November 22, 2018

Grid Design: How to Showcase Your Images in Presentations

Studies have shown that images have greater impact than text alone. A grid design, also known as a tile design, is a great way to grab your audience’s attention without sacrificing important information in your presentation. This design consisting of several tiles allows you to seamlessly combine different text and image elements to create attractive slides.

An image grid offers a ton of flexibility and versatility thanks to the many different shapes that can be used. It’s an ideal layout for presenting products, allowing you to combine product photos and information into a single unit. For invites, it allows photos of the location or company to be combined with details of the organization, giving potential participants a quick overview of pertinent information. You can find more inspiration in our blog article 8 Points Why the Grid Layout will Benefit You.

We’ve put together a four-step guide so that you can get the most out of this practical design technique.

How to Create a Grid Design for Your Slides

Step 1: Create a Grid

  • First place the desired shape (e.g., a rectangle) in different sizes on your slide and apply white contour lines to make them more visible.
  • If you need a more detailed explanation of this step, have a look at our Treemaps article.

Step 2: Prepare Your Image

  • Select all shapes for the grid.
  • Combine them into a group using the key combination CTRL + ↑ + G.
  • Add the desired image to the slide using Insert > Pictures.
  • Now place the image above the grid using the guide lines as a reference.
  • Adjust the size of the image according to the grid. Use Picture Tools > Crop to remove any overlapping parts of the image.
  • Use CTRL + X to cut out the resized image.

Step 3: Insert Image into the Grid

  • Right-click on the group of shapes (consisting of the individual parts of the grid) and choose Format Shape from the menu.
  • Click Fill and select Picture or text fill.
  • Finally, select Clipboard.

Step 4: Text and Color

  • Now you can fill individual areas of the grid with colors and text.
  • The image and text elements are part of the grid, creating a visual unit that is easier for the audience to take in.
  • Be sure to use clear, large fonts and adjust the color contrasts between text and background as needed.
  • Place text in areas of the image that are relatively empty.

Because a grid offers so many design possibilities, it may take a while to find the right combination for your presentation. With a little practice though, you’ll quickly find out which combinations of grids, images and text work best and appeal to you. Before you know it, you’ll have an extremely versatile and practical tool at your fingertips!

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