These 5 Presentation Design Hacks Will Help You Create Engaging Slides

Over the years we have talked a lot about various ways to improve PowerPoint presentations. Today we are going to be sharing FIVE simple “presentation hacks” that will help make your slides look both engaging and memorable.

Note: This is a guest post by Adam Noar of

From knowing where to grab beautiful images to making your own awesome graphics directly in PowerPoint, this visual guide (below) of presentation design tips by has got you covered!

Here’s a rundown of the 5 presentation hacks covered in the infographic:

1. When Searching For Images Use Unsplash

It’s no secret that good looking presentations and beautiful images go hand-in-hand.

There used to be a time when it was pretty difficult to find free high resolution images for your slides but nowadays there are new photography websites popping up all the time.

If you want to save yourself the headache of finding great pictures for your presentations look no further than Unsplash.

They have a huge library of 100% FREE high-res images that will look great in your next presentation.

2. Take Your Text to New Levels With Custom Fonts

The text on your slides doesn’t have to boring.

In other words, you don’t have to settle for Times New Roman or Arial all the time.

You can spice up your slides bigtime by downloading custom fonts like the ones from Font Squirrel.

Font Squirrel offers a huge selection of free fonts to download. Some fonts you may want to check out include:

Bebas Neue – Bebas Neue is really popular sans serif font. It’s goes with pretty much any slide deck.

Pacifico – Pacifico is an awesome handwritten font which can make your slides look fun and playful.

Mathlete – Another quirky handwritten font that can add plenty of character to your slides.

The other nice thing about Font Squirrel is that you can click on the “most popular” page to see the most popular fonts based on what people are downloading most frequently. This saves you time figuring out what are the best fonts to choose.

Just make sure to pick a font that best fits your brand.

3. Create “Instant Whitespace” For Your Busy Images

Have you ever found the perfect image for your slide but realize that the image is just too “busy” to add any text to it?

One way to get around this problem is to blur the image.

PowerPoint has its own blurring tool (underneath the Artistic Effects tab) but this tool only blurs the entire image. Sometimes you may not want to blur the entire image because you want a particular part of your image to remain not blurred (as demonstrated in the infographic above).

With PicMonkey (an online image editing tool) you can use their “focal zoom” feature to easily blur out a specific part of the image.

They also have several other image editing tools to check out. These tools are great if you want a quick and simple way to edit your images and don’t have Adobe Photoshop.

4. Make Your Own Graphics Using PowerPoint

Over the years PowerPoint has developed tools that make it possible to create your own custom graphics similar to how you would create graphics using a tool like Adobe Illustrator.

You may be shocked to see that a combination of some simple shapes and lines can help you to create some nifty looking vector graphics without ever having to leave PowerPoint. No Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop needed!

Here’s what you need to do to create your own custom graphics in PowerPoint:

Step #1: Arrange some various shapes on your slide

Step #2: Select all of your shapes you want to combine. Note: You can select all the shapes at once by lassoing them with your mouse.

Step #3: Click on the “Shape Union” tool.

With a little practice you will be creating your own sweet looking graphics in no time.

5. Save Time by Downloading “Pre-made” Graphics

Sometimes you may simply not have the time to create your own graphics from scratch. In this case you should looking into downloading some pre-made graphics from FreePik.

With FreePik you can download premade graphics (developed by designers) and then insert them into your slides.

Note: You will need to provide attribution when downloading the images. If you don’t want to deal with attribution you can pay a monthly fee of $10 to skip the attribution all together.


After reading this post which of these presentation hacks sounds most appealing? Share your answer on Twitter or Facebook.

Adam Noar is the founder of Presentation Panda, a presentation design firm that develops presentations that stand out. He also writes about presentation tips and tricks for creating beautiful looking slides including his book, Slides Made Simple. If Adam isn’t writing about clever PowerPoint hacks or building award winning presentations with his team of experts, you’ll find him playing soccer, surfing, or taking a long run along the San Diego coastline. For more information about the company’s products and services visit


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