How to Select the Best Photos for Slide Backgrounds
By Team Duarte
Welcome to the Presentation Hacks: Using Photos in PowerPoint video series! In these lessons, a Duarte designer shares some of the fundamental tools of using photos in PowerPoint.
The best PowerPoint presentations have visuals. Why? Because visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text, which means you can paint a picture for an audience much faster, with actual photos in PowerPoint. But the power of your visuals depends on which photos you select for your slides.
So often, photos in PowerPoint are used in a way that is distracting to a presenter’s message.
Whether the photo is too large, doesn’t fit your brand guidelines, or doesn’t contain enough negative space—imagery can play a big role in determining whether your message sticks, or ultimately slips from memory.
To help people better understand how to use photos in PowerPoint effectively, we created a series of YouTube video hacks. In these lessons, a Duarte designer shares some of the fundamental tools of using photos in PowerPoint.
These are tricks our designers use every day when creating presentations for some of the world’s largest companies. But the best part is, they’re really simple to learn today, and implement in presentations you create every day.
In this first free video lesson, we share the guidelines we follow when selecting the best photos in PowerPoint for slide backgrounds—especially if we’re trying to layer text on top of photos.
- Source low contrast photos
- Choose a photo that’s mostly dark or mostly light, not in between
- Make sure there’s lots of negative (white) space
You can find royalty free stock photos for free using these sites:
- Picjumbo: https://picjumbo.com
- Media Bakery: https://mediabakerymoments.tumblr.com
- Pexels: https://www.pexels.com
- Unsplash: https://unsplash.com
- Death to Stock: https://deathtothestockphoto.com
Explore all of the videos in this series:
- How to Apply Styles to Photos in PowerPoint
- How to Edit Photo Brightness, Contrast & Saturation in PowerPoint
- How to Crop Photos into Shapes in PowerPoint
- How to Select the Best Photos for Slide Backgrounds
- How to Crop, Resize, and Compress Photos in PowerPoint
Illustrated by Rico Larroque