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10 Reasons Why PowerPoint Kicks Prezi’s Butt

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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:

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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

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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.

If you’re thinking about doing this and looking for a great PowerPoint book template to get you started, check out this awesome one made by Nancy Duarte.

7. PowerPoint is Still Great for Presentations

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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

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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.

In fact, last month we launched our own professional PowerPoint template called the Influencer (ahem). It features over 200+ unique designs and it’s 100% customizable. It also features beautiful graphics and images, clever animations, seamless transitions, and over 500 minimalist icons. To learn more about why this PowerPoint template truly rocks click here.

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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

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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.

Conclusion

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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!

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These 5 Free Presentation Icon Sets Are More Refreshing Than New Socks!

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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

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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.

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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!

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Linea Presentation Icons – A 730+ Icon Set that Has Something for Everyone

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Conclusion

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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8 Things to Pay Attention to When Purchasing a Professional Presentation Template

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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.

Here is an example of how we organized some of the slides within the Influencer Template …

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Buyer Tip #4 – Pay Attention to the Details

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

Like this?

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.

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While the above Eureka Template slide does look pretty cool you won’t be able to edit this slide unless you have Photoshop.

Conclusion

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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This Beautiful PowerPoint Template Will Make You STAND OUT! Introducing Influencer … Panda’s Premier Presentation Template!

 

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Greetings, Presentation Pandas! As you know, we’ve been talking about the benefits of professional presentation templates for a long time. Like ballroom dancing, football touchdown celebrations, and Italian sports cars, sometimes presentations need to look fancy, which is when a professional template can really come in handy.

Here are some of the things the best powerpoint templates on the market have to offer:

Save Loads of Time – With a professional template, you can focus more on honing your message and less on building a template framework. Leave the design part to the designers.

Elegant Design – The templates are clean, minimal, and look amazing. That’s EXACTLY what you should be focusing on when you create a presentation.

100% Customizable – A good presentation template is easy to customize. Simply add your text and swap out any images, graphics, or colors that you do not want. It should always be that easy.

Designed for PowerPoint – A good templates is designed to be edited directly in PowerPoint. You do not need any additional software.

Clever Animations Included – Even the best PowerPoint template in the world can look a bit amateur without some slick animations. A good template features custom animations built right into it. And if you decide that animations are not ideal for your presentation, you can easily remove them.

Customer Support – If you ever have any questions about a template you should be able to talk to the person who designed it. Whereas if you design a presentation yourself, you don’t really have anyone else who can help you (unless you’re lucky enough to have an intern you can boss around!) All you need to do is leave a comment and the person who designed the template will get back to you quickly.

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At this point you must be wondering where this is all going; after all, we have recommended several of the best PowerPoint templates around over the years. But still our team of Panda’s felt a strong yearning to create our own MAGICAL template that could take your presentations to the next level. So after many a day and night of diligent work, many cups of coffee, and a veritable landfill’s worth of trash bins overflowing with scrapped designs, we have finally developed a professional presentation template that truly rocks! 

Were calling this amazing template Influencer. Click here to download your copy right now!

In this article, we’re going to explain exactly what this template offers, why it ROCKS and why you need to download it right away to use for pretty much every presentation you will ever make it again.

Are you excited? We sure are! Let’s get started!

How about a video to kick things off …

And now let’s run through the key features of the Influencer PowerPoint Template

200 Uniquely Crafted PowerPoint Slides

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Variety is the spice of life, and it’s also critical for creating awesome looking PowerPoint slides. Who wants to see the same boring layout on every single slide? A lot of love and tender care went into making each and every slide–we developed 200 unique slides for you to pick and choose from!!

Yes, we just said 200 slides!

Without coming off as clichéd and overly hyperbolic, the possibilities are pretty much endless. Obviously your next presentation is not going to be 200 slides (or at least we hope not) but we wanted to give you a complete arsenal of good looking slides that you can pick and choose from. We put in a crazy amount of hours to make sure that each and every slide you choose rocks!

There are 12 well organized sections in total; here’s a rundown of what you can expect from each section:

Introduction – Make a positive first impression with an eye-popping display of your company name and logo. Impress your audience with the mission statement template, featuring a half-screen image with your company’s M.O. Or you can include some really cool slides such as a statement from your CEO or a really cool chronological post showing your company’s timeline of growth from past until present.

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Team – Show off the members of your team (even if it’s just a team of one) with split screen bio pages that feature headshots of individual members on one side and their accolades, career background, and achievements on the other. You can also include bio pages with multiple team members listed and small bio blurbs beneath each member’s headshot, such as “Bob Smith, Accounting” or “Suzy Jones, Fantasy football junkie and baker extraordinaire.”

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Services – You can’t successfully pitch investors or your next big client without talking about what sort of services your company brings to the table. We offer you multiple templates that break down your services in a DYNAMIC manner with the inclusion of customizable infographics. Or you can go for a more informal “what we do” slide that lists your services bullet-style.

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Devices – If you are selling a product of some kind, there’s a good chance that it’s an app or other kind of software that runs on a specific device. So we’ve included templates that show off how your app works while running on a smartphone, or how Bluetooth connectivity is part of the package. Yeah, we pretty much thought of everything.

Customer Analysis – If it is really important for your presentation to talk about who your customers are and what sort of demographics they come from, you will really appreciate these slides. The customer segment profile shows a typical customer and features lots of cool icons jutting out of her—kind of like the guy from that classical children’s game “operation,” but without listing parts of human anatomy.

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Portfolio – For agencies or firms that need to include case studies or examples of their work, this section gives you lots of predesigned templates that show off what your team has already accomplished for previous clients. Nothing sells better than experience!

Charts & Tables – Inevitably, you will have to include data in your presentation. That’s why we included templates that show off quantifiable information in a way that –for once!—isn’t boring and stale. All of our graphs are super easy to edit and can be changed directly in PowerPoint.

Business Analytics – You gotta be able to show off what sort of things you do; those numbers are really important, but they should look good when you do it. We have provided slick templates that can be easily edited to include the data that backs up your business.

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Infographics – Everyone loves a good infographic! We came up with tons of really cool ones. A competitor analysis infographic features a honeycomb-shaped graph with alternating colored panels that give away little tidbits of data.

Project Management – Our project management slides help you break down the different ways that your team tackles your work. Beautiful background images combined with simple step-by-step breakdowns help you illustrate how your team will get the job done.

Maps – If you want to include the location of your office near the end of your slide or if it’s important to include map features in your presentation, we’ve given you plenty of sleek looking maps to choose from.

Closing & Other – It’s just as important to go out with a bang as it is to start with one, so we have designed powerful closing slides that feature strong customizable CTAs and inspiring images to convince your audience that you are the right choice for them. We have also included plenty of “bonus slides” including multiple title slide variations.

 

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Size Formats 16:9 and 4:3

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Responsive design is a touchstone of so much that goes into making everything from apps to websites to PowerPoint slides these days. That is why we created templates in two different size formats, so that when you go about the process of setting up your slideshow, you will not have to worry that your sizing is off. Nothing ruins presentations like having slides that are not the proper dimensions for the projector or TV monitor they are being displayed on! You have two options when it comes to size formatting:

16:9, or widescreen. This is becoming the standard for presentations and is actually the default size in PowerPoint. So I imagine that most people will prefer to work with this size format. You will be able to better maximize the dimensions of the media you use in your presentation, which will look so much better. This will look good on any kind of screen, from your laptop to a full-size 52” monitor in the company conference room.

4:3, or square. If you plan on handing out copies of your slide to members of your audience, this is an ideal size. For people who need to print their slides on normal 8.5” x 11” paper this format is preferable as it fills the page better and is a little less awkward than using a 16:9 ratio.

Two Themes – Dark and Light

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You have two choices when it comes to your theme: light or dark. Depending on the topic at hand you might feel that using a white background will look better and be more suitable for the tone or mood. On the other hand, maybe a dark background will help you stand out better and make for a more impressive presentation. We were not completely sure ourselves which one you would prefer, so that is why we created two themes, so you can figure that part out yourself! The most important thing is that they both look really good, right?

Three Colorful Options for Each Theme

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On top of giving you dark and light options for your theme, we also created three different color schemes in both the dark and light theme. That comes to a total of six varying theme color possibilities, if you are keeping score at home. The options you have are red/yellow, purple, and blue. Blue is always a safe bet for more formal kinds of projects and presentations, while purple, red and yellow are a bit more edgy. But maybe edge is what you are looking for? We want to make certain that you have all the options you need to select the best looking theme possible for your presentation. Of course if you have a totally different color in mind you can easily edit the colors of presentation to the color of your choice.

Tons of High Quality Images Included

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As we have pointed out before, you should absolutely avoid using cheesy stock images at all costs.  There is a good reason that we decided to take care of finding images for you; too many times we have seen people fall victim to picking out weird looking or downright dumb stock images. So we have made sure to include tons of sleek looking commercial free images throughout the entire template. You do not have to trawl endlessly through Google Images or Shutterstock to find good pictures for your presentation; we have done that for you! Besides saving you a ton of time from having to search for the images yourself, we have also ensured that you have nothing to worry about copyright infringement (accidental or otherwise) because all the images we have used in the slide templates either came free to download or we bought the rights to them.

That means that you, too, have the rights to them. Which means that you can edit them as you please At your fingertips are hi-res photos that make for elegant slide backgrounds, or practical stock images that look great as part of your design. It’s all up for you to decide.

And if you want to swap out images it’s super simple. We’ve even included a handy “Help Guide” that shows you how step-by-step. More on that further down below.

Tons of Easy to Edit Vector Graphics

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There are tons of captivating graphics in this template; everything from presentation graphics to customer analysis data boxes is included. Our designers have made it as simple as possible to pick and choose the vector that best fits your presentation. What’s awesome is that you can easily change the size and colors of the graphics DIRECTLY IN POWERPOINT (no additional software needed), so you don’t need to be some smarmy graphic designer with many years of experience messing around with slides (leave that part to us). When you find the right vector graphics for our presentation it is really easy to insert display text, change the color of the vector, or manipulate the size or placement according to your needs.

Over 500 Ready to Use and Easy to Edit Vector Icons

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Oh man, we busted our butts on this one FOREVER. The template is filled with sleek and modern looking icons; in fact, we have included a set of over 500 icons that you can choose from. Since the icons are vectors, you can also easily modify the icons by changing the color and size.

You should really see the variety of icons we have available! We pretty much thought of every possible presentation topic or scenario that you would be in when we were cobbling together this huge list of icons. To name but a few:

  • General Icons
  • Technology Related Icons
  • Payment Related Icons
  • Web Related Icons
  • Location Related Icons
  • Arrows and Direction Related Icons
  • Weather Related Icons
  • Social Media Related Icons
  • And Much More

Two Free Fonts That Go Together Perfectly

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You gotta have a good header/display font combo if you’re gonna properly rock your presentation. We picked two fonts that go really well together: Bebas Neue and Calibri. We have been talking about Bebas Neue for years (OK, maybe since last year)! The font rocks and simply had to be in our template. It also sounds kind of funny. We’ll wait while you say it out loud and then laugh because we’re right.

So even though Bebas Neue is a pretty sweet lookin’ font, bro, it does not come with the Microsoft Office suite. Does that mean you have to pay for it? Absolutely not! Bebas Neue is a FREE font that can be easily be downloaded from Font Squirrel. Don’t worry we walk you through how to easily install the font step-by-step with our handy Help Guide that is included with the presentation template.

Bebas Neue also goes really well with Calibri which is a font that already comes with PowerPoint. That means you do not need to waste extra time searching for the right font combo, you do not to spend money on paying for the right font, and you get to focus on creating the baddest PowerPoint presentation possible.

If for some reason your heart is set on a different font (just please not Times New Roman), you can always change up the fonts accordingly. Just use your best judgment—in case you are stuck for good font recommendations, you can always shoot us a quick email or refer to the many blog posts we have written for guidance on making the right choice.

A Clickable “Choose Your Own Adventure” Options Menu

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Remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from the 1980s? Those were pretty sweet! You got to go on a mountain climbing expedition or step through a time warp portal and explore a future dystopia controlled by weird dolphin alien hybrid creatures! We took a fresh approach to template design by allowing the template to have a “Choose Your Own Adventure” table of contents. While you can’t end up on the slopes of Mt. Everest or in the slippery clutches of not-so-benevolent dolphin aliens with our table of contents, picking and choosing the perfect PowerPoint slide is now as easy as ever. With this format you can easily jump to any of the 12 sections in the template by clicking on any of the tiles on the slide. Clever right?

How this works in practice is pretty neat. Let’s say that you, the co-founder of a startup selling cool new coffee roasting machines, have to give a pitch presentation to a big tech incubator in San Francisco. In this case, you may find it important to skip to the yourgreat company bio section, since you are so new and people will want to know who you are and what your company was founded to do (in this case sell quality coffee roasting products). You will also want to talk about your strategy for growth, your target demographics, and discuss who you see as the competition. In that case you will probably want to take your audience through our pre-designed slides for “Introduction,” “Our Team” (maybe just you and your co-founder), “Customer Analysis,” “Business Analysis,” and of course a good “Closing” slide to deliver a strong finish. The nice thing about the clickable table of contents is that you can skip to any section in the presentation with a single click of the mouse. No more fumbling through the entire deck to find the particular section you are looking for.

Parallax Scrolling

Parralax scrolling is an innovative trend in web design that has been around for a number of years now but has recently become quite vogue. In case that term sounds familiar but you aren’t quite sure what parallax is: it’s a technique where background images move down the screen more slowly than foreground images, which creates a sensation of depth and adds to your user’s immersion and heightens their viewing experience. We implemented this style into several slides throughout the presentation, because it would be kind of selling you short to create an aesthetically pleasing slide template set but not give you beautiful and elegant animation effects to complement it and make it really come alive. This technique adds a new dynamic layer to the slides, and it is the sort of subtle detail that will give your presentation an extra bit of oomph.

Here are a few examples of our parallax scrolling in action, in case you are curious:

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Over here, you can see how this slide fills in the agenda for a meeting with horizontally moving topic headers, filling in one below the other. Once the first slide is full, there is a vertical sliding transition to move down the image (don’t you just love these minimalist urban cityscape photos?), followed by the same horizontal topic headers. Parallax is the epitome of smoothness and having these slides at your disposal will only make you and your team look smoother.

 

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For this “Why Work With Us?” slide you can see a few different animations happening. First of all, each one of the talking points fills in vertically up the screen. Then once the talking points have all filled into place, the screen slides vertically in the reverse direction that the talking points were appearing in. It’s smooth and just looks too darn cool!

 

Clever Animations and Transitions

Almost every slide has clever animations and transitions that made the slide pop even further.

You have to see them live to truly appreciate them. The benefit of animations is that they help introduce the elements of the slide one at time, creating visual separation and letting you carry on your talking points at a rate that is more comfortable for your audience. It also makes it easier for your audience to follow along, since they are not being bombarded with the entire presentation slide all at once.

Not to mention, these animations also look really cool (at least we think so). It’s not like there are any weird Windows 98 PowerPoint animations in here; everything is slick and tasteful (in other words, no shimmering text or images that bounce around your screen before settling into the right place). Of course, you might think that they can get a bit distracting, so if you don’t want the animations you can easily turn them off.

Here’s some more examples of the templates cool animations, just because we feel like it:

 

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Look at how awesome these are! You are practically guaranteed to have someone come up to you after you finish your presentation – which you will probably rock – and ask you how you thought of all these nifty animations and graphics. Then you can just wink at them and say you have a really great design team.

 

Easy to Understand Help Guide

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In case you are stuck with customizing things the way you want, we have put together an easy to follow help guide that shows you step-by-step how to customize the template to fit your needs. Everything from messing around with vector graphics to replacing all the images can be found in the Help Guide. If for some reason the help guide does not answer your question, don’t forget that your questions might already be answered here or on other blog posts on this website. The only thing that does not come with the help guide is actual, real life customer support. Oh wait! We’ve got that too . . .

Fast Customer Support

While this template is EXTREMELY easy to edit and should prove to be the best presentation tool you have at your disposal, our team of highly trained and PowerPoint-savvy customer service pandas provides fast and agile support to answer questions you may have. We make our absolute best effort to reply to all queries within 24 hours during the week, although if you have a question for us on the weekend it will have to wait until Monday, because pandas get kind of grumpy when they have to head into the office on Sundays. No one wants to deal with grumpy pandas; we’re sure you understand.

Conclusion

So, you’ve heard our spiel about how this new PowerPoint template is going to do amazing things for your presentation.

It’s got oodles of great features and content! You have over 200 custom-made slides that cover everything from your company bio to your portfolio for sharing case studies to easily editable infographics and vectors that look awesome and are so much cooler than old fashioned pie charts and bar graphs (but those come with the package too if you need them). The slides come adapted to two main size formats so that you have perfectly proportioned slides and handouts for your audience.

There are three total color combinations to customize your theme with, so that it looks and feels right. Hundreds of high quality images come included in the template and ready to use as they are or edit as you please. There are many awesome looking and completely editable vector graphics for you to use, plus over 500 icons that suit literally every possible topic imaginable. You will not have to go searching on the internet for other icons to use in your presentation!

You also get the lovely font combination of Bebas Neue and Calibri to grace the text of your slides, a really easy pick and choose menu of slide templates in twelve different categories, beautiful parallax scrolling to wow your audience along with stunning transitions and animations for an elegant and enhanced viewing experience, not to mention first-class customer support from a team of design professionals who handle any queries with efficiency and urgency.

By now you are hopefully asking where you can get this excellent set of awesome slides. You can download the Influencer template on Graphic River today by clicking here. It will save you tons of time and make your next presentation stand out from the rest of the mediocre presentations out there today. You can use the template as much as you like, forever, so think of it as a good investment in your future business endeavors.

Alright then, it sounds like a good investment! But how much is it going to cost to get? Aren’t these things supposed to be expensive? Not in this case. Which is pretty amazing when you think about it – when we have clients who hire us to create custom-made one-use presentations the cost runs into the thousands of dollars. Whereas downloading the Influencer template – the last presentation template you will ever need, ever — only costs you $20. How much would you be willing to pay to crush your next presentation? Wouldn’t you hand over $20 for that extra bit of confidence to know you had a kickass designed PowerPoint presentation?

We’ll stop the sales schtick now; you know what to do! See you at the finish line and best of luck with your next presentation!

Click here to download the Influencer PowerPoint Template right now!

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10 Clever Color Combos That Will Make Your Audience Happy

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Did you know that color affects people’s moods? Think about that the next time you’re deciding what theme to use on a PowerPoint presentation! How to pick colors for PowerPoint and develop a harmonious presentation color palette is one of those not-so-small details necessary to creating the perfect presentation. There are various PowerPoint presentation color combinations, but not all of them are created equal. And having the right balance of complementary colors, or sticking to one particular monochromatic shade, will give your presentation a noticeable harmony and flair that would otherwise be lacking. Before we dive into the specifics and ascend to Color Combo Valhalla, where everything is perfectly shaded and not a single hue is out of place, I would like to share with you a few free presentation design tools that will make picking colors for PowerPoint easy.

First of all is Adobe’s Color CC, an interactive slide wheel that makes it easy to create a perfectly coordinated presentation color scheme in literally one second. You can adjust the wheel to create monochrome, complementary, shades, and compound presentation color palettes, tweaking the wheal however much you want to fit your preferences.

There is also Colourlovers, a website where community-inspired designs, shapes and color palettes can be shared with the public and downloaded for free. Why bother trying to color coordinated your presentation color palette when someone else has already done it for you?

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Finally, Design Seeds provides you with inspiration to build seamless color combination palettes based on high resolution photos. What’s super cool about their catalog is that each of the colors that feature prominently in any given image can be searched for in Design Seeds’ database, so if for example an earthy shade of orange catches your eye in a picture of autumn leaves, you can search for other photos that have that exact same shade. You can also search the website for an exact color value using their simple color slider, or search by themes such as winter, rustic, or succulents.

Here are ten more useful PowerPoint design tips to achieve beautiful color combinations for your next slide presentation and make your audience feel alive—which is no doubt better than feeling bored to death!

Color Combination #1. The Getaway

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Especially as the days get shorter, the nights get longer, and summer becomes a distant memory, using this color scheme will remind people of those wonderful sunny summer days. Using this image of a beautiful blue beach—in Cornwall, England, of all places—will cheer up your audience and get them excited for whatever you’re about to tell them. A new travel app? Increased fourth quarter sales? The bright blue that dominates this palette will set them alight, while the muted dark gray of the stone in the foreground will keep your audience just grounded enough to keep from completely losing their heads.

Color Combination #2. The Royal

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Want your presentation design to give off a regal, posh aura when you make your big PowerPoint presentation? This image provides a great inspiration for a more royal, spiffy approach. The bright cherry red of the ubiquitous London telephone booth is offset by the subdued weathered stones in the background, and the vaguely burnt sienna tone of the font in the booth balance out the composition to create a tone that tells your audience you mean business.

Color Combination #3. The Lighthouse

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A photograph like this, with formidable, brooding skies overhead, an elongated empty gravel path, long fieldstone walls, and of course the lighthouse rising up against the horizon, tells a dramatic story. Slate gray is the primary color here, and it relies on a secondary light gray to add depth and touches of sky blue and hunter green for comic relief. If your presentation color scheme looks like this, your ideas should be bold, foundation-shaking, and ultimately offer hope to your audience. If you’re not really sure about using those shades, don’t forget that you can find plenty of useful presentation design tips here.

Color Combination #4. The Mountain Sunset

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In this muted yet dramatic presentation color scheme, looming mountains with a bright orange sunset lighting up the sky behind them serve as the inspiring basis for the sort of presentation that delivers concrete, factual data. The emphasis of dark earth colors gives off a solemn, bedrock vibe to your presentation, and no one will be taking you lightly when you discuss your findings with your audience. Since an entirely dark presentation color palette makes for boring viewing, that splash of orange will go a long way towards brightening up your slide and leaving your viewers basking in the glow of the next great idea.

Color Combination #5. The Flower

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What’s so great about using flowers as inspiration for picking a vibrant color palette is that they epitomize nature’s perfect composition and geometry. Depending on what sort of effect you are looking for, using the image of a flower will give your slide a balanced yet eye-catching visual stimulus to your audience. In this particular case, the soft creamy white evokes a calming sort of mood, the bright fuchsia at the center of the flower delivers a pop of color that’s best reserved for small details and accents in your presentation slide, while the complementary colors of brown and gray that you see in the blurred background of the image are there to keep your slide from appearing too over-the-top or whimsical. If you are looking for more great images of flowers to use as the basis for your color scheme, Design Seeds has a section devoted solely to stunning for a.

Color Combination #6. The Apple Orchard

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A balanced presentation color scheme for just about any type of subject matter, this image of a deliciously green apple hanging on a branch in an orchard gives depth to your presentation with its earthy shades of green. The additional brown and dark grey shades underscore the brightness of this lush fall fruit and keep the palette from appearing too verdant or too yellow—a perfect example of neutral colors doing their job and making sure that lighter spots do not dominate an image composition and wash out the slide by being too bright. Vice versa, the yellow and green shades are super important because they prevent the slide from being boringly monochromatic—and no monochrome is more of a downer than brown.

Color Combination #7. The Vintage

Color Combinations PowerPoint - Vintage

Sometimes you just gotta go retro. With this vintage style image, the emphasis is on colors that are normally too aggressive to display at full brightness. But on the more muted end of the color saturation scale, there is enormous potential here to make a standout presentation slide that is both classy and eye-catching. The piece de resistance here are the rich shades of plum purple and mustard yellow (reminiscent of the characters of Clue, if you think about it), which evoke musty, velvety old memories of your grandma’s living room sofa. The placement of the vintage Nikon camera with film canisters and the faded old rose and its paper-thin petals, as well as the delicate leaves from the rose, are perfect inspiration for creating a presentation design that relies on robust, deep colors that convey some sort of nostalgic emotion and elegance. Of course, there are many other vintage types of color combinations that would look great on your presentation slide, so to learn more about how to select the right color combos and other important PowerPoint design tips, click here

Color Combination #8. Red Brick House

Presentation Color Palette - Red Brick House

Using the color red in your presentation color scheme is a decision that you should not make lightly. Red has been scientifically proven to be the color most associated with winning—which is great news for anyone preparing a slide presentation to show to potential investors or clients. Red is associated with passionate emotions, such as love and lust, but on the other side of the coin, it is also the color that represents anger. That being said, you should not be afraid to use red as the centerpiece of your composition, and this image is a useful way to show how this bold color can benefit you. The key here, as is often the case, is not so much with the primary color choice, but what secondary and complementary colors are used to balance it out. If you decide to make red the focal color of a presentation slide, make sure to include a few strong neutral colors to take off the edge a bit; here that is accomplished with the inclusion of the beige/tan doorway, the plain gray concrete at the base of the image and the off-white window sill and bike frame, and just a few touches of dark color—black in addition to a deep shade of purple–in the wiring running along the top of the image and the tires, handles, and seat of the bicycle. In the end, the effect you have from this color combination is bold and signifies some really big ideas, but without seeming too aggressive and in-your-face. You want to impress clients with your presentation, not scare them away!

Color Combination #9. The Hipster Coffee Shop

Presentation Color Schemes - Coffee House

This slide is a perfect example of how sticking to (mostly) neutral tones can allow for a rich, beautiful color palette, despite there not being any one super-popping color. Most of the color here is inspired by deliciously woody tones brown and black; the cup of coffee and the big ol’ heaping pile of coffee grounds being two super obvious points of inspiration, but also more subtle touches, such as the scraped wooden surface, the thin bar of creamy brown milk chocolate, and even the shadowy side of what looks to be a deliciously buttery and flaky croissant. On the opposite side of the color wheel from all these super dark shades are the white-bound hardback book that acts as a serving tray for the pastry and the chocolate, and there is also a pile of white sugar crystals that contrast starkly against the coffee grounds and surface of the table. Finally, the chipped peach yellow painted surface of the table breaks the neutrality just enough to keep the whole thing from feeling monotonous. When you implement a color palette like this onto a slide presentation you’ll achieve a color balance that is adaptable to just about any setting thanks to these classically neutral, versatile tones.

Color Combination #10. The Secret Garden

How to pick colors for PowerPoint - The Secret Garden

What’s going on in this image is pretty easy to spot: lots of bright lilac and lavender tones that don’t completely overwhelm the eye thanks to olive and moss green colors as well as touches of silver-gray in the background. The super charged bright foliage you see here stands out even moreso because of the almost black branches that cede the visual focal point to the many shades of pink and purple that dominate the color scheme. When you splice the different colors in this image into a presentation color slide you should be looking to make a bright, bold impact on your audience. Good news deserves some fireworks, and this is the sort of color palette that will give everyone a reason to smile.

Conclusion:

So hopefully you’ve picked up some inspiring ideas to take into your next presentation. Your audience deserves the very best and you should strive to have presentation slides which are effective in conveying your ideas in the best, simplest way possible.

Now that you’ve had your fill of great design concepts such as simplicity and “wowing” your audience, try thinking about how you can incorporate them altogether. What will your next slide presentation look like now?  Let me know what you think below and please try to be as specific as possible. Sound off in the comments below!

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