Looking for a quick and easy way to engage your audience and make your next presentation stand out? Use these simple tips to create compelling and professional slides with Shutterstock Editor.
Cover image via SFIO CRACHO.
Shutterstock Editor is a handy free program to use when designing for your presentations. From preset canvas sizes and customizable templates to choose from, you can’t go wrong in Editor. This tutorial will take you through the steps to achieve eye-catching slides with ease.
1. Determine the Correct Presentation Size
When designing for a presentation, it is important to determine which image size to use. There are two preset sizes in Editor (Presentation and Presentation Wide) to choose from, and you’ll find both through the Preset Sizes (P) tool. The Presentation size is 1024 x 768 pixels and fits a 4:3 aspect ratio, while the Presentation Wide is 1920 x 1080 pixels and is best for a 16:9 aspect ratio.
2. Pick a Template
Editor provides numerous customizable templates to act as a starting point in your presentation design. Navigate to the Template (T) tool on the left side of the program and click on the dropdown arrow next to Presentation or Presentation Wide. I chose a template for training for a marathon, but feel free to look around and see what fits for your presentation.
3. Search and Replace Your Image
While these templates provide great images to start off with, you will most likely alter and customize them later on. I navigated over to the Search (S) tool and searched for other images of marathon runners.
After finding the perfect image to use, click the image and select Replace Background. This will change the background to your new image.
You can edit your image even further by adding effects and filters for a visually appealing look. I brought the Saturation down and adjusted the Contrast and Exposure.
4. Customize Slide Elements
To change the font or font size, click on the text you are editing and go over to the Font tab. You can peruse through various fonts and see what works for you. I used Montserrat because it’s clean and easy to read. I tend to stay away from using serif fonts, and instead opt for sans-serif fonts.
Keep the fonts for your presentation design simple (no script or decorative typefaces) and at least 30 point in size. This way your presentation remains legible to your audience.
Changing the color of shapes is relatively simple in Editor. Click the shape you want to change and navigate over to the Fill Color tab. You can choose from a set of color or, better yet, customize your own colors. Click Custom and select the Eyedropper tool located at the bottom right. This will help you sample colors to use, like the blue green sky in my image.
5. Export Presentation
When you finish designing your presentation title slide, you’re ready to export! Click on the big red Download button at the top and choose from the selected File Formats. I like to use JPGs for web images at 72 dpi (dots per inch).
You are all done! Making an eye-catching presentation slide is quick and easy when designing straight from Shutterstock Editor.
Tips to keep in mind when designing and preparing your slides: