Add a picture as a slide background

  1. Right-click the slide that you want to add a background picture to and then click Format Background.

  2. In the Format Background pane, click Picture or texture fill.

  3. Under Insert picture from, do one of the following:

    • To insert a picture from a file, click File, and then locate and double-click the picture that you want to insert.

    • To paste a picture that you previously copied, click Clipboard.

    • To use a picture from Clip Art, Bing, or another online source, click Online, and then in the Insert Images dialog box, in the applicable search box, type a word or phrase that describes the picture that you want.

      Insert a online picture

      Tip   To adjust a picture's relative lightness or transparency — or the difference between its darkest and lightest areas (contrast), in the Format Background pane, under Fill, slide the Transparency bar to the left or right.

      For example, the following picture is set as a background for a slide, and the Transparency level is set to 48%, making it easier to see the text on the slide.

      Set the transparency

  4. To apply the picture as the background to all slides in your presentation, click Apply to All.

Other slide background and watermark topics you might find helpful:

Applies To: PowerPoint 2013

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