Artistic Effects for Picture Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013
Explore various artistic effects for Picture backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013.
Author : Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Update: These options are now available and working as long as you have all updates for Office 2013 installed.
Default slide background options are limited to solid or gradient fills -- and yes, you can even apply a picture as a slide background.
However, picture backgrounds do pose some issues, especially since a busy picture may hamper the visibility of other slide objects such as text or charts. Fortunately, PowerPoint provides options to reduce the intensity of a picture background so that any foreground elements such as text can stand apart.
Look at the slide on the top within Figure 1, below -- and then compare it with the
slide at the bottom within the same figure -- the visibility of the text fails often within the top slide.
The bottom slide has none of the inherent weaknesses, and in fact works with text of almost all
Figure 1: Choose your background pictures wisely
We have already covered how to insert a picture as background fill and apply the basic formatting within our Picture Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial. In this tutorial we'll explore Artistic Effects for picture background fills, and how they can improve the visibility of other slide objects.
Follow these steps to learn how you can apply Artistic Effects to the picture used as slide background fill in PowerPoint 2013:
Apply a picture as background fill, or open any of your existing presentations with picture used as
background fill. Then summon the Format Background
as shown in Figure 2. Within the Format Background Task Pane, select
the Effects tab (highlighted in red within
Figure 2: Format Background Task Pane
- This brings up the Artistic Effects option within the Effects
tab, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Artistic Effects option within the Format Background Task Pane
- Within the Format Background Task Pane click the Artistic Effects
button (highlighted in red within Figure 3). This brings up
the Artistic Effects drop-down gallery with preview thumbnails of the with different
artistic effects, as shown in Figure 4. Just, click on any preview thumbnail to apply a
particular effect on the picture background.
Figure 4: Artistic Effects drop-down gallery
- Once you apply an effect to the picture background fill, you can fine-tune the effect to control
the resultant effect. Note that the fine tune options will differ, depending upon the Artistic Effect
applied to your picture background fill. For this tutorial we applied the Photocopy
artistic effect. This effect brings forth the Transparency option (highlighted in
blue within Figure 5) and Detail (highlighted
in red within Figure 5) options. Drag these sliders to end up
with an effect that is muted enough to work as a slide background.
Figure 5: Artistic Effects fine tune options
- To get back the original picture click the Reset button, highlighted in
green within Figure 5, above.
- Choose any of the options explained in the preceding steps. 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
- Click the Reset Background button to abandon all changes you made to the slide
- Click the Apply to All button to fill all slides in the presentation with the selected picture.
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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