Insert a background picture, color, or watermark to your slides

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Overview of backgrounds and watermarks

You can insert a picture, including clip art (clip art: A single piece of ready-made art, often appearing as a bitmap or a combination of drawn shapes.), behind your entire slide as a background or behind part of your slide as a watermark (watermark: A semi-transparent image often used for letters and business cards. In currency, a watermark is visible when you hold a bill up to the light.). You can also insert a color behind your slide as a background. By adding a picture as a background or watermark to one or all of your slides, you can make your PowerPoint presentation unique or clearly identify your presentation sponsor.

Background and watermark

Watermarks are flexible because you can change their sizes and their positions on a slide. You can apply a background or a watermark to some or all of the slides in your presentation. You can lighten your picture, clip art, or color so that it does not interfere with the content of your slide. You can also use a text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.) or WordArt (WordArt: Text objects you create with ready-made effects to which you can apply additional formatting options.) to make a text watermark.

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Use a picture as a slide background

  1. Click the slide that you want to add a background picture to.

 Tip   To select multiple slides, click a slide, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other slides.

  1. On the Design tab, in the Background group, click Background Styles, and then click Format Background.
  2. Click Fill, and then click Picture or texture fill.

Background Styles

  1. Do one of the following:

To include clip art that is available on Microsoft Office.com in your search, select the Include content from Office.com check box, click Go, and then click the clip to insert it.

 Tip   To adjust a picture's relative lightness or transparency — or the difference between its darkest and lightest areas (contrast), in the Format Background dialog box, at the bottom of the Fill pane, slide the Transparency bar to the left or right.

So for example, the following picture of marbles is set as a background for a slide, and Transparency is set to 50%, making it easier to see the text on the slide.

Use a picture as a background

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To use the picture as a background for the slides that you selected, click Close.
    • To use the picture as a background for all of the slides in your presentation, click Apply to All.

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Use a color as a slide background

  1. Click the slide that you want to add a background color to.

 Tip   To select multiple slides, click a slide, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other slides.

  1. On the Design tab, in the Background group, click Background Styles, and then click Format Background.
  2. Click Fill, and then click Solid Fill.

Format Background

  1. Click ColorButton image, and then click the color that you want.

To change to a color that is not in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).

  1. To change the background transparency (transparency: The quality that defines how much light passes through an object's pixels. If an object is 100 percent transparent, light passes through it completely and renders the object invisible; in other words, you can see through the object.), move the Transparency slider.

You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0% (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To apply the color to the slides that you selected, click Close.
    • To apply the color to all of the slides in your presentation, click Apply to All.

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Use a picture as a watermark

  1. Click the slide that you want to add a watermark (watermark: A semi-transparent image often used for letters and business cards. In currency, a watermark is visible when you hold a bill up to the light.) to.

To add a watermark to all of the slides in a blank presentation, on the View tab, in the Master Views group, click Slide Master.

Slide Master View

 Note   If your completed presentation contains one or more master (master: A slide view or page on which you define formatting for all slides or pages in your presentation. Each presentation has a master for each key component: slides, title slides, speaker's notes, and audience handouts.) slides, you might not want to apply the background to the master slides and risk unwanted changes to your presentation. The safe alternative is to add the background to one slide at a time.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Images group, do one of the following.

In the Search text box, type a word or phrase that describes the clip that you want, or type all or part of the file name of the clip.

  1. To adjust the size of the picture or clip art, right-click the picture or clip art on the slide, and then click Size and Position on the shortcut menu.
  2. In the Size pane, under Scale, increase or decrease the settings in the Height and Width boxes.

Tips

  • To maintain proportional height and width of the picture or clip art when scaling, select the Lock aspect ratio check box.
  • To center your picture or clip art on the slide, select the Scale relative to original picture size check box.
  1. To move the picture or clip art on the slide, click the Position tab, and then enter the settings for the positions that you want in the Horizontal and Vertical boxes.
  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Color, and then under Recolor, click the color fade that you want.

Adjust group

 Tip   If you do not see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you have selected a picture.

  1. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Correction, click Picture Corrections Options, and then under Brightness and Contrast, select the brightness percentage that you want.

Watermark

Send to back

  1. When you finish editing and positioning the watermark and are satisfied with its appearance, to send the watermark to the back of the slide, under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click the arrow next to Send Backward, and then click Send to Back.

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Use a text box or WordArt as a watermark

You can use text or WordArt (WordArt: Text objects you create with ready-made effects to which you can apply additional formatting options.) as a watermark (watermark: A semi-transparent image often used for letters and business cards. In currency, a watermark is visible when you hold a bill up to the light.) to indicate that your presentation is a draft or confidential.

  1. Click the slide that you want to add a text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.) or WordArt watermark to.

To add a watermark to all the slides in a blank presentation, on the View tab, in the Master Views group, click Slide Master.

Slide Master View

 Note   If your completed presentation contains one or more master (master: A slide view or page on which you define formatting for all slides or pages in your presentation. Each presentation has a master for each key component: slides, title slides, speaker's notes, and audience handouts.) slides, you might not want to apply the background to the master slides and risk unwanted changes to your presentation. The safe alternative is to add the background to one slide at a time.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, do one of the following:
    • To use a text box, click Text Box, and then drag to draw the text box the size that you want.
    • To use WordArt, click WordArt.

In the Text group

  1. Enter text in the text box or WordArt that you want to appear in the watermark.
  2. If you want to reposition the watermark, click the text box or WordArt, and then when the pointer becomes a Four-headed arrow, drag the text box or WordArt to a new location.
  3. When you finish editing and positioning the watermark and are satisfied with its appearance, to send the text box or WordArt to the back of the slide, under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click the arrow next to Send Backward, and then click Send to Back.

 Tip   If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box or WordArt.

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Links to information about backgrounds and themes

 
 
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2010