7 Standards of Professional PowerPoint Designer

Majority of people start doing powerpoint presentation with two steps:
1. They insert a new slide
2. They delete standard text placeholders.
Besides that, they usually know how to insert images, text and that's all.

We've met a lot of people working for large international companies who constantly make presentations, but haven't explored PowerPoint features further than that.
The very first thing most people do when creating new slides is deleting text boxes for Title and Subtitle.
But they are helpful while creating presentations, especially when there're a lot of slides.

By the way, there is a standard empty layout if you don`t need those Title and Subtitle placeholders.
If you wanna make a leap from amateur powerpoint designer to professional powerpoint designer, standards should be included into the game.
Reprezent's standards for
Professional PowerPoint Designer:
1
Knows how to structure a presentation and rewrite texts
Professional PowerPoint Designer can rewrite texts on slides and give a good feedback regarding client's speech. To develop this skill it is useful to analyze some of the TED`s greatest talks and to give onstage speech on your own.

When you have an experience of being onstage with slides, it is possible to get into the clients' shoes and create awesome PowerPoint presentation for them.
2
Pays attention to the context of a presentation's usage
— For a presentation sent via email, PDF format suits best (with file size below 10 Mb).
— For live speeches, PPTX format is preferable, as you can insert animations and videos on slides.

If a deck will be shown on a plasma screen, laptop or modern projector, the slide size should be widescreen (16:9). For old projectors and iPads — 4:3.
3
Follows copyright laws
Professional PowerPoint designer won't break the copyright laws and make the client a criminal.

If your client uses the deck for commercial purposes, then he has to buy images separately from the deck. Or you can use free alternatives such as Creative Commons Zero graphics (you can find some of the useful websites in this article) when creating the presentation.

4
Creates most of the graphics in PowerPoint
A lot of graphic designers prefer to make graphics in Photoshop or Illustrator and then paste it into the PowerPoint as non-editable images. However, due to this approach, the client cannot change any of the graphics (colors, delete elements, etc).

This approach makes life harder for the client. All the text, preferably icons and other graphics should be made editable in PowerPoint.

5
Neatly aligns all the graphic elements on the slide
Alignment is one of the fundamental principle of design. It is easy to distinguish beginner from professional PowerPoint designer by alignments.
Use guides or alignment tools in PowerPoint to align everything fast.
6
Knows how to work with Slide Master
PowerPoint is claimed to have messy interface and unclear logic. And Slide Master is one of the trickiest thing to learn in PowerPoint.

However, a lot of international companies incorporate brand guidelines into Slide Master to develop a consistency in presentations across the departments and regions. So it is quite useful to become a Master of Slide Master =)
7
Knows recent PowerPoint updates
Professional PowerPoint designer keeps their eye on the ball.

Moreover, they know that PowerPoint updates such as animated 3D objects, Morph and Zoom should not be used only as decoration. They use them to bring additional value to the deck.
Haven't heard of Morph yet? Read here.
This is our list of must-have skills for Professional PowerPoint Designer. In case you master this list of skills, feel free to write us an email, maybe we can guide you on where to move further.

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