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Customizing backgrounds


One way to grab your audience’s attention is to complement your oral presentation with visual slides. With that said, you don’t want to have blocks of text and bullet points. What you do want is eye-catching images that speak louder than words.

How to add an Image Background:

To create a custom background, you would need to insert a full-width image.
If you want to insert a new image, simply click on Photos from the left tool panel. Then under the Photos tab, click +Upload. Once the pop-up window appears, choose an image that you want and click Open. Another way to add a new image is by going to My Files from the left panel and then click +Add Media to insert an image into your project.

If you want to use an image that you previously used in your other projects, go to Graphics from the left panel. Under the Photos tab, click My Library. You may also go directly to My Files from the left panel. Hover your mouse over to an image that you would like to insert and select Set as background.

After choosing the desired image, it will automatically re-sized to fit your slide and locked into place so that it can’t be moved accidentally while selecting and moving other elements on your canvas area.

Tip: Using the Background tool to insert an image as a background will lock your image in place and save you time of manually cropping and re-sizing your image to fit the slide.

Position a Background Image:

Again, once you have added an image to the background in the canvas, it will automatically re-sized to fit your slide and locked into place. Although it re-sized to fit your slide, the positioning may not be what you are looking for. To position your background image, simply click on the background once and then use your mouse to move it left, right, up or down.

Scale a Background Image:

If you wish to adjust your image larger or smaller, click anywhere on the background image until the tool panel on the top of your screen shows. Click Scale and use the slider or insert the percentage to make your image smaller or larger. In the meanwhile. you can also position it until you like the way it looks.

How to add a Tile Background:

As a departure from the commonly used solid background, you can also apply a Tile Background using an image that repeats itself. The easiest way to do this is first insert an image as background. Click anywhere on the background image so that the tool panel could show up on the top of your screen. You then go to Scale and turn on/off Tile Background. You can scale it smaller or bigger using the slider or enter a specific percentage. Smaller percentage means that you will see more repeated patterns of an image. Note: If the Tile Background is On, you can’t position your image. If the scale is at 100%, it means that it is the default size when you first upload the image as background in the canvas.

Tip: You can use the tiled background option to create patterns such as in the example above.

How to add a Solid Color Background:

For certain slides, you may also want to apply a solid color. This is okay as long as you have some image slides in your presentation.

For example, if you want to enhance the quote in your slide, add a solid background color. First, you would click anywhere on the canvas (do not click on any icons, shapes or any element). Click on the color square box at the top left and select your color.

Tip: You can insert your own custom color scheme by going to My Palettes tab or choose from any color combinations ready for you in the Presets tab. If you know your color, enter hex# or use the color wheel to get your color.

How to add a Transparent Background:

Transparent background can be useful for content creators. For example, if you want to create an image or a short animation with the same background as your website or blog, you can easily do that with this option. All you have to do is click on the No Background color by going to the top left color square box. Then, download it as a PNG file, as JPG does not reflect the transparency.

Once you have downloaded your PNG file, you can add it into your project by dragging-and-dropping it from your desktop into the canvas or upload your PNG file into your My Library. With the transparency background that you downloaded, you can see that it adopts the background of the page no matter what color.

Tip: If you want to create a design or logo in Visme and import it into Photoshop as an element of another project, you can apply a transparent background and download it as a PNG file to conserve the transparency.

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