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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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