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Changing slide backgrounds

From: PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training

Video: Changing slide backgrounds

You can probably guess that a slide background is what appears behind everything else. Each individual slide can have a slide background, but we can also set a background to a layout and a Slide Master. We're going to make our Slide Master a little more interesting with a different background. Remember that this will affect most, if not all, of the layouts in this Slide Master. If you're not already in the Slide Master View, from the Ribbon, click on View and then choose Slide Master.

Changing slide backgrounds

You can probably guess that a slide background is what appears behind everything else. Each individual slide can have a slide background, but we can also set a background to a layout and a Slide Master. We're going to make our Slide Master a little more interesting with a different background. Remember that this will affect most, if not all, of the layouts in this Slide Master. If you're not already in the Slide Master View, from the Ribbon, click on View and then choose Slide Master.

Make sure you click on the very first Slide Master, at the very top of the scrollbar. From the Slide Master tab in the Ribbon, let's pull down the Background Styles menu. This gallery shows us a dozen of choices, all based on different colors from our current color set. Not bad, but I want something a little bit more interesting. So I'm going to click on Format Background. There're quite a few options in this dialog box, but in this course, we'll keep it simple. I'm going to select Picture or texture fill and then Insert from File.

Now I just need to find the photo that I want to use. I'm going to choose Background number 2. It's not a busy photo, and I think it'd make a great background for our Slide Master. Immediately, you'll see how this looks. At first glance, I admit it's a bit of a disaster. I can't read any of my content. But don't worry. Back on my Format Background dialog box, I'm going to click on Picture Color. Under Recolor, and you may remember this from the previous video, I see a gallery of options that change the coloring of the image that I currently have, in this case the background.

I can apply any of these, but the one that's going to look the best is this one here, called Washout. Once that's applied, I click on Close, and there's our new background. Notice how this change affected most, but not all, of the layouts inside the Slide Master. Notice how it did not affect the second or third Slide Master. You don't have to apply a background or do anything fancy.

The built-in themes that we saw earlier do a wonderful job of making our slides look great. But if you want to add another touch of uniqueness or branding, this is a great way to do it. You can also try this with a watermarked version of your company logo. Just make sure that, without a doubt, you can still easily read your text, and remember that projectors don't have the fidelity that our computer monitors do. If it's mediocre on your screen, it's going to be awful from the projector. Now that we've made our change, let's hit Close Master View and see how this has affected our slides.

Here we are back in Slide number 5, and you can see the background has appeared behind it and every other slide in our presentation - well, almost every slide. Remember that not every single layout is using that background. And you remember removing a background from a photo earlier? Let's go back and take a look and see how that turned up. There it is. Now that we've learned how to change the slide background, let's learn a little bit more about using Slide Masters.

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PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. What is PowerPoint?
      1m 50s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 19m 17s
    1. Managing your presentations with Backstage
      4m 14s
    2. Using the Office Ribbon
      4m 57s
    3. Customizing the view
      3m 42s
    4. Customizing the Office Ribbon
      6m 24s
  3. 41m 41s
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 19s
    2. Adding slides and content
      3m 24s
    3. Deleting slides and changing layouts
      2m 24s
    4. Rearranging slides
      1m 46s
    5. Saving time with Outline mode
      3m 51s
    6. Separating your show into sections
      5m 15s
    7. Adding photos and clip art
      5m 24s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 6s
    9. Using the thesaurus
      1m 17s
    10. Saving a presentation
      4m 22s
    11. Applying a theme
      3m 59s
    12. Running the show
      3m 34s
  4. 42m 39s
    1. Using fonts and color
      7m 17s
    2. Adding bullets and list numbering
      2m 10s
    3. Changing text alignment
      2m 13s
    4. Using picture effects
      5m 54s
    5. Removing backgrounds from photos
      5m 52s
    6. Understanding slide masters
      3m 7s
    7. Changing slide backgrounds
      3m 17s
    8. Adding a logo to the background
      6m 18s
    9. Applying slide transitions
      4m 33s
    10. Saving the design template
      1m 58s
  5. 17m 10s
    1. Creating tables
      2m 2s
    2. Formatting tables
      3m 57s
    3. Pasting tables from Excel
      5m 1s
    4. Creating charts
      2m 16s
    5. Pasting charts from Excel
      3m 54s
  6. 24m 43s
    1. Adding shapes
      3m 0s
    2. Moving, resizing, formatting, and rotating shapes
      5m 14s
    3. Adding text to shapes
      2m 57s
    4. Adding text boxes
      3m 54s
    5. Working with layers (Send to Back and Send to Front)
      5m 17s
    6. Animating text, shapes, and other objects
      4m 21s
  7. 13m 10s
    1. Adding an audio clip
      3m 16s
    2. Adding video
      5m 7s
    3. Cropping video
      4m 47s
  8. 14m 27s
    1. Adding organizational charts
      4m 59s
    2. Adding cycle diagrams, Venn diagrams, and other diagrams
      9m 28s
  9. 26m 40s
    1. Printing a presentation
      5m 22s
    2. Adding speaker notes
      3m 3s
    3. Saving your presentation as a PDF
      3m 12s
    4. Presenting on another laptop (packaging)
      4m 28s
    5. Broadcasting on the web
      3m 52s
    6. Saving as a video
      3m 24s
    7. Using web apps through SharePoint
      3m 19s
  10. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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