Add background graphics or transparent pictures (watermarks) to your slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

You can add an image to the background of any or all of your slides. Using a faded picture as a watermark in the background of your slides is a great way to display your company logo or other meaningful picture.

transparent image in the back of a PowerPoint slide

1. Open the Format Background pane

To apply a background to a single slide:

  1. On the View tab, click Normal.

  2. Select the slide to which you want to add a background image.

  3. On the Design tab, click Format Background.

To apply a background to all slides:

  • On the View tab, click Slide Master.

  • In the Slide Master view, select the slide master at the top of the thumbnail pane on the left.

  • On the Slide Master tab, click Background Styles.

    PowerPoint for Mac Background Style

  • Click Format Background.

    PowerPoint for Mac Background Style menu

To apply a background to all slides that are based on a particular slide layout:

  1. On the View tab, click Slide Master.

  2. In the Slide Master view, in the thumbnail pane on the left, click the slide layout(s) that you want to add a picture background to.

  3. On the Slide Master tab, click Background Styles.

    PowerPoint for Mac Background Style

  4. Click Format Background.

    PowerPoint for Mac Background Style menu

2. Apply an image

  1. To insert a picture from your computer, click Picture or texture fill.

    PowerPoint for Mac Format Background
  2. Under Insert picture from, click File. (To insert a picture that you have copied to the clipboard, click Clipboard.)

  3. Locate and select the picture you want, and then click Insert. Your selected image will fill the background of all selected slides or slide layouts.

  4. To create a watermark effect, in the Format Background pane, slide the Transparency bar to the right to set the transparency percentage.

    PowerPoint for Mac Transperancy Slider
  5. If you want to apply your background image to all slides in the presentation, in the Format Background pane, click Apply to all.

See Also

Remove a background graphic or watermark from your slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

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