How to make a custom background for the PowerPoint slide

PowerPoint 2016
Sometimes you need to add pictures on your slide like a custom background to the PowerPoint slide or make some effects for your presentation.
This tip is about creating a custom background for the PowerPoint slide.
Custom background in PowerPoint 365

To create a slide like the one above, do the following:

   1.   Add some shapes to the zone with text and group them (see How to create simple picture designs for PowerPoint slides), for example:

Grouped shapes in PowerPoint 365

   2.   Right-click on the grouped shapes and choose Format Shape... in the popup menu:

Format grouped shape in popup in PowerPoint 365

   3.   On the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Fill & Line group:

  • In the Fill section, choose Solid fill and then select Color and Transparency as you prefer:
    Format Shape - Fill tab in PowerPoint 365
  • In the Line section, select No line:
    Line in Format Shape pane in PowerPoint 365

In this example, the group of shapes looks like:

Grouped Shapes in PowerPoint 365

   4.   To add a background picture, do one of the following:

  • Right-click on any empty space in the slide and choose Format Background... in the popup menu:
    Format Background in popup menu PowerPoint 365
  • In the Design tab, in the Customize group, click the Format Background button:
    Format Background in PowerPoint 365

   5.   On the Format Background pane, in the Fill & Line group, in the Fill section:

  • Select Picture or texture fill,
  • Click the Insert... button:
    Format background in PowerPoint 365
  • In the Insert Pictures dialog box, choose the picture location, select the picture file, and then click Open or Insert:
Insert picture in PowerPoint 365

Add any other adjustments you would like.

See also this tip in French: Comment créer un arrière-plan personnalisé pour la diapositive PowerPoint.

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