Presentations have one simple objective – to engage your audience. You’re probably thinking it’s easier said than done, but you’re wrong. Presentation design need not take up a whole day or require some advanced design skills. If you have the right tools and some basic knowledge about presentation design dos and don’ts, you’re all set. Now you’re wondering if this is the type of article that will equip you with the newfound knowledge that is going to take your presentations from average to amazing, and guess what? You’re right. This is exactly the kind of crash course that is going to elevate your presentation design.

Why does presentation design matter?

As this is the simple guide, the simple way of eloquently answering this question is – presentation design matters because you don’t want to be a snooze fest. Your audience has to be engaged and stay concentrated on your slides as you speak, all the while wondering what kind of an adventure they’ll be taken on with your next slide. In truth, many people make the mistake of using the wrong colour schemes, adding paragraphs of text on their slides and simply ignoring the design aspect of things. You’ll be wrong to assume no one pays attention or judges your presentation based on design. In fact, the design is the first thing your audience judges you on as design sets the tone of your presentation.

Never overlook the power of good design

A presentation supports your claims, it illustrates ideas and shows that you care about your topic (which you should, no matter the theme). You are presenting and offering to take your audience on a creative journey to showcase your ideas. Presentations can be sophisticated, serious, funny and quirky, but rest assured that design is what will set the mood for the duration of your talk. The power of good design really is a determining factor in how engaging your presentation will be. Know that you can achieve an extra layer of meaning with better design, and better communicate your idea to make sure you’re heard.

A new tool with a new format

If you haven’t used Crello yet, today’s tutorial will show you a new tool that will make the whole design process much simpler and way more enjoyable. Instead of working from scratch, you can use Crello’s ready-made templates as a basis for your own design. Tweaking text and design elements is certainly something you can do, and that’s about all the work that goes into it. Crello recently introduced a new format – presentation design. You can create multi-page designs, working on one presentation on the same artboard. Multi-page designs also allow you to create and duplicate your own designs, making consistency a much easier aspect to keep up throughout the design process.

Using Crello to create presentations

We promised to keep things simple, so here’s how you can quickly and easily create a presentation:

1. Go to the Crello homepage and select the “Presentation” format.

2. Select a template you’re going to work with from the “Designs” tab. Once you select a design you like, a new selection of designs will pop up on the left-hand side, as you can see below. Crello offers 5 slide options which you can add and modify as you’d like.

3. Select “Add new page” in the menu on the right and add your second slide.

4. Continue adding new pages until you have enough slides for your presentation. Our sample presentation has 6 slides, but you can add more or less, depending on the amount of information you have.

5. Customize text, images and other design elements. You can upload your own images by clicking the “My files” tab on the left and clicking “Upload Image”.

Continue adding your own elements to customize your design and make it your own. You can change colours and all the details in your presentation design. To find out more about working with multi-page designs, deleting slides and duplicating them, see this article. Source / Depositphotos