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Chapter 13. Preparing a Slide Show for P... > Changing Slide Backgrounds

Changing Slide Backgrounds

When you first start working on a slide show, you usually select a design, which includes a background and coordinated colors and fonts. However, as you prepare the slide show for presentation, you need to assess whether the design and the colors are right. Are you presenting to alumni, and did you mistakenly use background colors that match a rival school’s team colors? Are the colors too dark for an already darkened room? Perhaps when you check out the room, you see that the furnishings clash with the colors you’ve chosen. Or maybe your sense of aesthetics just tells you a change is in order.

You can change the slide show design layer by clicking the Design button on the Formatting toolbar and selecting a new design from the Slide Design task pane. This is a rather drastic step, however, because a change in design also means a change in fonts, default layouts, and color schemes. After you make a design change, you must go through the slide show, one slide at a time, to make sure text fits, that images are positioned properly relative to the background design, and that the change in colors doesn’t make anything more difficult to see.


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