How to Add a Watermark in PowerPoint 2007

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How to Add a Watermark in PowerPoint 2007
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Photos, clip art, WordArt and text can all be inserted as watermarks in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 slides. You can change the size of a watermark and adjust its transparency to ensure slide text remains readable and choose to insert the watermark on a single slide or throughout a presentation.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open your PowerPoint presentation and click on the slide where you want a watermark. To add the same watermark to every slide, go to the "View" menu and click on the “Presentation Views” category, choosing "Slide Master."

  2. 2

    Go to the "Insert" menu and choose “Illustrations.” To use clip art or a photo, select either "Clip Art" or "Picture" from the toolbar. If inserting WordArt or text, choose the "Text" option from the “Illustrations” menu and then select either "WordArt" or "Text Box."

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    Follow the prompts for choosing a picture on your computer or searching for clip art. When you have the art you want, click “Insert.” For text boxes, click on the area of the slide where you want to insert text and use your mouse to create a box, drag it into position and size it. For WordArt, choose your WordArt style. Add the text you want in the text box or enter the word or phrase you want featured as WordArt.

  4. 4

    Reposition or resize text boxes and WordArt by clicking on the them until the “Move” tool appears--a small cross with arrows on each of its four points. You can also make adjustments by clicking and dragging on the image outlines. Move pictures or clip art by clicking on the “Position” tab and entering the horizontal and vertical settings you want.

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    Adjust the size of the clip art or picture by right-clicking on the mouse and selecting “Size and Position” from the menu. Select "Scale" to change height and width and then click on the "Size" tab. Center your art on the slide by clicking the box in front of “Scale relative to original picture size”; a check mark will appear. To keep a picture’s proportions the same during resizing, select the “Lock aspect ratio” check box.

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    Change the transparency of clip art and pictures by clicking on “Picture Tools." Select "Adjust," "Recolor" and then "Light Variations" from the series of menus. Choose the colour fade you want. Adjust brightness by clicking “Picture Tools” and choosing "Adjust" and then "Brightness." Click on the percentage of brightness you want.

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    Send the watermark to the back of the slide by clicking on the “Format” tab and then "Drawing Tools." Click “Send to Back” from the "Arrange" menu. This will ensure the watermark is in the background and not interfering with the content of your slide.

  8. 8

    Drag your finished watermark into place on any slide in your presentation.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also insert colour or a picture as a background to your slides. Unlike watermarks, however, backgrounds can't be resized or moved around and will be visible behind the entire slide.
  • If you don't see the toolbar options listed above as you are going through the step-by-step process, double-check that you have clicked on the correct icon (Picture, Clip Art, WordArt, Text).

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