Gradient Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to apply gradient fills as Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Gradient fills are typically blended fills between two or more colors that graduate and merge
from one color to another -- they are sometimes also called fountain fills or blended fills in other programs.
gradients as shape fill, you can also apply Gradient fills to your Slide Background. However, make sure that
the two or more colors that you use for your Gradient work well with text and other foreground elements on all
your slides. Look at the gradient backgrounds used for slides shown on the left in Figure 1,
below -- you'll find these gradients don't allow text placed above to be really readable. However, the gradient backgrounds on the right side work so much better in comparison. So always make sure that you create gradients that complement your slide content.
Figure 1: All gradients are not the same
In this tutorial you'll learn
how you can cover your slide's background with a Gradient fill in
- We assume you have a new presentation created, or you have opened any of your existing presentations. We
also assume that you have summoned the Format Background
Task Pane, as explained in
Background tutorial. Alternatively, just right-click within an empty area of your slide and choose the
Format Background option in the resultant contextual menu (see Figure 2) to
bring up the same Task Pane.
Figure 2: Summon the Format Background options
- Within the Format Background
Task Pane, select the
Gradient Fill radio button, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Gradient Fill radio button selected within the Format Background Task Pane
When you select the Gradient Fill radio button, you can see a live preview of the change on the background of your active slide, which changes to a gradient fill -- your slide background will auto-update with any changes you make in the Format Background task pane. The options within the Format Background task pane are explained below, as marked in Figure 3, above:
Options A through E are explained in further detail in our More Gradients tutorial -- look at points 4A through 4E on that page. The linked tutorial pertains to shape fills but techniques to create gradients remain the same for Slide Backgrounds as well. In addition, do note that the Preset gradients (Option A) includes a gallery of several ready to use default gradients that you can select for your Slide Background.
Note: When you are applying gradient fills to your Slide Backgrounds, within the Type drop-down list (Option B), you will find a new type -- Shade from Title, other than the regular Linear, Radial, Rectangular, and Path types (see Figure 4).
Figure 4: Shade from Title gradient type
The Shade from title gradient type is unique to Slide Backgrounds, and does not show up in any of the other slide objects that can be filled with gradients. That's because only slides have titles, and depending upon the layout you choose or customize, the title could be anywhere on the slide -- it could be on the top, middle, or bottom of the slide. Depending upon where your slide title is located, the Shade from title gradient type applies a gradient fill to the Slide Background that begins from the slide title and ends on the edges of the slide. Figure 5 shows variations in the various layouts when we applied a gradient Slide Background with the Shade from title option selected.
Figure 5: Variations in different slide layouts when Shade from title gradient type is selected
In addition, options F through I are related to Gradient stops -- this concept is explained within our Gradient Stops in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- Choose any of the options explained in the preceding step to fill your active slide with the selected
gradient fill. Thereafter, you can proceed choosing any of the following options:
- Click the Apply to All button to fill all slides in the presentation with the selected gradient
- Click the Reset Background button to abandon all changes you made to the slide background.
More details about the Apply to All and Reset Background buttons can be found in our Format Slide Background in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- Click the Apply to All button to fill all slides in the presentation with the selected gradient colors.
- In Figure 6 you can see the Slide Background of the entire presentation filled with
Figure 6: Presentation with a gradient fill color background
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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