Sticky Presentations bite size article: Creating visual separation with a boxed title

Creating visual separation with a boxed title

Nov 16, 2016

Creating a visual separation of the slide title from the content of your presentation slide can improve the overall appearance of the presentation slide. Without the visual separation, the slide might sometimes seem incomplete and lack of impact visually.

There are many ways to create this visual separation. One of the easiest way is to use a boxed title to separate the slide title from its content. Placing the slide title in a rounded rectangle box immediately creates the visual separation needed. Use a simply styled rectangle—no shadow, no gradient fill—just a simple rectangle will do.

To make it visually more interesting, the box can be aligned to either the right or left edge of your slide, instead of the center. Click (touch) on the thumbnails below to see alternative versions of the boxed title being applied to the sample slide.

Fig 1: Unboxed title. The overall visual apperance of this slide seems incomplete with the title unboxed.

Fig 2: Boxed title centered. By adding a simple box for the title, the overall apperance of the slide looks more defined, clearly separating the title from its content.

Fig 3: Boxed title left. For a more interesting perspective, we can align the box to the edge of the slide. In this example, the box is aligned to the left edge.

Fig 4: Boxed title right. In this example, the box is aligned to the right edge.

This simple technique of boxing the title makes a visual difference in the overall appearance of the presentation slide.


The author, ANG Tian Teck is a coach, trainer, and speaker, specialising in inspiring organisations and business leaders to deliver high impact presentations. He has coached, trained, and infected over 10,000 individuals across the region with his Amazing Sticky Presentations® approach. Tian Teck is also the author of two books, Sticky Presentations®, and Spinning I.D.E.A.S.

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