One of the ways you can make your presentation look more interesting is to add a background to your slides. We’ve already seen how we can apply a gradient background, so now let’s have a look at using a picture fill background in PowerPoint 2013.
First of all right click on a blank area of a slide and select Format Background. The Format Background panel will open up to the right of the workspace. Select Picture or texture fill and some new options will be displayed.
There are two choices:
If you decide to use a picture fill for your background, click on the File button and navigate to where your picture is on your computer’s hard drive.
Select it and then click Open. The picture will appear as a background to the currently selected slide. If you want it to appear on every slide, click the Apply to All button at the bottom.
Alternatively, if the picture you want to use is online and not on your computer, click the Online button.
The Insert Pictures window will be displayed. If you are signed in to PowerPoint, you will see the following options for searching for an image:
If you are not signed in, however, you won’t see the SkyDrive, Facebook and Flickr options. Use one of the search engines to find a suitable image and, once found, select it and then click Insert. The image will be downloaded and then appear as your currently selected slide’s background.
If at any time you mess up, you can always click Reset Background to return the background to how it was before the “mess up”.
Once you have a picture as your background, you have several options you can use to manipulate it:
To display a texture as a background, click on the texture selector. The following textures are available for you to choose from:
Textures are images really, but they tile seamlessly. When you select a texture, the Tile picture as texture box is automatically checked, and you can see the texture repeating perfectly. The same offset values that were seen for pictures are available to modify.
When using a texture for the background, you get these extra options:
If you have an image that you know will tile seamlessly like textures do, you could always insert it as a picture and then check the Tile picture as texture box.