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Layer objects on slides

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When you add pictures, shapes, or other objects, they can overlap. But you can change the stacking order. For example, you may want one shape that is behind another shape to move to the front.

Move an object to the back or front

  1. Select the object.

  2. Right-click and select an option:

    • Send to Back > Send to Back - to move the object behind, or in back of another object.

    • Bring to Front > Bring to Front - to move the object in front of another object.

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The order in which objects are placed on top of each other can be critical to the design of your presentation.

It can make the difference of it looking like it was done quickly or that you really took the time to make a beautiful presentation.

You can fine-tune objects and photos right down to the order in which they are placed on top of each other.

This becomes important. when you have text boxes, photos, and other content that overlaps.

The order in which you add an element to the slide makes it the newest object on top.

For example, if I slide this photo down it's over the one beneath it.

While if I slide it across, it's underneath this photo.

To get started learning how object layering works, I'm going to start by resizing these photos a bit and moving them around.

I want them to take up as much space as they can on the slide.

Now that they are all resized, there's a few things that we can notice about these photos.

The most crucial aspect of each photo can't be seen very well.

For example, take this photo of a conference room check-in.

The important photo is the person being checked in on the right-hand side.

However, this photo is being blocked by the other one.

The important element of this photo is this floral bouquet.

I need to find a way to make both of these important elements stand out.

The first thing I'm going to do is have this photo be underneath the other photos.

I'll select the photo, right click on it, choose Send to Back, and then Send to Back again.

It's going to overlap this photo, o that it's underneath the one to the left of it, and now we can very clearly see the important aspect of the photo.

How about this photo right underneath it? It's a beautiful color image, so it adds a lot of flair to the slide.

However, I do think seeing people is more important than seeing pictures of food, so I'm also going to send this one backwards.

I'm going to right click on it, choose Send to Back, and then Send to Back again.

Now, the people are above the food.

We can see the floral bouquet clearly, but I think we've seen enough of this center picture.

So, let's bring this one forward.

I'll right click on this picture, this time I'll choose Bring to Front and Bring to Front.

Now it's overlapping this photo on top of the other one.

Finally, I'm going to make this beautiful bridal party just a little bit bigger.

Now you know how to use object layering to make the really important parts of your photos stand out.

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