3 Easy Ways to Import (or Even Make) Icons into your PowerPoint Slides

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Icons are everywhere, and they're pretty damn important. We see them on our phones, on various websites and even TV commercials.

Hell, you could you even argue that street signs are icons.

There's a pretty good reason why we see these icons everywhere. As humans, we can look at an icon and instantly recognize what it represents without the need for words.

And that's what makes icons so powerful in visual communication.

Look at how each of these icons represent something. Think of ways you can correlate them to what you want to say.

Icons in PowerPoint

By using icons in PowerPoint slides, we can easily establish a more definite connection with the members of our audience.

Icons allow our messages to be categorized and correlated to whatever we want to communicate. 

For example, if I were to show an icon of a house, and then relate that icon to some information about the value of various residences in a particular suburb, the audience would be able to look at that icon and go "Oh, okay, I understand that what he's talking about relates to housing."

Subtle connections work from a design perspective, guys!

The PowerPoint Tutorial

In this week's tutorial, I'm going to discuss three techniques that you can use to import any editable icon into your PowerPoint slide:


How To Import and Create Icons For Your PowerPoint Slides

The Three Techniques In The Video

  1. The 'Quick Fix' Technique (02:43): this technique focuses on importing an icon onto your PowerPoint slide through a .PNG (Portable Network Graphics) file. We will then make the icon white, add a colored background to it, and then you're good to go!
  2. The 'Committing to Quality' Technique (05:30): this technique illustrates how to find a .SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) icon file, converting into to an .EMF (Enhanced MetaFile) icon file, bringing that EMF icon into PowerPoint, un-grouping it, and playing around with the icon).
  3. The 'I Got This' Technique (09:02): this technique is all about you making your own icon using PowerPoint shapes. I really do not recommend this method at all, since it could take up a lot of your time.

Credit Where It's Due

I've used the following websites to do this tutorial, and I highly recommend you use them as well!

  • www.iconfinder.com
  • www.iconmonstr.com
  • www.cloudconvert.com

Going The Extra Mile

If you really want those icons to pop and make your audience say something like "Wow! That is so cool!" then you should probably find out how to add long shadow effects to your icons.

Trust me, you're icons will look awesome!

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  • Does not seem to work on Mac Powerpoint. The option to Ungroup is grayed out after importing the EMF file to Powerpoint.

  • Yep, that’s because EMF is a Microsoft-focused file type it seems. I’m not sure how Mac users got around it, but what I keep hearing is using Adobe Illustrator is key!

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