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Chapter 13. Creating Custom Master Slide... > Setting Default Backgrounds and Layo...

Setting Default Backgrounds and Layouts

Backgrounds, more than any other element of the slide, serve as the unifying element for your presentation. You'll most often use the same background throughout your presentation, but there's no reason that you have to. You might instead want to use a slightly different background on some of the master slides. For example, if you have a long presentation that is delineated into distinct sections, you might want to use different backgrounds for each section, and create a set of modified master slides for each section. From a design standpoint, you probably don't want wildly different backgrounds; it's best to err on the slide of subtlety.

You add and change backgrounds to master slides in the Appearance tab of the Master Slide Inspector (Figure 13.5), and with the rest of Keynote's tools. Backgrounds can be color fills, gradient fills, or image fills, and you can also choose to have no background at all. Besides the fill options, you can also place any objects you want as background elements for the master slide. These elements can include an image (such as a logo), text, drawn objects, or even charts and tables.


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