- Add background to PowerPoint 2010 slide
- Choose a solid color for your PowerPoint 2010 slide background
- Default or custom background colors in PowerPoint 2010
- PowerPoint 2010 background with preset gradient fills
- Types of gradient background fill in PowerPoint 2010
- PowerPoint 2010 textured background
- Images as PowerPoint 2010 background
- Make the PowerPoint background image transparent
- Use background patterns with care on PowerPoint slides
Add background to PowerPoint 2010 slide
Two Methods to Add PowerPoint 2010 Slide Background
Using the Design tab on the Ribbon
Click on the tab Design on the ribbon, which contains the features you need to add or change a background in PowerPoint.
Click Button background on the right side of the tire. A dialog box will open Background format †
Right click on slide
Right-click an empty area of the slide.
Select Background format… in the context menu. A dialog box will open Background format †
Backgrounds can be applied to individual slides or to all slides in a presentation.
On the tab Design Ribbons have additional features for the background. Themes and color schemes are discussed in the next lesson.
Choose a solid color for your PowerPoint 2010 slide background
Use the Solid Fill option for the background
Solid color options appear in the Fill section of the PowerPoint 2010 Format Background dialog box.
Click the “Color” drop-down button to display theme colors, default colors, or the “More colors…” option.
Choose one of these options.
Default or custom background colors in PowerPoint 2010
Using the More Colors…
Solid background colors in PowerPoint can be selected from standard or custom colors.
Default background colors
Click the Default tab at the top of the Colors dialog box.
Click on the background color for your PowerPoint presentation.
Custom background colors
Click the Custom tab at the top of the Colors dialog box.
† Click in the color area for the desired color – or –
† Enter the actual code numbers in the red, green, and blue text boxes to get a specific color.
PowerPoint 2010 background with preset gradient fills
Use the preset gradient wallpaper
PowerPoint comes with several preset gradient fills that you can choose as the background for your slides. Gradient colors can be effective as a PowerPoint background when chosen correctly. Keep your customer audience in mind when choosing the preset background colors for your presentation.
Select a gradient fill option.
Click the “Preset Colors” button.
Select a preset gradient fill.
Click the Close button to apply it to one slide, or the Apply To All button to apply it to all slides in the presentation.
Types of gradient background fill in PowerPoint 2010
Five different types of gradient fills for the PowerPoint background
Once you’ve decided to apply a gradient fill to your PowerPoint background, you have five different options for the gradient fill type.
† gradient colors flow in lines that can be on the slide from certain angles or an exact angle
† colors flow in a circle from five different directions
† colors flow in a rectangular shape from five directions
† colors flow from the center and form a rectangle
† the colors come from the head and form a rectangle
PowerPoint 2010 textured background
PowerPoint background textures
Use textured backgrounds carefully in PowerPoint. They are often busy and make it difficult to read the text. This can easily compromise your message.
When choosing a textured background for your PowerPoint presentation, choose a subtle design and ensure good contrast between the background and the text.
Images as PowerPoint 2010 background
Images or photos as PowerPoint background
Photos or graphics can be added as backgrounds for PowerPoint presentations. When you insert a picture or picture as a background, PowerPoint stretches it to cover the entire slide if the object is small. This can often cause the image to be distorted, so some photos or graphics may not be a good choice for a background.
If the image is small, it can be placed on top of the slide. This means that the image or clip is repeatedly placed in rows across the slide to completely cover the slide.
Test your image or image object to see which method works best. The image above shows both methods.
Make the PowerPoint background image transparent
Blur PowerPoint background image
In most cases, the image background you choose should not be the focus of your PowerPoint presentation. Once you’ve chosen an image as the background, you can easily make it transparent by entering a certain percentage of transparency or by using the Transparency slider to get the effect you want.
Use background patterns with care on PowerPoint slides
Background images are not the best choice on PowerPoint slides
I’m reminded of a comment that goes something like this: “Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it.” An example is a PowerPoint slide background template.
The ability to use a template for the background is certainly present in PowerPoint. However, in my opinion, this should be your last choice and only then use a template that is as subtle as possible so as not to distract the audience from your message.
Add a background pattern to your slides
With the Fill section selected, click Pattern Fill
Click on the foreground color: to select a color.
Click on background color: to select a color.
Click on the different template options to see the effect on the slide.
When you’ve made your final selection, click Close to apply this slide or Apply to all.
The next tutorial in this series is Designing Themes in PowerPoint 2010
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