How to Put a Watermark in PowerPoint

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How to Put a Watermark in PowerPoint
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When you are creating your next PowerPoint presentation, a simple way to brand your slides for cohesion is through use of a watermark. Watermarks are simple, faded images or text; you may be familiar with them from documents with a “confidential” stamp or from the security watermarks stamped on paper money. Adding a watermark to a PowerPoint presentation is quick; with a few clicks, you will have your slides ready and labelled.

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  1. 1

    Open the PowerPoint presentation to add the watermark to by clicking “File,” selecting “Open” and browsing to the presentation file. Double-click the file name, which opens the presentation in the PowerPoint workspace. Double-click the PowerPoint icon if you are starting from scratch, which opens a new presentation.

  2. 2

    Pull down the “View” menu, click “Master” and select “Slide Master.” The PowerPoint workspace changes to bring up the Master slide with preset template boxes.

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    Pull down the “Insert” menu, click “Picture” and select “From File.” Browse to the location of the watermark image on your computer and double-click the file, which opens it on the slide master. Resize the image as required and drag it into place on the slide, such as in the middle or the top right corner.

  4. 4

    Right-click the image and select “Order.” Select “Send to Back,” which ensures the watermark will be behind any of your writing or graphics on the slide and not interfere with their visibility.

  5. 5

    Click the “Close Master View” button, which takes you back to your original slide. Each slide in the presentation now has the watermark. The first slide in new slideshows is reflected with the watermark.

  6. 6

    Pull down the “File” menu and select “Save As.” If you opened a prior presentation, rename it; do not save it on top of the original in case you want to access the unwatermarked version. Give the presentation a name and save it to your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • Turn any image into a watermark by right-clicking the graphic and selecting “Format Picture.” Click the “Picture” tab if it is not already defaulted and pull down the “Color” menu under “Image Control.” Select “Washout” and click the “OK” button. Your full-colour image turns into a watermark.

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