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How to Create a Great PowerPoint Title Cover - Fast
The PowerPoint title slide sets the stage for all subsequent slides. We've all gone through enough boring presentations to know that not all presentations are created equal. Well-designed presentations are more likely to leave audiences with the impression you want to make.
It pays to invest the extra time adding design shine to your presentation. Half the battle builds excitement. One of the most important steps is creating a bold PowerPoint title slide that shows your audience that you are prepared and ready to share.
But how can you create a presentation that is sure to have an impact on your audience? There are repeatable slide designs that you can use to set the stage for your presentation. In this tutorial, I'll show you how easy it is to make a PowerPoint front page.
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The five PowerPoint cover slides to create
As with any creative decision, there is no limit to the directions in which you can use the PowerPoint title slide. However, it's hard to see that the first slide will set the stage for the rest of your presentation.
Hence, it is important that your presentation gets off to a good start. But what direction should you go in order to get the audience's attention early and keep it until the end?
In this tutorial, I'm going to suggest that there are five different types of PowerPoint title slides that you can expand on. Here are the categories I think about when designing my own cover slides:
- The logo film. Focus on your group's branding and branding by putting your logo and tagline in the front and center.
- The big question slideWhile many presentations are meant to be informative, there is nothing wrong with turning the script over and asking the audience a question to stimulate the conversation.
- The introductory slide. What I call the "introduction slide" focuses on presenting your references and background to create a sense of competence and authority.
- The roadmap slide. Get your audience excited about the route of presentation by drawing a picture of where it is going and bringing the steps to a meaningful conclusion
- The team slideIf your presentation focuses on the group efforts it took to get results, I think it's a great idea to start your presentation by introducing all of the minds behind the project.
In this tutorial, we'll create an example for each of these PowerPoint slides. We use pre-made templates to quickly create impactful slide designs. Let's dive in!
Use templates for PowerPoint title slides
After a lot of presentations, I really believe that the content is king. You should focus on the message and the meat of your presentation. While PowerPoint front page slides can be simple, it doesn't mean you don't have to invest the time creating the best possible slide design to open your presentation.
An even better way to design a presentation is to use pre-made templates from Envato Elements. Elements has an extensive library of PowerPoint presentation themes that you can use to create your own presentation. Each template contains starter slides into which you can easily insert your own content. The PowerPoint cover slides in these templates are the fastest way I can go ahead in the design process.
The best part of Elements? It's an all-you-can-download creative buffet. With a single subscription, you have access to all of the elements Elements has to offer. Not only does this include 1,000+ PowerPoint designs, but it also includes 600,000+ creative assets in total. This includes archive photos, graphics, audio and much more.
In this tutorial we are going to use an impressive template calledTemplate for BePro PowerPoint Business.This is one of the main PowerPoint templates included for Elements subscribers. There are a number of designs available to help you create the perfect PowerPoint front page. It even includes multiple color schemes for a variety so you can reuse it for different presentations.
With 1,000+ PowerPoint templates for Elements, you might want some help navigating the best of the best. Try this collection of popular professional PPT templates for Elements.
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The logo film
The logo film focuses on your brand image and your company's logo. Once you are introducing your audience to the features of your business, branding the stage on the PowerPoint front page can be ideal.
A good starting point for this slide is the third slide design that is built into the BePro template. It's perfect for adding a logo and background image. In the example below, I've pasted the logo onto the slide. I also took the same logo and faded it into the placeholder for the background image.In this example, I've pasted the logo onto the slide and added a background image of my faded logo.
Also, make sure that your version of the logo slide remains with the branding message. You may want to match the colors of the boxes and other objects on the slide to your company's overall color scheme.
Creating a logo slide as a title slide isn't anything special or complicated, but it sets the stage for your presentation. An alternative option for this slide is Slide Design 4, which offers the same simplicity but with a dark color scheme. Just add your logo to this slide for contrast.
The big question slide
While your audience expects you to impart knowledge, you can flip the script by asking a question beforehand. Perhaps that question will be the one you answer during the course of the presentation.
The "Big Question Slide" doesn't take much time to design. You should think more about the content of your presentation, and this type of slide will help you aid in that goal.
Whenever you are writing a presentation there should always be a goal or big idea that you are working towards. In the example below, I used the minimalist slide design 4 to ask a question to the audience. As the presentation progresses, I will answer this question for the audience by explaining an initiative that I led.I used Slide Design 4 to ask one important question that I wanted to address as the presentation progressed.
If youNotWhen you answer a question or share an idea with your presentation, it may be time to reconsider the content.
The introductory slide
There is nothing wrong with getting a little more personal in your presentation. If you can set the stage by building your authority and expertise, the audience will trust and follow you as the presentation progresses.
There are a lot of slide designs at BePro that work well, but I settled on slide 25. It's a clean and straightforward slide design that allows you to add points that will explain your audience to the audience.Lots of slide designs would be fine to introduce yourself, but slide 25 had placeholder columns for quick facts about the speaker's background.
As you can see above, I also added a photo as a wallpaper. Envato Elements offers more than 100,000 stock images, which are also part of the subscription. It's ideal for sourcing a stock image for your presentation.
In my example slide, I took a great photo and faded it into the background. It's a great reminder that Elements is a total offering for making presentations - not just PowerPoint templates.
The roadmap slide
The roadmap style slide is used to show the direction of your presentation. I went through many presentations that appeared to have wandered through the agenda and would have benefited from a roadmap slide.
When you create a roadmap, you are showing the audience the direction you will go as the presentation progresses.Keep the roadmap simple, but four key points that define the structure or outline of your presentation can create interest as early as the introduction.
The slide design 41 can be customized a bit, but I think it's the perfect choice to showcase your presentation roadmap. Simply update each of the four placeholder boxes with a key section of your presentation to create the roadmap for your big speech.
The team slide
This type of slide is the perfect intro to showcase a project that was a complete team effort. If you want to share your presentation on how you've developed a great app, product, or project, it's only right that you share the credits with your team.
Slide 22in BePro is the perfect choice for creating your own team slide. It's bespoke to feed in pictures and descriptions of your team members and see it come to life.
In my example below, I've added a key project team member to each of the image placeholders. A brief background or description of their contribution to the project is a great way to set the stage.If your presentation focuses on the impact of your team members, consider using the team slide approach to present each team member.
I think Team Slide's approach is perfect when there are multiple speakers involved. Some of my favorite presentations are when several different presenters take part in the presentation. If this is the style of your presentation, start with a team slide that shows everyone's role and contribution.
PowerPoint is a fantastic app because it's easy to learn, but it has so many features that you can make beautiful slides. These five cover slide designs and the template we used to create them are a great example of how easy this can be.
Would you like to learn more about PowerPoint? One of the best resources for learning about the app is our Ultimate Guide to the Best PPT. This guide and the following tutorials will help you build competence and present it confidently.
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