for your presentation is a lot like having someone pick out a killer outfit for you:
You know you look great, and you can focus on what really matters: the content. Of course, you don’t want to show up to your presentation in cargo shorts and flip flops (unless you work at one of those hip start-ups in Silicon Valley), so we’ve picked out the best million-dollar looks for your big day.
If you’re looking to save a ton of time when you’re putting together your next presentation and instantly get off to a great start, these templates are definitely for you.
If you have no idea where to start looking, you’re in luck …
We have compiled a short list of best PowerPoint templates in 2016 for you.
Consider us your personal PowerPoint project stylist.
What’s even more awesome is that you can instantly download any of these templates from Graphic River and get the immediate CONFIDENCE boost that comes from knowing you’re starting out your presentation project right.
No more bland presentation decks!
No more worrying about whether that font looks good with that color palette! – all the fluffy superfluous design stuff has been taken care of for you.
Read on to find the perfect professional PowerPoint template for your presentation, satisfaction guaranteed.
Future – A Colorful Presentation Template Just Might Make Your Audience Smile
If 3D movies are your thing, this creative presentation template is definitely going to be your new favorite:
Future has over 265 hand-crafted custom slides with General and Advanced designs, so there’s definitely a lot to choose from. It also has a lot of quality graphics, many of them 3D, making it compatible with the most advanced presentation technology on the market. All of this is mixed in with artistic layouts, which come with drag and drop image manipulation compatibility, making it super easy for you to replace demo images with stock images of your own.
It’s also got an impressive color palette of 5-7 colors per slide (like the one seen below):
It’s a bold look, but it’s balanced by clean looking parallax scrolling process slides and seamless animations.
If you’re really into rainbows, this is the amazing PowerPoint template you’ve been not-so-secretly dreaming about. Assuming you dream about PowerPoint templates in your sleep – we thought we were the only ones there for a moment!
The slides are divided into 17 sections, and corresponding subsections, so it really can meet whatever your presentation needs are.
One of our favorites sections is the Business Team Profile, which includes masonry grid images of your team and important information about them, and over a dozen other team bio slides. Our other favorite slide pack in this amazing PowerPoint presentation template is the vector map infographic, which has over 25 slides with map vectors of Europe, Australia, the USA, and Asia;
Influencer – The PowerPoint Template That Will Have Your Audience Saying “YES!” Every Single Time
If you couldn’t tell, we love to geek out about professional PowerPoint presentation templates.
In fact, we love them so much we decided to create our own! Just released, the formidable Influencer is an awesome template with over 200 unique slides and creative layouts.
We also know how important it is to be able to choose images and graphics that are perfect for your project:
That’s why we included a ton of high quality images that reflect the professionalism and dynamic content your audience expects of you. The Influencer also has creative animations, transitions, and innovative parallax scrolling slides that turn up the coolness factor a notch or three.
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but we’ve added a really cool business infographic section featuring tons of interesting graphs with alternating color panels and lots of customizable vectors that will make any data-driven presenter salivate.
Another one of our favorite features is the clickable “Choose Your Own Adventure” table of contents. We love this because you can easily jump to any of the 12 sections in the template by clicking on any of the tiles in the table of contents slide. This saves you the pain of creating subsection slides and since you can pick and choose which sections to include in your table of contents, it will fit your presentation like a glove.
What can we say, we really liked those Choose Your Own Adventure books (like all kids who grew up in the 80s).
“But that’s not all!” we yell in a cheesy late-night infomercial voice:
As you know, minimalist presentation icons are the latest trend; so we included over 500 of them with The Influencer. We went with a professional Dark and Light theme, versatile Bebas Neue font, and best of all, everything is 100% editable directly in PowerPoint;
No Photoshop needed!
We wanted to make it as easy as possible to customize your presentation, without having to rely on other programs to make your presentation.
Eureka – A Modern Slide Deck That Provides That “Agency” Look and Feel
Warning! This template may make you want to grow a super awesome grizzly beard:
Remember those people we talked about earlier who show up to their presentation in cargo shorts and flip flops? On the other side of things are the presentation hipsters, who are probably wearing a flannel shirt, sporting an impeccably groomed beard, and totally loving this modern presentation template. It’s artsy, creative, and very minimalist — perfect for the everyday hipster-professional who bikes to work and uses terms like “synergy” in their everyday conversation (if that’s you, we’re secretly jealous).
Eureka has got an awesome contemporary design, with cool photo blends, creative brush stroke image effects, which may not be best suited for a more “formal” corporate presentation …
… but is a perfect fit for the artsy creative vibe.
It also boasts an incredible 95 color themes that are all completely synergistic (there’s that word again) for maximum awesomeness.
Pretty much any presentation topic you decide to cover has a matching complementary set of vector icons available in this presentation template, because there are a whopping 3,000 of them at your disposal.
Almost no stone has been left unturned with this template – you can add slides as various as dynamic pricing tables, testimonials featuring moving customer blurbs, and a bundle of extra artsy looking subsection divider slides with edgy looking photo frames and image placeholders.
If you are a data-hungry, this presentation template gives you 12 awesome looking charts, bar graphs, and other number-crunching slides that tell the story of the numbers, but look cool doing it.
The only downside to this one is that you can’t edit the photos if you don’t have Photoshop;
This means that unfortunately, you can’t edit them in PowerPoint.
But still, this is a clean and beautiful presentation template that you’ll be proud to show off in front of a crowd.
Calibri which is already included with PowerPoint, so if you’re annoyed by having to install custom fonts that will be a big plus.
If the thought of using only Calibri makes your say “meh” and you love the flexibility of custom fonts, you might find this one boring.
On the flipside, a really interesting aspect of this template is the Modern City subsection, which features pre-set slides with silhouettes of the London, New York, Rome, and Paris skylines, and relevant vectors and content tidbits below them. If your presentation focuses specifically on markets in one or more of these major cities, or any other city for that matter, this particular section could be really useful for you when you talk about your company’s operations and impact in a specific area.
The other important note is that this PowerPoint template only comes in a 16×9 format.
For those 4×3 fanatics out there, you’ll be happy with any of the others on the list, but not this one. We assume the designer figured that most people like the 16×9 format, or he had an irrational hatred of the 4×3. Either way, if you’re particular about your 4×3 presentation, keep reading.
If you are the type of person who loves handing out printouts of your presentation in advance for your audience to follow along, you will definitely appreciate that The 7 comes A4 print-ready, which makes it way less of a hassle to create presentation booklets.
Will somebody please cue the original Karate Kid movie theme song already:
“You’re the best around, nothing’s gonna ever keep you down”; we assume that the designer of the presentation came up with the name “Best” while watching that movie. That, and they’re probably really cocky. Maybe it’s time to “sweep the leg Johnny!”
OK no more teasing on the name …
To be fair, it does have 300 unique slides and 50 color variations. It also has a light and dark version with lots of graphics that are super easy to edit. The designer was pretty on point with the name (although we’re still pretty biased towards The Influencer – how could we ever say any other presentation was the best)?
There are 8 slide subsections, but by far the two deepest ones in the group are Mockups and Charts/Diagrams.
For Mockups, the biggest mark in its favor is for mobile app developers – it has an incredible 56 mobile device slides! That’s pretty unheard of, which makes this an awesome PowerPoint template for anyone in the mobile app game. This probably explains why it’s named “the best”, because there is no doubt a lot of people who could use a mobile-friendly presentation template.
The Charts and Diagrams are divided into 7 subsections – already off to an incredible start. The subsections focus on a variety of data or processes; for example, the Tree diagrams don’t focus on a linear process, rather, they emphasize a variety of different ideas or actionable concepts that spring up from one source. The Process diagrams are really useful if you are providing a linear solution to any type of problem, as they include a left-to-right beginning, middle, and end sequence of slides in a strict and clean order.
Finally, if you’re a graphic design geek like we are, this PowerPoint presentation template might capture your heart because of the svelte image overlays that give a distinctly Instagram-esque appeal to your slides.
Although we are pretty proud of our own template, The Influencer, we can’t just toot our own horn all the time. We know we’re in good company!
And we understand that one template can’t meet the needs of EVERY SINGLE customer. Having a variety of creative, awesome PowerPoint templates is a must, which is why we put together this list of 5 awesome templates (including ours, of course) that look great in 2016.
Any of the templates listed would be a great choice for your presentation, though some of them do have their own strengths and weaknesses, depending on your needs. We’ve included these templates because we want you to understand that you have a ton of options when you’re looking for the right presentation tool for you, and we wouldn’t be who we claim to be if we didn’t love sharing other awesome presentation resources.
You can pick the one you love and start your presentation out with the best format, and then get to focus on what matters most: what you have to say.
Speaking of what you have to say, which awesome PowerPoint template is your favorite? Do you have a go-to that we missed? Let us know in the comments!
Hungry for more info on presentation templates? Here are some suggested articles worth reading:
Pepsi or Coke, Kim or Kylie, PowerPoint or Prezi – these are some of the fiercest debates of our time. We can’t really help you decide who is the best Kardashian (is there a best Kardashian?), but we can give you some insight into the PowerPoint vs. Prezi dispute.
PowerPoint has long been the go-to presentation tool. It has a lot of perks, including being user-friendly, reliable, and great for presentations that range from basic to more complex.
Prezi is the new kid on the block. It prides itself on being visually stimulating, exciting, and eye-catching. Its focus is definitely on stepping up your animation game. But what makes people still choose PowerPoint over Prezi?
Here at Presentation Panda, we’re going to give you an insight into one side of the debate, which is why, despite some great advantages of Prezi, a lot of people still prefer PowerPoint. These are 10 reasons why many people think that PowerPoint is a better option than Prezi:
1. It’s Easy to Get Going
A lot of people (understandably) really value products that don’t take a lot of work just to get started. PowerPoint is a great example of that – all you have to do is open the program, add some slides, type in some content, and boom, you have a presentation. It may not be slick and impressive, but it will be quick and efficient. There isn’t a huge learning curve, at least with the basics of PowerPoint, and this is a huge advantage if you’re on a time crunch, not tech-savvy, or just looking to make a straightforward presentation.
That’s if we’re talking about the basics; making your presentation look AWESOME is another story altogether.
Putting in a little time and practice goes a long way, and will help you gain the knowledge to be a presentation-making master. Subscribing to our free weekly newsletter is a great step in that direction. You’ll get a weekly email with all the best advice and resources (and we promise no spam). Of course, if you’re looking for the quickest way to take your skills to the next level, you can grab a copy of Slides Made Simple.
But still, if you’re not trying to blow away your audience with an incredible presentation, or you don’t have the time to gather all the best tips and tricks from our blog and book, PowerPoint will still be great for your needs. Most kids are taught how to use it from a very young age, just by virtue of it coming standard on most computers – but even if you weren’t learning how to fade-in to the next slide while sitting in your high chair eating mashed green beans, odds are, it won’t take you long to get acquainted with the basic functions of PowerPoint. It doesn’t really get much easier than “New Slide” and “Click to add subtitle”.
2. It’s a Simple Video Maker
Say you finish making a stunning PowerPoint and you want to share your brilliance with the world of YouTube – all you have to do is export it in .wmv format and upload it directly to the site. For other uses, you may need to convert the file type, but it’s a very simple process, and a really useful feature if you’re in a hurry.
Unfortunately, with Prezi, it’s not so simple. There isn’t a way to save a Prezi to video within the Prezi platform, even though it’s been highly requested by Prezi users for a long time. This may be a feature that’s easy for you to go without or to work around, but this definitely sways user favor towards PowerPoint.
Now, say you want to share your brilliance with the world of YouTube, but you want to take it to the NEXT LEVEL first – you have the option of using video recording and editing software. This, of course, will work for PowerPoint or Prezi, so this is just a free insider tip.
There are a lot of awesome video recording and editing tools, but a couple of popular ones are Camtasia and iMovie. Camtasia is a crowd pleaser for a bunch of reasons:
You can record anything. Yes, anything. The power is in your hands – use it wisely. You can record your computer screen, a PowerPoint, through your camera, really anything your little heart desires. It’s also really easy to add voice narration or other types of audio to the videos.
You can edit the videos after recording them! Here are just some of the great tools you can use to edit your video and really elevate the quality:
* Manipulate visual properties
* Add cursor effects and callouts
* Configure transitions and add captions
* Add quizzes
* Add images
There are a ton of other great features in Camtasia, like the ability to add menus, remove noise, and use multiple tracks, but we’ll let you explore that for yourselves if you’re interested.
And finally, a point to the PowerPoint team: it integrates with PowerPoint! During installation, you’ll be given the option to install an add-on toolbar into PowerPoint. With the toolbar, you’ll be able to record, edit, and produce a presentation, all without leaving the application. Pretty sweet, bruh.
3. It’s Flexible
Pretty much everyone has PowerPoint, or has the ability to view a file. This makes it easy to share ideas and generally move meaning around. Slides can be borrowed, stolen, recycled and re-used. The same document that is used to present information in a meeting or conference, can, with little or no modification, be emailed as a document or shared online, retaining much of its meaning.
4. You Can Make Images With PowerPoint
A lot of people use PowerPoint for its presentation abilities, but you can easily use it to make images to add to your presentation (or just for the fun of it, if there’s nothing else happening on a Tuesday night). You do have to be pretty flexible with how you use the tools they give you, but the images can be used for icons, illustrations, backgrounds, pretty much anything you need (for more ideas, check out our post on how to make your own images within PowerPoint.)
5. You Can Use PowerPoint to Enhance Your Social Media Presence
This is related to the point above, but it really deserves a separate shout out. With the images you create on PowerPoint, you can enhance your social media profile. Need a new logo? Want an image for a flyer? Need a unique image to upgrade the feel of your Instagram or Twitter posts? Use PowerPoint to create something shiny and stun your followers with your brilliance and creativity.
Of course you can always use an image creation tool like Canva but there are editing features that PowerPoint has that Canva does not have (and vice versa). Perhaps we will break down the difference between PowerPoint and Canva in another article.
6. You Can Create eBooks with PowerPoint
It won’t exactly have that new-book smell, but you can make an eBook with PowerPoint with little to no effort. All you have to do is treat each slide as if it’s the page of the book, instead of separate slides. Consider how the pages will look next to each other, add images, designs (see #4 above), other layout effects, and of course, text. When you’re all done, you can export the presentation as a PDF, or just print it out directly from PowerPoint, and voila! You’ve got your very own book from little old PowerPoint.
At the end of the day, PowerPoint is a program that is designed primarily for making presentations
(shocker, we know).
It’s got great additional tools to do other things, but it really is the gold standard for making presentations, and has been for a long time. Many people prefer it for this reason, and also because it only takes a little creativity from its users to take advantage of the other great benefits it offers.
Even with Prezi entering the scene and shaking things up, PowerPoint has thus far held onto its reputation as the best program out there for a lot of people. It’s even stepped up its template game – you can effortlessly download a beautifully crafted PowerPoint template that will get your presentation on the right track to success. More on that in #8 below.
8. You Can Download Professional PowerPoint Templates That Are Absolutely Beautiful
Gone are the days of PowerPoint templates that look like they were created during the dreaded clipart era (remember Clippy?). Some people don’t know just how much PowerPoint has stepped up their game, but a lot of loyal fans love the new template designs. Over the past couple of years, template designers have been creating the type of gorgeous, professional presentation templates that anyone would be proud to show off at a business meeting.
Did we mention that we launched a really awesome template recently?
9. PowerPoint Won’t Make You Dizzy
Sorry Prezi fans, but a lot of users report feeling dizzy after watching a Prezi presentation.
Unfortunately, it’s a common complaint from audiences that the transitions from one point to the next can make them feel sick. We’re going to give the presenter the benefit of the doubt here and assume it has nothing to do with the content of the presentation, just Prezi itself. Considering the transitions and animation are one of the big selling points to Prezi, it can push users to go to PowerPoint instead – because who wants their audience to associate their presentation with wanting to throw up?
There have been some pretty vocal Prezi detractors, including public speaker Scott Berkun – in his super popular post “Why I hate Prezi”, he writes, “When I was first introduced to Prezi it seemed interesting. I liked the idea of a fully 2D space to work from. But as I used it I realized it had taken the things I hated most about PowerPoint, and emphasized them. Prezi bills itself on the ability to ZOOM, to MOVE, to TRANSITION. All the most distracting elements for would-be speakers, elements that distract them away from the quality thinking required to speak well.”
In addition to the potentially dizzying quality, complaints about the distracting effect of the ever-moving transitions is a common theme amongst critics.
Prezi markets itself as using animation to make the presentations more engaging and interesting, but as Guy Kawasaki states: “If you need animation to make your presentation interesting, you must suck.” The answer is not animating more, it is sucking less.
Now we are certainly not saying that you should avoid animations and transitions in your presentations. In fact, if they are done right they can make your slides look WAY more awesome. Here a few animated divider slides to get you started. We do however think that when it comes to animations and transitions there is a fine line between sleek and annoying.
10. PowerPoint is Safer for Businesses
The biggest thing on your mind when creating a great presentation for your meeting may be the look, but a lot of people forget that security is a big concern too. If you’re creating something for your company, they may require that it be kept confidential – a common way businesses tackle this is by making their own share drive network that employees have to “sign-in” to access. This is no big deal for PowerPoint, as the presentations can be saved on the network. No accidental leaking of the secret recipe for Coke is going to happen on a secure network.
Prezi, on the other hand, has cloud-based storage. This is a great feature if you’re trying to save space on your desktop, but not such a great feature if you’re worried about spilling top secret information if it accidentally gets in the wrong hands. A lot of companies actually ban their employees from housing company materials anywhere other than the shared company drive, which makes Prezi a no-go for those companies. Not only are the presentations stored on Prezi’s website, they cannot be downloaded and stored anywhere else.
So now you have the inside scoop on one side of the PowerPoint vs. Prezi debate. It’s easy to see why a lot of people still prefer PowerPoint, despite some pretty cool offerings from Prezi.
It’s hit a great spot in the market where it is considered the go-to application, while still taking the time to create awesome tools for its users that let them really run with their creative vision for their presentation.
But before you go, we want to know what you think.
Do you love the slick transitions and zoom-in abilities of Prezi (despite making your audience heave their morning coffee up)? Do you think their templates bring your presentation to the next level in a way PowerPoint never could? Or are you a die-hard PowerPoint fan, who lives for the user-friendly format and cool extras? Did we forget to mention any features that a user of either application can’t miss out on? Let us know!
There’s nothing smoother than a sleek slideshow subsection slide to slake your spectators’ sweet-tooth for seductively simple symposia presentations.
Or, in plain English, today we are going to talk about why PowerPoint subsection slides (i.e., divider slide, transition slide … whatever you want to call them) are important for a well-rounded and compelling presentation. And then because we’re awesome, we’re going to give you a bunch of free subsection slides to use the next time you have a presentation to deliver. Those slides are perfectly compatible with the best PowerPoint template ever (the super cool Influencer template that we released a few weeks ago), so if you’ve already downloaded the Influencer you shouldn’t hesitate to try these subsection slides out, too!
When it comes to presentations you need to keep things organized, because if your ideas aren’t arranged appropriately you’re going to confuse a lot of people.
Put another away …
When your slides are organized you audience can follow along better; when they simply go on, one after the other, you’re just going to leave a lot of people scratching their heads.
One way to keep things organized is by creating a section break slide (like the one seen below); this is a great way to divvy up presentations into manageable chunks — kind of like how before you feed a toddler it’s a good idea to cut their carrots into smaller pieces, otherwise there might be a huge mess for you to clean up (if you’ve ever given a presentation before, you’ve probably felt like you were standing in front of a bunch of toddlers anyways).
In this article we are going to provide you with five tips on how to create subsection break slides that will look AWESOME in your next presentation. Also, as a special gift, you can download all the slides in this article for free …
Just do us one favor and share this article with your friends!
PowerPoint Subsection Slide Tip #1 – Keep Your Text to a Minimum
If you have been following Presentation Panda for a while now you must have heard us talk a million times about keeping text to a minimum during your presentation.
Whether it’s for a list of your talking points, display text for an image slide, or a caption for a photo or video, the rule never changes. It applies to section break slides, too.
Consider what a divider slide’s purpose is: to appear for a second in between major topics or themes, and momentarily wipe the screen clean of visual interruptions.
Organizing your slide into sections is important for a few reasons. Each time you transition from one section to the next it is important that you create a naturally occurring break in the text to give your audience a chance to pause and reflect on what they’ve just learned from you in the previous subsection, plus ask questions as needed about what you just covered. Subsection slides are important because they give you an organic opportunity to give a brief overview, if necessary, about the upcoming slides and how the fit into the greater arc of your PowerPoint presentation.
When you have these breaks in your presentation between sections it is vital to keep the discussion open and receptive to your audience. Minimizing text provides a stimulus for questions to be asked and new ideas to marinate in your viewers’ heads. It also makes for a neater and cleaner aesthetic, which lends a professional edge to your presentation.
PowerPoint Subsection Slide Tip #2 – Use Icons for Emphasis
Last week we talked about where you can find great icons for your presentations and about why certain styles are better than others. Icons serve the vital function of supporting or in some cases expounding your main ideas without resorting to the odious task of summoning words to describe them. They are a handy way of illustrating your talking points with clever illustrations, or giving literal support to the old expression that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Taking advantage of an icon’s visual nature also helps you to cut down on superfluous words and avoid unnecessary verbal clutter!
Take a look at this subsection slide and you will notice that there’s a nice, simple icon that appears in the heart of the image. The slide is titled “Our Technology.” Now, technology can mean a lot of different things depending on the context. Technology in the Paleolithic meant having a piece of flint to start fires with. Technology 15 years ago meant having a cool-looking flip phone with a retractable antenna instead of one of those bulky house phones. We really like how for this particular slide, technology is represented as a simple cog – it’s fitting for our modern age, when there are so many moving parts that make everything from accounting software to Android games work so well. In case you’re curious, we got that icon by downloading it for free as part of the exceptionally generous Lynny icon set, with over four hundred unique icons. For the most part, it’s easy to find icons like our humble yet stylish cog without having to pay lots of money to graphic designers. So there’s really no excuse for not finding cool looking icons to add an extra bit of panache and emphasis to your design.
For more resources on where to find quality icons without having to pay for them, click here.
PowerPoint Subsection Slide Tip #3 – Add Clever Animations for Extra Sleekness
While there is nothing wrong with keeping your PowerPoint slides simple and clean, adding an animation can truly make your presentation stand out.
Animations DONE RIGHT can really make your presentation pop; there’s something extra impressive about a slick sequence of movement as your next slide comes out onto the screen.
Take a look at the sample animation in the GIF above. First the text pops onto the screen (along with a cool paper plane icon, one of our favorites in the Lynny collection), followed by a quickly expanding field of blue. The blue radiates outwards like a wave in a pond, suggesting impactful, actionable content to follow. Finally, a layer of the blue peels upwards like a screen being pulled up over a window, and while the color remains, it has become a transparent sheet over a background stock image of a generic “person doing something with their hands” scene.
The whole PowerPoint animation action happens in about two seconds – just long enough to catch the eye, not too long to aggravate your audience. And when you implement animations correctly for your divider slides, you won’t be aggravating them, you’ll be getting them as excited as they can possibly be for a PowerPoint slide. In other words, as excited as Cookie Monster in front of a plate of cookies.
If you want to see some more examples of animations that look good in a powerful PowerPoint presentation click here.
PowerPoint Subsection Slide Tip #4 – Make Your Subsection Slides Consistent in Style
Consistency is another subject we talk about frequently here at Presentation Panda. Nothing is more embarrassing than delivering your presentation and noticing that, whoops, the font was off in your divider slide. Or, hey, accidentally changed the color saturation of the background in your table of contents but kept it the same everywhere else.
A smart presentation design tip is to double check that every slide you create, including subsection slides, matches up over the course of the whole presentation. Otherwise you are just going to end up with egg on your face (hopefully not in a literal sense, although we’ve heard that crowds can get pretty cutthroat at certain VC pitch conferences).
Here is a checklist of things to keep consistent with your section break slides, along with the rest of your entire presentation:
Fonts – The font on each section slide should be the same. If Bebas Neue is your header font on one slide and Arimo is your header font on the next one, you’re messin’ up big time, dawg.
Icons – The icons you use should all look similar. To make things easier you can download some awesome presentation icons sets found here. Ideally, all the icons you will ever need will come from the same set. If not, at least make sure that your icons are all more or less the same style. Don’t make the tragic mistake of putting a hand-drawn icon on your subsection slide while the rest of your presentation uses modern minimalist icons that couldn’t look any different if they tried.
Colors – Make sure the color of the section break slides is consistent throughout; depending on the topic your presentation might warrant a selection of complimentary colors, but this is different from varying your color selection willy-nilly just because you can.
Have you noticed how all the subsection slides in this article have a similar look and feel?
PowerPoint Subsection Slide Tip #5 – Create a Clickable Table of Contents That Links to Your Subsection Break Slides
One surefire way to make your presentation extra bombtastic is by creating a clickable table of contents slide which will allow you to jump around to your section break slides seamlessly. Instead of having to use a bunch of different subsection slides you can rely on the table of contents to serve as a subsection slide each time you transition from one part of your presentation to the next. This “Prezi-like” clickable Table of Contents slide can be particularly handy when:
* You have a lengthy presentation and want the flexibility of presenting various sections in a non-linear fashion.
* An audience member asks you to “go back” to a particular section of your presentation, and you want to find it quickly.
* You want to add some playfulness to your presentation.
* You don’t feel like making multiple subsection slides when one will do just fine.
Creating this clickable table of contents in PowerPoint is not overly difficult. Watch the short video above for step by step instructions on how to do it. It only takes a couple of extra steps for you to create a quick hyperlink from the end of one presentation section back to the table of contents, so you do not have to worry about a lot of extra work if you decide to try using this handy little trick for your next PowerPoint presentation.
Now that you’ve picked up some useful design concepts the next time you want to split your presentation into subsections, why not try out what you’ve learned and put a couple of divider slides in there? Your presentations will be more straightforward, better organized, and better looking because of them.
Don’t forget that we’ve made those sample slides available for you to download and use on your next presentation – please take full advantage of them! And if you have a friend that could benefit from using subsection slides in their next presentation, don’t hesitate to share this article with them. Go ahead and email them the link to this post, or share it with them on social media.
If you want to skip the process of creating all of this stuff and just want the finished product without the sweat, we highly recommend downloading the our premier Influencer PowerPoint template that comes with all of the awesomeness premade for you, so you don’t have to spend hours making neat slides up – we already did it for you! This beautiful template features over 200+ slides that cover every topic imaginable, not to mention they come with lots of inspiration for you if you decide to make your own presentation set. For more info on the Influencer template click here.
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When it comes to PowerPoint presentations, the devil is in the details.
Nice looking icons can make a BIG difference – nobody wants a presentation that looks like it came from Windows 98 (although one day, maybe late 1990s graphics will be in style, so who knows). Right now, contemporary design trends in 2016 favor minimalist and eye-pleasing simplicity in everything from logos to design layouts to color schemes.
A hugely important part of the contemporary “less-is-more” style is the use of icons, which have been slimmed down in lieu of the flashy graphics and bouncing 3D buttons of the past. Just like last week when we talked about not all professional presentation templates being created equal, neither are presentation icons.
There are many types of icons out there to choose from, each set of them like a unique grouping of patterns and shapes and style. Here at Presentation Panda, we love the simplicity of outline icons (icons that are not filled in) because they are clean and minimalistic.
So, in case you’re looking for the perfect set of icons for an upcoming PowerPoint presentation, or perhaps a website redesign, we’ve rounded up 5 of the top sets of FREE outline icons to help you create your best presentation designs yet. Use these icons to better sell your services, simplify complex ideas, and enlighten your audience without having to pay an expensive graphic design agency to do it for you!
Note: each of these icon sets are free for personal and commercial use but do require attribution. Please read the license agreements before using – nothing sucks worse for a graphic designer than finding icons they created on someone else’s site without proper credit being given. Also, please note that if you want to modify the icons (e.g., change the color, resize, etc.) you will need Adobe Illustrator.
Lynny Presentation Icon Set – 450 Beautifully Crafted Icons Across 8 Categories
Lynny icons are outline icons, which are modern, whimsical, and uncluttered.
Outline icons work perfectly with minimal design and are a great way of bringing your presentations up to date easily. These sorts of icon sets look fantastic superimposed against high-contrast backgrounds; that means that whatever color you set the icon at, you should set it in front of white or other bright backgrounds that bring them out to the forefront.
The Lynny presentation icons pack features 450 beautifully crafted icons across 8 categories. Pretty much every type of icon you can think of is here. The categories include the following:
General, featuring quirky designs such as a house, paper plane “send” icon, and musical notes
Electronics, featuring the iconic “save” floppy disk (remember those?), TV screens, and Bluetooth, among others
E-Commerce, which gives you bucket load of shopping cart icons, money icons, and major currency symbols
Web, which gives you upload/download symbols, cloud and wifi symbols, and major social media network logos
Location, the smallest subgroup in this set, but still featuring useful icons such as maps, location setting icons, and symbols of the earth
Arrows, featuring arrows that point in every direction (*gasp*) and in a bundle of different styles depending on your taste or need
Weather, featuring the different phases of the moon, plus icons of the sun and various cloudy days
Miscellaneous, because sometimes you really need a bowtie icon for your PowerPoint presentation
The files are supplied in .ai, .eps, and .png format, so they’re flexible enough to be used for just about every kind of product.
Here’s the kicker …
We liked this pack of icons so much that we used them in our Influencer Template (you might be interested in this if you don’t have time to create a whole presentation from scratch).
For anyone who downloads the Influencer Template, we have even created a separate PowerPoint file that contains over 500+ icons (including the ones from the Lynny icon set) … saving you tons of time and energy! You can see some of the icons that are included in the image below.
All of the icons in the Influencer Template and the additional Icon PowerPoint file are 100% editable meaning you can resize them and recolor them however you want!
It doesn’t get any easier!
Linea Presentation Icons – A 730+ Icon Set that Has Something for Everyone
Linea is a whopper of a free set, including more than 730 icons across seven different categories. Like Lynny, these presentation icons are flat designed and minimal, so they make for pretty flexible usage and look great without having to think to much about it. Here’s a taste of what you get with this set :
Basic, which features icons such as maps, globes, anchors, video game consoles, postcards, and a handy magnifying glass we assume is for web searches
Music, where you can find everything from the fast forward button to volume symbols, boom boxes, and rad-looking turntables that throw things back to the 90s.
E-Commerce, with shopping carts, currency icons, dollar bill icons, and other icons perfect for a presentation about how to improve your online shopping cart
Software, with plenty of icons that depict everything from chisels (if you need to talk about shortcodes) to pen nibs and lots of formatting icons. This is definitely a category that’s worth downloading if you do a lot of presentations about Photoshop or graphic design
Basic Elaboration, featuring icons such as happy message boxes, cloud icons for downloads, design clipboards, and file icons for everything from music to images to bar graphs
Arrows going every which way, in every possible variation, in many different styles, in case you need to point your audience in the right direction. That was a bad pun. We’re not sorry though.
Weather, featuring just about every conceivable combination of sun, clouds, rain, snow, lightning, and wind. The guy who designed this set really has a thing for getting his weather icons right!
The files are supplied in .ai, .eps, and .png format, so they’re pretty much good to go whichever format you use.
Swifticons -144 Creative Presentation Icons That Come In Many Different Styles
This little goodie pack of icons contains 144 icons in a bunch of editable variants.
Keep in mind that this is the free version of a much larger icon set containing upwards of two thousand different icons! That one costs $98, so if you want to save a bit of extra money stick with this version. Among a smorgasbord of categories include the following:
Science, including icons such as line graphs or temperature icons or test tubes and beakers, and even cool interplanetary images including meteors
Medical, where you can find icons such as heartbeat graphs, speeding ambulances, lungs and kidneys (who comes up with this stuff?), and other health-related icons. Perfect for presentations about everything from hospital care to biological experiments!
Kitchen, in case your presentation is in need of food icons such as apples, mason jars, cooking utensils like pots and pans, and other food prep stuff
Activities, for everything from talking heads to falling fruit to vibrating alarm clocks
Marketing, with plenty of arrows that go up to the right, “buy” icons, and some of the bigger online entities such as the logos for Spotify
Transport, in case your presentation requires a penny farthing icon or maybe an icon of a plane taking off into the sky
Household, with featured icons including everything from overstuffed living room chairs to modernist dining tables to bookcases and refrigerators
Holidays, with icons for lots of different celebrations, including Cupid’s arrow for Valentine’s Day, decorated pine trees for Christmas, and various menorahs for Hanukkah
And many more besides this! In other words, you have a lot of choices (although keep in mind, the free version isn’t as plentiful)
One of the nice qualities about this set is that you can choose between having the font outlined in simple black and negative space, filled in so that the icons are on grayscale, or colored in for an extra playful experience.
Like all the other icon sets in this list, Swifticons are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. You can use the icons in your commercial as well as your personal projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is required. The only thing you can’t do, however, is resell icon bundles or individual pictograms, because that’s cheating.
You will be able to use and edit these icons in many different programs, since the files are supplied in .ai, .eps, sketch, SVG and .png format. Ready to try Swifticons out?
Sketched Social Presentation Icons – 270 Hand Drawn Looking Social Media Icons
Sometimes you want something that looks a little bit more rustic, a little bit less computerized, yet still modern. That’s when it’s a good idea to give your PowerPoint a couple extra notches of style with hand drawn icons.
Sketched Social is a set of over 200 sketched (mostly) software-related icons. Pretty much every major social network plus a bunch of other tech and software companies are represented here.
There are handsomely drawn icons for the usual social media suspects, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. But you can find icons for companies including Apple, Microsoft, Skype, Yahoo, and Adobe. On top of that there is a limited number of icons for things such as email (there’s the ubiquitous @ sign and also an Outlook Express envelope), phones, the peace sign, and lots of other symbols and logos that show how much thought went into this project. In case you don’t feel like unloading a humongous zip file of over 200 icons, you’re able to download individual icons. Of course, you can also download the full set if it tickles your fancy!
These image files are supplied in SVG, EPS, PNG, PSD and Iconfont.
Birply Presentation Icons – 40 Random Icons That Will Make you Smile
As the tongue-in-cheek name suggest, Birply icons is about having fun with graphic design.
This quirky, humorous set of 40 miscellaneous objects is available in two different styles: one is partially filled in and in grayscale, while the other style has them in white with light blue accents for a stylish touch. If you’ve been searching for an icon of a flag waving on the moon, look no further!
Here are some of our favorite icons in this group:
Watermelon with a glass containing a straw. Will probably make your audience want to be somewhere warm and breezy, rather than in a conference room with you.
Polaroid camera icon. A great choice if you want to add a retro hipster vibe to your presentation!
Multi-tier birthday cake with three candles on top. What a fun way to brighten up your presentation – everyone loves cake!
Target with arrow in the bullseye. A surprisingly useful icon in this whimsical grouping, since this is a popular sort of icon to use in marketing, sales, or biz dev related presentations.
Porthole looking out at a body of water. A bit nautical themed, but maybe you want your presentation to make a . . . splash? OK, we’ll stop now.
All Birply icons can be downloaded for free and used as you wish for personal or commercial reasons. The files are supplied in .ai and svg format. Despite this being such a small set of icons, it’s been downloaded over 6,000 times, which says quite a lot for how much people like it!
So, now you should have an arsenal of beautiful, slick, minimalist, outline, hand-drawn, and whimsical icons at your disposal, all for free! Take advantage of the fact that you can download literally hundreds of presentation icons to use for a more creative PowerPoint presentation without having to pay a cent!
But before you go, I’d like to know your thoughts. Which set of icons did you like the most? Generally, when you deliver a presentation do you rely very much on icons, or do you usually stick to images and display text? Maybe now is the time to try something different!
Lastly, do you have a friend that could benefit from learning about these presentation design tips? If so, email them the link to this post.
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Imagine you have a major business meeting to attend. Assuming you’re not a professional tailor, you probably wouldn’t show up wearing a suit you tried sewing yourself, right? That would be a disaster! But you would happily stop by a department store or a tailor and buy a quality suit – some things are best left to the experts. The same is true with business suits as it is with business PowerPoint templates. If you spend a lot of time giving presentations, purchasing a professional PowerPoint template can be a really smart move because it will save you tons of time and give your presentation a polished, qualified look.
We think that having a modern PowerPoint template to show off to your audience is so important that we recently launched our own professional template on Graphic River. However, not all professional PowerPoint templates are created equal. In fact, some are much better than others *ahem*. In this article you are going to learn about eight important things to consider when purchasing a presentation template.
Buyer Tip #1 – Look for Consistency
Consistency is something we talk about quite frequently here at Presentation Panda. A professional PowerPoint template should have the same design, font, and color scheme consistency throughout. Make sure that when you are browsing through sample templates there don’t seem to be any sort of discrepancies. Do some slides have one style of design and others another one that’s completely different? Are there color mismatches or is header font being used disastrously in the display text? These are the sort of characteristics of an inconsistent presentation template that you need to be on the lookout against. You want to choose a cool PowerPoint template for your presentation, not something that will make you wonder why you spent the money and time on an inadequate product.
Buyer Tip #2 – The Number of Slides Offered Does Not Always Equal Value
Some designers who sell templates boast astronomical numbers of how many slides you are about to receive; after all, the more slides you’re getting for your money, the better the deal. Right?
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Keep in mind that these numbers might sneakily count variations of the same slide, rather than original slides. For example, a trick some designers play is that they say they have X number of unique slides, but they might be counting the fact that they changed the color palette from one slide to another and have decided to call that a new slide. That is why it is so important for you to pay attention to the number of UNIQUE slides. This means you also have to take the time to look through the slides in a template and judge for yourself if the content matches the description.
While there is no magic number, a good ballpark amount for a respectable, modern PowerPoint template with good variety is a range between 40 and 200. Even then you need to be careful because some designers may make one small tweak such as adding an icon or changing the font and count it as a unique slide (of course, in doing so they might risk compromising the visual consistency of the entire slide template, which goes back to the tip we just discussed above) . The point is that you need to take a look through the slides to make sure there are lots of unique looking slides throughout the template. Obviously you’re not going to use each slide (at least, we hope not) in a single presentation but a good template should include every kind of slide you need.
Buyer Tip #3 – Make Sure the Template is Organized
When you are shopping around for a business PowerPoint template, it should look well organized – this almost goes without saying. Ideally, it should come organized into various sections rather than have every slide clumped together seemingly at random. An organized template means it will be easier for you to search for specific slides you want to use in your presentations, rather than fishing around for them and wasting lots of time in the process. The template you decide to purchase should have neatly organized sections where you can find “About Us” slides, “Our Team” slides, “Services” slides, “Customer Analysis” slides, etc. all nestled up to each other, so you have a clear idea of what slides are at your disposal.
How embarrassing would it be to be in the middle of giving a presentation and then see that your slide template which you paid $50 for has uneven margins? You would hope that no one else would notice, but it could be the sort of thing that makes your presentation look distinctly amateur hour.
So, when you go shopping for templates, inspect the slides to make sure you do not catch any little details that are off. Do you see any spelling or grammar mistakes? Does the alignment look off? Is there line spillover or unnecessary spacing
These types of subtle errors may suggest that there could be other issues with the template, not to mention they give off a distinctly unprofessional vibe. Your presentation is meant to impress potential new clients, not scare them away. So pay attention to those small details and make sure that the template you select complements what will no doubt be a brilliant and engaging presentation.
Buyer Tip #5 – Make Sure a Help Guide Is Provided
No matter how straightforward it might seem, even the best designed, most modern PowerPoint template is going to have issues that you can’t figure out on your own. All templates require some type of customization by you after you have purchased them, which means you have to roll up your sleeves, get dirty, and possibly spend thirty minutes banging your head against a wall because you can’t seem to figure out how to alter the color swatch for the bullet points on your slide. Here is a partial list of some of the tasks you might find yourself saddled with when you customize your template:
You may need to change the text
You may need to insert additional text
You may need to swap the images
You may want to add your logo
You may need to change a color
You may need to add a new icon
That is why when you go to purchase a template, you need to make sure the designer has created some type of help guide to show you how to do the above things. Otherwise you will have to either rely on the designer to personally get back to you with what will turn out to be simple solutions to your problems (which wastes your time), or hire someone to help you (which just costs you more money).
Customizing a template may be easy for some, but not everyone is as capable (nor are all templates intuitively designed). Make sure you see that extra help (guides, video, etc.) is provided with the template. The best option is to have a good help guide available to you so that you can quickly and effectively make all the changes you need to for your presentation.
Buyer Tip #6 – Find a Presentation Template Style That Fits Your Brand
Depending on your audience and the subject matter, there are lots of different types of templates to choose from, some more suitable than others. Make sure to go with a template that fits your company and brand. If you have a huge presentation pitch coming up, you probably need something a little more corporate looking — think dark, grayscale palette and simple flat-design icons. Or perhaps you may want something that is a little more light hearted and playful, like if you are presenting a new teaching app or are speaking at a conference of children’s candy confectioners. Think about your business and your brand and what you are trying to represent – then choose a theme accordingly.
On the other side of things, if you are modern tech startup you may not want to go with a “retro” themed template, even though that might be something that looks cool to you. There is always a little room to push the envelop in terms of style, but we’re talking about PowerPoint presentation templates, not the Paris Fashion Week. You don’t have to be too conservative with what style you choose, but generally it’s good to find a template that has some universal appeal. If you’re in doubt, use your common sense or ask someone who knows a thing or two about design (like us) to help you make a good choice.
Buyer Tip #7 – How Does the Presentation Template Make You Feel?
Sort of like love at first sight, when you make your choice for PowerPoint presentation template, the One you choose should have an immediate, resonating connection with you. The blood should rush to your cheeks, your pupils should dilate and light should flood your sight, your heart should be throbbing violently in your chest.
Well, maybe that’s actually what love feels like, and even the most exciting presentation template can’t top love. But if you do see a particular theme that catches your interest, it probably is worth checking out. Chances are, if you have a strong positive reaction towards a template then your audience will too, and that will only make your presentation more memorable.
Buyer Tip #8 – Check the Comments Thread
Everybody appreciates good customer service, which is why you should check the comments thread and any other forums where customers can sound off about what they like or dislike about a given PowerPoint template. Ideally, you will see a lot of positive comments from satisfied customers, not too many complaints or major technical issues. Before making your purchase, make sure that that the designer is responsive to user questions and comments. If a customer has expressed concern with a specific issue, such as adding text to an infographic slide, the designer’s response should provide an easy to follow and straightforward solution to this problem.
One other super important consideration is that you make sure that the designer responds to comments in a timely fashion. If a customer has an urgent issue that they report on a Monday and they have an upcoming presentation on a Wednesday, it would be pretty upsetting to see that the designer doesn’t respond until Friday. So if you’re considering a PowerPoint presentation template that seems to have a lot of issues that aren’t resolved within a reasonable time frame, you might want to think about going with a different designer.
Bonus Tip! – Do You Have Adobe Photoshop?
Some presentation templates may include cool looking slides that have been created with Photoshop. However, if you plan on EDITING these type of slides keep in mind that you will need Adobe Photoshop to do so.
Below is a template slide example of what I am talking about.
While the above Eureka Template slide does look pretty cool you won’t be able to edit this slide unless you have Photoshop.
Hopefully you have many positive takeaways here to help you on your next PowerPoint presentation template purchase. It’s worth noting that a lot of design groups, including ours, are happy to hear feedback from potential customers about what they do or don’t like about a particular product. For example, if there’s a template that you really like for the style and animations but it’s missing editable infographics, let the agency know that you are interested in seeing those features added to the template. It is entirely feasible that if you put in a good word, an agency will be happy to add on a few extra bits of content for you if it means making the sale. We appreciate your feedback!
Speaking of which, let us know what sort of features you like to see in PowerPoint presentation templates. Is there any particular style that works best for you? And in case you haven’t seen it yet, we just released our very own custom-designed business PowerPoint presentation template on Graphic River – check it out!
Lastly, do you have a friend that could benefit from learning about these presentation design tips? If so, email them the link to this post.
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