Slide covers are widely used in the business world to present strategies, sell products, and convey any information in a visually appealing way.
Google Slides is a solid presentation tool. It’s free, connected to the cloud, and included with your Gmail account. If you don’t have a Gmail account, you can easily create one.
Start from scratch or import slides from a PowerPoint presentation
Here are some tips on how to create an awesome Google Slides presentation and attract your audience:
- Use a professionally designed template.
- Crop or mask images.
- Be creative with fonts.
- Background of the image.
You can also check out our previous post on converting a PowerPoint presentation to Google Presentations.
Use a professionally designed template
Instead of starting from scratch, select one of the Google Slide layouts and customize it to meet your needs.
- Sign in to your Google Account to get started. At the top right of the screen, next to the profile picture, click To drive (below the grid icon).
- Select New at the top left of the Google Drive dashboard, click Google Presentations and select From a template to view the template gallery.
- Choose the template you want and click to open it in your drive.
- The first thing you want to do is rename the file by clicking on the title at the top left and typing the name of your new project.
- Change the theme at any time by pressing the button Themes at the top right of the navigation bar.
- Scroll through the available themes to change the layout and look of the presentation.
- Click the one you want to use. It will change the entire content of your presentation to match the topic.
Below are some screenshots of the title slide for the same presentation with different themes.
Notice how changing the theme from the previous three slides completely changes the layout.
For additional topics, visit Carnival slides, a site that offers free professional designs, fully customizable and easy to edit.
- Search among the templates and select the one you want, click on it and select Use it as a Google Slide theme.
- The theme will open automatically in Google Presentations and will include all the slides of the chosen template.
Edit the slides that you want to use, and delete the ones that you don’t.
Slides Carnival themes can be freely shared, copied and edited with attribution. All they ask is that you provide a link to their website. Leveraging professionally created designs will allow you to create quality presentations to surprise your audience.
Crop images or mask
Once you’ve found a good source for high-quality images or created your own, you can focus on the relevant sections of an image or graphic using the crop tool.
Crop the edges of an image, remove unwanted parts, or add a uniform design by cropping all images into shape (masking).
- Select or upload an image to the slide. To insert an image, click Insert in the menu bar, hover your cursor over it Imageand select Upload from the computer.
- Double-click the image you want to use. To crop the image, click it again and drag the black tabs to crop the parts of the image that you do not want to use. Do not click on the blue tabs; they will resize your image.
- To mask the image, highlight it and click on the arrow next to the image Crop the image a tool.
- Select Shapes, then choose a mask shape and press Enter to set the image to the shape of the mask.
Cropped images to shape can make your presentation more fun, creative, and engaging.
Be creative with fonts
In addition to changing the font size, font, and color, you can use other creative shapes to highlight text. You can also create your own fonts to import them into your project.
Then get creative and try adding a shadow to the text to get attention.
Follow the steps below to create a drop text effect with two text boxes.
- Highlight the text to which you want to add a shadow and click A from the top toolbar.
- This will open the color palette so you can choose a color. Select a dark color as it will become the shadow part of the effect.
- Highlight and select the text again. Use the keyboard shortcut to copy it to the clipboard. For computers, click CTRL + C. For Mac, use Order + C.
- Draw a new text box on the slide by clicking Insert from the top navigation bar and choosing Text box. Use CTRL + V (PC) o Order + V (Mac) to copy the text to the text box.
- Select the copied text by highlighting it. Click the button A in the toolbar to change the color of the text. A bright color works well.
- Drag the second text box over the first and place it slightly above or below and slightly to the side of the first text box.
Background of the image
Google Presentations backgrounds can be a color or an image. Images illustrate a point, attract the audience, and are used as a symbol to represent a concept, often better than plain text.
Use an image as a background to make Google Presentations presentations more visually appealing by:
- Opening the slide
- Flying over Slide and clicking Change the background
- From the popup window, click Choose the image.
- For this article, we will select the file Go up option. Click on Choose an image to upload, double – click the image you want to use, and then click Fet.
Important note: As you can see in the screenshot above, pay attention image copyright.
Use only images that you have a license to use or that are free or free with necessary attribution. You can perform a reverse image search for more information about the stock images you use to make sure you are assigning the appropriate attribution.
You may need to change the location and color of the text to distinguish it from the background image.
Background images cannot be resized or moved. However, they can be adjusted for transparency, brightness and contrast.
Click the slide, not an item. Select Format Options. In the right sidebar that opens, click Adjustments. Play with these settings and the others seen in the image above to get the desired result.
Presentations don’t have to be boring or boring. Use some of these tips to create awesome Google presentations that will keep your audience interested.