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Add Texture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows

Add texture fills to shapes in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows. Seamless textures work best for such fills.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher

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Other than solid fills and gradient fills, PowerPoint 2003 for Windows and previous versions also include three other fill types: textures, patterns, and pictures. On this page, we will explore the Texture Fills. If you want to see a sample presentation showing Texture Fills in PowerPoint, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Before we get into textures, it's important to understand how they are different from pictures. After all, both textures and pictures are bitmaps from pixel based formats like JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, TIFF, etc. The main difference between textures and bitmaps is that while textures are seamless, bitmaps are not necessarily seamless. Seamless means that if you tile up a texture, it will not show any edges while tiling thus providing an illusion of a seamless expanse.

In Figure 1, the graphic on the left shows how a texture tiles up, while the graphic on the right shows how a regular bitmap that is not seamless tiles up. If you want to see the Figure below in a larger size, click on it to open a new window that shows a larger preview.

Seamless and non-seamless samples
Figure 1: Seamless and non-seamless samples

PowerPoint includes 24 seamless textures which can be applied to any AutoShape, you can even import more textures that you can buy from third-party providers like

Related Link: has a great collection of textures that you can use in PowerPoint as AutoShape fills, look here.

Follow these steps to change or apply a Texture Fill to an AutoShape:

  1. Select the AutoShape that you want to change the fill for. Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation, users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Format | Slide Layout, and then choose the Blank layout in the resultant Task Pane.
  2. You will find the Rectangle AutoShape option in the Drawing toolbar located below the PowerPoint interface. Select this option, and click once on the blank slide to place a rectangle AutoShape.
  3. Select the AutoShape, and choose Format | AutoShape, as shown in Figure 2. Or double click the AutoShape.
  4. AutoShape
    Figure 2: AutoShape
  5. Either way, this opens the Format AutoShape dialog box that you can see in Figure 3. Note that this is a multi-tabbed dialog box, and all the options we need can be found in the Colors and Lines tab (again, see Figure 3).
  6. Format AutoShape dialog box
    Figure 3: Format AutoShape dialog box
  7. In the Fill area, click the downward arrow next to the Color option, and choose Fill Effects, as shown in Figure 4.
  8. Fill Effects
    Figure 4: Fill Effects
  9. This summons the Fill Effects dialog box that you can see in Figure 5. This dialog box has four tabs: Gradient, Texture, Pattern and Picture, select the Texture tab (again, refer to Figure 5).
  10. Texture tab within the Fill Effects dialog box
    Figure 5: Texture tab within the Fill Effects dialog box
  11. Choose from one of the existing textures, there's a scroll bar that reveals more textures. If you are using a third-party texture collection, such as the one from, click on the Other Texture button and choose a texture saved on your system.
  12. Click OK to apply the Texture Fill to the selected AutoShape(s), and get back to the Format AutoShape dialog box. Thereafter, click OK again to get back to your slide and AutoShape.
  13. Remember to save your presentation often.
  14. Tip: The minute you use a third-party texture, PowerPoint saves it as part of the presentation. This brings us to another important piece of information: PowerPoint has a limit to the number of textures that you can use in any single presentation. In PowerPoint 2003, this limit was 200 textures.

This is a sample of just a few textures from the Ppted Background Texture Collection.

Background Textures Collection

We used the textures in the Ppted Background Texture Collection to create this sample presentation:

Click below to view on YouTube

See Also:

Fills for Shapes: Add Texture Fills to Shapes (Glossary Page)

Add Texture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Add Texture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Add Texture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Add Texture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Add Texture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Add Texture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

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