Creating A Good Slide Background

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Learn the things you should consider before choosing your slide background. Avoid the traps that waste your precious time and effort.

The trap called ‘Cool backgrounds’:

Take a look at these presentation backgrounds. Don’t they look cool?

Cool Slide Background

While these backgrounds look attractive when you look at the slides in isolation or with dummy content, they look quite unprofessional when you put your content on them.

The same holds good even when you buy PowerPoint templates from certain sites. Take a look at this purchased template for example:

Complex PowerPoint Slide Background

Most slide backgrounds are designed assuming that you’ll include only text content in them. They look messy the moment you include use some graphs, diagrams and images.

So, here is our recommendation:

Choose a plain white background for your slides

You may want to add a rectangular bar at the bottom or on the sides – to include some essential details about the slide numbers or section title.  But, as far as possible, keep the main body of the slide a a clean white.

Here are a few reasons why we advocate a clean white background for your slides:

1.    White background gives you an opportunity to use isolated images

Take a look at these two slides:

Using White Background in PowerPoint

The slide on the left looks clean with the isolated image of a chess board. If you want to use the same image on a fancy background using ‘Set Transparent Color’ option you get a very messy result. Take a closer look at the result here:

Issue with Set Transprent Background

Read: 5 ridiculous ways to use PowerPoint Images

2.    White background makes your graphs look cleaner:

Take a look at the following comparison:

Graphs with Slide Backgrounds

When you use a complex background you need to keep tweaking the color palette for every design element on the slide to make it look harmonious with the background. It not only wastes your time, but also gives a poorer result compared to a plain white background.

Remember, white goes with just about any color you choose.

Read: How to use graphs and charts with impact

3.    White background makes your diagrams look more professional

Take a look at the following two slides:

Diagrams with Complex PowerPoint Background

We used the same diagram (from our 301 Mega PowerPoint diagram Templates pack) in both the slides. But, in the second option, the attention of the audience is diluted by the strong color of the background.

Sustaining audience attention is a tough job already. Why do you want to make it tougher by using a complex background?

If you must use some color in the background of your slides…

Here are a couple of alternatives to clean white background:

Use a slight gradient of a neutral color in a light shade. Example:

 Shaded PowerPoint Background

We used a linear gradient fill with 3 stops. In the first 2 stops we filled white. In the third stop we used a light blue shade. You can choose any other light color to break the monotony in the look and feel of your slides.

Read: PowerPoint Tutorial on how to create your own PowerPpoint Template

Even if you do use a fancy background make sure that the body of the slide is left clean. For example:

If the title template you chose is like the one below, let the body of the presentation have slides with clean white body content as shown here:

Template with Content Slide Background


Recommendation: To know more about matching title templates and slide backgrounds, you can look through our 12 professional PowerPoint Title set collection here. You can learn from looking through the professional template sets there.

Conclusion about using a Slide Background:

So, while selecting a slide background keep in mind the various visual elements that will be includedin your slides later. As far as possible, keep the body of the slide completely white, so it does not affect the look and feel of your critical visual elements.

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