How can you make an impression with your presentation? Beautifully aesthetic backgrounds can make your PowerPoint presentation really shine.
In this article, we'll look at some aesthetic PowerPoint presentation designs that are stylish, trendy, and packed with potential. Besides visual inspiration, we'll also look at a list of aesthetic PowerPoint themes free download files to pick up right now.
We all want our presentations to look attractive. When it comes to engaging your audience, there's much more to it than simply solid content. Visual presentation matters. A professional look and feel can help further convince and influence your target audience. Solid content with a poor design can look unprofessional, uninteresting, or even untrustworthy.
Take in the design inspiration as you decide which aesthetic is right for your project—and why aesthetics are so important to consider.
Best Premium PowerPoint Background Templates on Envato Elements and GraphicRiver (With Unlimited Use)
Here's why premium templates are the best value:
- easier to find what you're looking for
- often come with documentation
- tend to have extended licensing for commercial use
But price tag can be an issue—every project has a budget, right? We can all relate to that. We all want to save some money!
Free is everyone's favorite price point, but even free files aren't entirely without cost. For example, searching for the perfect free template is often a considerable time investment.
Then, you'll typically need to budget time for edits. Time is an asset that we need to budget too.
Plus, free templates rarely come with help documentation or support. Also, free doesn't mean free of copyright or usage restrictions. Check any applicable licensing before you proceed.
If you're looking for a premium product at a budget price, check out Envato Elements. There are thousands of beautiful, professionally designed aesthetic PowerPoint presentation designs. They all include unlimited downloads. Download as many PowerPoint aesthetic themes as you want for one, low price.
But you don't just get PowerPoint themes. You also get access to an entire library of stock photos, illustrations, fonts, audio, and much more. It's all included. Download everything you need for your professional projects in one place, for one price. It's super convenient and there's no surprise fees.
This is an awesome choice if you think you might need photos, fonts, and other content for your PowerPoint presentation. There are also business card templates, flyer templates, WordPress templates. So much content to help push your professional brand, and it's all included. It's an amazing resource for creative professionals.
But if you're not looking for unlimited access to an entire library of content, there are other resources. GraphicRiver is an awesome collection of content, created by designers from all over the world. It's an excellent choice if you're just looking to download a few, specific files—one download, one fee. Keep it simple with GraphicRiver.
There's no subscription and no obligation over on GraphicRiver—just a large selection of a wide variety of professional content. It includes a wealth of PowerPoint aesthetic themes, aesthetic backgrounds, infographics, clip art, and more.
5 Best Premium Aesthetic Background PowerPoint Templates
Before we dig into our list of awesome, free finds let's look at some of the beautiful designs over on Envato Elements and GraphicRiver. Consider downloading one today or enjoy the design inspiration. Maybe you'll find the right aesthetic for your project or something that'll inspire you:
Isn't this a stylish design? It's a perfect fit for showing off your beautiful photography, products, or examples of your work. If you've got a very photocentric presentation, this could be the perfect aesthetic for you.
A clean, sleek aesthetic can prove to be timeless. There's generous white space here, paired with bold pops of saturated color. It's beautiful, but versatile, and could be adapted for a variety of industries.
How about a more earthy color scheme? Check out how this template works with earthy browns, mixed with pops of other colors, photos, and graphics.
Contrast can make for a classy aesthetic, like we see in this stylish theme. Doesn't the yellow stand out? The green is consistent, darker, and helps craft the overall feel of this design.
Grayscale can be such a timeless, classy approach, perfectly adaptable for a wide variety of projects. This is a great fit if you're looking to visually communicate prestige, quality, and elegance.
25 Top Aesthetic Background PowerPoint PPT Templates to Download for 2021
Premium aesthetic PowerPoint background templates are easy to work with and come with loads of features. The aesthetic PowerPoint themes above are an excellent example of what premium templates has to offer.
But, if you can't go premium yet because you're on a tight budget, check out Envato's free offerings first. These premium free files could be of use to you. The free files vary monthly, so you never know. A premium aesthetic PowerPoint presentation theme could be up for grabs!
Here's the Envato premium freebie deal:
- Envato Elements offers 12 different files (WordPress templates, PPT templates, fonts, photos, videos, and more). Download this month's free premium files by creating a free account and signing in.
- Envato Market offers seven different monthly freebies. That means a free file from ThemeForest, GraphicRiver, AudioJungle, VideoHive, PhotoDune, CodeCanyon, or 3DOcean. Sign up and log in to get this month's premium freebie files.
Now, let's look at some free PowerPoint templates aesthetic designs you can download right now. Review any licensing requirements associated with these designs, at the links below—as freeware doesn't mean free of copyright. Happy downloading!
This template uses circular shapes in a variety of sizes to create an interesting, abstract design. Customize this free template to meet your design needs.
Geometry is often a great fit when you're going for an abstract aesthetic. It also tends to have a degree of neutrality, which can make it a flexible design choice.
A wave, abstract aesthetic is another strong choice if you're looking for a neutral aesthetic. It's suitable for a variety of different scenarios and projects.
Here's another example of geometry in action. Notice how the result is a clean aesthetic. Use this background for a variety of different PowerPoint projects.
Prefer to work with a green color scheme? Give this free PowerPoint templates aesthetic a try.
Sometimes, less is more. This free template is a great example of that. Stick to the established aesthetic or use it as a starting point to build upon.
Soft colors and smooth shapes make this aesthetic soothing, welcoming, and stylish. Add your images and content to this free PowerPoint template today.
If you're specifically looking to build a portfolio presentation in PowerPoint, check out this free template. Use it as your starting point or check it out for some design inspiration.
There's so many different aesthetics to explore, like this watercolor themed PowerPoint presentation. Your aesthetic choices can say a lot about your professional branding.
Here's a clean design that's got the potential to be pushed in a variety of ways. The design itself is clean and minimalist, with plenty of room for photographs.
Looking for something more earthy? Check out this aesthetic background, with lovely foliage themed illustrations.
Love a minimalist look? Check out this sleek PowerPoint design. It's a free download with plenty of potential.
If you're keen on color, geometry, and abstract shapes, then you'll love this aesthetic PowerPoint presentation theme. Here's a preview of some of the free content included.
This free PowerPoint theme uses shadows to craft a stylish aesthetic. Try it out with your content to craft an elegant but simple design.
Here's a playful design that uses a lot of color. If you're looking for a lighthearted aesthetic, you might enjoy this free PowerPoint template file.
Looking for something black and white or monochrome? Check out this free template. It might be just the aesthetic look and feel you're looking for.
This free background template is lively and abstract. Use it as the background for your title in your PowerPoint presentation.
Hard angles help build the abstract aesthetic in this free PowerPoint template. Check out the matching companion slides that are included with this free download.
This colorful template uses abstract triangles that resemble leaves to craft a fun and memorable look and feel. Give this aesthetic a try in your next presentation.
There's a lot of contrast here in this free PowerPoint background. Download it today to test it out.
Love illustration? This aesthetic PowerPoint presentation was built for virtual classrooms. But it could work for a variety of different design projects.
Abstraction can be a great aesthetic to try if you want to stay clear of recognizable imagery. You can "say" plenty with things like shape, line, and color.
Here's another free PowerPoint template with plenty of texture. Check out this free aesthetic theme today.
The chalkboard look can prove to be a fun direction for aesthetically pleasing backgrounds. Give this free template a try and a download today, to test it out for your project.
Check out the soft gradient in this free PowerPoint template. The background makes for a soothing aesthetic. Give this one a download and try out the many included free slides.
5 Top Aesthetic Background Design Styles and Color Trends for 2021
Are you considering which aesthetic might be right for your PowerPoint presentation? Check out this collection of trends, styles, and design tips. They can help you further narrow down your choice with some added design inspiration.
1. Use a Pop of Consistent, Bold Color
Color can be a powerful addition to any design, especially if the designer is strategic with its usage. Check out this example premium template below. Notice how the design itself is largely grayscale, but the yellow is added as a signature color.
The yellow in the example is bold and really stands out. It's also used similarly for emphasis and interest, throughout the whole presentation. We begin to associate the yellow not only with the presentation, but also with the brand. In this case, color is used as a strong, unifying element.
Curious about what color might be best for your presentation or brand? Check out this free tutorial for even more insights.
2. Try Out a Soft, Organic Design Aesthetic
Soft, neutral colors can make for a stylish aesthetic. Check out this premium PowerPoint design template, below. It also mixes up the rectangular nature of the slides with a rounded background.
When thinking about your aesthetic, remember: colors are communicative. For example, does this color scheme look exciting to you?
These softer colors are likely better paired with keywords like soothing, relaxing, and comfortable. For an exciting look, it might be a stronger idea to stick with more saturated colors.
3. Create a Sleek, Stylish, Modern Design With Space and Color
Remember not to pack your designs too tightly. Leave "breathing room" for your content if you'd like to work with saturated, energetic elements like the gradient we see in the premium PowerPoint template below.
Want to learn more about color combinations and check out some other color schemes for inspiration? Check out this free tutorial:
- Microsoft PowerPoint25 Best PowerPoint Color Scheme Templates for 2020 Presentation (Free Downloads)Andrew Childress
In the example below, color is used in an interesting way. We've got a rather saturated gradient. It's used throughout the presentation to help establish visual consistency.
Color makes a great repeating element at the bottom of the page. But it also works well for other supplements on other slides too.
Check out this aesthetic. It's some web influence, doesn't it? Notice all the clean, white space.
4. Draw Inspiration From Other Media
Just because you're designing for PowerPoint doesn't mean you can only draw inspiration from other PowerPoint slides. Take a look at other media too—like websites, magazines, and more.
For example, check out the stylish aesthetic in this PowerPoint design template, below. Many slides resemble an aesthetic we might associate with a trendy magazine spread.
When looking for inspiration, consider gathering many examples to help narrow down the perfect aesthetic for you. This can be a great way to explore your options before committing to a single aesthetic.
5. Push for a Professional, Consistent Aesthetic
One of the most important (and timeless) design elements you can embrace in your work is visual consistency. The premium PowerPoint template below is a strong, straight forward example.
Notice how the aesthetic backgrounds here are stylish and fun. You could mix and match these colors with your own brand's color scheme.
The key here is consistency. Notice how all the slides look related because they share this design element in common. It rather works like the way a footer would—cool, right?
Want to learn more about design principles that can help you push your presentations further? Check out this free introduction to the Principles of Design.
Discover More Top Microsoft PowerPoint Template Designs
Looking for even more design inspiration? Check out these collections of even more aesthetic PowerPoint presentation theme designs. Download a new theme today or browse for even more PowerPoint theme ideas.
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Learn More About Making Great PowerPoint Presentations
Want to learn even more about making PowerPoint presentations? From using the software to building the perfect presentation, there's plenty to learn on Envato Tuts+. Even better, the tutorials are all free, so you can get started right now.
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Ready to Start Designing Your Aesthetic PowerPoint Presentation?
What are some of your favorite design approaches when it comes to PowerPoint presentation design? There are plenty of great options and ideas out there. You don't need to stick to expected design solutions.
In fact, mixing things up can make for a more memorable presentation. Just don't forget about your target audience. As you decide what's best for your aesthetic, remember to consider them and what would appeal to them most.
For even more aesthetic PowerPoint presentation theme designs, check out Envato Elements. It's a great way to try out many, premium quality themes for one, low price. Unlimited downloads means you can download PowerPoint templates, fonts, graphics, and more, because it's all included.
Or check out GraphicRiver. It's another wonderful source for aesthetic PowerPoint presentation design, and there's no commitment. Only download what you need.
Good luck with your next PowerPoint presentation! Why not get started today?
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