Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Choosing a Theme for Your Presentation
Using a solid (or transparent) color
for the slide background
Using a solid or transparent color for the background gives your slides a
straightforward, honest look. Because all the slides are the same color or
transparent color, the audience can focus better on the presentation itself
rather than the razzle-dazzle. Follow these steps to use a solid or transparent
color as the background for slides:
1. On the Design tab, click the Format Background button.
The Format Background pane opens.
2. Click the Solid Fill option button.
3. Click the Color button and choose a color on the drop-down list.
The muted theme colors are recommended because they look better in
the background, but you can select a standard color or click the More
Colors button and select a color in the Colors dialog box.
4. Drag the Transparency slider if you want a “bleached out” color
rather than a slide color.
At 0% transparency, you get a solid color; at 100%, you get no color at all.
5. Click the Apply to All button and then the Close button.
I sincerely hope you like your choice of colors, but if you don’t, try, try,
Creating a gradient color blend
for slide backgrounds
Gradient refers to how and where two or more colors grade, or blend, into
one another on a slide. As well as the standard linear gradient direction, you
can opt for a radial, rectangular, or path gradient direction. Figure 2-4 shows
examples of gradient fill backgrounds. These backgrounds look terribly
elegant. Using a gradient is an excellent way to create an original background
that looks different from all the other presenter’s slide backgrounds.