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Chapter 2: Fashioning a Look for Your Presentation
Chapter 2: Fashioning a Look
for Your Presentation
In This Chapter
✓ Introducing themes and slide backgrounds
✓ Choosing themes and theme variants
✓ Creating a solid color, gradient, clip-art, picture, and texture slide
✓ Selecting a theme or background for specific slides
✓ Changing the size of slides
✓ Redesigning your presentation with master slides
From the audience’s point of view, this chapter is the most important in
this mini-book. What your presentation looks like — which theme and
background style you select for the slides in your presentation — sets the
tone. From the very first slide, the audience judges your presentation on
its appearance. When you create a look for your presentation, what you’re
really doing is declaring what you want to communicate to your audience.
This chapter explains how to handle slide backgrounds. It examines what
you need to consider when you select colors and designs for backgrounds.
You also discover how to select and customize a theme, and how to create
your own slide backgrounds. This chapter looks into how to change the
background of some but not all of the slides in a presentation. It also explains
how to use master slides and master styles to make sure that slides
throughout your presentation are consistent with one another.
Looking at Themes and Slide Backgrounds
What a presentation looks like is mostly a matter of the theme you choose
and the slide backgrounds you make for the slides in your presentation. A
theme is a “canned” slide design. Themes are designed by graphic artists.
Most themes include sophisticated background patterns and colors. As well,
you can create a background of your own from a single color, a gradient
mixture of two colors, or a picture.