Working With Picture Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to work with Picture slide layouts in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7, 8, and 10
Slide Layouts are a very useful feature because they let you use a boilerplate arrangement of placeholders repeatedly, resulting in slides that are laid out consistently. And yes, you can also create your own custom Slide Layouts. While very few users create their own custom Slide Layouts, even fewer will create a custom Slide Layout with pictures! That's regrettable since Picture Slide Layouts can make your slides look so unique. In this tutorial, we will show you how easy it is to create your own Picture Slide Layout in PowerPoint 2013:
- Launch PowerPoint. You will see the
Gallery -- here, select the Blank Presentation to open a blank presentation with a
new single slide.
- Now, access the Design tab of the
Ribbon, and from the
Themes drop-down gallery choose any
Theme - for this tutorial we chose Basis
Theme, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1. You can
choose any other Theme as required.
Figure 1: Themes drop-down gallery
- Within the Home tab of the Ribbon, click the Layout
button (highlighted in red within Figure 2) to access the
Layout drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 2. Now
change the layout of
the active slide to Picture with Caption, as shown highlighted in
blue within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Layout drop-down gallery
- This changes the layout of your active slide to Picture with Caption, as shown in
Figure 3. Click the Pictures icon (highlighted in
red within Figure 3) within the Picture placeholder.
Figure 3: Pictures icon
- This brings up the
Insert Picture dialog
box, as shown in Figure 4. Navigate to the folder where your pictures are located and select
any picture you need, and click the Insert button, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Insert Picture dialog box
- This adds the selected picture to your active slide, as shown in Figure 5, below. Note
that the appearance of your slide depends on the Theme you chose earlier in Step 2. You
however are not limited to the default Picture with Caption layout -- we will next create our
own customized Picture Slide Layout.
Figure 5: Picture inserted within the Picture placeholder
- To create your own Picture Slide Layout, access the View tab of the
Ribbon and click the
Slide Master button, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 6: Slide Master button
- This opens
Slide Master view -- in
Figure 7, below you can see the Picture with Caption layout selected within
the left pane (indicated by the orange highlight) and the same Picture with Caption layout
can be seen within the Slide Area
(highlighted in blue).
Figure 7: Slide Master view
- Now, right-click the layout thumbnail that represents the Picture with Caption layout
within the left pane to bring up a contextual menu, as shown in Figure 8. From the contextual
menu choose the Duplicate Layout option (refer to Figure 8, again).
Figure 8: Duplicate Layout option
- This will create a copy of the Picture with Caption layout. Then, right-click the
duplicated Picture with Caption layout, and from the contextual menu that appears choose the
Rename Layout option, as shown in Figure 9.
Figure 9: Rename Layout option
- This brings up the Rename Layout dialog box, provide a descriptive name, and click
the Rename button.
Tip: Learn how to duplicate and rename the slide layout in our Duplicate, Rename, and Edit Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- Now, modify as required -- you can
the existing Picture placeholder, or even add more Picture placeholders by using the
options in the Insert
Placeholder button to end up with your own Picture Slide Layout, as shown in Figure 10,
below (compare with Figure 7, shown earlier on the page).
Figure 10: Customized Picture Slide Layout
Tip: You can also add more Picture placeholders by duplicating an existing Picture placeholder -- to do this select an existing Picture placeholder, press both the Ctrl and Shift keys and drag!
- When done, click the Close Master View button (highlighted in
red within Figure 11) within the Slide Master
tab of the Ribbon to get back to
Figure 11: Close Master View button
- Do note that your active slide already uses the original Picture with Caption layout, as shown in Figure 5, previously on this page -- this needs to be now changed to the new layout we just created. To do so, access the Home tab of the Ribbon and click the Layout button to bring up the Layout drop-down gallery you see in Figure 12, below.
Notice that your new layout shows up, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 12. Click on this thumbnail to change the layout of the active slide.
Figure 12: New Slide Layout within the Layout drop-down gallery
- You will now see extra Picture placeholders that are devoid of any pictures, as shown in
Figure 13, below.
Figure 13: Extra Picture placeholders without pictures
- Add pictures to all extra Picture placeholders so that you end up with something similar to
Figure 14, below (compare with Figure 5, shown earlier on this page).
Figure 14: New Picture Slide Layout added with pictures
- Save your presentation often.
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