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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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Image Credits

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Flickr/Giuseppe Milo/Telephone Booth

Flickr/Giuseppe Milo/Inisheer Lighthouse

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03
jan

4 Ways To Make Sure Your Presentation Doesn’t Get “Robbed”

Presentation Design Tips - Slide Bandits

Our newest presentation “Slide Bandits” is now available on SlideShare.

Check it out. It’s got lots of awesome presentation design tips:

Slide Bandits is the story of 4 outlaws that are out to “rob” your next presentation. However, the slide deck is packed with plenty of tips, tools, and resources to help keep your presentation on the right path. In this post we will summarize the four main learnings from the Slide Bandits presentation. Follow these presentation design tips and take your slides to the next level.

Presentation Design Tips - Keep your text short and sweet

1. Keep Your Text Short And Sweet

Use Less Text – People should be able to understand your slide in 3 seconds or less.

Make One Point Per Slide – Don’t bombard an audience with too many points all at once. Instead, spread your points out across multiple slides.

Don’t Use Boring Fonts – There are a lot of great fonts available online for download. Many of them are free. Don’t default to the standard fonts available in PowerPoint.

Play Around With Text – Your text doesn’t always have to be the same size and angle. Mix it up!

Remove Unnecessary Statistics – Complicated charts and graphs put people to sleep. Only present the key data points.

Loose The Lengthy Bullet Points – Bullet points are plain boring. If you MUST use them at least keep them to a maximum of three. Your audience won’t remember more than three points anyway.

Presentation Design Tips - Use Powerful Images

2. Deliver Powerful Visuals

Loose The ClipArt And Cheesy Stock Images – Use powerful images that hit people on an emotional level. There are a lot of free images available for download. Just make sure you give the authors credit if you’re using their work commercially.

Use High Resolution Images – You might have found the greatest image in the world, but if it doesn’t have good resolution don’t use it. Nobody likes viewing grainy images on screen.

Take Screenshots – Use a screenshot tool to quickly snag pictures of your product, service, or idea.

Use A Consistent Set Of Images – Make sure ALL of your images fit within a common theme.

Use Icons – Icons are a great way to make your slides visual and minimize the text on your slide.

Create a Dynamic Cover Slide – Make sure your presentation starts with a bang by creating a powerful cover slide that grabs people’s attention.

Use Textures – Textures (wood, paint, etc.) can make great backgrounds for your slides. Just make sure that your text is legible if you use them.

Make Your Own Images – If you can’t find the image you’re looking for, you can make your own using Adobe Illustrator or PowerPoint.

Presentation Design Tips - Create An Attractive Color Palette

3. Create an Attractive Color Scheme

Avoid Creating Rainbows – Create a color palette and stick with it. Using too many colors will make your slides look like a rainbow and your audience feel nauseous.

Use Contrast – Make sure your text is legible by picking colors that contrast one another.

Be Mindful Of A Colors Meaning – Color is emotional and conveys meaning. Make sure that the colors that you are using in your slides fits with your core message. For example, if you are talking about a serious or negative topic you might want to stay away from an upbeat color like yellow.

Presentation Design Tips - Create a Nice Layout

4. Design a Clean Layout

Design For Whitespace – Make sure that your slides have plenty of “breathing room” for your text and visual. If you find a great image that is lacking whitespace to you can try my “focused blur technique using PicMonkey” to instantly add more whitespace to the image.

Trash The Boring Templates – Ignore the standard PowerPoint templates. Instead, create your own custom template that matches the theme of your presentation.

Keep Things Nice And Neat – Make sure to align all of the elements on your slide so they are nice and neat. When things are not organized properly it moves your audience’s attention away from you.

Practice The Rule Of Three – Things presented in sets of three look better and are more memorable.

Make sure to check out Slide Bandits below

Conclusion

By following the above presentation design tips you will be able to create a presentation that truly stands out from the crowd.

Here’s my question for you …

What do you find to be the most difficult part of designing a presentation? Sound off with your comments below. I make sure to read and reply to every single one!

Looking for more great presentation design tips just like these? Check these out:

5 Presentation Design Tips for Amazing Looking Slides (Infographic)

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21
dec

How To Harness The Power Of Three In Your Presentations

PowerPoint Tips - Why Three Is Your New Favorite Number

Have you ever worked on a PowerPoint presentation and felt like you just couldn’t get the right look? Well, sometimes all you need is a bit of help from one magic number… THREE!

The number three can dramatically improve the look of your PowerPoint slide design, and provide some simple guidelines to get the design ideas flowing. Presenting in sets of three can make your PowerPoint presentations more enjoyable, interesting, and memorable.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can leverage the number three in your next PowerPoint presentation

1. Use Three Font Sizes

A simple and helpful technique is to use three different font sizes. Always make sure your heading, or the text you want to bring attention to most, is the biggest. This is important because the eye is naturally drawn to large elements first.

PowerPoint Tips - Use Three Fonts

2. Choose Three Colors

Choosing a color palette of three colors is another way to incorporate the number three. A three palette color combination will create variation and visual appeal to a slide.

You can actually create a really nice color palette based off a favorite image that you would like to use in your presentation.

To create the palette, an easy way to start is to choose one of the darkest hues as your first color. Depending on the mood or theme of your design, choose two additional complimentary colors. Below is an example of a color palette that complements the colors of the original image.

When you are working with color, be sure to apply the 60-30-10 rule. This rule refers to avoiding the use of equal amounts of the three colors to achieve good results. The rule is to divide colors into percentages of 60, 30, and 10. The primary color should cover about 60% of the space to create the overall unifying theme of the slide. 30% should be covered by the secondary color to create contrast and visual interest. Finally, the accent color should cover about 10% of the space to provide a final touch to your slide design.

Presentation Tips - PowerPoint Tips - Use Three Colors

3. Make Three Key Points

Another simple technique for harnessing the “power of three” is to make three key points on each slide or build your entire presentation around three key themes. People tend to only remember three things. Therefore, if you want your information to stick, choose three main points to that you want to get across and then design accordingly (as seen in the image below).

Presentation Tips - PowerPoint Tips - Make Three Points

4. Combine Three Elements

If you’re stuck for design ideas, try creating a layout using three elements. Limiting your image to three main elements will help you achieve a clean and professional look.

For example, in the slide below there are three elements:

Element #1: A background image of a forest

Element #2: Some text “Campfire Stories”

Element #3: An icon of a campfire

The combination of these three elements makes the slide stand out.

PowerPoint Tips - Presentation Tips - Use Three Elements

5. Use a Grid to Place Three Images

If you have a bunch of images that you want to show, you can create a grid made up of three sections to present them in a nice clean format. The nice thing about grids is that they give the impression of a visual narrative (like the one seen below).

You can arrange the grid however you like. Just keep in mind that the most important image should be placed within the biggest area.

PowerPoint Tips - Presentation Tips - Use A Three Grid Layout

6. Use the Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is one of the most basic composition guidelines in photography. The idea behind the rule of thirds is to break an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts (as seen in the image below).

The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer to interact more with it more naturally. Positioning critical photographic elements at the left, right, top, or bottom of the grid, instead of smack in the middle of the frame, naturally adds visual interest to the composition.

Now, don’t take this rule too seriously. The rule of three is a guideline that can be bent. Essentially, the main takeaway is that an odd-number of items is more interesting than an even-number of items. You can achieve the same visual interest by arranging 5 items or 9 items into a grouping. So, don’t be scared to mix it up and have fun doing it.

PowerPoint Tips - Presentation Tips - Use The Rule Of Thirds

Conclusion

I hope you found these presentation tips useful!

The point of this post is not to make you feel as though you should always incorporate the rule of three, but rather to inspire you to use the rule of three to make your slides stand out.

When you fully understand the concept of using “three” you’ll start thinking about proportions differently and more carefully consider the way you distribute items in your presentations.

My question for you…

Now that you know about the power of presenting in a set of three, will you use any of the presentation tips mentioned above to improve your next presentation?

This presentation is also on SlideShare!

 

Image Credits

Three Ducks (remixed by Adam Noar) / Aaron Escobar

Three Sisters (remixed by Adam Noar) / Jeeves Miguel

Piggy In The Middle (remixed by Adam Noar) / Holly Occhipinti

The Snow Mountain Which Burns (remixed by Adam Noar) / T hino

Style (remixed by Adam Noar) / Beverley Goodwin

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Deeper Roots (remixed by Adam Noar) / 5chw4r7z

Gaviotas de Alta Sociedad (remixed by Adam Noar) / Jonathan Pincas

花瓶頂 (remixed by Adam Noar) / Kevin Law

Jacobi Falls Trail (remixed by Adam Noar) / Nicholas A. Tonelli

Ladybower Woods (remixed by Adam Noar) / Dan Cook

Noun Project / Camera Stand (remixed by Adam Noar) / Phu Tran

Noun Project / Sun / Dmitry Baranovskiy

Noun Project / Hand Framing / MoRiza

Noun project / Twitter (remixed by Adam Noar) / Maria Maldonado

Noun Project / Heart / Laurent Canivet

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