As you can probably tell from other posts in this blog, I'm all about making visually appealing presentations for your legal training. For the vast majority of us still using PowerPoint, we all know what a challenge that can be.
Cool pictures, graphics, design elements. Where do you find those?
Don't worry. I've scoured the web for the best in PowerPoint presentation tools you can use to build your next legal training presentation.
(note: if you're swamped and need great legal training ASAP, we create custom training materials specifically designed to engage your employees!)
Don't ever use Microsoft Clip Art. It was well designed back in the 90's, but it hasn't aged very well.
You can do better!
Pixabay is an awesome site where you can access royalty-free, commercial-use images with no attribution required. Use stock images to make amazing backgrounds on your slides.
Pro-tip - Create shapes in PowerPoint and add the stock images as a "background". This gives the image clean, regular lines and a professional look.
2. Type Genius
I know, I know. Lawyers are so used to Times New Roman (or now, default Calibri), we don't think much about fonts. Now's the time to think about it, because...
Great presentations have more than 1 font.
Okay, so how do I know which fonts look good together? Do I use 2 serif fonts? (no) Do I use a cursive font? (maybe)
Type Genius is here to help.
Just find a font you like and it will find a match for you!
Easy as that.
3. Adobe Color CC
Black and white have their place. But it's not on your legal training presentation.
That said, you shouldn't just opt to use the standard color palette in PowerPoint. Check out the "Explore" tab on Adobe Color CC to find amazingly beautiful color combinations.
4. Slides Carnival
If you don't want to start from scratch or you don't have any time to design at all, Slides Carnival is a great site offering beautiful (and free) PowerPoint templates.
I use these both as a template and as inspiration for customized legal training presentations.
5. Slide Team
Backgrounds & Templates
Much like Slides Carnival, Slide Team does the work for you. I've used Slide Team's free templates as individual slides where I want to include an infographic or other illustration.
Slides Carnival has a more "modern" feel, but Slide Team can be very useful.
Hubspot is not just a presentation site - it's an all-encompassing marketing site which just happens to make amazing infographics for your legal training PowerPoints. Some of their templates may not be extremely useful "out-of-the-box" for your presentation, but you can learn some great design concepts to incorporate into your legal training.
I don't see a lot of attorneys using vectors, but they're all over the design world.
What is a vector?
A vector is a one-dimensional graphic image which maintains its resolution much better than a normal "bitmap" image.
What does this mean for you?
It means that when you project your legal training presentation onto a big screen, the picture will retain similar quality. Basically, it retains quality as the size of the image gets larger.
Freepik has an amazing selection of free vectors for commercial use. I suggest you check it out!
Comment below if you have any more great PowerPoint presentation resources for legal training!