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Templates have a bad reputation. Seriously.

We associate them with lack of skills to make something from scratch.  We link them to our unwillingness to stand out from the herd. We accuse them of being – “generic”.

Let’s boost them up. Templates are among the more productive devices ever invented. The good ones can help you brainstorm 8 MS Word Templates That Help You Brainstorm & Mind Map Your Ideas Quickly 8 MS Word Templates That Help You Brainstorm & Mind Map Your Ideas Quickly Brainstorming your ideas visually helps with clarity and allows you to connect ideas and interlink them together. That’s where mindmapping took off. You might know zilch about it, but even age old habits of doodling... Read More , track your projects 15 Useful Excel Templates for Project Management & Tracking 15 Useful Excel Templates for Project Management & Tracking Read More , manage money 10 Helpful Spreadsheet Templates To Help Manage Your Finances 10 Helpful Spreadsheet Templates To Help Manage Your Finances Wouldn't it be great if you knew where your money was, at all times? Read More , and overall – organize your life 10 Amazingly Useful Spreadsheet Templates to Organize Your Life 10 Amazingly Useful Spreadsheet Templates to Organize Your Life Is your life a hotch-potch of missed deadlines, forgotten shopping and reneged commitments? Sounds like you need to get organized. Read More . Come to think of it, what would a white collar office worker do without his or her everyday Office templates Use Microsoft Office Templates to Captivate Your Audience & Efficiently Deliver Information Use Microsoft Office Templates to Captivate Your Audience & Efficiently Deliver Information A template is like a virtual billboard, visually reinforcing text or data. Here we offer a basic overview of Microsoft Office templates and your options. Read More .

But photos and photography? Shouldn’t we talk about the ones in Photoshop instead of PowerPoint? No…and here are a few good reasons.

Why Use PowerPoint Templates for Photos?

Share your photos. For our most popular preoccupation with photos – sharing.

Simply for effect. A good presentation is for impact. A professional template adds gravity. A stylish one enhances the photo.

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Searching for PowerPoint Templates

The most common use of PowerPoint with photos is their use as photo albums. PowerPoint ships with some default templates, but none of them are specifically for photos. But don’t close it down yet — you can create your own…or you can use the free templates in the Office Online template & themes gallery.

The numbers and variety are enough to fit your photo into a suitable template and put together a slideshow for your audience.

Our job today, is to eliminate your decision fatigue. Launching PowerPoint 2013 brings us to the first screen:

PowerPoint Template Screen

Use the search bar on top and type in “photos” to rummage through the heap of the template gallery. The categories on the right help to sift through the haystack and get to the template that fits your purpose. There are enough choices available – from the strict photography templates to even for something as “esoteric” as an utensil design set. Select multiple categories at a time or just browse through one.

Searching for Templates

PowerPoint also displays search results from other Office applications in – e.g. a template for designing a menu with photos (from Word). Selecting them will open the host application. So, ignore them.

Also remember, you can take a template from another category and re-purpose it for your need. Just keep your creative eye open.

The template snapshot describes the template and how you can use it. Many of the photo templates come with sample images which are placeholders for your own. Select the pictures, delete them, and insert your own from the Insert tab on the Ribbon. Customize the captions with your own text to describe the photos.

PowerPoint Template Snapshot

You can tweak your slides further by applying Themes from the Design tab with a click. A theme is a predefined combination of colors, fonts, and effects. Different themes are suitable for different slide layouts.

You can pin your favorite templates to the New screen.

Picking the 10 “Best” PowerPoint Photo Templates

Good presenters know not only what to present but also how to present. These ten professional looking templates do some of the handholding.

1. Stay Minimal With the Classic Photo Album

Classic Photo Album

The Classic Photo Album is a minimal theme which I personally find very suitable for black and white street photography. Use this to create a personal portfolio. Limited to the two colors, it doesn’t distract from the photos you use the template for. If you want to go with color, customize the default theme with background, colors, number of images, alignment of the thumbnail, and more by using the Ribbon.

2. Be Flashy With the Contemporary Photo Album

Comtemporary Photo Album

From the minimal to the vibrant. The Contemporary Photo Album template gives you the ambience for all those vacation photos you took during the recent Greece trip. Bright, sunny, and colorful Hawaiian shirts come to mind. Throw in a few photos of colorful beach umbrellas and your friends should start planning their own trips as well.

3. Say It With a Wedding Photo Album

Wedding Photo Album

The elegant Wedding Photo Album is a compilation of 17 slides in different layouts. You will find other wedding album templates in the gallery, but there’s a quiet style about this one. Or maybe, I am just partial to the timeless appeal of black and white photos. For more choices, search with “wedding photo album”. But I think you will come back to this one.

4. Valentine’s With the Pink Heart’s Photo Album

Pink's Heart Photo Album

We are not very far from the day of red roses and redder balloons. So, the Pink’s Heart Photo Album finds its due place here. Valentine’s day can be celebrated as a couple, or as a family. At least, the sample pictures in the layouts prove it.

5. Classroom Help With the Biography Report

The Biography Report

Studying the biographies of achievers is required reading in many grade levels. Be assured that there’s a class presentation there somewhere. This is not for your photos…but for profiling the life of famous men and women in class. Biography Report is a relatively simple template with space for photos and biographical information. Embellish with famous quotes and the papyrus like background should set-off the words well. Background and font colors can be tweaked.

6. Elementary With the Schoolyards Kids Education Album

The Schoolyards Kids Education Album

This picture book styled template is perfect for anything child-related. As parents or teachers, you can use the Schoolyards Kids Education Album template for school lessons or to visually explain something. The variety of photo frames available in the slides can be a fit for all the kiddie photos lying around in that folder of yours. According to the description, this template is suitable for widescreen displays.

7. Reunion on the Family Tree

Family Tree With Circular Photos

Family Tree With Circular Photos is a single page template. But even a single slide could be the perfect template for an amateur genealogist with the patience to trace the lineage of ancestors. Photo placeholders help to put pictures to names. Duplicate the slide and get both the paternal and maternal sides of the family there. Plan it out before the next family reunion and give that presentation.

8. Process Diagram With Photo Blocks

Process Diagram with Photo Blocks

Ever found it tough to explain a process to someone? Take the help of visual learning with Process Diagram with Photo Blocks. As the name says, the simple single-slide template is divided into four blocks where you add photos, titles and descriptions. For a more complex process, add more blocks or more slides.

9. A Trio of Animation Slide Picture Collection

Animation Slide: Picture Collection

Animation Slide: Picture Collection is the first of its type on this list. Each slide can hold three pictures, one of which comes to the forefront when clicked. Replace the pictures with your own and create multiple slides with a trio of photos. Instructions come included.

10. Static Picture Effects for PowerPoint Slides

Static Picture Effects For PowerPoint Slides

This is less of a template and more of a short tutorial on the different creative ways to present your photos. Each slide covers one photo presentation style and the slide notes come with instructions on how to duplicate the effects. Of course, you can use the layout as it is meant to be used or use it as a quick instructional guide for a truly personalized photo album. If none of the above cut the tape for you, try it out with the walkthroughs here.

Let’s Not Forget Office Online

Office Online doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of its big brother. You many not use PowerPoint Online for crafting that killer presentation, but it’s a free alternative to Microsoft Office Don't Pay For Word! 5 Reasons You Should Use Office Online Don't Pay For Word! 5 Reasons You Should Use Office Online Office Online is the free and cloud-connected version of Microsoft Office. Limitations are compensated by features, useful even to users of desktop Office. Best of all is its Read More . It has a limited templates and themes gallery. While most of the online photo templates are crossovers from the Office suite gallery, there are some exceptions which I couldn’t find in the offline suite. For example:

Maybe, there is a template you spotted that’s just right for your offline PowerPoint presentation. It is simple to download a template from the online gallery to your desktop. OneDrive acts as the bridge between the online and desktop versions of PowerPoint. You can save your presentation to a web location just as easily with OneDrive. And access it from there with Office 2013.

1. Log into Office Online with your Microsoft account. Go to the Templates Gallery and choose the design.

2. Open the template as a new PowerPoint Online presentation. The file is saved to your OneDrive account.

PowerPoint Online

3. Navigate to File > Save As > Download. The file is saved to a temporary folder (the browser’s default download location).

Download PowerPoint Template

4. Open the template file with PowerPoint for Desktop.

Other Sources for Free PowerPoint Templates

I am sure you are also interested in a few non-Microsoft sources for free PowerPoint templates and backgrounds. Search with a keyword like “photos” or “photo album”. I am not sure if there is an absolute best site, but here are a few suggestions…

Do They Make Your Job Easier?

There are understandably some gaps in the variety. Not everything can be covered, I missed templates for creating collages or triptychs 5 Easy Ways To Create Diptychs & Other Photo Collages Without Photoshop 5 Easy Ways To Create Diptychs & Other Photo Collages Without Photoshop A diptych consists of 2 images displayed side by side, and can often be a creative and attractive way to tell an even more elaborate story with your images. While with a little bit of... Read More . Or even a 2015 photo calendar to illustrate your life. A gallery powered by user-submissions is definitely on my wish list. What about you?

Do you find the available templates good enough for your photo shows? Would you rather pay for a more professional bundle, or better – design your own?

  1. sssss
    August 4, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Waste of time post

  2. Joko
    February 15, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    What a waste of time. Pointless. PowerPoint-less. Just a selection of backgrounds.

  3. Ms. Dinnard
    September 8, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    that u mentioned

  4. Ms. Dinnard
    September 8, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    But where do we find the templates .....

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