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There’s nothing worse than a presentation that goes over time or poorly-designed slides that cram too much information onto the screen at once.
While there are a lot of things that can dictate how many slides to use in a presentation, key factors include how long you have to speak, what content you are presenting, and the visual nature of the content. (Some speakers don’t need slides at all to keep audiences engaged!)
Here, we’re breaking down common presentation times with a guide for how not to overload slides, and use them well—no matter what type of talk you are giving.
How Many Slides for a 5 Minute Presentation?
When it comes to short presentations, you probably want to keep the number of slides to a minimum. Think about the venue here in particular. How many people are you presenting for?
Often short presentations might be for a small group or on a small screen. That’s a major consideration when it comes to how many slides you need for a 5-minute presentation.
For most speakers that comes down to 5 to 10 slides, up to 2 per minute of speaking time.
Design for screen size. If you’ll be presenting on a desktop or laptop screen, ensure that text is large enough to read for people standing or sitting a few feet away.
Practice your timing. Five minutes might seem like a long time until you start talking.
Put one point on each slide. (That’s probably all you’ll have time for.)
Include a call to action at the end for the audience. This might include anything from an email address to answer a question or provide feedback to taking a survey or visiting a website.
Don’t include a questions slide unless you will actually have time to take questions at the end of a short presentation.
How Many Slides for a 10 Minute Presentation?
With a 10-minute you have a little more flexibility in terms of slide count.
With more time, you can vary pacing and might have time to take questions at the end of the talk. (Your slide count will be less if you cut time from your presentation to answer questions.)
For a 10-minute presentation, you’ll probably end up creating 10 to 20 slides, but don’t feel like you have to move through two slides per minute. It really depends on the complexity of the information you are talking about.
Record your presentation as you run through it. Did you finish on time? And were you able to see each slide long enough to understand it during the natural flow of the presentation before moving on to the next one?
Include plenty of white space for an organized, easy to read design.
Use a mix of images and text to keep the visual flow moving.
Use legible fonts that are consistent from slide to slide.
If a slide looks cluttered, break the content into multiple slides.
Don’t go crazy with bullets. The goal of each slide is to present an idea, not serve as notes for you.
How Many Slides for a 15 Minute Presentation?
There’s a fairly logical relationship between the time you have to present information and how complicated the content is. The number of slides you need for a 15-minute presentation might not be that much different than at 10 minutes.
That’s because what’s on each slide might need to sit with the audience a little longer. You need to leave a chart on the screen long enough for the audience to understand it. A photo, on the other hand, can flash up and go away quickly and still be understood.
Carefully consider your presentation topic and then use this recommendation as needed: Allow for 20-30 slides for a 15-minute presentation.
Pick a theme for each slide: Image or text? Don’t expect the audience to “read” both on every slide.
Use image based slides to connect a short text point (or no text at all) to an idea the audience can see.
Use text-based slides without images for more complex information or to show bullet points, charts or numbers.
You don’t have to have a new photo and image for each slide. Use the same image and change the text if you need to. Or don’t use an image at all. Nice typography is pretty awesome.
Include more detailed information in the notes area for you as you are giving the presentation or to the audience to download and print later.
How Many Slides for a 30 Minute Presentation?
Once you get into the territory of longer presentations, you might want to use slides of varying types – some that are super quick and others that stay visible longer – to get different points across and fit the conversational flow.
This varying approach can be interesting for the audience but might require a little math and planning on your part to determine the exact right number of slides.
Start with this formula for a 30-minute presentation:
4 minutes: Amount of time for opening and closing (1 slide each)
2 minutes: Time for each point in your presentation (1 slide per point)
1 minute: Time for each sub-point in your presentation (1 slide per sub-point)
3 minutes: Deep dive for one or two key takeways (1-2 slides)
Flash slide (quick on and off the screen): For transitions between large topic areas or polling the audience to keep them engaged
Now you can look at your content and do a few quick calculations to get a rough idea of how many slides you might need. For a 30-minute presentation with 5 points with two subpoints each and a takeaway, that’s in the neighborhood of 20 slides.
How Many Slides for a 45 Minute Presentation?
For longer presentations, pace and energy are key. Some presenters can go through an exceptional number of slides because of the way they speak.
Seasoned speakers, often giving a presentation that they’ve done a lot of times, can average 5 slides per minute. These are fast-paced quick hit images that really keep the audience thinking and engaged. It’s a fun style but can be difficult to pull off.
A more moderate estimate is 1 to 2 slides per minute at a varying pace. That’s what you commonly see in corporate presentations and talks. (The content is often complex as well.)
Consider location with longer presentations. Will the slides be projected on a large screen? Design for that environment.
Include mixed media clips if appropriate in longer presentations. Varying formats can keep the audience interested.
Use a design theme for a consistent look and feel for the entire presentation.
Don’t let slides sit on the screen for too long. Mix it up with a new photo even if the content theme hasn’t changed much. Once you set an expectation for the audience with visuals, you don’t want them to check out.
Make the most of the top half of the slides. If you are in a big room, sometimes the lower portion is obscured for some audience members. Even if you need to use more slides to keep content toward the top, do it.
The next level of your career starts now. If you’ve been looking to enhance your skills or break into UX design, formalized training might be the next logical step.
Springboard, an online school designed for skills that today’s workers need, is accepting applications for the next UX Design Bootcamp. This is more than an online class, it’s an intensive course that includes a design project in the industry, one-on-one mentoring, and even a guarantee that you’ll find a job in the field.
Here’s how the program works.
What Is Springboard’s UX Design Bootcamp?
The UX Design Bootcamp is a career-focused curriculum. The structure has been designed with input from hiring managers, so you’ll come out of the program with a portfolio that stands out.
The program is broken into 25 class units; you’ll work through videos, in-depth articles, hands-on projects, and career-related coursework in a number of disciplines, including:
Synthesis and presentation
Ideating and designing
Sketching, wireframing, and UI
Prototyping and presenting
It takes most students 15 to 20 hours a week and you should finish in six months.
The most unique part of the program might be working with an actual company to complete a design project that solves a business problem. You’ll get matched with a business to work in the industry for four weeks. This will give you a good idea of how to focus your career path and build a portfolio to get you hired.
Get a Job Guarantee
The program comes with a guarantee that you will have the skills to get hired in an entry-level UX job.
If you don’t get a job within 6 months, Springboard will actually refund your money.
If you are looking to break into UX design, this is a no-lose proposition. You can develop the skills and training you need, work with a company during the program to build a portfolio, and it all comes with a job guarantee.
The real-world experience that comes with this program sets it apart. You aren’t just working through coursework on your own. You’ll spend 40 hours working with an actual client on a design problem.
You’ll be able to put some of the skills you learn in courses – competitive research, user research, usability testing, and design recommendations – into action. Then use it all to create a portfolio that will stand out from other job applicants.
Mentoring and Career Coaching
Do you want to work with mentors from companies like Google, Uber, Axonify, or Ford? You can with this program.
Springboard provides unlimited one-on-one mentoring calls at no extra cost.
A big part of the learning process is mentor-guided learning that will help you focus on career growth and development.
You’ll engage in weekly calls with your personal mentor during the program. They will help you set, track, and meet goals.
And if you need extra help, Springboard provides unlimited one-on-one mentoring calls at no extra cost.
This extends to career coaching as well. You’ll work with a personal coach during the course and for 6 months after graduation to help you get a job.
Your career coach will help you navigate the job search, build a career network, look for jobs with the right titles and companies, develop a resume and LinkedIn profile, navigate job interviews, and even negotiate a salary. Springboard graduates have gotten jobs at companies such as Dell, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Nationwide. So, there’s definite opportunity for you here.
Springboard is accepting applications now for the next program, which starts on July 1 and lasts six months.
They say the perfect candidates have problem-solving skills, good communication ability, and want to collaborate. Applicants should also have a year or more of professional experience or a degree in a design- or development-related field.
Learn more or apply. The application is free, but the deadline for July 1st cohort is right around the corner.
A good presentation leaves you wanting more. It engages your thirst for information. These presentations are a mix of killer content, striking visuals, a charismatic speaker and—crucially—a memorable start and end.
And with the right tools, almost anyone can give a great presentation. When every minute matters, how you start and end your presentation can have a huge impact on what people take away from the time you’re talking to them (and whether it makes a lasting impression!)
Today, we’re breaking from traditional visual design techniques to think about how to craft a dynamic presentation, with a memorable beginning and ending.
How to Start a Presentation: Capture Their Attention
Every good presentation starts with something that grabs audience attention. While it can be a cool visual, such as an opening slide, it could be in the form of what is being said (TED Talks rely on this format for success).
Here are five ways to open with a spark.
1. Start with a Strong Statement
Say something bold. Make a claim that isn’t all that common or comes with an element of controversy. Then back it up.
Starting with a strong statement will get the audience interested in what comes next. How will you create a case for this introduction?
Simone Giertz makes the case for why you should make useless things in her 2018 TED Talk. She shows this – and makes a strong statement – by wearing a shirt she made that’s all googly eyes. And she did it because she can.
2. Play a Short Video
A good piece of video can jump-start a presentation. It can communicate a message or feeling in a way that you might not be able to do otherwise.
Brand video or an amazing video story can both set the scene for your talk. But it has to be interesting and it needs to be short, no more than 2 minutes in most instances.
Where you are presenting is an important factor here as well. The video will only impress the audience if they can all see and hear it clearly. Check the room and A/V equipment before using video to start a presentation.
3. Ask Questions
Margaret Gould Stewart asks “What do you think of when I say the word ‘design?’ in her 2014 TED Talk about how giant websites design for you.
I’m in. I’m thinking about design. I’m trying to come up with something meaningful in my mind.
And that’s how (and why) you start a presentation with a question.
4. Tell a Joke
The trick is not to be cheesy… unless you plan to be.
One of the time-tested ways to start a presentation is to tell a joke. It can put you more at ease when you laugh with the audience and settle the room ahead of deeper information.
The trick is not to be cheesy… unless you plan to be. A good joke is simple and in terms of a presentation starter, should somehow relate to the topic coming ahead.
The other version of a joke starter is in the form of a story. In his 2016 TED Talk, Joe Gebbia explains how Airbnb designs for trust. His talk starts like this: “I want to tell you the story about the time I almost got kidnapped in the trunk of a red Mazda Miata.”
You know it’s only going to get better from there, right?
5. Lead with Something Unexpected
What fact, or snippet of information in your presentation will take people off guard? Start there.
Taste of the unexpected can help drive the start of a presentation. You might start with a tidbit from the middle of the “show” or then end and then tell a story in reverse chronological order. The only thing that matters is that it’s not quite what the audience expects to happen.
It might catch them off guard and it should get them super interested in what comes next.
How to End a Presentation: Leave Them With Something Memorable
The goal of any good presenter is to leave the audience with a takeaway. What exactly that takeaway is can vary greatly based on the topic or presenter or presentation style, but something should resonate.
The end of a presentation is your last chance to make that connection and hammer that point home.
6. Call to Action
Finish with a call to action. Ask the audience to do something. Get them excited about the next steps or how they can make an impact.
Don’t leave an audience with the classic “Questions?” slide. Give them something actionable to do.
It might be a new way of thinking. It might be visiting a link or website or writing a letter.
Regardless of the action, make it clear what the audience should do next, and how to get started.
7. Powerful Quote
I’ll admit it: I am a sucker for a great quote.
I never feel quite authoritative enough to say something that one of the greats of history before me said better. So, I use their words to close presentations.
I also find that I love this type of presentation ending from others as well. Nothing can create a fair synopsis of a presentation or collection of thoughts like the perfect quote.
Read it to the crowd. Tell them who said it (and in what context, if necessary). Put the words on the screen and leave them there for the audience to see and read and think about as they gather their things at the end of your talk.
Tony Fadell finished his TED Talk,” The first secret of design is … noticing” with words from Picasso: “Every child is an artist. The problem is when he or she grows up, is how to remain an artist.”
Just let that cook for a minute.
8. Thought-Provoking Question
In the same way a call to action can compel the audience to think more about the presentation topic, a thought-provoking question can start conversations and take the topic beyond a single presentation.
A question doesn’t always spawn immediate action, but it can lead down that path.
You can also ask a question to poll the audience as a presentation wraps up to get feedback on the topic or presentation itself. An exercise such as a question and show of hands can be enough to get the room activated and engaged with the presentation finale.
9. Compelling Story
You can never go wrong by wrapping up a presentation with a compelling story. Bring your message and points home with a case study or a real-life example.
A story will mean the most if it’s something the audience can relate to. An emotionally compelling story can have the greatest impact and stick with audiences long after the presentation ends.
If there’s a story to tell as part of your presentation, refine it and use this example when appropriate.
10. Engage the Audience
Get the audience involved as the presentation is coming to a close. Ask people to talk to each other, poll the audience or even have a short dance party to ensure that your talk is memorable.
The importance of the end of the presentation is often what audience members take away from everything you’ve said and every point you’ve made. Make the biggest impression by engaging the audience and getting their full participation.
Whether you’re starting from scratch and building a custom template, or have a PowerPoint template you’ve downloaded and want to customize, knowing how to edit a PowerPoint template is a great skill to have in your kit.
We’re going to walk you through editing a PowerPoint template step-by-step, explaining all the PowerPoint terminology along the way!
If you like the presentation template we are using here—Creativa—you can get it from Envato Elements. It’s a great multi-purpose template that’s great for all types of presentations.
PowerPoint Slide Layouts
First, a little terminology.
PowerPoint calls individual slide templates “slide layouts,” and the full template is the “master slide layout.” This little tidbit comes in handy if you have ever to use documentation or help files.
The slide theme is all of the stuff that’s unique to a set of slide layouts, including colors, fonts, effects or transitions and backgrounds.
Placeholders are all the boxes for specific types of content on each slide. You’ll know these because the containers have dotted lines and often contain text or icons that tell you to “place an image or text here”.
Each template includes all of the above with a set of slide layouts for specific needs. You can find all the different slide choices available for your theme under Home > Layout. (You can also find it under View > Slide Master.)
How to Edit a PowerPoint Template
Now that you know what you’re looking at in PowerPoint, you can start to edit the template. We’ll look at all of the changes you can make to the slide master so you can go from a templated presentation to something that feels a little more custom.
Going down the PowerPoint template route is a great option for most people. The best advice is to pick a template you really like, to start with slides for most of the content elements you will need, and then adjust colors and fonts for your brand. You should also remove slide types that you don’t need to make the deck easier to manage and edit. (This can also help decrease overall file size as well.)
Here’s how you do it.
Step 1: Open the Slide Master and Remove Unnecessary Items
Start with the Slide Master, navigate to it using View > Slide Master.
Make sure the slide groupings make sense to you, and change or rename them if necessary. You can also remove groups if you don’t want them.
Note that anything included on a Slide Master (slide number one in the image above) will carry to all slides in that group (called slide layouts). This is helpful when you have an element such as a logo or background that appears on every slide in that group in the same position.
Rearrange slides to fit your needs and delete any slide types that you don’t need.
Step 2: Add Common Elements to Master Slides
While you have the Slide Master open, make any changes to slides that you want to impact the entire deck. Add a logo or background element.
You might also design or change the text in a footer, or add automatic slide numbering that appears on every slide in the deck.
Close the Slide Master when you are finished. Every slide that you have changed in the master will reflect those changes.
Step 3: Change the Theme
You can change colors and fonts in the Slide Master as well. Changing these elements in the Slide Master will apply them to all slides in the deck so that you don’t have to set custom specification on each individual slide.
Use preset color and font palettes for styles that already match or set your own, based on a specific color or palette.
Change the color palette using the Colors option in the Slide Master. Click customize to set colors specific to each element and give it a name you’ll remember.
Change the font using the Fonts panel.
If you are uncertain about making changes on your own, PowerPoint has some presets in the Themes panel. These preset themes may or may not work with your template, proceed with care.
Note that these changes only take effect on the slide they are applied to, unless they are applied to a Slide Master, which impacts all layouts nested therein. That’s why in the example above the changes only affect one slide rather than the entire deck.
Step 4: Change Placeholder Text and Elements
Next, go through the slides and set placeholder elements in a way that makes sense for you. This is most important if multiple people will work from the same PowerPoint template.
Set master text and placeholder elements in the locations and sizes you want them to be. Use easy instructions that tell anyone building a slide how much information they should include.
Close the Slide Master after making the changes and save.
Step 5: Save a New Template
Once you have edited a PowerPoint template and are happy with the design, save the file so it can be loaded and reused. You need to save it as a PowerPoint template file (.potx).
Navigate to File > Save As (or Save a Copy)
Choose PowerPoint Template in the Save as Type list (the file will automatically save in the Custom Office Templates folder on your computer)
Give it a name you will remember
Share a copy of the file with other users and tell them to put in in their Custom Office Templates folder for easy access. To use the new template, select File > New, then Custom > Custom Office Template > [your template name].
Simple! You now have your own custom PowerPoint template that you can share with your team, and use again and again.
If you’re setting up a new blog or a website on Tumblr and want to make your website look unique and stand out from the crowd with a creative theme, we’ve got you covered. In this post, we feature some of the best free Tumblr themes you can use to make a professional website on the microblogging platform.
Tumblr is one of the best platforms for making a blog. In addition to being completely free to use, Tumblr also offers highly customizable options that allow you to set up custom domains, custom theme designs, and more to personalize your website to your preference.
Since it’s a free platform, there are thousands of free and premium themes available on Tumblr. But it can be difficult to find the best, most effective, regularly updated, and properly functioning themes in this vast collection. That’s where we come in. Check out our curated collection to find a great free theme for your new Tumblr website.
3 Best Places to Find Free Tumblr Themes
There are many different places you can use to find premium Tumblr themes. But, only a handful of sites are available for good-looking free Tumblr themes. These are the best sites you can use to find better free themes for Tumblr.
The official Tumblr themes directory has the biggest collection of free themes available for the platform. The directory is also quite easy to browse. You can search for designs, narrow results based on types of themes, and install themes on your blog directly through the platform.
However, make sure to preview the themes before installing as some of the themes are quite outdated and have broken code and scripts.
Zen Themes is a marketplace that offers both premium and free themes. The free Tumblr themes offered by this website feature beautiful designs that can be used to make all kinds of websites from personal blogs to portfolios and more.
You can copy the theme code directly from the website without having to download any files.
Max Davis Themes is a site that offers a limited collection of free Tumblr themes featuring beautifully minimalist designs. These themes feature professional and clean designs that are perfect for making blogs and portfolio websites.
You can easily copy the theme code from this site to install it on your Tumblr website as well.
Our Favorite Free Tumblr Theme
Having to choose one theme from so many can often be quite a time consuming and frustrating task. To help you out, we picked our most favorite free Tumblr theme from the list.
Vintage is a premium-quality free Tumblr theme that comes with a classic retro-inspired design. This is the perfect theme for setting up a portfolio for a designer, photographer, or a creative artist.
The theme comes with lots of useful features such an image slider on the homepage, a beautiful drop-down menu, a grid-style post layout for showcasing images and blog posts, social media feeds, and much more.
Why This Is A Top Pick
Vintage theme not only comes with a unique and creative design but also offers a much deeper level of customization options, including the ability to change fonts, backgrounds, border widths, and more. You can edit and customize the design however you like to make this theme truly yours.
Void is a minimalist and a fully responsive Tumblr theme you can use to make a professional portfolio website for a designer, artist, or even an agency. This theme features a masonry-style grid based post layout with support for all post types. You can also change its colors, fonts, and more.
Indy is one of the most popular free themes on Tumblr and for a good reason as well. This theme features a multipurpose design that can be used to make blogs, portfolios, and even a niche online shop. It also looks great on mobile devices and supports Google Analytics and Disqus comments integration as well.
Elemental is a beautiful Tumblr theme with a professional design that comes with both grid and classic blog style layouts. This makes it a great choice for setting up a simple blog on Tumblr for free. It can be easily customized to change colors and includes lots of sidebar widgets for adding more features.
Space Race is a unique Tumblr theme that comes with a creative design that features a fixed background with beautiful space illustrations and a starry sky. It also comes with a single-column post layout support for popular widgets. You can make an entertaining blog using this free theme.
If you’re a photographer or a graphic designer, Astoria is the perfect theme you can use to setup a professional portfolio. The theme features a modern grid-based post layout with a sidebar that supports widgets like social media feeds. It also includes an overlapping title/logo that’ll make your website stand out from the crowd.
Hipster is a clean and minimal Tumblr theme you can use to make a simple personal blog to share all kinds of blog posts, links, images, and videos in one place. The theme features a customizable header section with a fixed sidebar where you can include a small profile of yourself.
Just as the name suggests, Illustfolio is a Tumblr theme made specifically for making portfolio websites for illustrators, artists, and designers. It lets you showcase your work on the homepage using a grid-based post layout and a clean minimalist design.
Loona is a free Tumblr theme that comes with a unique design inspired by a CMS dashboard user interface. It supports all post types and comes with a fixed sidebar with an author profile section. The theme can be easily customized to change the background, colors, and add widgets as well.
Zen is a modern and multipurpose Tumblr theme that can be used to make many different types of blogs and websites. It comes with a stylish fullscreen grid-based post layout and a slide-out sidebar for including links, tags, and widgets.
Featuring a single column post layout, Quite Big is the ideal theme for making a personal blog or a diary blog. It supports all types of posts and lets you showcase large image previews on the homepage as well as videos. The theme also includes Disqus comments integration.
If you’re looking for a modern grid-based theme for making a portfolio or a blog, this theme is the perfect fit for you. It comes with a fullscreen design that allows you to showcase all your designs and images in a masonry-style grid layout. The theme also has a stylish vertical menu for including links to pages and tags as well.
This is one of the most creative and unique Tumblr themes you’ll ever find. This theme mimics the interface of a Mac computer and it even functions like one too. The posts on the homepage act as windows and they can be easily dragged around the screen to view multiple posts at once. You can create a truly unique website using this theme.
Sundae Times is a colorful and creative Tumblr theme that’s most suitable for making a feminine, food, or kids related blog or website. The beautiful pastel colors used in the theme makes it stand out from the rest.
Eclipse is a fullscreen Tumblr theme featuring a grid-based post layout. This theme is perfect for making a professional portfolio website for a creative artist, photographer, or a designer. The theme is fully responsive and can be customized to change colors and fonts as well.
Wicked is another minimal portfolio theme that also features a grid post layout. You can use this theme to make a simple portfolio or make a photo blog to share your favorite images. The theme is mobile-friendly and includes social sharing buttons as well.
Carter is a Tumblr theme with a boxed design that also includes a grid post layout. The theme also features a sticky sidebar that sticks to top when you scroll down on the page. You can include links, social feeds, and other widgets in the sidebar to increase user interactions.
Think about the last time you downloaded a new app or landed on a new website. Did you know exactly what to do? Did the design help you engage with the site in a meaningful way? A simple onboarding process can make all the difference.
It’s important to think about website and app design in terms of onboarding visitors to create the best experience possible. This can include anything from helping someone find an item in your online shop and understanding how to make a purchase, to playing a game, or signing up for an email.
Onboarding is the process of integrating any new user into the design flow so that they can have the best interaction possible with your website, app or digital product or service. Here’s how you design it (with examples for inspiration).
Design for Visual Flow
A good onboarding experience has a beginning, middle and end that’s easy to identify visually.
The user knows where to start if they need help or want to get information. This is often a large image are with an introductory line of text. (Think hero image.)
Then there’s an action to take such as filling out a form or working through a step-by-step guide or tutorial. Finish off with a notification that the action is complete and the user is on their way to success. (This sense of understanding and accomplishment can help keep users engaging online.)
The final notification should include an action that users can complete, such as “now you are ready to play the game” or “tap here to get started.”
Show Users What You Want Them To Do
The onboarding experience should be easy and clearly understandable. This is especially important if your website or app uses uncommon user patterns or unfamiliar functionality.
This is a place where you need to show the user what to do. Use tooltips or a short video that explains how engagement works. Explain the goal or expected outcome and how users can get there.
Milanote, above, does a great job with this on the website homepage. There’s a computer screen showing the app in use in the hero image area. Whether you watch it for a few seconds or the entire loop, this quick video shows every person who comes to the site how to interact with the tool and associated app.
Don’t State the Obvious
When you start thinking about instructions and onboarding experiences, it is easy to get carried away. Resist the temptation.
The best instructions are simple and only appear when necessary.
Only provide instructions and information for unfamiliar actions or navigation. (There’s no need to explain a hamburger icon or common button structure.)
By stating obvious interactions unnecessarily, you risk frustrating users by extending an onboarding process in a way that doesn’t need to happen. The best instructions are simple and only appear when necessary.
The website for Elizabeth Taylor, above, has a side to side slider at the top with visual instruction on how to use it, thanks to arrows. That makes it easier for users to engage with the content at their own pace.
Write Copy That Sizzles
Boring copy just won’t cut it. Every little dialog box – even those that contain a few words needs to be interesting and engaging. Use common language in the same voice as the rest of the website or app design.
Use active verbs and direct instructions in a friendly tone. Slack, above, does a great job of this with a bot that feels like a person (even when you know it’s not).
Does a new user have to register for your website or app? Will features work if they do not?
First, make it abundantly clear what the expectation is and what benefits come in exchange for registering. Then, offer a “taste” for free to get people interested in the app or website.
Then, ask for registration to unlock more features or content. And keep that ask simple, using a form that only requires essential information. (You can always ask users to provide more data later.)
Provide a Tutorial
Map out the process from landing on your page or app for the first time through success. (Draw a flow chart if you must.)
Creating a tutorial can help you figure out if your design is easy or complicated.
This can help you figure out if your design is easy or complicated. It can also provide the roadmap for a potential tutorial that shows users exactly what to do and how to interact with the design.
Ryan Osilla has a great look at how common websites have designed perfect onboarding flows (and flowcharts). Examples walk through the steps to create accounts and get started with a popular tool such as LinkedIn, GitHub, UpWork and Twitter. (You’d be hard-pressed to find better examples of mapping onboarding flows.)
While all the examples Osilla outlines are straightforward, you can use this information to create a tutorial with more specific instructions for unfamiliar actions. Once you have built the flowchart, creating a tutorial can be easy.
Show One Feature at a Time
A good onboarding process works when it includes step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow (or skip). Remember, the goal is to create excitement and understanding about a digital product so you want users to get through the process efficiently.
Provide a clue as to how long an onboarding example will last. Show a progress bar for multiple-screen tutorials or information with buttons to skip ahead or go back.
Don’t forget to focus on the benefits for the user. What makes your website or app fun? Why should they want to complete the onboarding process and continue? Sell this benefit to everyone who visits your website design.
The goal of an onboarding experience is to give users information that can help them better understand and engage with your website or app. Remember to stick to explaining things that need it, show users what to do when possible and provide navigation.
Keep the flow simple and smooth with great images and micro-copy and reward users for completing onboarding tasks.
Onboarding is anything you do to keep users interacting with your website. It can be a game or form, but it can also be diving deeper into the content. Design something they will enjoy to make it the best experience possible.
Today we bring you a handpicked collection of matte Photoshop actions that will allow you to apply an aesthetically pleasing visual effect to your everyday photos.
The matte effect is widely used in fashion, lifestyle, and portrait photography as well as many other digital marketing materials for giving a soft and unique look to images and photographs.
This collection features both free and premium matte Photoshop actions you can use with various projects from optimizing outdoor photos to wedding photography, landscapes, and much more.
What is a Matte Photoshop Action?
If you’ve been lucky enough to work with real printed photos then you’re probably aware of matte photo paper. Unlike glossy photo paper, when you print a photo on matte paper it gives photos a unique look of its own.
Photos printed on matte paper feature softer blacks and get rid of the shiny aspect of the glossy paper to bring out more details in your photos.
Even though we rarely use photo paper anymore, the matte effect is still being used in digital photography to reproduce that same matte paper effect in photos and images. A matte Photoshop action is a preset that allows you to create that same matte effect in Photoshop with just one-click and apply the effect to your own photos.
Our Favorite Matte Photoshop Actions
The matte effect comes in various forms and styles. These are our top free and premium picks from the list.
Lifestyle photos are the perfect fit for matte effects. Adding a matte effect makes the blacks look soft and faded and will easily bring out the colors in your photos to make them look more vibrant and colorful. This collection of Photoshop actions are designed specifically for achieving that goal.
The bundle includes 25 different styles of matte effects you can apply to your lifestyle and portrait photos almost instantly. The effects can also be customized to your preference by editing the adjustment layers as well.
Why This Is A Top Pick
This collection of Photoshop actions is a must have for Instagram bloggers, travel photographers, and even for optimizing fashion photoshoots. Since it offers a wide selection of high-quality and customizable effects it makes the bundle even more valuable.
With 10 different matte Photoshop actions to choose from, this bundle of matte effects is made for beginners and for designers looking for simple and soft matte effects that require fewer adjustments.
The pack comes with 10 Photoshop actions you can use to optimize outdoor portrait and lifestyle photos.
Why This Is A Top Pick
In addition to being a free download, this bundle also features a set of premium-quality Photoshop actions that create non-destructive effects without harming the look of your photos. And the effects require fewer adjustments as well.
The Best Of The Rest
Check out the other great matte Photoshop actions in our list.
Oceania is a bundle of Photoshop actions made for improving and optimizing outdoor photography. It comes with 5 different actions that apply subtle faded matte effects that will allow you to change the mood of your landscape and portrait photos. These effects are ideal for travel and lifestyle photography.
Matte effects can also make your wedding photos look even more beautiful. This is a Photoshop action designed specifically for enhancing wedding photos. It creates a soft matte effect that you can easily adjust to your preference and the action is compatible with Photoshop CS4 and higher.
This Photoshop action also features a matte-like effect that adds more depth and mood to portrait photos. The action is also available in 9 different styles for optimizing various photos including smartphone and overexposed photos. The actions are easily customizable and work with Photoshop CS4 and higher.
Another collection of Photoshop actions with effects designed for wedding and bridal photography. These actions also feature subtle matte and faded effects that add a nice visual effect to outdoor and portrait photos. The effects are also easily editable with adjustment layers as well.
The matte-style Photoshop actions in this bundle are perfect for adding that classic matte look to your landscape and nature photography. The bundle includes 10 different actions featuring different effects with toning and adjustments for bringing out the modern-retro looks in your photos.
This free Photoshop action is most suitable for adding a subtle matte effect to your closeup and portrait photos. The action is easily customizable to adjust the effect. This action is part of a bundle of 20 free Photoshop actions.
This pack includes 10 unique Photoshop actions that feature a creative set of matte color toning effects made specifically for fashion and glamour photography. These actions create non-destructive effects you can edit to your preference and make your photos look more artistic as well.
Another collection of premium Photoshop actions with matte effects. These actions are designed for improving outdoor landscape and nature photos. The bundle includes 4 different effects featuring cold and warm toning effects as well as contrast filters.
If you’re looking for a matte effect with a mix of cinematic look and feel, this collection of Photoshop actions will come in handy. It features 33 film and film grain effects featuring matte color effects that are ideal for improving outdoor nature, landscape, and portrait photos.
A free Photoshop action for adding a creative matte effect to lifestyle photos. This action creates a strong matte effect with a faded black effect to make your photos look moody and natural at the same time.
In a world where work never seems to turn off, there’s a growing movement to prioritize self-care. It’s way too easy to neglect yourself when you have work and meetings and then all of the “life” things after work, from networking events to taking kids to soccer games.
The time to start practicing self-care is before you start to burn out. You’ll stay fresher and have greater mental capacity to tackle projects with creative spark.
But how do you do it? How (and where) can designers find time for self-care? We have a few ideas for you.
Understand Your Value (And What You Find Valuable)
I always know the burn out stage is coming when I feel like none of my projects seem to pay what I think they are worth. Every client wants way more than what we agreed on. Every assignment seems to take twice as much time as it used to.
If you are feeling that way, maybe it’s time to give yourself a raise.
Your experience as a designer should make you more valuable as you grow in your career. Know that value.
If you are a freelancer, take a look at your rates and types of jobs. When was the last time you made a change? Are you taking the types of projects you want to do? Do you have work that engages you?
And if not, figure out how to make that change.
Knowing your value has two parts:
Financial value: What income you need to draw for work to feel meaningful
Happiness value: What makes you feel good about what you do? What projects get you excited about design again? (Take more of them.)
It may sound cliché, but you have to find that sweet spot between work and play.
This can be most tricky for freelancers or remote workers that don’t actually get up and go to an office every day. The lines between home and work can be easily blurred.
Set some ground rules. Set them with your family, clients and even yourself to ensure that you have a time and place for work and play.
I have found the best solution to a creative rut is a good run.
Sweating out whatever design problems are tormenting me almost always leads to a potential solution (or sometimes several).
You don’t have to run. Any type of physical activity will do. Go to the gym. Take a long walk. Punch a bag. Whatever gets you doing something active and not thinking about your design problem.
Find a 5-Minute Diversion
Small five-minute breaks can also help you get out of your head and practice self-care.
This can be anything from zoning out to your favorite song to playing a round of a game on your phone. It can be grabbing ice cream with a co-worker or even taking a walk around the block (or down the hallway and back).
These mini-breaks can be just what your brain needs when it gets “overheated.” But “me time” can mean even more when you aren’t stressed or in the middle of big projects.
Be Social (Not Just on Social Media)
Get out and talk to people!
Own your feelings. Good and bad. Celebrate wins and commiserate losses.
While no one wants to talk to a downer all the time, chatting with your networking group or other designers can help you feel more at ease.
There is real value to talking out what you are feeling. That’s a big part of taking care of yourself. Own your feelings. Good and bad. Celebrate wins and commiserate losses. It’s all part of the process and makes everyone feel a little more human.
Getting out and being social can be an even bigger part of your self-care routine if you work alone or at home. Even the least social of people crave that interaction from time to time.
Find a designer meetup, WordPress group or book club with a regular schedule to keep you in the social loop.
Don’t Overbook Yourself
If you say yes too much, you won’t actually have the time to do anything well.
The biggest thing that helps me is saying “no.”
While saying yes all the time does contribute to caring for others, it can be a little overwhelming. It is OK to turn down projects, or after-work happy hours or any of those little things that add a meaningful contribution to your work or life.
While it sounds pretty easy, saying no can be quite tough for many people.
Just make sure to be polite. You don’t have to over-explain yourself and don’t feel guilty. If you say yes too much, you won’t actually have the time to do anything well, and that’s insanely stressful.
And then with that extra time, take a bath, meditate or just spend some time enjoying the quiet.
Tackle a Passion Project
Have you been wanting to build a new portfolio or learn to draw hand-lettering?
Put it in your weekly calendar and do it!
Make time for passion projects or to learn new things that interest you. Not only will it make you a stronger designer but it can also help you generate more interest in your work.
And who knows? You might even pick up new clients or projects because of it.
Get Some Vitamin D
There’s plenty of science to back up the value of a little natural sunlight.
Vitamin D deficiencies are on the rise. The solution for most people is to get outside. (And if you can’t do that, open a window next to your workspace.)
Imagine the warm sun on your face after hours of programming or wireframing a project. Now think about how good that feels. Don’t you wish you could bottle up that feeling?
You almost can. Just a few minutes of fresh air and sunlight can boost your mood and help you regain focus. Soak up the sun (Just make sure to slather on some SPF if you plan to stay a while.)
Self-care starts with figuring out what you need to be the best version of yourself. It’s part work and part knowing what makes you feel good about what you are doing and where you are heading.
The biggest part of self-care is taking a minute to breathe. It’s OK to admit you need a break. You’ll be better for it, I promise.
Chalkboard fonts are quite a popular choice among marketers, especially when it comes to making explainer videos, infographics, and social media posts. We handpicked a collection of the best chalkboard fonts just for you.
Since chalkboard fonts require extra work to design, great looking chalk fonts are hard to find. There are only very few chalkboard fonts out there you can use with your professional projects.
We scoured the web to find some of those best chalk fonts and gathered them all in one place in this collection. You’ll find both free and premium options to choose from to design various types of marketing, promotional, and educational content.
3 Ideas for Using a Chalkboard Font
Chalkboard fonts can be used to create many different types of content. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Create Effective Educational Content
When talking about chalkboard fonts the first thing that comes to your mind is a blackboard. Of course, it’s the origin of the font design itself. This actually makes the font a great choice for designing educational content.
Chalkboard fonts are a perfect fit for designing explainer videos for educating people about a specific topic or a product. They are great for designing graphics for visualizing data and infographics as well.
Design Signage & Posters
Whether you want to make a creative sign for a coffee shop, a menu board for a restaurant, or a poster for a creative event, a chalkboard font is the go-to choice for making a fun and quirky design.
Chalkboard fonts can also be used in various other designs including posters, invitation cards, flyers, and social media designs as well.
Make Beautiful Wall Art
One of the most popular trends you see these days is the use of chalkboard fonts in wall arts. Modern boutiques, coffee shops, and even startups use creative wall art and typographic posters to decorate the walls of their shops and office. Chalkboard fonts are a top choice for this type of designs.
Our Favorite Chalkboard Fonts
All of the fonts in this collection are our favorites, but these top picks are our most favorites.
BiteChalk is one of the best looking chalkboard fonts we’ve seen. It features a unique handcrafted design with a realistic look that’ll definitely make your designs look more professional and creative.
The font also comes in 4 weights as well as a few extra AI vector graphics and PNG files to use with your projects.
Why This Is A Top Pick
In addition to its creative handmade look, one of the things that we loved about this font is its multipurpose design. You can use this font to make all type of menu boards, wall art, and signage for various businesses and products.
This chalkboard font comes with a creative design of its own that makes it stand out from the crowd. It uses a crayon-inspired look that adds a unique style to this chalkboard typeface.
You can use this font to create many different creative designs such as posters, book covers, blog headers, and more. The font is free to download and use with your personal projects
Why This Is A Top Pick
This chalk font does a great job at giving a hand-drawn look to your graphic designs. In fact, it will make your designs look as if it’s drawn by hand. If you want to achieve a similar handcrafted look, this font will definitely help.
The Best Of The Rest
Keep scrolling to see more creative chalkboard fonts.
Hungry chalk is a fun and quirky chalkboard font made for creative professionals. This font has its own unique style and creative characters that give it a handmade look. It’s available in 3 different styles and includes extra PNG graphics as well.
If you’re working on a wedding invitation or a greeting card design, this chalkboard font is the perfect choice for you. Bridechalk font comes with 3 different styles that are best for making invitations, posters, banners, and more. It also includes a few vector graphics as well.
LaChalk comes with a stylish script-style lettering design that makes it most suitable for designing banners, logos, posters, and more for high-end brands and businesses, especially for fashion and restaurants. The font features 2 styles of typefaces for various designs.
DeCapoers is a chalkboard font with a modern design. The character design of the font looks almost like how letters look when you draw on a rough wall with chalk. This font is best to use with more modern designs.
Tuck Shop features a fun and quirky design that will add a creative touch to your designs. This font comes in 3 different styles, including outline and decorative. Which can be combined to create unique posters, banners, and flyers.
Another great free chalkboard font with a modern design. This font comes with a creative hand-sketch design that will make your posters, signage, and blog headers look more attractive and professional.
Buckley features a vintage chalkboard design that’s perfect for making signage, posters, and menu boards for vintage-themed restaurants and cafes. The font includes both uppercase and lowercase letters.
There’s something so attractive about black and white photography that makes it never go out of style. If you want to add that same timeless look to your own photos, these black and white Lightroom presets will come in handy.
When it comes to photography and camera technology, we’ve advanced so far in achieving the perfect balance of color that lets you take lifelike photographs. Yet people are still using the classic monochrome look in all kinds of their photos.
In this collection, we’re featuring the best black and white Lightroom presets you can use to create that same timeless monochrome effect and instantly apply it to your photos with just a few clicks.
3 Tips for Making a Photo Black & White
Achieving the perfect black and white effect is no easy task. Back in the day, it started with picking the right camera, finding the best film, shooting at the best lighting conditions, and more. Today, you have Photoshop and Lightroom presets that does all that work with a single click.
Of course, there are still a few things you can do to make sure you create the perfect black and white effect with your color photos.
1. Find The Perfect Adjustment Levels
Generating the perfect black and white effect always comes down to the proper adjustments. Even if you use a Lightroom preset, you should always play around with the adjustments to make the effect more compatible with your photographs.
Contrast is the key adjustment you need to focus on when creating monochrome effects. Exposure is the next element that can help improve the overall strength of the B&W effect. And remember, the darker the blacks get the brighter the white becomes.
2. Test Different Filters
If you want to take your B&W effect to the next level, try applying a filter. There are some specific filters that can help create more authentic monochrome effects that stand out from the crowd.
With the right balance of the adjustments and a subtle filter, you can create black and white photographs that look like art.
3. Don’t Be Afraid To Steal
Even black and white photography has multiple styles. If you’re not sure which is more suitable for your photo or want to experiment with different looks, don’t be afraid to steal the look from your favorite movie or artist.
Whether you’re a fan of classic movies like Psycho or modern B&W movies like Sin City, finding inspiration from something you love will make your process much easier.
Our Favorite B&W Lightroom Presets
Before we get to the full list of the Lightroom presets, we wanted to feature our best free and premium picks from the list.
With 11 unique filters to choose from, this collection of Lightroom presets is perfect for photographers and designers who want to experiment with different monochrome effects and styles.
The presets in this pack can be applied to your photos with a single click and you can easily edit adjustments to get the perfect B&W effect. It’s ideal for everything from wedding photography to fashion photo shoots, lifestyle photos, and more.
Why This Is A Top Pick
One of the reasons we loved this bundle is the fact that it’s compatible with both mobile and desktop versions of the Lightroom app. This will allow you to edit your photos on your phone using the presets before uploading them to social media.
This is a collection of black and white Lightroom presets that allows you to apply creative B&W effects to photos with various toning effects. It includes 10 different effects including matte, charcoal, film, and more. The presets are compatible with Lightroom 4 and higher.
Sepia is one of the effects that are quite popular among black and white enthusiasts. This collection of sepia Lightroom presets will help you create more authentic sepia effects with different styles. It includes 15 different Lightroom presets.
This collection of monochrome Lightroom presets include 20 different effects and filters with various kinds of B&W effects featuring different contrast adjustments and toning. The presets can be applied to RAW, JPG, and PNG file formats.
Even though it’s not technically black and white, the presets in this bundle are perfect for creating an authentic vintage look in your photos with retro B&W inspired colors. This pack features 17 different Lightroom presets.
The presets in this pack are perfect for creating a classic B&W effect for your modern photos. These presets are specially optimized to create a bright black and white effect by enhancing the contrast. It includes 8 unique Lightroom presets.
This free Lightroom preset will allow you to turn your modern and colorful photos into a true black and white photo with its creative high contrast adjustment. You can also customize and adjust its settings to your preference as well.
Another great free Lightroom preset specially optimized for enhancing and improving portrait photos. This preset also includes a video tutorial for beginners that shows you how to edit and customize the effect.
You can use the Lightroom presets in this collection to create a B&W effect similar to the ones you see in photos taken with old film cameras such as Agfa and Kodak. It includes 42 variations of black and white effects you can play around with.
If you want to give a truly old and vintage look to your modern photos and make them look like the old photos of your great grandfather, this set of Lightroom presets are for you. It includes 20 Lightroom presets and 7 overlays you can use to create different styles of vintage B&W effects.
With the presets in this bundle you’ll be able to create unique B&W effects with effective exposure adjustments. This pack comes with 15 different effects, including ones optimized for monochrome effects.
This is a bundle of 16 high-quality black and white Lightroom presets featuring various effects you can use to optimize and retouch your outdoor portrait and landscape photos. These presets are compatible with Lightroom 4 and higher.
If you’re looking for a black and white effect to use with your landscape and nature photos, this free preset will come in handy. It features a black and white film effect you can customize with more than 20 different styles.
This bundle of monochrome Lightroom presets are also optimized for creating an original black and white effect that works well for enhancing portrait photos. It includes 20 different monochrome effects.