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Add a PowerPoint 2010 Slide Background


PowerPoint 2010 Background Colors and Graphics





Access powerpoint backgrounds using the Design tab of the ribbon.
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Note – Click here for Background Colors and Graphics in powerpoint 2007

Two Methods to Add a powerpoint 2010 Slide Background

  • Using the Design Tab on the Ribbon
    1. Click on the Design tab of the ribbon, which contains the features you will need to add or change a background in powerpoint.
    2. Click on the Background button on the right end of the ribbon. This will open the Format Background dialog box.
  • Right Clicking on the Slide
    1. Right click on a blank area of the slide.
    2. Choose Format Background… from the shortcut menu. This will open the Format Background dialog box.

Notes:

  • Backgrounds can be applied to individual Slides or to all Slides in the presentation.
  • There are additional features for backgrounds on the Design tab of the ribbon. Themes and color schemes will be discussed in the next tutorial.

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Choose a Solid Color for the powerpoint 2010 Slide Background


PowerPoint 2010 Background Colors and Graphics





Add a solid background to powerpoint 2010 Slides.
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Use the Solid Fill Option for a Background

Solid color choices are shown in the Fill section of the powerpoint 2010 Format Background dialog box.

  1. Click the Color drop down button to reveal theme colors, standard colors or the More Colors… option.
  2. Choose one of these options.

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Standard or Custom Background Colors in powerpoint 2010


PowerPoint 2010 Background Colors and Graphics





Use custom colors for a powerpoint 2010 slide background.
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Using the More Colors… Option

Solid background colors in powerpoint can be chosen from the Standard or Custom color selections.

  • Standard Background Colors
    1. Click the Standard tab at the top of the Colors dialog box.
    2. Click on a background color for your powerpoint presentation.
    3. Click OK.
  • Custom Background Colors
    1. Click the Custom tab at the top of the Colors dialog box.
      • Click in the colored area for the color you would like — or —
      • Enter the actual code numbers in the Red, Green and Blue text boxes to achieve the specific color.
    2. Click OK.

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powerpoint 2010 Backgrounds Using Preset Gradient Fills


PowerPoint 2010 Background Colors and Graphics





Add a gradient fill for a powerpoint 2010 slide background.
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Use a Preset Gradient Background

powerpoint has several preset gradient fills available for you to choose as a background for your Slides. Gradient colors can be effective as a powerpoint background if chosen wisely. Be sure to consider the audience clientele when you choose the preset gradient background colors for your presentation.

  1. Click the option for Gradient fill.
  2. Click the drop down Preset colors button.
  3. Select a preset gradient fill.
  4. Click the Close button to apply to this one slide, or the Apply to All button to apply to all Slides in the presentation.

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Gradient Fill Types of Backgrounds in powerpoint 2010


PowerPoint 2010 Background Colors and Graphics





Gradient fill types for powerpoint 2010 slide background.
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Five Different Gradient Fill Types For powerpoint Background

Once you have chosen to apply a gradient fill to your powerpoint background, you have five different options for the gradient fill type.

  1. linear
    • the gradient colors flow in lines which can be from preset angles or a precise angle on the slide
  2. radial
    • colors flow in a circular fashion from your choice of five different directions
  3. rectangular
    • colors flow in a rectangular fashion from your choice of five different directions
  4. path
    • colors flow from the center out to form a rectangle
  5. shade from title
    • colors flow from the the title out to form a rectangle

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powerpoint 2010 Textured Background


PowerPoint 2010 Background Colors and Graphics





Use a texture for a powerpoint 2010 slide background.
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powerpoint Background Textures

Use textured backgrounds in powerpoint carefully. They are often busy and make text difficult to read. This can easily detract from your message.

When opting to choose a textured background for your powerpoint presentation, choose a subtle design and make sure that there is good contrast between the background and the text.

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Pictures as powerpoint 2010 Backgrounds


PowerPoint 2010 Background Colors and Graphics





Tile or stretch a picture to create a powerpoint slide background.
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Clip Art or Photographs as powerpoint Backgrounds

Photographs or clip art can be added as a background for your powerpoint presentations. When you insert a picture or clip art as the background, powerpoint will stretch it to cover the whole slide, if the object is small. This can often cause distortion to the graphic object and therefore some photos or graphics can be poor choices for backgrounds.

If the graphic object is small, it can be tiled over the slide. This means that the picture or clip art object will be placed repeatedly across the slide in rows to completely cover the slide.

Test your picture or clip art object to see which method works the best. The illustration above shows both methods.

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Make a powerpoint Picture Background Transparent


PowerPoint 2010 Background Colors and Graphics





Make a picture background transparent in powerpoint 2010.
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Fade the powerpoint Picture Background

In most cases, the picture background you choose should not be the focal point of the powerpoint presentation. Once you have chosen the picture as a background, you can easily make it transparent by typing in a specific transparency percentage or by using the Transparency slider to get the effect that you want.

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Use a Pattern Background with Care on powerpoint Slides


PowerPoint 2010 Background Colors and Graphics





powerpoint 2010 patterned slide background.
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Pattern Backgrounds are Not the Best Choice on powerpoint Slides

I am reminded of the comment that goes something like … "Just because you can do something does not mean that you should." A case in point is using a pattern as a powerpoint slide background.

The option to use a pattern for a background is certainly available in powerpoint. However, in my opinion this should be your last choice and only then use a pattern that is as subtle as possible, so as not to distract the audience from your message.

Add a Pattern Background to Your Slides

  1. With the Fill section chosen, click on Pattern fill
  2. Click on the Foreground Color: button to choose a color.
  3. Click on the Background Color: button to choose a color.
  4. Click on various pattern options to see the effect on your slide.
  5. When you have made your final choice, click Close to apply to this one slide or click Apply to All.

Next Tutorial in this Series – Design Themes in powerpoint 2010

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