If you studied graphic design (or design more broadly), it’s likely that PowerPoint wasn’t the design tool of choice. Most people use PowerPoint for their presentations – not so much for creating animations, modelling, photo editing, or print & digital designs. But these lesser-known PowerPoint capabilities might just make PowerPoint the ultimate design tool.
Let’s Look at What PowerPoint Can Do
Arguably one of the oldest presentation programs, PowerPoint has been a player for 28 years. With its intuitive and user-friendly design, anyone can use PowerPoint to create presentations.
By animations, I really don’t mean making an image spin or a slide transition in the shape of a square. An animation in this sense…
(And yes, that was also a shameless plug for our PowerPoint MVP – BUT you have to agree that PowerPoint does well as a tool for animation).
While you might have printed your presentation slides, you probably hadn’t thought about creating print designs in PowerPoint. You can easily save the PowerPoint as individual images from slides, making it super simple to keep all of your designs in one place before sending to print.
You can create 3D models with PowerPoint! As well as this, you can create non-linear presentations or UI designs.
What Makes PowerPoint a Strong Contender?
1) Its a print, illustration, presentation, video and interactive design program all in one.
2) Can do all the main functions of the Adobe Suite without opening another program.
3) Once you are familiar with the interface and main features of the program, it’s actually incredibly easy and intuitive to use.
- Convert to JPG and PNG/save slides as images.
- Typography and typographic animations.
- Change slide size/dimensions.
- PowerPoint Designer Feature.
- Morph feature.
- Can edit, update, and export conveniently.
- Everyone has it on their computers – an easy collaboration tool.
- Manually add bleed and crop marks, and formatting text changes.
- Not as robust as the Adobe Suite.
- There are no text styles like InDesign.
- Misses capabilities like Multiply in Photoshop.
- It’s much more time consuming to animate as smoothly when compared to After Effects.
Why Doesn’t PowerPoint Get Used More Commonly as a Design Program?
Let’s argue that it’s because people are using it to make presentations and that they aren’t really up to date on the new changes Microsoft has made over the years. In this sense, the main reason PowerPoint doesn’t get promoted as a design tool is due to its popular use for presentations.
Thankfully, that is changing. But it might take a while for people to start thinking of it as the norm.
If you want to find out more about creative uses for PowerPoint, find us here.