What software are designers using to create great presentation slides?


  • Adding (configurable) drop shadows on text
  • Creating custom slide backgrounds, e.g radial gradients
  • Adding noise or patterns to fills

Do people create their slides in Photoshop? Is it not a huge pain?

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If you are familiar with HTMl markup consider using reveal.js.

It's an slideshow/presentation in the browser.



I would imagine that there is more than one way to skin a cat here. But yeah, you can use Photoshop. You can export the elements and use Keynote/PowerPoint to wrap it all up, or you can merge all of your slides into a single PDF and present that in fullscreen. Depending on how formal you need to be, QuickLook isn't so bad either.

  • What about InDesign? Would it be a suitable tool for slides?
    – julien_c
    Oct 18, 2012 at 18:18
  • @julien_c Yeah. Use InDesign to create your presentation and then when you Export, export as Interactive PDF. There's actually an option there (in CS5 at least) to have it open up as a full screen presentation, and you can set it to ensure that when you scroll down, it goes straight to the next page instead of scrolling line-by-line. You can even do page transitions, though I'm not really familiar with that feature.
    – Brendan
    Feb 7, 2013 at 16:57

I like using Inkscape to full creative control over text, decorative shapes, images etc which I save as .pdf, or as .png which I convert to a .pdf with some other utility. But I'm unusual - practically all the people I've worked with use Microsoft Windows and PowerPoint. But PP does not allow arbitrary placement of text, shapes etc. It's good for people with limited graphics design skills, such as scientists, managers.

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