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How to Create an E-Portfolio Using PowerPoint

by Contributing WriterUpdated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Samples of your work

  • PowerPoint software

Landing a job or acquiring new clients means you need to showcase your skills and abilities. In the old days, that meant lugging around a bulky portfolio everywhere you went. Today you can leave all that behind by creating an e-portfolio with PowerPoint. For the ultimate in portability, put your e-portfolio on a tiny little flash drive that you can attach to your key ring. It’s easy to create using PowerPoint, just follow these simple steps.

Select your best work. Quality is much better than quantity. Resist the urge to show every single thing you’ve ever done. Remember that it should be visually appealing. Large amounts of text and text documents get boring very quickly. Use them sparingly.

Convert your samples to gif, jpg or png formats. If you only have hard copies, you’ll need access to a color scanner. If you have a lot of samples, it’s best to convert them to 72 dpi so your PowerPoint file doesn’t get too huge.

Brand your PowerPoint presentation. If you have a corporate identity or image, use those guidelines for colors, fonts and logos. If not, create one for yourself. Every slide doesn’t have to be exactly the same, but consistency will add professionalism and make your work stand out even more.

Insert samples and text. Group up to three similar items per slide. More than three is too cluttered. If an item is unique, keep it on its own slide. Before and after shots provide great visuals if presented side by side on the same slide. Keep your text simple and to the point. Employ the tasteful use of frames, borders and subtle icon imagery.

Create animations. Now that you’ve added all of your content, it’s time to go back and add animations. You can animate images and text. Keep them simple and tasteful. You don’t want animations competing with your content. Your viewer’s main focus should always be your content. Avoid repeating the exact same animation effect over and over again. On the other hand, don’t feel like you need to use a different animation effect for every event.

Create transitions. Slide transitions allow you to dictate how each slide cuts to the next slide. Again, keep them simple and tasteful. You don’t want transitions competing with your animations and your content.

Tips

If your portfolio is always presented by you personally, avoid long text on your presentation. Your clients don’t need to read it if you are there to speak it. If you are going to leave a copy of your e-portfolio with a potential client, make sure it contains your contact info. See “Additional Resources” below for more tips and help on creating your e-portfolio and marketing your services.

Warnings

Save your work often and always make backup copies. It’s easy to get carried away with too many animations. Don’t do it. This will only serve to take the focus off of your samples.

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