In this video, staff instructor Jess Stratton shows users how to change the slide color background, including adding a gradient and changing the colors, and a background image.
- [Instructor] Red 30 is a high tech company whose branding often utilizes a sleek black background. Since we didn't choose a theme with a dark background, we can change each slide color manually to fit the needs of that slide. We could change to a design theme here on the fly. With the slide selected, if I change to the Design tab here are all the themes that we saw when we created a new presentation. I can hover my mouse over any of these and see how the slide changes. I can also choose some color variance, but I'm interested in changing the background right from here.
On the design tab, I'm going to click Format Background all the way on the right-hand side. Right now it's set to a Solid Fill which is white. But I'm going to change this to a Gradient Fill. I can choose from some presets. I'll set it to a nice radial gray to get started. I still want it to be black, so I can choose the colors of my Gradient Stops. I'll select each color and click the Paint Can icon.
I'll start with the dark colors, click the next stop, and gradually work my way to a lighter color. I'll pick the last one and set it to a lighter color. This is the look that I'm going for. I know I can't see this text too well anymore. Because it's black. But I'll be showing you how to fix that in a later video. Let's look at this slide. This time, I'm going to change it to a Solid Fill. So I still have my Format Background pane open.
If not, I could just click Format Background again to bring it back up again. In the Solid Fill, I'll click the Paint Can icon and change it to a different color. Let's say, green. This time, let's close out of the pane by clicking the X on the top right-hand side. Let's move to this last slide, the blank one. This is a prime slide to add an image to and it's common that you'll want to fill an entire slide with an image. In order to do that, the proper technique is to set the background as an image.
It's also a foolproof way to make sure that you don't accidentally slide the photo around with a faulty mouse click, which is easy to do. Look at the difference between these two techniques. I understand we haven't gone over how to add an image yet, so don't worry if I'm going a little fast, I'll be slowing it down later. But for now, I'll change to the Insert ribbon tab. I'll click Pictures, and I'll choose one that's already on my computer. I'll select it and choose Insert.
It's put it right in the middle of the slide. I'm going to click the X on this Design Ideas pane that came up because I want to show you that I can select a photo. I'll click Got It on the Alt Text popup. And I can click and drag the edges to move it to the edge of the slide but that's a lot of work, especially if I'm doing a lot of images. Also, at any time one false move driving my mouse around and the photo's positioning is all messed up. So, I'm going to hit the Delete key. Let's get rid of that and let's see this again, this time setting that image as a background.
With the slide still selected, I'll change back to the Design ribbon tab, click Format Background all the way on the right, and this time I'll select a Picture or Texture Fill. There are some nice textures here in this dropdown next to Texture Fill, but I'm going to click to Insert a picture from a file. So I'll click File. I'll select that same image again and click Insert. Now it's set as a background image. I do notice that Powerpoint has clipped the top of my image a little bit.
I can fix that right here under Offset Top and Offset Bottom. I can change these back to zero. It tries to get the best fit and sometimes it doesn't quite get it right so we fix it. I can close out of his pane by clicking the X. Now we can very easily arrange other things on top of this like text and shapes. I can't accidentally nudge the photo with my mouse. It's part of the background itself. Finally, if you have a background and you're not happy with it, it's easy to remove it.
Now that I have some other slides filled in I'm not really feeling this green. So I'll select the slide. On the Design ribbon tab I'll click Format Background one more time and here's where we originally set it to green. But I'm going to come back here and I can either set it back to white or click Automatic to get it back to whatever background color the theme was set to. I'll close out of this pane again and now we have some nice backgrounds for our slides.
- Getting started quickly with PowerPoint
- Creating new presentations
- Adding, removing, and rearranging slides
- Changing slide layouts
- Inserting and formatting images and shapes
- Adding animation and transitions
- Sharing and collaborating on presentations
- Delivering the presentation
- Saving themes and templates
- Exporting presentations as video, PDF, or JPEG files