How to Make a Minimalist Front Cover on PowerPoint That Actually Looks Great!

So, today, I thought it would be a good idea to teach you PowerPoint daredevils how to make a stylish, minimalist front cover.

Why is it minimalist, you ask?

Because we are only using one shape to use in a pattern. Well, unless you count the text box.

What constitutes as “minimalist”, exactly?

The term “minimalist” is derived from the parent term minimalism. I’ve researched the interwebs for some time, looking for the perfection definition for “minimalism.” This is the best one I could find. Couldn’t find a proper source, so I’ll just link the article I found it from.

Minimalism is the use of the fewest and barest essentials or elements, as in the arts, literature, or design.

Beautiful definition!

What does minimalism have to do with PowerPoint?

If you’ve been following my tutorials (which you should) you would know that I am a huge advocate for the ‘less is more’ principle. The idea of using PowerPoint isn’t to make your slides look nice, it’s to make your information on your PowerPoint slides easy to process while looking beautiful.

And let me tell you, with minimalism, it’s MUCH easier to make something beautiful. Let’s use my favorite superhero of all time, Spider-Man as an example to demonstrate my point.

Although this is beautiful, this is something that is pretty hard to make:

Source: Deviant Art, by Taebag

This, on the other hand, is still beautiful and is much easier to make:

Source: Deviant Art, by burthefly
Okay. What are we going to learn in today’s video?

Today, you guys and girls are going to learn:

  1. How to set the color, transparency and positioning of any PowerPoint shape
  2. How to make a pattern using the shape in the first step on PowerPoint
  3. How to format text to make your slide look awesome on PowerPoint
  4. The difference between Sans Serif and Serif fonts (and when to use them)
  5. The effective use of white space in PowerPoint design

And much more.

Have fun with this one!


Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah is a PowerPoint ninja that founded Slide Cow, a learning platform for all things PowerPoint, presentations and public speaking. When he's not designing slides or giving presentations, he's on another coffee run.
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