The Format Background feature in PowerPoint allows you to select an image from your computer or online to use as the background for your presentation. You can set this background for multiple slides at the same time, or apply it to your entire presentation. You can also add effects to the background image to give it some flair. If you are unable to change the background elements, you may need to change the slide master.
Part 1 of 3: Adding an image
Step 1. Open your PowerPoint presentation
You can add visuals to the background of any slide in your PowerPoint presentation. Open the presentation you want to edit in PowerPoint.
Step #2. Click the Design tab on the main menu
You will now see the Design tools.
Step 3. Click on the 'Background Styles' group
You can find this on the far right in Designs. In the window that appears, click on 'Format Background' to open another window.
Step 4. Select the slides you want to give the background
By default, your background changes will only be applied to the active slide. You can hold down Ctrl on the PC or ⌘ Command on the Mac and click each slide in the slide list on the left that you want to select.
If you want to apply the background to every slide in your presentation, you can do so at the end of this section
Step 5. Select 'Fill with picture or texture'
Allows you to select an image to use as the background.
There are also other fill options to choose from, such as solid colors, gradients, and patterns. By choosing one, you will be presented with additional options for that type of padding. This guide focuses on adding images and other visuals to the background
Step 6. Choose the image you want to use as the background
If you don't want the image to be stretched or distorted, it should be 1280x720 pixels.
- Click the 'File' button to select an image from your computer. A file explorer will open and you can search for the image you want to use.
- Click the 'Online' button to search for images online. You can do a Bing search, choose images from your OneDrive, or pull images from your Facebook or Flickr account.
- Click on the Bitmap Pattern menu to choose a custom texture background. There are a number of default textures to choose from if you'd rather not insert your own image.
Step 7. Click 'Apply to All' to use the image for all slides
Normally, the image is only added as the background for the slides you've selected. If you want to apply it to every slide, click the 'Apply All' button. This will set the image as the background for any slide, including slides you'll be creating later.
Part 2 of 3: Applying effects
Step 1. Check the option 'Tile image as texture' to fill the background with the image
This works best for small images that can be placed seamlessly next to each other.
Step 2. Adjust the tile effect with the options indicated below
You can use these to adjust the spacing between the tiles, whether they are mirrored or not, and the alignment.
Step 3. Use the slider to adjust the transparency of the image
This is especially useful if you want to add a watermark to your slides. Setting a background image with high transparency allows you to use an image as a watermark so that it doesn't distract from the information on the slides.
Step 4. Click the 'Effects' button at the top of 'Format Background' (depending on your version) to apply effects
This menu allows you to choose from multiple effects that you can apply to the background image. You'll be shown a preview of each in the menu, as well as its name if you hover the cursor over it.
- Click the 'Artistic Effects' button and select the effect you want to use.
- When you select an effect, additional options may appear below it. The options depend on the effect you choose.
Step 5. Click 'Apply All' to apply the effects to all your slides
This will change all the slides in your presentation, the background image, and any effects you've selected.
Part 3 of 3: Using the Model View
Step #1. Click the View tab in PowerPoint
Multiple display options are displayed.
Step 2. Click on the 'Slide Master' button
A list of all your master slides will appear in the left frame. These are the themed slides for the different types of content in your presentation. The theme and visuals options in your master slides take precedence over the background settings.
Step 3. Select the master slide you want to edit
This will open the slide in the main window. You may have to scroll up the list to see the main model slide.
The different slides in the master slide list are for different slide layouts. Master slide changes are applied to all slides with the same layout. The slide at the top of the master slide list is applied to all slides in the presentation
Step 4. Click "Background Styles" in the Background group and select "Format Background"
This opens the pane of the same name.
Step 5. Adjust the background as indicated in the previous steps
Once the Format Background panel is open, you can adjust the background images by following the steps outlined in the previous steps. Use the Picture or Texture Fill option to set a new image as the model background. This background will be applied to every slide in your presentation.