Create a watermark on PowerPoint slides

Watermarks can be as simple as a company logo placed in the corner of a slide to identify it as a brand, or it can be a large image that is used as the background for the slide. In the case of a large image, the watermark is often blurred so as not to distract the audience from the content of your slides.

This article applies to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013; PowerPoint for Office 365 and PowerPoint for Mac.

  1. Insert a picture or picture on a slide
  2. Moving and resizing a chart or image
  3. Formatting the image for a watermark
  4. Send back watermark

Insert a picture or picture on a slide

To add a watermark to your slide, start by adding the image you want to use as the watermark. You have two options:

  • Post your own image saved on your computer. Select Insert Pictures † Select in PowerPoint for Mac Insert Image Image from file

  • Insert images online. Select Insert > Online Pictures

Place a watermark on the slide master so that the image appears on every slide. To open the slide master, select Vision slide master

Moving and resizing a chart or image

If the watermark is for a company logo, move it to a specific corner of the slide so it doesn’t interfere with the text on the slide. If the image is too large or too small, resize it.

To move an image, select the image and drag it to a new location.

To resize the image, drag the selection handle in the corner to increase or decrease the size of the photo. Use the angle selector button to maintain the correct aspect ratio of the image.

Formatting the image for a watermark

To make an image on a page less distracting, format it so that it disappears.

  1. Choose a photo.

  2. Select Image Tools Layout Colour to open a list of color options.

  3. Hover over the color change to see a preview on the slide.

  4. Select to blush

To find the “Hand Shadow” color selection in older versions of PowerPoint, right-click on the image and select under “Color Adjustment” money laundering

Send back watermark

When a watermarked slide contains text, the watermark may appear at the top of the text. If the watermark covers the text, move the watermark behind the text.

  1. Select a watermark.

  2. Select House streamline

  3. Select send back

  4. The watermark image moves behind the text and stays behind any new elements added to the slide.

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