Cameron Chapman September 15th, 2010

40+ Awesome Keynote and PowerPoint Templates and Resources

Keynote (part of Apple's iWork office suite) and PowerPoint (part of Microsoft's Office suite) are likely the two most commonly used presentation software programs out there. PowerPoint is more likely to be found in the corporate world, whereas Keynote may be more popular in creative fields (due to the proliferation of Macs in the design field). Creating presentations in either program is a similar process, though. Finding good resources for creating presentations isn't always easy. There's a definite lack of quality free presentation templates for both PowerPoint and Keynote, though it's definitely more pronounced with PowerPoint. The good news is that there's plenty of premium templates available, many for very low cost. And creating your own templates is as easy as creating a slide (just save it as a template file instead of a regular presentation file). [fblike]

Free Keynote Templates

Free templates for Keynote abound, though not all are of particularly high quality. Here are some that are: Green This Green template would be perfect for an eco-friendly business. It has a simple green and white color scheme with leaf graphics. Tones of Gray This is a relatively minimalist template set, with a dark gray, stone-textured background. There are 20 master slides included in the set. Weathered This iWork '08 template has a green, brown, and cream motif that's very elegant and slightly distressed. {Silver} {Silver} has a silver gradient background and angled content areas. Folded Paper This template has a folded paper background and brightly-colored typography and accents. SlideModel
SlideModel has tons of editable PowerPoint templates and presentation themes to engage your audience and communicate your ideas clearly. The designs cover a variety of different styles, from creative to business presentations.
NewWay This template set has a dark gray background with a compass image, and 36 different master slides. Sport III The Sport III template has a striking mountain photo background. There's one master slide included.

Premium Keynote Templates

There are hundreds of fantastic Keynote templates for sale out there. Here are some of the better ones: Enterprise ($19) Enterprise is a corporate-looking blue template, which includes 32 different slide designs. Glossy Black ($19) Glossy Black is a black template with a dim spotlight motif in the center. It's a very professional theme with 32 different slide designs. Glossy Metal ($19) Glossy Metal is a gray template set, reminiscent of stainless steel. There are 32 slide designs included in the set. Sky Blue ($19) Sky Blue is a template pack with a partially-rounded rectangle on a textured background perfect for fast-paced industries. There are 32 slide designs in the set. Gabardine ($19) Gabardine is reminiscent of men's suiting, with a sophisticated gray and dark red color scheme. There are 32 slide designs included. Living Space ($19) Living Space is a real estate theme with a green and white color scheme. 32 slide designs are included. Elemental ($29.95) The Elemental template set includes five template designs, based on the four elements (one each for water, wind, and fire, and two for earth). Galleria ($19.95) Galleria is a template set specifically for showcasing photo slides. It has a dark, textured background that perfectly complements most images. Clouds ($5) This set of slide templates has a cloud motif, with accents that resemble antique paper. The PSD files are also included. Bubbles The Bubbles Keynote templates are a warm orange, with a bokeh background image. PSD files are included. Copenhagen ($24.95 - $49.90) Copenhagen is a modern, light blue template set, with fractal-inspired jagged edges on slide images. Elevation '09 ($24.95 - $49.90) This template set has a modern, aggressive style, with tonal stripes in the background and striking graphics.

Free PowerPoint Templates

While there are tons of high quality premium PowerPoint templates out there, there's a real lack of high-quality, professional free templates. Grunge This black and white grunge template comes with four different master slide templates. Atoms The stylized molecules on this PowerPoint template make it perfect for companies in the scientific industry.

Premium PowerPoint Templates

Like Keynote, there's a great market for premium PowerPoint templates. Many are available for very reasonable prices (as low as $5), though prices definitely climb quite a bit higher. Here are some of the best ones out there: iBusiness ($5) This dark gray and yellow template set has a subtle grid pattern in the background, and some blue and red accents. PSD files are included. Media Interactive ($5) Media Interactive is a colorful, glossy PowerPoint template. It has a very Web 2.0-feeling to it. PSD files are included. Professional Animated Power Point Template ($5) This template set is very minimalist, with a white, gray and red color scheme. It's a very clean and modern template, with subtle shadow and 3D effects. PSD files are included. Diagram III ($6) The Diagram III template set has a very interesting motif, with a staircase descending from a platform in the clouds. It's a clean and modern, very professional-looking theme, even if it is a bit whimsical. PSD files are included. BIGIdea ($6) The BIGIdea template set comes in three different color schemes: off-white and gray with either yellow, blue, or green. The set has bold typography and a very modern feeling. PSD files are included. Graph and Chart ($6) Graph and Chart has a clean, glassy look to it, with tonal stripes and lighting effects. PSD files are included. Clean, Elegant Presentation ($5) This template set has a taupe background with spotlighting effects. It's a very elegant, understated template pack. PSD files are included. Dots ($5) The Dots template set consists of a handful of master slide designs in six different colors, all with a half-tone-style dot pattern. PSD files are not included. About The Pixels ($5) This template set has a beautiful orange, pixelated background, giving it a very modern look perfect for the tech industry. PSD files are included. Next Light ($5) Next Light has a beautiful blue-green background with a subtle lighting effect that looks like a cross between stardust and bokeh. PSD files are included. Venera Night Sky ($5) This template set has a purple and black background, with a stardust-like lighting effect reminiscent of the aurora. PSD files are included. Waves In Colors ($6) Waves In Colors has a colorful 3D wave motif on a light blue background. It's a very modern, fun template set. PSD files are included. Resort Travel ($89) This template set has a muted color palette with hills and hot air balloon in the background, suitable for travel and other industries. Included are files for both PowerPoint and Keynote. Business ($89) The crown motif on this template set is suitable for a variety of industries, and the gray and yellow color scheme gives it a young, modern look. Files for both PowerPoint and Keynote are included. Craft Fair ($89) This Craft Fair template set has a soft green and blue color scheme with a vintage-looking design. PowerPoint and Keynote templates are included. Real Estate ($89) This urban real estate template has cloud and building motifs, along with a muted color scheme, perfect for real estate or any urban business. Included are PowerPoint and Keynote files. Alternative Energy This template would be suitable for any eco-friendly company, not just alternative energy brands. It's modern and simple, and has a beautiful, subtle color scheme. PowerPoint and Keynote template files are included. Real Estate This is a more modern real estate template, with a graphic, pixelated background and upbeat color scheme. Included are both Keynote and PowerPoint template files.

More Keynote and PowerPoint Resources

Here are some additional resources for working with Keynote and PowerPoint. Knock 'em Dead with Your Next Keynote Presentation This how-to article from Mac|Life offers up some great tips for creating Keynote presentations from scratch. How to Make a Keynote Presentation on a Mac This tutorial from shows the basics of creating Keynote presentations. Tips for Creating an iPad-Compatible Keynote Presentation Unfortunately, creating a Keynote presentation you can load or edit on your iPad isn't as straightforward as one might think. This article covers the things you need to know to make the process go smoothly. Keynote for iPad: Best Practices for Creating a Presentation on a Mac for Use on an iPad This is Apple's official documentation for creating Keynote presentations that will work on your iPad. Note & Point Note & Point is a gallery of awesome slide decks. Included are PDF, Keynote and PowerPoint slides, all incredibly creative and inspiring. How to Create Your Own PowerPoint Templates This article from O'Reilly Answers covers the basics of creating your own PowerPoint templates. [fblike]

Cameron Chapman

Cameron Chapman is a professional Web and graphic designer with many years of experience. She writes for a number of blogs, including her own, Cameron Chapman On Writing. She’s also the author of Internet Famous: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Online Celebrity.


  1. What’s “awesome” about most of these templates? First this word is really too much used. And here it’s just for sensational headline.
    Noupe, you should stop doing these sensational headlines if you can’t deliver sensational content.
    Things in this post are just OK, not even super good or creative. It’s like old ppt templates, not creative Keynote templates at all.

  2. Well there are a few good ones! And some cheap looking.. I found a lot better ones on the sites where’s linked to. A part2 would be do good with a litle but of more research!

  3. Hi there,

    Good site for presentation with power point and nice templates of powerpoint.Good different templates with different categories and different layouts.
    Refer for the custom website design and development.

  4. While many of the designs featured here are very stylish and pretty, they completely miss the point of the PRESENTATION.

    Many people confuse a handout with a presentation. It’s not about cramming as much content as possible onto a slide; no one will be able to read it. Most content slides above won’t work if you set the font size to more than 18pt or 20pt.

    I’m faced with these issues every single day and I try to get my colleagues to realize that powerpoint and keynote are for PRESENTING stuff, which means that one person talks and the slides are used to emphasize a point. The details can later be handed out on a separate flyer, removing the need to put all the stuff into the presentation.

    So, the above examples are more useful for handouts, but those shouldn’t be done with PPT or keynote, but in Indesign.


    1. @Julia Altermann – Great comment. I was thinking the same thing. We as designers and content creators need to reinforce this point everyday.

      As a community, we all love Apple’s presentations. Why, because the presentation slides reinforce the messaging Jobs is delivering as he talks. Slides are support, not a transcript.

      Most of these templates are very pretty to be sure, but none make good presentations.

      Have fun!

  5. There are some really nice templates here, there is another site i know that has a great selection of templates that are both creative and business focused, they also have a selection of free templates too.

  6. So glad I bookmarked this list. I needed the Atoms ppt template for a school presentation and couldn’t find it until I remember bookmarking it. Thank you!

  7. Thanks for the resources. I would also advise people who aren’t good with presentations to try using, I’ve had some success here, There are plenty of power point designers listed with employer feedback and references.

  8. You are get attractive PowerPoint (PPT) Templates for a good PowerPoint Presentation. This PowerPoint (PPT) Template is designed for effective PowerPoint slides with a colorful PowerPoint Background and theme. Our PowerPoint (PPT) Templates are editable and can be customized according to the requirement.

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  10. Thanks for the presentations. Definitely I will use one of these for my next presentation tomorrow! Totally deserved!

  11. I’ve been looking for iWok styled slide for Ms. Powerpoint. And now I get it.
    Thanks for sharing the informations.
    Nice work! :)

  12. Thanks Cameron for sharing this! To achieve success in a corporate world you need to have strong presentation skills. I also suggest to learn how to use PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010 to make better slides and diagrams for your PowerPoint presentations.


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