# How to make a great title cover slide
When you have made a plan of your presentation and prepared all required materials, you are ready to start working on your slideshow. The title slide is the first thing people are going to see. So, the first slide is very important to take your audience's attention and make first impression. Here are a few tips which will help you make a perfect title slide for your presentation.
# Choose layout
You need to design well-balanced slide composition. It's not that simple if you are not a professional artist or a designer. But here are some tricks you can use.
- Use "strong points".
- Visual hierarchy. Choose the main element, make it bigger than other elements and place it at the focal point.
- Find balance. It works like you balance things in the real world, but in visual balance you use objects' size and contrast instead of weight.
- The rule of third. This is a simple way to find leading lines and focal points.
- Use grids. Grid is a great tool to align slide elements and make sure all of them are at the right place. Also grid adds horizontal and vertical rhythm to your layout.
- Don't forget about white space. Design elements should not be too close to slide borders or to each other.
# Title style
Use layout tips to choose the correct title size and place on the slide. If it's quite long, try to write it in several lines.
If you want to emphasize key-words, try a different color or underline them. Don't use different font size or even more so font family for that purpose.
# Use an image
Find a perfect image. It can be a photo or a pattern. Well-chosen High-quality picture can make your title slide eye-catching and memorable. Just like the title, it must be correctly positioned on the slide.
If you use it as a background for your title, make sure that text is readable. Dim the image if necessary using opacity or a semi-transparent color mask. One more thing: never use clip-art images. It looks unprofessional and is generally a sign of bad taste.
# Keep it simple
It's always difficult to make something simple. We often want to add another detail, because we feel that something is missing here. Although in fact all those unnecessary decorations just distract attention from the essence. Remember: less is more.