Top Free Resources Used by a PowerPoint Design Agency

Published on
February 9, 2021
Creating high-quality visual designs requires a pool of tools and resources for sourcing quality materials that you can use to achieve your creative goals.

As presentation designers, we know the thrill of finding the perfect visual assets for your project—for free! To share some of this joy, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite free design resources that will allow you to save money without compromising the quality of your design work. Whether you are designing for clients, working with an agency, or just like to design as a hobby, having this list of options to choose from will give you a chance to find something unique that suits your specific needs.

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Burst lets you download free, high-resolution images from several different categories and collections. These beautiful stock images are perfect for websites and blogs. You can subscribe to receive free photos by email, as well as other Burst content you may be interested in.


Freephotos does exactly what the name suggests—provides you with free Creative Commons photos that you can use in your design. New photos are uploaded every day including a free featured photo for download. Note that while a large selection of these images are free, there are some that need to be paid for and the website will redirect you as necessary.

Icons8 Photo Creator

Later in this article you will see Icons8 appear as a resource for high-quality icons. But the platform is worth mentioning here for their photo creator. This feature acts as an alternative for combing the internet for stock photos. Instead, you can create your own using elements provided by Icons8. Once you’ve created your image, you can download it as a PNG in select sizes. Additional size options are also available for purchase.


Pexels is a great site not only for high quality photographs, but videos as well! They also host photography challenges for cash prizes to help inspire creativity and give back to the creative community.


Pixabay is another website that goes beyond photography. They have free stock photos, illustrations, vector graphics, videos, and music, all available for download and editing as needed. A true one stop design shop!


Rawpixel is another great photography site that goes beyond photography. They also provide a wealth of fillable templates that can be used as backgrounds or decorative elements.

Stocksnap provides high quality, curated images that are free for editing and manipulating however you need to.


Unspalsh is a great place to start looking for high quality photographs that are available for anyone to use. Their site is easy to navigate with plenty of categories being updated daily, and easy-to-locate download links for each image.

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Icons and Illustrations


DrawKit houses free, hand-drawn vector illustrations and icons. You can sign up to receive free weekly illustrations or browse through the image packages that are available for free download.


Flaticon is a database loaded with millions of icons that are free for designer use. Their graphics come in multiple file formats so they are versatile and easy to use. You can also download packages that provide you with a set of images that follow a consistent design style.


Humaans is a free illustration library that lets you mix and match illustrations of people. They have tailored their platform to focus on human illustrations that are customizable—you can change their positions, clothes, colors and styles to suit your needs. Humaaans’ library works with design platforms such as Sketch, Figma, InVision Studio, and Adobe XD, so that you can use your customized characters across projects. Don’t be fooled by their “Add to cart” button. Enter $0 into the price field and you will be able to download the library free of charge.


As we pointed out above, Icons8 provides you with more than the name implies. Of course, they are known for their quality icons, but they also house illustrations, photos, and music. They have a wide variety of illustration styles for you to choose from and are always staying on top of the most current trends in design.

Noun Project

Noun Project is a great website to use for icons and photographs. They have an app that you can download directly to your desktop and the capability to work with some of the most popular design platforms so that you can simply drag and drop icons directly into the software you use to create your designs.


Streamline provides you with access to thousands of icons and illustrations that are free for use once you’ve created an account. With options from simple black outlines, to full-color emojis, you will have plenty of styles to choose from.


Freeicons houses plenty of useful packages of visually cohesive icons that work well together to give your designs cohesion and a strong sense of brand identity.

ITG Digital

ITG is a fun and useful platform that houses thousands of vector illustrations while also having an illustration builder that lets you create your own images. The ability to customize icons on their platform ensures high-quality illustrations that you can be confident will fit your brand needs so that you don’t spend hours scouring the internet looking for something that is almost the perfect fit. Their illustration builder is easy and intuitive to use, saving you plenty of time, even if you do find yourself needing to create your own images.


Simple Icons

Simple Icons is a great resource if you are looking for SVG versions of logos. Their site is straightforward and intuitive. You can scroll through by color or in alphabetical order to find the logo you are looking for. Once you do, all you need to do to download is click on the image and it will save a high-quality SVG file to your computer.

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Get Waves

Get Waves is a great online platform that allows you to do exactly as the title suggests. Using a simple control panel, it allows you to build custom wave shapes in the color, shape, and transparency of your choice. Once your wave looks exactly how you need it to, you can download it as an SVG.

Blob Maker

Blob Maker is another platform that lives up to its name. The platform is straightforward and intuitive to use and lets you create a blob in the color and shape of your choice. When you are satisfied with your creation, you can easily download it as an SVG.

Shape Divider

Shape Divider is a free online tool that lets you export SVGs of shape dividers that can be used in design and web development. Their helpful tool shows you what your shape will look like in practice by providing you with a website template to trial your design.


SVG Backgrounds

SVG Backgrounds lets you craft full-screen backgrounds that are supported by all modern browsers. It gives you a live demonstration of what your background will look like and is especially helpful if you are creating a website.

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Google Fonts

If you weren’t already overwhelmed with the amount of things Google can do, you now have one more thing to thank them for. Google Fonts is an easy-to-access collection of thousands of font families. Browse through the home page to find something you like or search for specific fonts by name. You can navigate through categories so it is easy to find sans serif, serifs, scripts, and so much more. You can also adjust the example message and the language, so that Google Fonts can show you exactly what your message will look like once the appropriate font is applied. Google Fonts will not show up on your Google home page, but, as with just about anything these days, it’s only a Google search away.


Dafont is a great website for browsing through a variety of unique fonts. From simple sans serif fonts to more specialized designs, you can find just about anything here. Dafont does a great job of categorizing fonts not only by traditional groups—serif or sans serif—but also by theme. With categories like Horror, Retro, Medieval, and Modern, you will be able to find a font that matches your branding, event, or personal design tastes.

Font Squirrel

Font Squirrel has a great variety of fonts to choose from. Their easy-to-use platform organizes fonts in a way that makes it easy to find exactly what you need. Search by license types, family size, and font classifications to find exactly what will fit your project.

Lost Type

Lost Type hosts a wide variety of fonts and displays them in a designed template so you have an idea of what they will look like in action. With several designers contributing to the page, there is an option for any taste. Choose from packages with different weights and treatments. They also have recommended uses for each font to help you decide if it is the right one for your project.


As a PowerPoint presentation designer you can spend hours looking for the perfect photos or illustrations, and still come up with images that don’t satisfy the need of your specific project. Having this list of excellent resources will save you the time it would take to scour the internet for something free and useful. To save yourself even more time, consider hiring professional presentation designers to ensure you get the highest quality designs that fit your brand needs. We will do all the work of image sourcing for you, as well as so much more! We hope this list of free, high-quality resources saves you time and energy so that you can get back to more exciting tasks than searching tirelessly for the right visuals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Working with Stinson: The Presentation Agency

What exactly do presentation agencies do?

We provide all the help you may need to design presentations that achieve your goals. This can include content consulting, presentation slide design, custom icons and illustrations, and presentation handouts—ultimately, our team of PowerPoint designers and consultants develop a comprehensive presentation solution that meets your specific needs.

Why do companies work with presentation agencies?

Consider how much time you (or your team) spend making PowerPoint presentations for meetings. Think about the back and forth over which fonts, colors, icons, and images to use. Is it okay to use bullet points? Did you use the right brand colors? Does the slide look too crowded and busy? Or does it look too plain? How do you create the look and feel that you're picturing? After the design is done, do you have enough time to practice presenting?

As presentation experts, it is our second nature to understand your goals and work with you to create the professional PowerPoint deck that you envisioned. You can learn more about our 3-phase process here.

By leaving the presentation design to an agency like Stinson, you save yourself the time and worry over the look, feel, and progression of your presentation—we make your PowerPoint presentation-ready so that you can focus on the presentation delivery.

Which presentation design service will I need?

As a presentation company, we offer every service you may need to develop your you may need to develop your PowerPoint—however, it's tough to say exactly which services of ours would benefit you the most without having chatted about your company, industry, and presentation uses.

We've generalized the scenarios that we regularly see and help our clients with. If your situation is similar to any of the below, then rest assured that our presentation experts have proven success in developing solutions.

  • You have an upcoming presentation with investors or clients. You feel your slide deck looks outdated or dull, and you don't know how to help it. You're also not sure if the content in your presentation conveys your value. View our case study where our presentation development and content consulting services helped our client achieve their investor funding goals.
  • Your company has regular internal department presentations. Everyone works on their respective slides, which are then combined into one presentation deck. The resulting PowerPoint does not have a cohesive look and somehow, there are five new shades of your corporate colors. We can help you identify your common slide layouts and design easy-to-use custom PowerPoint templates so your team members can create seamless, unified slides.
  • Your company has a great PowerPoint template that strongly reflects your branding, but your team tends to include too much text and irrelevant images on their slides. During the presentation, key messages are lost. We offer presentation training for exactly this—we'll train your team to create better slides more efficiently.

Expectations when working with us

How does partnering with a PowerPoint designer work?

Once you contact us, we'll meet with you and ask for as much context as possible regarding the project: what materials you already have, who is presenting, who is the audience, and so on—this is our Discover phase. From there, we move onto Develop and Design where we start defining the narrative and visual characteristics of your new presentation. For more details, please read our process.

How long do projects take?

Our standard turnaround for presentation development is 2–4 weeks; for custom presentation templates, our typical turnaround is 3–6 weeks. We know this is a wide range, but due to the collaborative nature of our presentation design process (i.e. asking for and incorporating your feedback), our turnaround time also relies on your responsiveness and availability. We do offer a rush service if your timelines are short.

How much does a presentation design cost?

We price on a project-by-project basis, involving a number of key factors outlined in our pricing model. However, we do require a minimum project cost of $1,500.

We often see companies that do not have budget allocations for presentation design and are hesitant to make the initial investment. We understand—at first, it can be difficult to see the value and difference a well-designed, practical presentation can make. For our clients that started in this situation, we worked on a smaller pilot test project; when they saw the positive ROI of the presentation, they were able to secure larger budgets and found more presentations that needed our help.

What are the final files that I will receive?

All of our final PowerPoint (or other presentation software) deliverables are shared with you in its native, editable file format. We are also able to provide a PDF or video version of your presentation if you would like.

Any presentation collateral we design for your project is shared as a ready-to-print PDF, unless if you specify a different preference.

Have you worked with other clients in my industry? Can you share related samples?

Our list of clients spans a wide range of industries, some of which we hadn't known of prior to the client's project. Since our approach involves familiarizing ourselves with the client's business and industry, we've become a team of jacks-of-all-trades for industry knowledge.

We're able to share blinded, industry-specific samples of presentations that our clients have consented to. Contact us if you're interested!


Aside from PowerPoint, do you work in Google Slides? Keynote? Prezi?

Yes! While we prefer designing PowerPoint presentations due to its robust features that let us create advanced designs, we've created custom presentation designs in Google Slides and Keynote at our clients' request.

We generally do not design presentations in Prezi since it does not support the level of design customization that we need for our clients. Instead, we use PowerPoint to create the same animations and layouts that are characteristic of Prezi presentations—you can view examples in our portfolio.

Will we run into issues if we use Mac and/or Windows PC?

There are some differences in functionality between PowerPoint for Mac and PowerPoint for Windows—but these are not for your concern! We use both Mac and Windows computers at Stinson, so we're able to ensure cross-device compatibility with every PowerPoint presentation we design. During our initial call with you, we'll ask you for these tech specs so that we know to bear them in mind when working on your project.

Does it matter which version of PowerPoint we use?

Yes; the latest versions of PowerPoint have new functions and features that earlier versions of PowerPoint cannot load. We'll take note of your tech setup to ensure that our presentations for you run as intended.

Designing with branding

How are you able to design with our company's brand?

If you have any brand guidelines, we ask you to provide them early on in the process so that we can familiarize ourselves not only with your logos, colors, and fonts, but the overarching brand tone. Our collaborative process includes rounds of revision for you to provide your feedback on the presentation design.

Are you able to design within our very strict corporate brand guidelines?

Absolutely! Many of our clients are companies with well-established brand identities. We do our due diligence to maintain the integrity of their branding when designing their presentations and collateral.

Strict brand guidelines do not necessarily restrict the possibility of creating a sophisticated PowerPoint; our presentation designers thoughtfully use photos, animations, and other visuals to build the story.

We don't have concrete branding yet or we're in the process of updating our brand. Can you work without defined brand elements?

Yes! When we work with clients who are still ironing out the details of their branding, we ask them to provide us any materials they have already and to share their design inspirations. From there, we lay out moodboards of different tones and styles to see which resonates the most with what our client has in mind.


We have highly sensitive information. Will my data remain confidential?

Absolutely—we respect the proprietary nature of businesses, and enforce a strict confidentiality policy company-wide. From the first point of contact with you, we assume a non-disclosure agreement (NDA); we are happy to sign your company's NDA as well.

Where do you store my files and data?

All of our files are stored securely in an industry-leading content server. The server exceeds regulatory standards and encrypts each file using AES 256-bit encryption in diverse locations.

Additionally, the Stinson team works completely in-house, so your files will not cross borders.

How secure is my data?

We take data security seriously. We enforce numerous internal policies and procedures to ensure that Stinson continues to meet compliance and security standards for data protection, including multi-factor authentication for all company accounts and access restrictions.

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