How can I use a template?
Edit the presentation in Google Slides
Click on the button under the presentation preview that says “Use as Google Slides Theme”. You will get a copy of the document on your Google Drive and will be able to edit, add or delete slides.
Edit the presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint®
Click on the button under the presentation preview that says “Download as PowerPoint template”. You will get a .pptx file that you can edit in PowerPoint. Remember to download and install the fonts used in the presentation (you’ll find the links to the font files needed in the Presentation design slide)
Google Slides doesn’t allow me to -Make a copy-
You have to be signed in to your Google account. More info.
Some users with Google Accounts hosted by schools or companies don’t have account permissions to make a copy of files outside certain domains. Please ask your school/company or use a personal account.
Can I change the template, delete slides, publish at SlideShare, etc?
Of course! You can do whatever you want: change colors, typography, add or delete slides, change layouts, publish it on Internet… But remember that the templates are free to use under a Creative Commons Attribution license, you can keep the Credits slide or simply mention SlidesCarnival and other resources used in a slide footer.
I can’t find how to change the photographs or the color of certain design elements
Some design elements (borders, backgrounds, icons…) are placed on the master slides. Click the Slide menu, then select Edit master. The master template editor will appear.
On the left side, you’ll find the master template, as well as all of the slide layouts used in your presentation’s theme. To edit the master or one of the layouts, select it from the list on the left. Then, make any changes you’d like to the appearance of the elements in that slide: colors, sizes, position… You can insert images, shapes, and other items, as well as change the formatting of text and shapes. The slides affected by the master or layout you’re working on will be outlined in yellow on the left.
When I download the template in PowerPoint format some slides lose the design
Google Slides uses online fonts for text, and more likely they’re not installed on your computer. If you want the design to appear as seen in Google Slides, you need to download and install the fonts. You’ll find the link to do so in one of the last slides of the presentation.
Apart from the issue of the fonts I know there’re slides that lose their formatting (color, structure…) completely. Little can I do about this, as it is a failure from Google Slides that hopefully will be solved at some point.
When I change the proportion between 4:3 and 16:9 some elements get distorted
When you change the proportions of the template Google Slides tries to readjust all the elements in it by stretching or shrinking, so some of them may distort. The only solution is readjust them all by hand in the master slides. Click the Slide menu, then select Edit master. The master template editor will appear.
On the left side, you’ll find the master template, as well as all of the slide layouts used in your presentation’s theme. To edit the master or one of the layouts, select it from the list on the left. Then, make any changes to the elements distorted and they will aply to all the presentation slides.
Where can I find more resources (photos, icons, fonts) for my presentation?
Free photos and icons
- Compfight: creative commons search at Flickr
- Wikimedia commons
- Death to the stock photo
- Graphic Burguer
- The Noun Project
- 74 free stock photo resource
You should carefully read the license of these free resources and add attribution to the “Credits” slide when needed.
Other sites for free templates & themes
How often do you publish new templates?
I try to publish one or two new templates every month. To keep up to date on the latest content I recommend you to follow any of SlidesCarnival’s social network profiles:
I need something more professional for my presentations
I recommend you to buy a professional template for Powerpoint or Keynote at:
Why design your templates first in Google Slides and not in Powerpoint?
- Because it’s free to use and it works similar to PowerPoint: you can communicate your ideas with different presentation themes, fonts, embedded video, animations…
- You can access, create, and edit your presentations from your browser or on your phone/tablet with the app. Share with friends, coworkers or just with everyone.
- It is PowerPoint compatible. You can download your presentation as a PowerPoint PPT file and continue working on your computer. You can also export your slides to other formats: PDF, JPG, PNG, etc.
I want to know more about Google Slides
Google Slides is an online presentations app that allows you to show off your work in a visual way. To learn more about what you can do with it please visit:
I have a question that it’s not listed here
Please, don’t hesitate to ask me at firstname.lastname@example.org