Designing Killer PowerPoints starts with the basics. Discover simple rules that will make your presentations shine right like a diamond.
In this post, you will learn simple PPT design rules to help you building powerful presentations people will care about.
This PowerPoint tutorial will introduce three generic rules that will get you on the way to design professional PowerPoint templates and creative presentations! These rules are an introduction, and they are the key to successful PowerPoint presentation design. Let's get started!
Your PowerPoint slides are usually sized 10 inches (width) * 7.5 inches (height). Resize them 12*7.5. Open a PowerPoint document, go to Design > Page Setup. With presentation slides of 12 inches width, or more, you will have more freedom and the ability to better organize the content of the slide.
Fonts can just make or break your PPT presentation.
I recommend you to pick ONE font for all your content slides. The default font I use myself is Calibri, it’s modern and it’s safe. Helvetica and Century Gothic are great options too. You can use ONE additional font for your cover slide or slide headings. Just make sure the extra font you pick is orginal and readable. Take care of your audience's visual comfort.
? Font Squirrel is my favorite source of FREE, high-quality and designer-friendly fonts. To install new fonts on your computer: On Window, download the archive > click Start > Control Panel > Font > Paste your font files.
3. Color Scheme
I suggest the use of TWO or THREE colors. For all your content slides, use of black for core text (in that case, your PPT background shall be white or light grey) and use the ONE or TWO additional colors to highlight important keywords, statements or figures. Colors picked must be visible, contrast between each other’s and with your PowerPoint background.
? Not inspired or just wondering which colors match well together? Try out Kuler, Adobe’s great color palette generator. It is free and you can choose y from thousands of pre-built schemes.
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