How to Add Background Graphics to PowerPoint

Adding background graphics to your PowerPoint presentations can make them more visually appealing and help convey your message more effectively. With the right background images or textures, you can set the tone, evoke emotions, and keep your audience engaged.

This step-by-step guide will show you how to add background graphics in PowerPoint.

Step 1: Open Your PowerPoint Presentation

First, launch PowerPoint and open the presentation you want to add a background graphic to. You can add graphics to an existing presentation or start with a blank one.

Step 2: Select a Slide Layout

Next, select the slide layout you want to add the background graphic to. You can add a background to an individual slide, multiple slides, or all slides.

To select a single slide, simply click on it.
To select multiple slides, press and hold Ctrl (on Windows) or Command (on Mac) while clicking the slides.
To select all slides, click on the top-left slide thumbnail.

Step 3: Access the Format Background Panel

With your desired slides selected, click on the “Design” tab in the top menu. Then click on “Format Background” on the far right of the ribbon.

This will open the Format Background panel on the right side of your screen.

Step 4: Choose Picture or Texture Fill

In the Format Background panel, select “Picture or texture fill” under the Fill options. This will allow you to insert an image.

Step 5: Select a Background Graphic

Next, choose where you want to get the background graphic from:

  • File: Select an image stored on your computer or network drive.
  • Online Pictures: Search for images on Bing Image Search.
  • Clipboard: Insert an image you’ve copied to your clipboard.

Once you’ve selected your image, click the Insert button.

Step 6. Adjust the Image

You can now adjust the background graphic to get it looking just right:

  • Resize and position it with the crop handles.
  • Adjust transparency with the slider to make it more or less see-through.
  • Select “Tile picture as texture” to create a repeating background pattern.

Step 7. Apply to All Slides (Optional)

If you want the same background graphic to appear on every slide, click the “Apply to All” button at the bottom before closing the Format Background panel.

And that’s it! With just a few clicks, you can set a custom background graphic in PowerPoint. Experiment with different images and textures to find one that matches your presentation’s theme and purpose.

Tips for Choosing Background Graphics

When selecting a background graphic, keep these tips in mind:

  • Pick high-quality images that look professional. Pixelated or blurry images will degrade the look of your presentation.
  • Make sure text stands out against the background and remains readable. Adjust text color or transparency of images if needed.
  • Consider color scheme and how the background graphic impacts it. Cool tones tend to work best.
  • Don’t distract from content. Make sure the background complements your slides rather than competes with them. Simple is often better.
  • Be consistent with other design choices like font, color palette, and slide transitions.

With the right background graphics, you can make your PowerPoint presentations pop! Use this guide to quickly customize the look of your slides.