Apply a Fill Effects Background in MS PowerPoint

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Using fill effects in MS PowerPoint can give your presentation some razzle dazzle! I usually use this on my first slide, especially when creating a picture album.

To use one of the fill effects options in MS PowerPoint, follow the steps below:

  • Click on Format | Background.
  • Click the drop-down list and then click Fill Effects.

When the dialog box appears, you can select from four possible background types.

To apply a gradient background, follow the steps below:

  • Click the Gradient tab.
  • The Fill Effects dialog box now includes the options that are available for applying a gradient background. You can now select one of the options described above.
  • After you have chosen a fill option for your presentation, click OK to return to the Background dialog box.
  • Apply a one-color gradient fill and see colors fade slowly from dark to light:

    • You can select the fill color by dropping down the the Color 1 list. Change the intensity of the color by dragging the slider to the left or right.

    Apply a two-color gradient where colors gradually fade from one shade to the next:

    • Click the drop-down list associated with Color 1 and Color 2 to select each color.
    • Apply a preset gradient fill that utilizes distinctive color or style combinations:
    • Select a shading style and variant to further enhance your gradient choice. The shading style refers to the way the colors are applied to the slide
    • After selecting a style, you can select additional variations of that style or variants that will work best for you.

Now sit back and enjoy your creation!

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