Slide Design For PowerPoint: 7 Essential Tips

Published on
May 27, 2016

Microsoft PowerPoint may seem like a basic tool at first glance, but it is a powerful tool that has many features to make your presentation stand out from the rest. In fact, when you use Microsoft PowerPoint, there is no need to insert third party tools into this application to enhance your deck of slides. All the features that you need are packed into this amazing creation called Microsoft PowerPoint. So, if you are working on slide design for PowerPoint and are looking for tips that will add the ‘wow’ factor into your presentation, you have come to the right place. We have compiled a number of tips that will help you ace your upcoming PowerPoint presentation.

1. Select the background

Microsoft PowerPoint has a set of master slides and background themes that you can use to maintain consistency throughout your PowerPoint presentation slides. So, based on the purpose of your presentation, choose a PowerPoint theme that will go well with your content. Apply this setting so that the background PowerPoint theme is applied to all the slides in your presentation.

2. Add the text

Your next step is to add the text to the PowerPoint slides. Instead of copying and pasting the text from a source, select a few keywords that you want to highlight in your presentation and add them to your slides. Do not exceed 20 words per slide.

3. Add graphs and charts

Once you add the text, you will realize that instead of putting the content in bullet points, you can present the information in the form of charts. In the Microsoft PowerPoint tool, you will find numerous layouts of charts that you can use. Select the charts that will enhance the presentation of the data and work towards filling in the appropriate content in the charts. 

4. Add appropriate images

For slides that only have text, try to add images to make the presentation interesting. For example, if you are preparing a presentation for a wedding reception, add images like champagne glasses and balloons to signify a celebration.

5. Scale the images to the right size

If you have images on your slides, it is important to scale them properly so that they don’t look odd. When you resize an image, ensure that it is not blurry. Images have to be clear to make the presentation attractive.

6. Align the images properly

Once you add images to the slides, ensure that the text and images are aligned properly. Ensure that there is enough space between the text and the images on a slide. If you have text on the right side of a slide, keep the images on the left side so that the slide looks orderly. 

7. Add video clips

Last but not the least, amazing visuals, such as videos can make your presentation impactful. So, put an icing to the cake by adding a video that will keep the audience interested in your presentation.

If you’ve never given much thought to PowerPoint, start exploring the powerful tools created by Microsoft for your current presentation. It has been sitting on your desktop for ages; open it up and you will be amazed by the power and magic in your hands. Your next presentation will look like it was designed by a professional presentation designer.

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