If you’re currently creating your PowerPoint presentations from scratch (one-by-one), you can save yourself a lot of heartache by getting yourself a professional PowerPoint template.
PowerPoint templates allow you to quickly create professional presentations based on your company's theme colors.
The question is, if you don't currently have one, where do you start?
The default templates you get with PowerPoint are neither attractive, nor are they unique.
In today’s cut-throat business world, where you need to stand out to sell and where time is money, it’s important to find the right template that meets your needs.
To save you the trouble of combing the web for great professional templates - and risking getting a fake template (see details here) we’ve compiled a list of the 9 best professional PowerPoint templates we could find specifically for business presentations (and why we recommend them).
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We love Slide Cow. We LOVE Slide Cow!
Why? Firstly, because they create the highest quality professional PowerPoint templates we've seen on the web, bar none.
The founder, Yoyo, produces affordable templates that are gorgeous, fully editable, easy to use, and are based on an well-designed Slide Master. This means that you can use any template he creates seamlessly with other presentations.
Also, Yoyo created tutorial videos for each template, that show you exactly how to use and edit the slides, so that you are empowered to make the most out of them.
Most of the Slide Cow templates include:
- Gorgeous slides for any business presentation
- Hundreds of expressive icons
- All the image placeholders set up properly
- The modern widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
- System ready fonts - There is NO need to download and install any third party font
- Fully 100% editable elements, from infographics, to charts, to icons
Check out the reviews of our 3 favorite PowerPoint templates from SlideCow:
Envato is a large platform where designers can sell and distribute their presentation templates. Many of them include hundreds of slides, as well as custom icons you can use.
Their popular professional PowerPoint templates are typically modern, stylish and trendy, and they’re built with PowerPoint in mind. The advantage of joining Envato, with their simple $29/month fee, is that you get access to unlimited downloads from their huge selection of templates and other assets such as photographs, video and audio.
We personally like the templates created by designer inspirasign, as those seem to be the highest quality, and more PowerPoint-centric.
Keep in mind that in Envato, each template is created by a different designer and will be built differently. So make sure you check the following before you use a template:
- The color scheme - can you easily change from the original color scheme to your own?
- The font size - is it readable?
- Whether the icons and fonts are free, and if they come with the template.
Check out the reviews of our favorite PowerPoint templates from Envato:
3. SlidesCarnival (free PowerPoint Templates)
While the templates offered on SlidesCarnival are free, they are much lower quality and include much fewer slides and assets than at Slide Cow and Envato.
That said, if you aren’t ready to pay for your template (but you really should consider paying for it!), take a browse through SlidesCarnival’s templates.
They offer professional designs that cover all styles from playful and creative, to formal and business. You'll find that all templates are completely customizable and easy-to-edit.
However, be wary! Most of them aren't real PowerPoint templates, and should therefore be used only for one-off situations.
Most of the templates you’ll find on SlidesCarvinal include:
- 25 different slides
- A customizable icon family with different icons and a world map (you can change sizes and colors)
- The ability to also use it as a Google Slides theme or export to PDF, JPG, etc.
- 16:9 screen layout.
For detailed reviews of our favorite templates from SlidesCarnival, see the links below:
[Watch] The 9 Best PowerPoint Templates
To learn how to build your own custom PowerPoint template from scratch (so you can include whatever you need in it), see our detailed guide here.