PowerPoint Lesson 2: Part 2 (Changing Slide Backgrounds)
Please Note: This session builds on, and assumes that you have completed, the previous PowerPoint sessions. If that is not the case, please go back and complete them before returning to this session.
STEP 1: Create a new Blank Presentation
Launch PowerPoint and select ‘Blank Presentation’. You should see:
We covered PowerPoint Designer in the last session, so close that window by clicking the ‘cross’.
STEP 2: Creating a ‘Vanilla’ Slide
To get the ball rolling, I have created a very basic slide with some simple text and an image.
In the following steps we will select different slide backgrounds, based on ice cream flavours.
STEP 3: Changing Backgrounds Menu
Select the DESIGN menu option, followed by the ‘Format Background’ button.
For clarity, this menu is repeated here:
We can now experiment with these different options on our ‘ice cream’ slide.
STEP 4: Changing Background (Solid) Colours
Simply click here and then select your chosen colour. I picked Yellow (Lemon) and Orange…
Notice that the colours are ‘solid’ and not textured or graduated.
STEP 5: Graduated & Mixed Colours
This example shows a two-tone, graduated background. As before set the colours via the menu.
For clarity, this menu is repeated here. Be sure to select ‘Gradient fill’ and fix colours here.
STEP 6: Adding an Image as Background
Select the ‘Picture or texture fill’ option, followed by ‘Insert’ under ‘Picture source’:
This will then present the following options:
I chose ‘Stock Images’ and got:
After searching on ‘Rainbow’ I selected a suitable background image and changed the wording and colour of the text itself. Simply highlight the chosen text with your mouse, go to HOME, click this icon and select your new colour:
My revised slide now looks like this:
STEP 7: Creating a Pattern Fill Background
The final option is to use some form of repeating pattern as the background to your slides. Not very exciting – just experiment with colours and patterns.
Dull isn’t it?
Before we finish this session, I will rework my presentation again and expand it…
That completes this session on setting slide backgrounds.
Now your turn…
Launch PowerPoint (see first session).
Create a new blank presentation and add some basic text to your own ‘vanilla’ slide.
Change the background colour – both ‘solid’ and ‘graduated’.
Change the background to an image. Try different images. See reminders below…
Change the background to various patterns/colours.
Now set the background to what you like best (image maybe?)
Duplicate this favourite slide (see previous session) a few times so you have at least 6 slides.
Play around with each new slide – new text, new images etc. – like I did.
Once totally happy, save the presentation as we will use it again in later sessions.
Duplicating Slides (select slide with mouse and right click mouse):
Adding Images (use following menu option):
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