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Modifying a Background Style

In PowerPoint, you can create a background style by adding a solid, a gradient, a texture, a pattern, or even a picture. A gradient background is a visual effect in which a solid color gradually changes from light to dark or dark to light. PowerPoint offers one-color and two-color gradient backgrounds with six styles: horizontal, vertical, diagonal up, diagonal down, from corner, and from title. For a one-color gradient background, the shading color can be adjusted lighter or darker, depending on your needs. You can also choose one of 24 professionally designed backgrounds in which the color gradient changes direction according to the shading style selected. In addition to a shaded background, you can also have a background with a texture, a pattern, or a picture. PowerPoint has several different textures, patterns, and pictures that you can apply to a presentation.

Create a Picture or Texture Background Style

  • yellow_01.jpg Click the Design tab to change the selected slide background, or click the View tab, and then click the Slide Master View tab to change the selected slide master or slide layout background.
  • yellow_02.jpg Click the Background Styles button, and then click Format Background.
  • yellow_03.jpg Click the Picture or texture fill option to display the available fill effects.
  • yellow_04.jpg Click the Texture button, and select a texture, or click File, Clipboard, or ClipArt, and select a picture.
  • yellow_05.jpg To tile the background, select the Tile picture as texture check box, and then specify the offset x and y, scale x and y, alignment, and mirror type you want. If you clear the check box, specify the stretch background options you want.
  • yellow_06.jpg Drag the Transparency slider to specify a percentage.
  • yellow_07.jpg Click Apply to All to apply the fill effect to all slides, or click Close to apply only to the selected slide or slide master.

Create a Gradient Background Style

  • yellow_01.jpg Click the Design tab to change the selected slide background, or click the View tab, and then click the Slide Master View tab to change the selected slide master or slide layout background.
  • yellow_02.jpg Click the Background Styles button, and then click Format Background.
  • yellow_03.jpg Click the Gradient fill option to display the available fill effects.
  • yellow_04.jpg Click the Preset Colors button, and then select a color style.
  • yellow_05.jpg Click the Type list arrow, and then click a type: Linear, Radial, Rectangle, or Path.
  • yellow_06.jpg Click the Direction list arrow, select a direction, and then specify an angle.
  • yellow_07.jpg Add or remove gradient stops, select a color, and then drag the Stop position slider to specify a percentage.
  • yellow_08.jpg Drag the Transparency slider to specify a percentage.
  • yellow_09.jpg Select or clear the Rotate with shape check boxes as desired.
  • yellow_10.jpg Click Apply to All to apply the fill effect to all slides, or click Close to apply only to the selected slide or slide master.
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