PowerPoint Theme

For the next couple of weeks I am going to share some options with PowerPoint that are fun and creative. I hope these ideas help you create some unique presentations for your lessons.

For the first post I will share how to make your own “theme” for PowerPoint using a background image. (There are lots of ways to customize themes, this post will at least get you started.)

First start with a blank presentation.


Next click on the “Design” tab.



You will see your Presentation and a “Save Current Theme”. I recommend saving the new theme now, instead of at the end because you never know when you might get interrupted.

The save option defaults to the template folder, this will allow your theme to show up under the custom tab when you create a new PowerPoint.

Next, we are going to format the background (still in the “Design” tab).

Choose “Picture or texture fill”.

Click the “file” box.

(Don’t worry if the background fills with a texture, it will be replaced with the image).

Your image should fill the background. The image is anchored at the top right. You can manipulate the image with the following options.

Once it is positioned well, you can change the transparency with the slider option.

Then click “Apply to All”.

In my example I had to offset my image to the left 76%. When it looks right, make sure to go back and save the theme again. (Open the window for all the designs. At the bottom is the save current theme option and overwrite the file.)

You now have a custom theme you can use for your lessons. There are other options for creating your own theme, but this will get you started. Next post will look at creating some custom looks for images in your PowerPoint.


About jboelhower

I am a husband and a father. I have been in the field of education for over 20 years.
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