Using Custom Textures as Fill for Text in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to use custom texture as fills for text in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
When you consider using textures to fill up your text, you need not limit yourself to the default textures that PowerPoint offers. You can always explore some third party custom textures including our own Scribble Custom Textures that provide your text with an organic look, as if someone scribbled lines with a pencil to fill them! You can also try some more custom textures from our Ppted Background Texture Collection. In this tutorial you will learn how to use custom textures as fills for your text in PowerPoint 2013:
- Select text to which
you want to apply a texture fill. Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step,
insert a text box on
a blank slide and type some text in it -- also
change the text font
to something blockier, such as Arial Black (see Figure 1).
Select the text, or
the entire text box to bring up the Drawing Tools Format tab on the
Ribbon as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 1.
Figure 1: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a Contextual tab. These Contextual tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time -- they only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options within these tabs.
- Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the Text Fill button
and click the down-arrow, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 2: Text Fill button
- This opens the Text Fill drop-down gallery -- in this drop-down gallery, select the
Texture option (highlighted in red within
Figure 3) to open Texture sub-gallery as shown in
Figure 3 (highlighted in blue).
Figure 3: Texture sub-gallery
- You have already learned about how to select PowerPoint's default textures (highlighted in
blue within Figure 3) for your text fill in our
Texture Fill for Text
in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial. Now, to select a Custom Texture for your text fill, click the
More Textures option that can be found right below all the texture previews
(highlighted in green within Figure 3).
- This opens the Format Shape
Task Pane, as
shown in Figure 4. Make sure that the Text Options tab is selected, as
highlighted in red within Figure 4. Make sure to select the
Text Fill & Outline button - then select the Picture or texture fill
radio button as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 4. And
then click the File button, highlighted in green.
Figure 4: Format Shape Task Pane
- This opens the Insert Picture dialog box as shown in Figure 5 .
Navigate to the folder where you have saved textures to be used as text fills, and select a texture. After
selecting the texture in the Insert Picture dialog box, click the
Figure 5: Insert Picture dialog box
- This takes you back to the In the Format Shape Task Pane (shown in
Figure 4). Here, make sure you select the Tile picture as texture check-box
(highlighted in orange within Figure 4, earlier on this page).
You'll also find several Tiling options -- these are explained in our
tutorial. Although the linked tutorial pertains to shapes, the concepts are similar enough.
- Optionally, you can set the transparency value of the texture fill using the Transparency
slider, shown highlighted in purple within Figure 4, earlier on
this page -- you can also enter the transparency value in digits within the box next to the slider.
Figure 6 shows the selected text with a custom texture fill applied. Compare
Figures 1 and 6 to see the difference.
Figure 6: Text with a custom texture fill applied
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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