Although text in PowerPoint can be with a texture, the appearance of the text depends upon the texture choosen, and how well it contrasts with the slide background. Make sure that the texture used is not too crowded or even multicolored. And as already stated, choose a texture that contrasts with your slide background for the reason of readability. Look at the slide shown below in Figure 1. Notice that the texture used for text on the top part of the slide has a texture fill that almost merges with the background. The texture used as a fill for the text on the bottom part of the slide looks so much better than the earlier example.
Figure 1: Two examples of Texture fills for text
Follow these steps to learn how to apply a texture fill to your text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:
- 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 2). Select the text, or the entire text box to bring up the Format tab on the Ribbon as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Format tab of the Ribbon
- Within the Format tab, locate the Text Styles group. Then click the down-arrow within the Fill button that you can see highlighted in red within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Fill button within Text Styles group
- This opens the Fill drop-down gallery for text, as shown in Figure 4. In this drop-down gallery, select the Text Effects option, shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Text Effects option within Fill drop-down gallery
- Alternatively, you can directly right-click (or Ctrl +click) the selected text box, and from the contextual menu, select the Format Text option as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Format Text option to be selected
- Either ways, you will summon the Format Text dialog box as shown in Figure 6. Make sure that Text Fill option is selected within the sidebar (highlighted in red within Figure 6).
Figure 6: Format Text dialog box
- Select the Picture or Texture tab (highlighted in blue within Figure 6, above). Within this tab, click the Choose Texture button (highlighted in green within Figure 6, above). This displays the texture drop-down list, as shown in Figure 7, below. In this drop-down list you will find 24 different textures which you can choose from. Click on any texture of your choice as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Textures drop-down list
- This will take you back to the Format Text dialog box, where you can now see the selected texture in the preview area, as shown in Figure 8.
Figure 8: Texture fill chosen for the selected text
- At this point, you can make some more changes to the texture fill using the other options in the Format Text dialog box as explained below:
- i. If you want to change the transparency of the texture fill, you can use the Transparency slider, or directly type the transparency value within the box next to the Transparency slider—both of these have been highlighted in blue within Figure 8, above.
- ii. When you use the texture as a fill, the Tile check-box (highlighted in green within Figure 8, above) will be selected by default. This option needs to be always selected when you use Custom Textures as Text Fill.
- After selecting and editing the texture, click the OK button (highlighted in red within Figure 8, above) to apply it to your selected text. Figure 9 shows the selected text with a texture fill applied.
Figure 9: Text with texture fill applied
- Remember to save your presentation often.