Insert a background picture, color, or watermark on your PowerPoint slides

Formatting the colors and background of your slides is a good way to build visual interest and truly make your presentation your own.

Notes: This article covers PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010. For information about working with slide backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint 2016, see:

  1. Click the slide that you want to add a background picture to.

    Tip: To select multiple slides, click a slide, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other slides.

  2. Go to Design > Background Styles > Format Background.

  3. Select Fill > Picture or texture fill.

    Background Styles

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To insert a picture from a file, click File, and then choose the picture you want to use.

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

  5. Do one of the following:

    • To use the picture as a background for only the slides that you selected, click Close.

    • To use the picture as a background for all of the slides in your presentation, click Apply to All.

  1. Click the slide that you want to add a background color to.

    Tip: To select multiple slides, click a slide, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other slides.

  2. Go to Design > Background Styles > Format Background.

  3. Select Fill > Solid Fill.

    Format Background

  4. Pick Color Color Picker , and then choose the color you want.

    To see more color option, select More Colors, and then either choose a color on the Standard tab, or mix a color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme.

    Tips: To change the background transparency, move the Transparency slider.

    You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0% (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).

  5. Do one of the following:

    • To apply the color to only the slides that you selected, click Close.

    • To apply the color to all of the slides in your presentation, click Apply to All.

  1. Click the slide that you want to add a watermark to.

    To add a watermark to all of the slides in a blank presentation, go to View > Slide Master.

    Slide Master View

    Note: If your completed presentation contains one or more master slides, you might not want to apply the background to the master slides and risk unwanted changes to your presentation. The safe alternative is to add the background to one slide at a time.

  2. Select the Insert tab on the ribbon and do one of the following.

    • To use a picture as a watermark, select Picture, choose the picture that you want, and then click Insert.

    • To paste a picture that you copied, select Clipboard.

  3. To adjust the size of the picture, right-click the image on the slide, and then click Size and Position on the shortcut menu.

  4. In the Size pane, under Scale, increase or decrease the settings in the Height and Width boxes.

    Tips

    • To maintain proportional height and width of the picture or clip art when scaling, select the Lock aspect ratio check box.

    • To center your image on the slide, select the Scale relative to original picture size check box.

  5. To move the picture or clip art on the slide, click the Position tab, and then enter the settings for the positions that you want in the Horizontal and Vertical boxes.

  6. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Color, and then under Recolor, click the color fade that you want.

    Adjust group

    Tip: If you don't see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you've selected the image.

  7. Under Picture Tools, go to Format > Correction >Picture Corrections Options, and then under Brightness and Contrast, select the brightness percentage that you want.

    watermark

    send to back

  8. To send the watermark to the back of the slide, go to Format > Picture Tools, click the arrow next to Send Backward, and then click Send to Back.

You can use text or WordArt as a watermark to indicate that your presentation is a draft or confidential.

  1. Click the slide that you want to add a text box or WordArt watermark to.

    To add a watermark to all the slides in a blank presentation, first go to View > Slide Master.

    Slide Master View

    Note: If your completed presentation contains one or more master slides, you might not want to apply the background to the master slides and risk unwanted changes to your presentation. The safe alternative is to add the background to one slide at a time.

  2. Select the Insert tab and do one of the following:

    • To use a text box, select Text Box, and then drag to draw the text box the size that you want.

    • To use WordArt, select WordArt.

      In the Text group

  3. Enter text in the text box or WordArt that you want to appear in the watermark.

  4. If you want to reposition the watermark, click the text box or WordArt, and then when the pointer becomes a Four-headed arrow , drag the text box or WordArt to a new location.

  5. To send the watermark to the back of the slide, go to Format > Picture Tools, click the arrow next to Send Backward, and then click Send to Back.

    Tip: If you don't see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, make sure you selected a text box or WordArt.

  1. Click the slide that you want to add a background picture to.

    To select multiple slides, click a slide, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other slides.

  2. On the Design tab, in the Background group, click Background Styles, and then click Format Background.

    Design tab image

  3. Click Fill, and then click Picture or texture fill.

  4. 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 copied, click Clipboard.

    • To use clip art as a background picture, click Clip Art, and then in the Search text box, type a word or phrase that describes the clip that you want, or type all or part of the file name of the clip.

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      Tip: To adjust a picture's relative lightness (brightness) or the difference between its darkest and lightest areas (contrast), in the Format Background dialog box, click the Picture pane, and then choose the options that you want.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • To use the picture as a background for the slides that you selected, click Close.

    • To use the picture as a background for all of the slides in your presentation, click Apply to All.

  1. Click the slide that you want to add a background color to.

    To select multiple slides, click a slide, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other slides.

  2. On the Design tab, in the Background group, click Background Styles, and then click Format Background.

    Design tab image

  3. Click Fill, and then click Solid Fill.

    Note: Alternatively, if you want to use a colored gradient or texture fill, click either Gradient fill or Picture or texture fill and choose the options you want.

  4. Click Color Color Picker , and then click the color that you want.

    To change to a color that is not in the theme colors, click More Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme.

  5. To change the background transparency, move the Transparency slider.

    You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0% (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).

  6. Do one of the following:

    • To apply the color to the slides that you selected, click Close.

    • To apply the color to all of the slides in your presentation, click Apply to All.

  1. Click the slide that you want to add a watermark to.

    To add a watermark to all of the slides in a blank presentation, on the View tab, in the Presentations Views group, click Slide Master.

    PowerPoint Ribbon Image

    Note: If your completed presentation contains one or more master slides, you might not want to apply the background to the master slides and risk unwanted changes to your presentation. The safe alternative is to add the background to one slide at a time.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, do one of the following.

    Illustrations group Ribbon Image

    • To use a picture as a watermark, click Picture, locate the picture that you want, and then click Insert.

    • To use clip art as a watermark, click Clip Art. In the Clip Art task pane, in the Search for box, either type a word or phrase that describes the clip that you want, or type all or part of the file name of the clip, and then click Go.

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      In the Search text box, type a word or phrase that describes the clip that you want, or type all or part of the file name of the clip.

  3. To adjust the size of the picture or clip art, right-click the picture or clip art on the slide, and then click Size and Position on the shortcut menu.

  4. On the Size tab, under Scale, increase or decrease the settings in the Height and Width boxes.

    To maintain proportional height and width of the picture or clip art when scaling, select the Lock aspect ratio check box.

    To center your picture or clip art on the slide, select the Scale relative to original picture size check box.

  5. To move the picture or clip art on the slide, click the Position tab, and then enter the settings for the positions that you want in the Horizontal and Vertical boxes.

  6. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Recolor, and then under Light Variations, click the color fade that you want.

    Picture Tools tab

    If you do not see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a picture.

  7. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Brightness, and then click the brightness percentage that you want.

    watermark

    At this point, you can drag the watermark anywhere on the background of slides that already contain text, or you can add text to one or more slides and then drag the watermark onto the backgrounds of the slides.

    send to back

  8. When you finish editing and positioning the watermark and are satisfied with its appearance, to send the watermark to the back of the slide, under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Send to Back.

You can use text or WordArt as a watermark to indicate that your presentation is a draft or confidential.

  1. Click the slide that you want to add a text box or WordArt watermark to.

    To add a watermark to all the slides in a blank presentation, on the View tab, in the Presentations Views group, click Slide Master.

    PowerPoint Ribbon Image

    Note: If your completed presentation contains one or more master slides, you might not want to apply the background to the master slides and risk unwanted changes to your presentation. The safe alternative is to add the background to one slide at a time.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, in the Text group, do one of the following:

    • To use a text box, click Text Box, and then drag to draw the text box the size that you want.

    • To use WordArt, click WordArt.

      PowerPoint Ribbon Image

  3. Enter text in the text box or WordArt that you want to appear in the watermark.

  4. If you want to reposition the watermark, click the text box or WordArt, and then when the pointer becomes a Four-headed arrow , drag the text box or WordArt to a new location.

  5. When you finish editing and positioning the watermark and are satisfied with its appearance, to send the text box or WordArt to the back of the slide, under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Send to Back.

    Drawing Tools Format tab image

    If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box or WordArt.

See Also

Apply a theme to add color and style to your presentation

Create and save a presentation as a template

Apply one or more slide masters to a presentation

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