81 Impressive Free Presentation Backgrounds for Outstanding Presentations

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A collection of free presentation backgrounds for any topic.

Nowadays, presentations need to look modern and eye-catchy in order to keep the audience’s attention from beginning to end. Believe it or not, the visual factor plays a huge role in engaging your viewers. In this collection of free presentation backgrounds , we’ve gathered high-quality graphics – ready to import into your PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Keynote presentations and resize according to your needs.

In this article you will find: Free Business Presentation Backgrounds Free Minimalist & Geometric Presentation Backgrounds Colorful Gradients & Artistic Free Presentation Backgrounds Free Technology Presentation Backgrounds Free Liquid Presentation Backgrounds Free Cute Presentation Backgrounds Free Vintage Presentation Backgrounds Free Paper Presentation Backgrounds Free Holiday Presentation Backgrounds Bonus Backgrounds

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Free Business Presentation Backgrounds

Business presentation backgrounds are slightly different than other types of backgrounds. Unlike more casual presentations, business presentations usually consist of a business-related stock photo – office space, formally dressed people, whiteboards, etc. Take a look at the backgrounds we’ve collected for your company presentation:

Blurred Office Interior Background

1. Blurred Office Interior Background

Blurred light photographs are great for business presentations where they can fit in any slide.

Light Corporate Interior Background

2. Light Corporate Interior Background

This blurred hallway interior image can ideally match a professional presentation.

Person Writing on Laptop Background

3. Person Writing on Laptop Background

Workstation backgrounds complete your idea if they don’t distract. In this case, the person working on a laptop is positioned in the corner of the frame.

Free Modern Business Building Background

4. Modern Business Building Background

This background might be an amazing first slide. But even if used somewhere else, it will still do a great job, unless used in all slides.

Free Business Handshake Network Creation Background

5. Business Handshake Network Creation Background

An amazing background for corporate presentations that is perfect for teamwork, business communication, partners, or proposals slides.

Businessman in Office Modern Skyscraper Landscape Background

6. Businessman in Office Modern Skyscraper Landscape Background

This background, although made as a photograph, can actually help you achieve the formal vibe you are looking for.

Free Minimalist & Geometric Presentation Backgrounds

Suitable for literally any kind of presentation, these minimalist presentation background designs come with attractive geometric shapes and pleasant color combinations. The graphics are highly modern right now, so your presentation will certainly impress with good taste and professionalism. The resources are also available in fully editable and resizable vector file formats.

geometric free presentation background

7. Modern Geometric Background

Shapes are very pleasant for the eye. This background uses very “soft” colors, making it quite feminine and good-looking.

modern abstract triangle lines composition free presentation background

8. Black and White Geometry Background

Playing with black and white backgrounds is the best way to proceed if you want to accent the text. This one looks stylish and modern, and it will add a premium feel to your slides.

modern abstract background with red lines

9. Simple Dark Geometry Background

Using two dominant colors in one background is a great combination. It shows great power and even a bit of provocation.

Squares and Circles Free Full HD Background

10. Fresh Squares and Circles Background

Utilizing different shapes and a few variants of blue is a good mix. A non-intrusive design for presentations.

abstract blue lines composition free presentation background

11. Abstract Blue Lines Background

This abstract blue lines background fits the standard business practices of non-aggressive design.

Colorful Memphis Style Free Full HD Background

12. Colorful Memphis Style Background

This Memphis-style background shines with its combination of minimalistic design combined with shapes all around the place.

elegant modern abstract soft colors free presentation background

13. Cool Modern Colors Background

If you had to pick one image to explain the term “technology”, that would probably be it.

Free Trendy Outline Shapes Background

14. Trendy Outline Shapes Background

A casual style background with simple shapes with playful colors plus trendy black strokes.

geometric 80s style free presentation background

15. Neon Modern Shapes Background

Abstract geometry definitely has its place under the sun and is becoming a hot trend – your younger audience will love it!

abstract colourful gradient shapes free presentation background

16. Colorful Geometry Shapes Background

This colorful background is an amazing option for presentation design that aims to get more creative.

blue gradient geometric shapes free presentation background

17. Modern Lines and Dots Background

This background with blue/purple colors and linear shapes is perfect for more creative presentations.

Minimalist Shapes Free Full HD Background

18. Minimalist Shapes Background with Pastel Gradients

The minimalist signature is easily recognizable and the use of pastel gradients “softens” the shapes.

Simplistic Free Full HD Background

19. Simplistic White-Grey Background

Light, neutral background with dots and lines that can be used in any presentation.

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20. 4 Simple Style Backgrounds

Four simple backgrounds can be used for any purpose. You will find an orange, purple, red, and cyan background for your presentations.

15 Free seamless patterns

21. Seamless Patterns Mega Bundle with 15 Free Geometric Pattern Backgrounds

A huge pattern designs bundle with over 1000 premium. Still, you have 15 free seamless patterns that you can use as backgrounds to lit up your presentations.

Colorful Gradients & Artistic Free Presentation Backgrounds

The delicate play with colors is very important when it comes to presentation background – it should be easy on the eyes and feel… right. This collection is everything you need if you are looking for a vibrant, colorful background for your presentation. Free gradient presentation backgrounds, watercolor backgrounds, and more artistic suggestions for your colorful slides.

blue transition free presentation background

22. Blue Tone Gradient Background

Gradient backgrounds make flat colors look more vibrant. The blue tones are quite relaxing and trustworthy.

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23. 4 Artistic Texture Backgrounds

Textures can be attention-grabbing. Picking such background can create a more professional feeling.

modern gradient free presentation background

24. Nice Warm Colors Gradient Background

Warm colors are typically better for cheerful presentations, as they “uplift” the mood.

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25. Cool Cold Colors Gradient Background

If you have to come up with a presentation related to a marine topic, that’s your perfect choice.

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26. Modern Blue Gradient Background

Blue and purple are two solid colors. Using this background gradient is perfect for business presentations.

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27. Energetic Orange Gradient Background

A clean background with a vivid orange color gradient. Perfect for different energetic presentations.

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28. Colorful Rainbow Gradient Background

Using a rainbow gradient is an amazing option for presentations dedicated to kids, or teenage audience.

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29. Elegant Blury Bokeh Background

Stolen from photographers, the “bokeh” effect background makes presentations stand out.

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Free Technology Presentation Backgrounds

Presentation background designs suitable for technology and business presentations. These backgrounds look high-tech and modern but still won’t steal away the attention of the viewer. Available in vector file formats which makes them fully editable and resizeable depending on your presentation style and dimensions.

free abstract blue geometric shapes background

30. Modern Technology Background

This high-tech background design is perfect for innovation and digital presentations.

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31. Abstract Modern Tech Background

Abstract design with modern simple squares – an amazing option for high-tech presentations.

Abstract Futuristic Free HD Background with Honeycomb

32. Abstract Futuristic Background with Honeycomb

This abstract and futuristic dark background is perfectly suitable for technical presentations.

free white presentation background with blue tech hexagon

33. Futuristic Technology Interface Background

Great technology background with minimalist, clean design that will fit any high-tech presentation.

Free Liquid Presentation Backgrounds

A selection of free presentation backgrounds with liquids and bubbles. Flat or 3D, these backgrounds are super immersive and certainly impressive. They will be the perfect addition to a wide array of presentation topics. You can get them completely for free as fully editable and resizable vector file formats .

liquid color futuristic free presentation background

34. Blue Liquid Background

The combination of dark blue and light blue is an amazing option for a presentation. An amazing option, especially for financial services.

yellow orange monochrome realistic liquid free presentation background

35. Yellow Liquid Background

These cheeky shapes and colors are an amazing way to present something that can be qualified as everything but boring. Great for uprising sales, or summer theme for example.

purple violet monochrome realistic liquid free presentation background

36. Purple Liquid Background

Purple is a royal color and combined with a liquid design background it becomes even better for a modern-day classy presentation.

Monochrome Free Liquid Background

37. Monochrome Liquid Background

A perfect blend between using 3D forms and gradient colors. The blur effect and reflections are also attributed to the exquisite look of this background.

modern liquid abstract futuristic free presentation background

38. Modern Blue-Green Liquid Background

It’s an interesting, yet impressive background design. You can definitely stand out with this modern, blue-green liquid background.

colourful watercolor effect abstract free presentation background

39. Watercolor Background with White Blue and Purple

This background, in particular, doesn’t have a practical use in business presentations but it fits perfectly in artistic ones.

living coral realistic liquid effect free presentation background

40. Liquid Shapes Monochrome Background

You’ll rarely come across a better realistic 3D background for medical presentations.

dynamic modern fluid style free presentation background

41. Modern Dark Liquid Background

Compared to a couple of the previous backgrounds, this dark liquid background is pretty standard and it can fit multiple presentation themes.

Free Cute Presentation Backgrounds

Cute backgrounds are often used for educational projects  – especially when presenting in front of kids. Smile-bringing designs will always win you emotional points, and it’s always a good idea to have a themed background or two just in case.

Cute Free Animal Vector Background

42. Cute Animal Background

In this background, you can find cute 2D animals all around the frame. At the same time, the central part is filled with white space, so you can add text there.

Colorful Pastel Color Pattern Background

43. Colorful Pastel Color Pattern Background

These beautiful rounded shapes add the feeling of watercolor art and we can definitely catch the pattern design.

Space Rocket Free Child Background

44. Space Rocket Child Background

If you’re about to teach a science class – that might be perfect. Well, unless you have university students.

Blue Pastel Free Sky and Clouds Background

45. Blue Pastel Sky and Clouds Background

It’s a simple blue background with white clouds. It can be used as a theme for a whole educational presentation.

Cute Free Doodle Frame Background

46. Cute Doodle Frame Background

This beautiful cute doodles frame is also matched with a rainbow border vector and free text space in the center.

Green Park Illustration Landscape Background

47. Green Park Illustration Landscape Background

There is nothing more suitable for educational presentation than a simple landscape illustration with trees, clouds and sun.

Free Vintage Presentation Backgrounds

Retro and vintage looks are quite modern right now, so no wonder people are choosing vintage looks for their presentations, as well. In this selection of free presentation backgrounds, you will find ornamental backgrounds, grudge backgrounds, worn-out materials, old paper effects, antique looks, damasks, etc. All are free to download in vector file formats – fully editable and scalable.

ornamental vintage floral free presentation background

48. Ornamental Vintage Floral Background

Vintage backgrounds, especially floral are a very strong point if you’re coming with flower-related topics.

vector grunge vintage frame free presentation background

49. Vintage Frame Background

Frames are typically used in photography, so go for it if you have lots of pictures in your presentations.

damask pattern free presentation background

50. Damask Pattern Vintage Background

Damask pattern is a specific vintage style which will not only look good, but also grab attention by being unique.

grunge free presentation background

51. Grunge Texture Background

This grunge background focuses on the main picture, so it’s great for quizzes or presentations where there is one central topic.

vintage old used paper texture free presentation background

52. Retro Grunge Texture Background

If you have a presentation related to Ancient times (especially Egypt), that’s your background.

pretty peacock pattern vector free presentation background

53. Vintage Shapes Pattern Background

These vintage shapes are quite peculiar but you can use them for boring topics to give “life”.

grunge hearts free presentation background

54. Grunge Hearts Background

Another cool background design is the grunge hearts. It can be used for many presentations.

old page paper vintage antique free presentation background

55. Old Paper Antique Texture Background

Old Paper can perfectly fit any slide related to the Middle centuries.

blue vector grunge free presentation background

56. Blue Grunge Background

Another amazing grunge background that can be the greatest companion of any history-related presentation.

vintage paper retro antique free presentation background

57. Vintage Paper Retro Background

Vintage paper can be an amazing background for any presentation for hand-made products.

Free Paper Presentation Backgrounds

Paper and cardboard textures give presentations a homey and hand-made feel. In this selection of free presentation backgrounds, you will see different paper textures. Adaptable for any presentation theme, these designs can be downloaded in vector file formats and edited in vector-based software.

design space paper textured free presentation background

58. White Paper Texture Background

Paper texture can be great for teachers who want a neutral background.

package paper free presentation background

59. Package Paper Background

Package paper is great for presentations related to delivery services.

watercolor paper texture free presentation background

60. Simple White Paper Background

A simple white paper background that can fit any need.

eco brown paper free presentation background

61. Brown Paper Background

Another great background for delivery services presentations.

Paper Note Memphis Style Background

62. Paper Note Memphis Style Background

The combination of blank space and surrounding in Memphis Style makes this colorful background perfect to give a modern look to your presentation.

Free Holiday Presentation Backgrounds

Holiday backgrounds should not be used every day but they can be powerful triggers. Holiday presentations spark emotions which can be a good way to convey your message during festive periods. Let’s see some of the best free holiday backgrounds you can use for the occasion.

Free Christmas Decoration Photo Background

63. Christmas Decoration Photo Background

A marvelous Christmas concept background where you can add text on the left part of the slide and the Christmas elements are on the right.

White Free Simple Christmas Background

64. White Simple Christmas Background

If you’re into texture and white backgrounds, this free Christmas photo is for you.

Cartoon Snowy Christmas Free Vector Background

65. Cartoon Snowy Christmas Vector Background

This free vector background gives you the chance to edit details or add some more Christmas decorations.

Cute Christmas Background with Illustrations

66. Cute Christmas Background with Illustrations

The Christmas decorations are placed at the top and bottom of the background, so you have free space right in the middle.

Free Halloween Spider Web Background

67. Halloween Spider Web Background

A great combination of orange (the color associated with Hallowen) and spider web makes this vector background very straight to the point.

Flat Free Hallowen Vector Background With House

68. Flat Hallowen Vector Background With House

A flat illustration background with Halloween’s color palette and some standard “scary” motives.

Free Easter Egg Photo Frame Background

69. Easter Egg Photo Frame Background

You can easily “catch” the Easter topic with the dyed eggs and the basket. The M&Ms are also an original idea to add flat shapes.

Watercolor Light Easter Vector Background

70. Watercolor Light Easter Vector Background

Watercolor Easter backgrounds look natural and beautiful. They can be a great addition to any Easter-related presentation.

Beautiful Landscape Thanksgiving Autumn Illustration Background

71. Beautiful Landscape Thanksgiving Autumn Illustration Background

This illustration has the color palette of autumn which is also associated with Thanksgiving day.

Hand Drawn Free Thanksgiving Illustration Vector Background

72. Hand Drawn Thanksgiving Illustration Background

In the hand drawn thanksgiving illustration we can find the typical colors of autumn, plus the pumpkin and, of course, the Thanksgiving turkey.

Watercolor Thanksgiving Free Background

73. Watercolor Thanksgiving Background

Watercolor art is very distinctive and for the “Thanksgiving” topic, it can create some beautiful results.

Thanksgiving Free Full HD Photo Background

74. Thanksgiving Decoration Photo Background

The combination of a white background with green and brown leaves, plus pines and pumpkins enriches the image and adds contrast.

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A collection of high-resolution photos that impress with super high quality. These images show attention to detail but are still humble enough to keep the audience focused on your content. Attribution for using these images is not required, although it’s appreciated.

brown gifts free presentation background

75. Clean Package Boxes Background

It’s a lovely background that is good for Christmas topics or any gift-related presentations.

decoration free presentation background

76. Elegant Decoration Background Image

If you’re looking for a background for your wedding agency, you’re in the right place.

free image for presentation background

77. Pencils and Office Items Background

The elements in the background suggest you it is a perfect match for teachers and lecturers.

free seamless book presentation background

78. Simple Clean Background with a Book

Books are symbol of liberty and education. The background is great for science presentations.

beautiful landscape with bridge and clouds free presentation background

79. Bridge Landscape Photography Background

Golden Gate bridge stands tall. So is the background which can be used for all kinds of presentations.

sunset image free presentation background

80. Sunset Background Image

Sunsets are proven to be stress-relieving, making this background suitable for meditation business presentations.

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81. Monochrome Landscape Background

Skyscrapers, shady pinks, and overall – the perfect cosmetics presentation.

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2 Easy Ways to Change the Background on PowerPoint Slides

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Microsoft PowerPoint contains built-in tools that allow you to customize the backgrounds of your slides with vibrant colors, patterns, photos, and gradients. You can also upload your PPT to Google Drive to edit it in Slides. Here's how to change the background on PowerPoint Slides using your Windows or Mac computer.

Changing the Background in PowerPoint

  • Select the slide you want to change and click the Design tab. Click Format Background and click Fill .
  • You can change the background to Solid , Gradient , Picture or Texture or Pattern .
  • To apply the background to all slides, click Apply to All .

Step 1 Open a project in PowerPoint.

  • PowerPoint is available to download for Windows and Mac . You can also use PowerPoint online at https://www.office.com/ .

Step 2 Click the slide you want to customize.

  • Use the Direction menu to view different gradient pattern options. Use the Gradient stops slider to adjust where each color begins and ends.

Step 7 Make the background an image or texture.

  • Click File to select the location of your custom image. Or, if you prefer, choose one of the preset textures from the list.
  • You can move the Transparency slider to adjust how opaque the image or texture will appear. If you choose a “busy” image or pattern, you may want to raise the transparency so the text on your slide remains easy to read.

Step 8 Fill the background with a preset pattern.

  • Modify the colors in these patterns with the Foreground and Background menus beneath the pattern palette.

Step 9 Apply the changes.

  • If you only want the new background to appear on the current slide, click Close to save the changes.
  • If you want every slide in your presentation to have the new background, click Apply to All .

Step 1 Open Google Drive....

  • Once the upload is complete, a confirmation will appear at the bottom of the screen. Double-click the name of your PowerPoint file in that box to launch it in the viewer.
  • When the preview of your presentation appears, click “Open with” and select “Google Slides.” It may take a few moments for the slide data to appear.

Step 3 Select a slide to modify.

  • If your desired background image is on your computer, click Upload , then click Choose an image to upload . Go to the image location, click Open , then Select .
  • To use an image from your Google account, click Google Drive and navigate to the location of your desired background image. You can search for the image name in the search box if you’re not sure where it’s located. Once you find it, double-click it to save the selection.

Step 8 Click Done when you're finished.

  • If you don’t like your background selection, click Reset Theme to try again.

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  • If all of your slides are similar in format aside from the background (e.g., headers, footers, watermarks), consider creating a template or “slide master” . With a slide master, changes you make to the master slide will propagate to the rest of the slides, eliminating the need to edit these details in each slide manually. [2] X Research source Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Editing a Microsoft PowerPoint document in Google Slides may slightly change other formatting details in your presentation. Make sure to browse through all of your slides to be sure they look how you want them to. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0

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To change the background on one or more PowerPoint slides, start by selecting the slides you want to change in the left panel. To select multiple slides, just hold down the Control key on a PC or the Command key on a Mac as you click each slide. Next, click the ""Design"" tab and select ""Format Background"" in the ""Customize"" section of the toolbar. The Format Background panel will open to the ""Fill"" tab, which gives you several options for changing the background. Choose a ""Solid fill"" to make the background a single color, or ""Gradient Fill"" to customize a gradient blend of two or more colors. If you'd rather use a pattern as the background, select ""Pattern fill"" to choose a design and color scheme. If you want to use an image as the background, select ""Picture or texture fill."" You can either select a background texture from the ""Texture"" menu or click ""Insert"" to choose an image from your computer, OneDrive, or Bing Image Search. Once you've decided on a background image, you can adjust the alignment and transparency on the Fill tab. You can also edit the image using the other tabs at the top of the Format Background panel—click the pentagon-shaped icon to apply different texture effects to your image, or the photo tab to customize the image's sharpness, brightness, contrast, and color balance. Once you're happy with your background, click ""Apply to All"" to change the background of the selected slides. Did this summary help you? Yes No

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In your Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, you can change your slides' background to a picture , solid color fill, gradient fill, texture fill, and even pattern fill. You can apply a custom background to all or select slides in your presentation. Here's how.

Related: How to Use an Image as the Background in PowerPoint

To use a custom background only for select slides, first, open your presentation with the Microsoft PowerPoint app.

When PowerPoint launches, in the ribbon at the top , click the "View" tab.

Click the "View" tab at the top.

On the "View" tab, in the far left corner, click "Normal" to view your presentation in a normal mode.

Select "Normal" in the "View" tab.

From the slides list to the left of your screen, select the slides in which you want to use a custom background. To select multiple slides, hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) while clicking slides.

Select slides in the presentation.

Once your slides are selected, in PowerPoint's ribbon at the top, click the "Design" tab.

Access the "Design" tab at the top.

On the "Design" tab, from the "Customize" section, select "Format Background."

Click "Format Background" in the "Design" tab.

To the right of PowerPoint's interface, you will see a "Format Background" pane. Here, in the "Fill" section, you will select a custom background for your slides.

Your options are:

  • Solid Fill : To apply a single solid color fill to your slides, choose this option.
  • Gradient Fill : To use a gradient color fill, select this option.
  • Picture or Texture Fill : If you'd like to use an image or texture as your slides' background, click this option. You can then select an image by clicking "Insert" or choose a texture by clicking "Texture."
  • Pattern Fill : To use one of PowerPoint's several textures as your background, select this option.

Choose a background.

Your changes will reflect on your slides in real-time. When you have finished configuring your custom background, close the "Format Background" pane by clicking "X" in the pane's top-right corner.

Click "X" in the pane's top-right corner.

And that's it. Don't forget to save your presentation to keep your changes.

In a similar way, you can also change the background in Google Slides .

Related: How to Change the Background in Google Slides

You can configure a single custom background and apply it to all the slides in your current presentation. This saves you a lot of time as you do not have to manually edit each slide's background.

To do so, open your presentation with Microsoft PowerPoint. In the app's ribbon at the top, click the "Design" tab.

Choose the "Design" tab at the top.

On the "Design" tab, in the "Customize" section, click "Format Background."

Click "Format Background" in the "Design" tab.

On the right of your screen, a "Format Background" pane will open. In this pane, using the "Fill" section, you will specify a background for all your slides.

The options you can choose from are:

  • Solid Fill : Use this option to apply a solid color fill to all your slides.
  • Gradient Fill : Select this option to apply a gradient color fill to all your slides.
  • Picture or Texture Fill : To use an image or a texture as the background, click this option. You can then click "Insert" to add a picture to use as your background, or click "Texture" to use a texture as your slides' background.
  • Pattern Fill : Click this option to view various patterns that you can use as the background for your presentation.

Specify a background.

Once you have configured your background, apply it to all your slides by clicking "Apply to All" at the bottom of the "Format Background" pane.

Click "Apply to All" at the bottom of the pane.

And instantly, all the slides in your presentation will start using the newly specified background. Happy presenting!

If you often use a specific style for your presentations, it is worth creating a custom PowerPoint template to then base all your presentations on it.

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50 Best Presentation Background Templates & Examples in 2024

Written by: Orana Velarde

Looking for the best presentation backgrounds to make your slides look professional and engaging?

When making presentations, one of the most important goals is to keep your audience engaged. The way you design your slides should pique their curiosity.

Make a great first impression by choosing creative background images. Your content deserves to look beautiful and there’s no better way than with a great-looking backdrop.

We’ve put together an extensive collection of beautiful presentation background templates that you can edit and download. Most of these are available inside the Visme editor.

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1 Pattern Background With a Color Overlay

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2 Minimal Background With an Object

Bright and strong color backgrounds look better with a contrasting object placed on them. Try and use an image with an object that makes sense with the content. The object will be very prominent so try covering it up on some slides to cut through the repetition.

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3 White Background With a Black Detail

White or light-colored backgrounds with a bit of texture will always be a clean and elegant option for a presentation background. Choose an image that has a small black detail and let it tell a story on its own. Subtle but interesting focal points are memorable.

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4 Fullscreen Cityscape Background

Use a high-quality image of a city skyline with some sky for a visual that expands towards the horizon. Perfect for a business profile of a company based in a busy city. Better if you use a photo of the actual city where the company is located. Overlay semi-transparent boxes for the content.

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5 Brick Wall Texture Background

An image that could look imposing or strong can be turned into a subtle background. Use a transparency effect and overlay a color that matches the content’s color theme. A brick wall works great with this technique.

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6 Color-Coordinated Background

Color coordinate the content according to the background photo or vice versa. Preferably, use a photo that has some empty space where you can overlay content. Also, make sure the photograph matches the topic of your presentation.

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7 Paint on Canvas Background

A detailed photo of paint on canvas can give your presentation an artistic feel without defining it as an “art presentation.” Use contrasting colors for the content and create a visually rich design.

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8 Minimal Landscape Background

Landscape photos of dunes with a cloudless gradient sky work great as a presentation background. It is simple, clean, and not visually overwhelming. Works great for any type of presentation.

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9 Macro Photography Background

A dark and moody background works great with a bright color theme. Try macro photos of charcoal, dark metals, black sand, etc. The best contrasting colors for the content are oranges, yellows, and teal. Neon colors will also look amazing.

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10 Artistic Marbled Background

Marble presentation backgrounds have been a favorite for a while. But why not shake it up and use a colored marble effect instead of the classic grey. Slides can also have the texture as a shape with a clean background for some interesting contrast.

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11 Light Background With a Creative Border

Use a photograph of a light surface that includes a creative border for added visual attention. The border can be made of literally anything. Better to choose a border that matches what your content is about.

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12 Monotone Detail Background

Monotone presentation backgrounds can be subtle or eye-catching. Choose one with an empty area where to overlay titles and other content. Use a contrasting color design, so if the photo is light and subtle use strong colors. If the background has a darker monotone, use bright colors for the content.

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13 Clouds in the Sky Background

Clouds can give a feeling of peace if they are wispy and soft. For another visual effect, use chunky cotton style clouds or even a storm cluster. Give your presentation some personality with a sky full of clouds.

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14 Moon Phases With a Black Background

Try a moon phase photo on a stark black background for an interesting design. Space-related presentation backgrounds are always visually appealing and interesting. They might not be suitable for some topics but will look great on science-related presentations.

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15 Architecture Presentation Background

The beauty of architecture is that it can be photographed in a way which turns it into something else. A photo of a futuristic building against the sky will make a great background for many types of presentations. Like other presentation background ideas, try using one which has plenty of empty space to place content over.

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16 Moving City Lights Background

City lights with a moved camera effect can look really interesting as a presentation background. From artistic circular movements to time-lapse traffic shots, there are different styles. Use this background for any presentation which needs to be a bit disruptive.

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17 Leafy Background Image

Leafy, edge-to-edge shots are great for any type of presentation that needs some peaceful and inspiring scenery. It will keep your audience’s attention because it doesn’t distract. You can choose up-close shots of vegetation or drone shots of forest tops--both will make for a great presentation background.

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18 Neon Lights Background

Use a dark background with a bright, shiny neon word or illustration for a fun and eye-catching design. Best to use a photo that has the neon only in a section of the photo so that you can put the content in the empty areas. There are lots of photographs of quotes in neon which you can use as a presentation background.

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19 Vintage Item Background

Similar to the idea of a light background with a focal point, you can do the same but with a vintage object instead. Old computers, dial-up phones, vintage furniture, anything is possible really. Try and use a photo with enough empty space to put the content over.

Vintage Item detail presentation background template visme

20 White Brick Wall Background

A white brick wall can work for any type of presentation. It’s subtle, clean, non-distracting and looks great with content of any color. For a more creative approach, make your content look like it’s hanging on the wall, as a poster or corkboard. This style of background gives way to a lot of imagination.

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21 Colorful Graffiti Background

Presentations about fashion or creative marketing can benefit from a background as busy as colored smoke and graffiti. It might not work for all slides as a full-screen image, but it’s perfect for title images and transitions.

Color smoke and graffiti presentation background template visme

22 Two-Tone Background Image

A photograph of something that isn’t immediately recognizable can be used as a texture background. For example, this two-tone photo of a concrete pool edge makes for a really interesting visual. The title can be laid over the water and a visual graph on the concrete.

Two-tone detail photo presentation background template visme

23 Water Texture Background

Water photography is serene, calm, and neutral. You can use a photo of moving water, a wave, a splash, or a river flowing over rocks. A watery presentation background will give your presentation a sense of flow and continuity. You can even use the water to give the content direction like a leading line.

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24 Colorful Bokeh Background

Bokeh is a photography technique which turns regular lights into shiny orbs. With an easy trick, the bokeh can be turned into different shapes like hearts or diamonds. You can use close up bokeh or a more expansive design with tiny bokeh.

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25 Industrial Presentation Background

Industrial photography can be quite versatile as a presentation background. From metalworks to machinery details, choose an interesting industrial detail and add a bit of transparency. Select a color theme that will match your content and will create balance instead of competing with it.

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26 Wood Paneling Background

Wood paneling is not a new idea for a presentation background, but using a two-tone design can be quite interesting for lots of types of presentations. It can be in bright colors like pink or green, and on a different note it can also be in gray tones for a more subtle background.

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27 Black and White Background

This technique for a presentation background leans on the elegant side. A stark black background will always look great with light-colored content on top. An added delicate visual in a light color will give the entire thing a calm and elegant feel.

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28 Snowy Mountain Background

A mountain range image is perfect for a travel-related blog or a camping gear startup, or maybe just for a sales update that wants to look better than the one next door. Snowy peaks are subliminally inspirational and dreamy, they make the viewer simply feel good about life. If the angle is more like a bird’s eye view then it can make the audience feel like they are flying.

Snowy Mountain Range presentation background template visme

29 Sand Dunes Background

Sandy dunes are a great way to add some serenity to your presentation. Choose one without rocks for a totally calming visual. Natural sands come in lots of different tonalities so choose the one that matches your content best. From white Caribbean sands to orange Saharan sands to black volcanic sands.

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30 Light Watercolor Background

Watercolor backgrounds are light and airy and should not compete with the content at all. The idea behind this type of presentation background is to let your viewers relax and ease into the content. Select colors that are calm and light, you can use up to three colors that don’t clash with each other or the content.

Multi-toned watercolor swash on white background presentation background template visme

31 Fun Illustration Background

Colorful and bubbly presentation backgrounds are trending right now. Not only for presentations but also for web and print design. It’s fun, it’s happy and will make your viewers feel good. Keep the content in the empty areas and use the different elements of the illustration for decoration on the rest of the slides.

colorful bubbly fun presentation background template

32 Sunburst Illustration Background

A sunburst illustration behind the content can really call attention to a specific area of a presentation slide. It can be bright and colorful like a sunset, or subtle like a sunrise. The sunrays can be realistic or more like comic book style.

sunburst illustration presentation background template

33 Colorful Paper Background

Cut paper background designs can be used in many different ways. As a frame, on half the slide, three sides of the slide or on an edge of the content. You can use different colors, a monotone theme or different paper textures. Color-coordinate the paper with the content for a unified design.

Colorful digital paper composition presentation background template visme

34 Subtle Arrow Background

Subtle illustrative presentation backgrounds are great because they can be used on every slide without them being overwhelming. A monotone, subtle white arrow background looks great behind any type of content, no matter the topic. The direction of the arrows can be upwards, downwards or any side as long as it looks good.

Subtle white arrow background presentation background template visme

35 Futuristic Presentation Background

Futuristic backgrounds can be of different styles: electronic, cosmic, or virtual reality. They might not work for any type of presentation but they will look great for a topic that matches a futuristic theme. School science projects or gaming pitch presentations could look great with a background like this.

Futuristic virtual reality design presentation background template visme

36 Leafy Plant Background

Leaves or plant details over a pink or pastel wall are cool, clean and modern. This presentation background is perfect for feminine fashion ideas or a visual slide deck for a lifestyle blog post. What’s so great about this design is that there is always plenty of space for the content.

Plant on a pink wall presentation background template visme

37 Geometric Dots Background

Expansive designs like a geometrically scattered dot spread look great on any type of presentation. The colors can be in any combination, according to the style of the content or the color theme of the brand. Dots and circles are innately calming, and can easily be used on every single slide.

blue and red dots from the corner presentation background template

38 Mandala Pattern Background

Keeping things calm in a presentation background is easy with a neutral mandala design in soft tones like gray or other light colors. Use this style for presentations with an important inspirational message or educational and wellness content. Add a color overlay if you want to add some visual importance to the background.

neutral mandala pattern presentation background template

39 Abstract Shapes Background

Abstract illustration backgrounds are best used when they are noticeable but not overpowering. There needs to be a balance in the style of illustration for it to match the content that will be placed on top. Try using monotone designs, or sticking to a particular shape.

abstract black and white shapes presentation background template

40 Illustrated Clouds Background

Fun and quirky presentation backgrounds are great for pitching a new kid’s fashion line or decor brand. Cute, bouncy clouds over a violet sky will give your slides a lovely, calming feeling. Use contrasting colors for the content so that it doesn’t get lost in the clouds.

purple blue clouds in violet sky presentation background template

41 Colorful Dots Background

Dotted seamless patterns are nice and simple as a presentation background. They can be perfectly aligned and all the same size or a more scattered variation with dots of different sizes. The colors can be chosen to match the content or as a complement.

colorful dots presentation background template

42 Electric Rain Background

Dark presentation backgrounds with bright details come in different styles, but this specific visual which looks like electric rain is very unique. It will look really interesting in a presentation about technology, artificial intelligence and science.

Electric rain presentation background template visme

43 Artistic Feathers Background

Feminine, whimsical and subdued, this style of background can be a good complement to a presentation about a women’s fashion label, a wellness studio or other creative pursuits. The soft quality of feathers and transparent leaves won’t compete with content and will give the audience a relaxed and happy feel.

subtle artistic feathers presentation background template

44 Dusty Blackboard Background

A dusty blackboard is easily the most versatile presentation background ever. Pretty much any content can be laid on top and it will look great. The obvious use for a blackboard is an educational topic but that doesn’t need to limit your imagination at all. Blackboards are also used in bars and bistros to display the menus. Don’t be afraid to break the mold.

Dusty Blackboard presentation background template visme

45 Swirling Smoke Background

Disruptive backgrounds like colorful swirly smoke can work well for presentations that want to make an impact. A strong, colorful background like this will make slides memorable and stand out from the rest. The colors can be chosen to match the brand or the theme of the content.

Colorful digital smoke swirls presentation background template visme

46 Diagonal Lines Background

Lines will always be an elegant choice for a background design. Giving it an uneven diagonal aspect can add just enough personality for it be impactful without overshadowing the content. Choose colors that complement the palette of your content and use the empty areas for overlaying graphs and information.

yellow and black presentation background template

47 Scattered Pixels Background

Colorful backgrounds are common in presentation slides. A pixel style scattered dots design is visually appealing and fun to look at. It’s almost hypnotic, the way the dots scatter across the dark backdrop. The content on top would need to be framed so that it doesn’t get lost between the dots.

multicolored pixel circles presentation background template

48 Gradient Waves Background

Gradient waves are subtle and beautiful and can impart some peace to any presentation. It will keep your audience in tranquil concentration as long as the color gradient follows a subtle palette. The waves can be small or large, stormy or calm, round or peaky.

monotone gradient waves presentation background template

49 Geometric Polygons Background

A bright and geometric polygonal design works well in any color palette. The idea is to have a dark area and a light area, so the gradient moves along the polygons across the board. The content can go on any section of the background, dark or light, depending on how the content is colored. The combination should have contrast and visual impact.

geometric polygons presentation background template

50 Electric Circuits Background

Electric and technologically inspired backgrounds look great on presentations in the scientific and futuristic fields. It can be an illustrative electric circuit or the inside of a computer, as long as the design is bright and shiny, it will not disappoint. Use colorful frames to place the content on top so that it stands out and complements.

blue electric circuits presentation background template

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below, we have answered some some commonly asked questions about presentation backgrounds and presentation design in general.

Q1. What is a presentation background?

Backgrounds are the foundation upon which you lay the visual elements of your presentation slides. Presentation backgrounds can be solid colors, textures and patterns, gradients and even photos with effects and overlays on top.

A good presentation background can make your slides look more engaging, attractive and easy-to-read. A bad presentation background, however, can easily ruin the impact of your presentation.

Q2. How do you make a background for a presentation?

You can make a background for your presentation using a solid color, gradient, texture, pattern or image. Enhance your background by adding shapes and color overlays on top.

In Visme, you can add any type of background to your presentation using the built-in image library that offers millions of photos, patterns and textures. You can also choose to keep a solid color or gradient background for your presentation.

Q3. What background is best for a PowerPoint presentation?

A blue background is most commonly used in presentation slides.

According to color psychology, blue exudes feelings of trust, calm and professionalism. It also helps create contrast between the elements on top of the background, which makes blue backgrounds a popular choice among business presenters and trainers.

Q4. What is the best color for a presentation?

The best color for a presentation depends on your presentation topic, your audience and the nature of your content. For backgrounds, most presenters and trainers recommend using blue or white.

Q5. What makes a powerful presentation?

A powerful presentation is memorable and engaging. It also motivates the audience to take action based on the message of your presentation.

You can make your presentation powerful by adopting techniques like eye contact, storytelling, movement, using visual aids, animated slides and more.

Q6. Which background color is best for the eyes?

Black text on a white background is best for the eyes as it forms good contrast between the text and the background color. Another reason is that the color white reflects every wavelength in the spectrum.

Q7. What color attracts the human eye most?

Green is one of the most eye-catching colors. Studies have shown that the human eye is most sensitive to light at the wavelength of bright green. Yellow is also an attractive color for the human eye, which is why it's used widely for road signs all over the world.

Q8. What is the best presentation software?

Visme is the best presentation software for both beginners and experts.

With Visme, you can create a professional and polished presentation in minutes using dozens of templates, built-in graphics, free images, animations, interactivity and other features.

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15 Presentation Background Examples & Templates to Keep Your Audience Awake

Written by: Ryan McCready Jul 07, 2023

Presentation Background Examples and Templates

Backgrounds are the foundation for creating an engaging presentation .

A great background can elevate your visual content and help it reach millions of people. But a bad background will make the whole project fall apart.

This is especially true when it comes to presentation backgrounds.

Most of the time, the reader is only going to see the background image once. But with presentations, it’s a whole different story.

Depending on how long your presentation is, that background could be seen 25, 50 or even 100 times!

In fact, according to a recent presentation design statistics study we did, the majority of keynote speakers said their biggest challenge was formatting their slides to keep readers engaged.

So you need to pick something that won’t distract or bore your audience.

Sometimes that’s a very tricky line to walk, but fear not–I have a ton of experience picking the perfect presentation background!

I’ve rounded up 15 great presentation templates to help you pick the ideal background for your presentation. Keep reading to learn how you can pick the perfect background and ace your next presentation!

1. Open Computer Screen Presentation Background

Client Marketing Pitch Deck

I’m a huge fan of using mockups in my content and design work. If you check out Venngage’s  Gallery , you will see that it’s full of professional poster and flyer mockups.

These mockups are extremely useful because you can instantly place the reader in your shoes. Readers will see a computer screen,  flyer  or another object like it’s sitting right in front of them.

This presentation background example is a simple mockup that almost anyone can use. It would work perfectly as a business background for many purposes beyond presentations too. Check out how the designer used it in the title slide below:

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2. Zen Garden Presentation Background Image

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Plants have been very popular for the past couple of years. If you have ever been in a new trendy restaurant, you definitely know what I’m talking about.

This simple background has the same feel as one of those hip establishments.

This background also embodies the colorful minimalism trend that is blowing up this year. In this case, a simple colorful subject dominates the graphic, but it still feels very light and airy.

And best of all, you can easily use a few different plant background images throughout the presentation. Take a look at how the designer used similar images to create a consistent design:

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3. Simple Dot Pattern Background Image

Iconics Pitch Deck Background

Sometimes you want a presentation background that gives your slides a little bit of texture, without being distracting. I believe that this presentation background embodies that idea pretty well.

It is just interesting enough to catch your eye, but not pull your attention away from what the presenter is talking about.

As you can see in the presentation example below, each slide feels like it has real depth as well. Almost like the icons and information are jumping off the page:

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4. Crumpled Paper Presentation Background Image

Green Startup Pitch Deck Background

Realistic flat images always make superb background images, in my opinion. I like to use them when I want to create a minimalist graphic or add something extra to a slide.  

The flat textures and patterns on this simple background are extremely flexible as well!

Like a blank canvas, you can create almost any kind of presentation on top of this background image. It can be used to improve an art lecture, a business meeting or a recycling presentation:

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With a simple color filter you can make the background image match your company branding as well:

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Check out our presentation design guide . It includes a ton more presentation design hacks like this one.

5. Colorful Circles Presentation Background Image

Social Media Business Presentation Background

Looking for a way to add a little color to your presentation? This background may be perfect for you!

It has a ton of white space for you to add content or headers to the slide. And the colorful circles make the presentation seem fun and light.

I would recommend using this background for a presentation that you want to keep casual and fun.

For example, the designers used this background as a title and conclusion slide for a social media presentation:

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Remember to pick a color palette that reflects the mood of your presentation.

6. Bold Red Arrow Presentation Background

Funding Pitch Deck Template Background

I would recommend finding a background before you start designing your presentation. This way you can create the slides around the background image.

With the right background image, you can give your slides structure and direction. Or at least improve the layout of your presentation .

Check out how the designers used this background image to improve the slides. The arrow of the background image perfectly fits the topic of the presentation.

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And because it’s used on the title slide, it will put the audience in the right headspace from the beginning.

7. Split Slide Presentation Background Example 

Modern Business Presentation Background

This example is one presentation background that everyone has probably used a few times. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was part of the first presentation software ever.

It may be extremely simple, but it’s just as effective all these years later. That’s because you can use this on any presentation topic or in any industry. Get your message across in a simple but powerful way with these simple presentations templates .

This ease of use and flexibility will help you create a killer presentation in no time. Take a look at how it was used throughout the slides below:

Modern Business Presentation

8. Subtle White Grid Presentation Background

Quarterly Digital Marketing Report Business Presentation Background

Like the white paper example above, this image will give your presentation background a lot of subtle depth. It’s engaging enough to grab someone’s attention, but not enough to distract from the written content.

I really like how the texture differs from one square to the next. It makes the whole image a lot more interesting to the eye.

Plus the white color palette will make it easy to place text, graphs or charts directly on top of it. This will ensure that your presentation isn’t cluttered or messy. Take a look at how it’s used in the presentation example below:

Quarterly Digital Marketing Report Business Presentation

9. Purple Gradient Presentation Background Image 

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If you haven’t heard, gradients are super popular and will be for the next few years. No, we haven’t gone back in time to the 1990’s — gradients are really back.

Gradients make great background images because they are unique and futuristic. If you want to stand out from the crowd, this background is perfect! Plus these color transitions look spectacular on HD screens and social media.

As you can see below, the white text and icons really jump off the page when placed on top of a gradient:

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And you can make a gradient out of literally any combination of colors that you want:

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10. Flat Typographic Background Image

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Typography is a key part of effective design.

I really like this background image because it will add a lot of character to a slide or presentation. The subtle shadows and highlights actually make this black and white photo seem colorful as well.

A background image like this is very versatile because you can use a few different color palettes with it. Not many colors are going to clash with that monochrome photo.

And if you use a vivid color palette, which is very trendy this year, the colors will very eye-catching. Take a look at how great the different palettes look below:

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11. Checkerboard Texture Presentation Background

Subscriber Sales Business Presentation Background

If you are tired of using a flat background image, but not ready for something too flashy, this background texture is perfect for you!

As you can see, it uses the classic checkerboard pattern to break up the background layer. However, because the pattern is also flat, it won’t distract from your presentation content.

I would recommend using this pattern to add a clear visual break between sections, kinda like they did in the slides below:

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Presentation slides play a crucial role in creating an engaging presentation. Browse our selection of engaging presentation templates to enhance your message and make it easier for your audience to understand and remember key points.

12. Geometric Pattern Presentation Background Image

Geometric Creative Presentation Background

This is one of the most interesting background images in the entire roundup, in my opinion. The bold colors and creative patterns will make the whole presentation feel extra exciting.

Another great feature of this background is that it can be used with a ton of different palettes. Go ahead, pick a color from the geometric pattern, and then use it throughout your slides.

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13. Flat Creative Presentation Background Image Example 

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Set the tone for your creative presentation from the start with this trendy background image. If you weren’t aware, succulents and plants are very trendy this year in creative circles.

The open section at the top of this background is the perfect spot to add a header or title as well. Check out how they used it in the title slide below:

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Plus the bold colors of this image help you pick the color palettes of the other slides:

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For more captivating presentation ideas , check out our selection of creative presentation templates .

14. Arrows Everywhere Subtle Background Texture 

Create an Infographic Outline Creative Presentation Background

A simple background like this can add some serious depth to your presentation. Or blog post.

With a myriad of textures, directions and sizes, the triangles will effortlessly draw the eye. I would recommend using this background in a tech and marketing presentation.

Also, you should try to stick to a geometric or minimalist theme for your slide. In the example below, they choose to use other simple shapes and it blends together extremely well:

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15. City Skyline Background Image Example

Industry Creative Presentation Background

Finding a subtle background image is hard, especially if you want to use a stock photo . A lot of the time they divert attention from the content on the screen.

Or, even worse, they don’t match your presentation’s color palette and theme. This city background is ideal because it has such a neutral color palette. Take a look at how well it matches the other slides below:

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You can also use a color filter to make it a little less distracting and match your presentation theme:

Industry Creative Presentation Background Filter

City landscapes can be versatile and work well with a variety of presentation topics, especially with business presentations. Have a presentation coming up? Check out our gallery of pitch deck templates to deliver the perfect presentation.

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Now that you made it to the end of our presentation background roundup, I would recommend checking out our collection of simple backgrounds :

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You’re here because you want to add some flair to your PowerPoint presentation and the default PowerPoint backgrounds available in the standard themes don’t do it for you. Fair enough, they’re bland, boring, and featureless. Then again, many of the PowerPoint backgrounds available for free download are cheesy or just outdated. You could spend hours looking for one that fits your needs and still end up half-satisfied. The good news? I did the digging for you. Out of thousands, I picked 20+ of the most professional and elegant free PowerPoint backgrounds for instant download. Scroll down to see them, pick one you like best, and start creating!

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But first, give this a thought— You’re looking for PowerPoint backgrounds because you want to make your presentation more exciting. Why not take it a step further? See, even with the most imaginative background out there, you’ll still be dealing with the devilish PowerPoint interface, only to put together a static slideshow that doesn’t captivate anyone’s attention. With Storydoc, you can use our easy editor and create an interactive, animated presentation in minutes. Just see what it might look like:

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How to set a background in PowerPoint?

First, a quick tutorial on how to change the default PowerPoint background. (If you already know how to do it, feel free to scroll down to the following section.)

  • Pick a slide you want to change the background in.
  • Go to “Design” → “Format Background.”
  • Select “Picture or texture fill.”
  • Choose the file you want to use as your background.
  • Click “Insert” in the Picture dialog box.

Then, in the “Fill” drop-down, you can adjust transparency and texture. You can also skip adding your own file and just go for a solid fill using the color of your liking, then tweak it playing around with different functions in the “Format Background” menu. You can try using different color combinations and color palettes that match the tone of your presentation or match your brand. Now, let’s get you some fine graphics that will bring your PPT presentation to life (even if just being there in the background:)).

The best PPT background images to download

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Wave green (free)

Kicking off with “Wave green,” a free PowerPoint background that’s neither too fancy nor too basic. A good pick for presentations across different industries and use cases.

retro black

Retro black (free)

A minimalist, abstract PPT background brought to you by FreePPTBackgrounds. So, yes, you guessed it, it’s free to download!

cute floral

Cute floral (free)

Designed by Malti Drago, this cute PowerPoint background will add a touch of spring liveliness to your presentation. Use it when you want your slide deck to give off this homely kind of vibe.

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Low poly (free)

Designed by SlideModel and, again, 100% free to use, “Low poly” is a professional background based on an imitation of a 3D surface with some subtle color shading going on. A very neutral, eye-pleasing design.

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Black waves (free)

Not all presentations can pull off a dark background but if you’re in a modern area of business such as tech, engineering, or digital marketing and want to put your game face on, the free “Black waves” PowerPoint background will help you do just that.

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Blue art (free)

Note: the developers of this background, “Free-PowerPoint-Templates” don’t allow you to download high-res mockup pictures from their website so this one might look a tad blurry. Nothing to worry about, though, if you choose to download it, it will be perfectly sharp, just as its design is.

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Red-blue-green (free)

A bit retro, a bit corny, and a bit 8-bit, but it still works! The RBG theme of this PowerPoint background will make it a great choice for all industries that have to do with image processing: TV, media, advertising, photography, graphic design, and so on.

lens flare

Lens flare (free)

Okay, this one *is* from Microsoft and I still decided to include it in the gallery despite all of what I said about how “boring” their backgrounds were. This one is classy, subtle, and easy on the eyes and free to download from the Microsoft website itself.

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Horizontal stripes (free)

Using this one as a background for all of your PowerPoint slides might backfire as the differently-sized horizontal stripes can feel confusing and make the text harder to read. It will work great as a background for summary or “main point” slides, though.

lavender

Lavender? (Free)

Okay, I’m not so great with plants but I do think this one is Lavender. (Is it? Feel free to drop me a line if it’s not). Either way, a tasteful close-up of some nice flowers. Oh, and there’s a butterfly in there. Add a level of transparency to it, and you’ll have a very cute and professional look for a PPT background.  

stylish cartoon

Stylish cartoon

Designed by Yasemin Yaldiz of Turkey (and part of a collection of 4 different illustrations), this background for PowerPoint feels mysterious and inviting at the same time. A very unique aesthetic will surely help make your presentation unforgettable.

splash

A very simple idea executed to perfection. Splashes of bright paint on a dark background—looking cool and modern without trading off any of the perfect legibility.

simple desk

Simple desk

This cute PowerPoint background brought to you by Slidefabric will be a great choice for corporate presentations. There’s the desk, very much Marie-Kondo-style, there’s the nice looking chair, you just *feel* yourself getting comfortable and productive only looking at this one. 

digital classroom

Digital classroom

Any teachers in the house? Yeah, remote teaching is a pain, one that this fun PowerPoint background won’t necessarily heal on the spot, but I’m sure your students will appreciate the touch and feel this one can add to your presentations.  

pastel wallpaper

Pastel wallpaper

Okay, this is cheating a bit because the image on the left has actually been designed as a desktop wallpaper. Still, it’s beautiful while not being too distracting—that’s what makes a perfect PowerPoint background.

blurred backgrounds bundle

Blurred backgrounds bundle

Part of a bundle of 50+ similar-yet-different PPT backgrounds, all of those based on blurred splashes of color. A good pick for a funky, out-of-the-box presentation.

fiery wallpaper

Fiery wallpaper

Yes, I did it again. Yet another wallpaper-turned-background, one that will work great for all the same reasons. Designed by HappyPastels, loved by all customers!

customizable flowers

Customizable flowers

A pretty watercolor picture of flowers great for brochures, covers, or even business cards (yes, you can create all of those in PowerPoint). The bundle comes with a bunch of customizable text fields filled with different pastel colors.

pastel rainbow

Pastel rainbow

Another pack of PPT backgrounds on our list, this one created by Jax & Jake, containing 8 backgrounds with semi-transparent fill, 8 ones with white fill, and 8 transparent borders. 

fresh watercolor

Fresh watercolor

Last but not least, “Fresh watercolor” by KaySquaredPrintables. A PowerPoint background I loved because it just feels so comforting and stylish at the same time. Plus, I think the dynamics of the flowers on the sides of the image are just perfect for creating well-balanced slides. A really neat piece of work. 

And that's a wrap!

Hope you’ve found a PowerPoint background you fell in love with and one that will really captivate your audience. Just make sure to go for a design that fits the theme and vibe of your presentation. Cute little flowers wouldn’t work too well on a slide deck about war in Iraq, would they? But I’m sure you’d figure that out on your own. So why are you still here? Time to start creating!

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You can use a picture as the background for a slide or slides.

You can adjust the picture's transparency after you add it to the slide.

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Right-click the margin of the slide and then select Format Background .

In the Format Background pane, choose Picture or texture fill .

Under Insert picture from , choose where to get the picture from:

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To adjust the picture's relative lightness, slide the Transparency bar to the right.

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To apply the background picture to all slides in your presentation, choose Apply to All . Otherwise, simply close the Format Background pane.

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In Normal view, select a slide that has the background pattern or picture you want to remove.

On the Design tab of the toolbar ribbon, in the Customize group at the far right end, select Format Background .

The Format Background button is on the Design tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint

In the Format Background pane, under Fill , select Solid Fill .

In the Format Background pane, select Solid Fill

Select the down arrow next to the Color button. A gallery of colors appears. Select the white color.

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If you want to recolor or add an image to fill the backdrop of your PowerPoint presentation, you can do this by adding a background to one or more of your slides. You can use the background feature to add an image, color, or pattern that fills the entire slide behind your content. You can use different backgrounds for different slides to create contrast, highlight a topic, or match a theme.

How to add a background to a specific slide in PowerPoint:

1. Select the PowerPoint slide that you want to add a background to. You can do this by clicking on the slide thumbnail in the left pane, or by using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

2. Go to the Design tab on the PowerPoint ribbon and click on Format Background in the Customize group. This will open the Format Background pane on the right side of the screen.

3. In the Format Background pane, you can choose from various options to customize your background. You can select a solid fill, a gradient fill, a picture or texture fill, or a pattern fill. You can also adjust the transparency, brightness, contrast, and other settings of your background.

PowerPoint Format Background selection menu to add or change background

4. To apply the background to a selected PowerPoint slide, make sure that the Apply to All button is not selected at the bottom of the Format Background pane. However to apply the same background to all slides in your presentation, click the Apply to All button.

5. Close the Format Background pane by clicking the X icon at the top right corner. Note that you can also use the Reset Background button to undo any changes you made to the background.

That's it! You have added a background to a specific slide in PowerPoint. If you are applying backgrounds only to specific slides, simply repeat these steps for any other slide that you want to customize with a different background.

How to update the background of a PowerPoint slide

If you have an existing PowerPoint slide or presentation with a background, it's easy to change. To update the background of PowerPoint slides the steps are largely the same:

  • Right mouse click on the slide and select 'Format background'. The Format Background pane will open
  • Make required changes via the Format background pane
  • If you would like the changes made to be applied to the other slides in your presentation, select 'Apply to all' at the bottom of the Format Background pane
  • Once you are happy with the changes, close the Format Background pane

Troubleshooting steps: if the Format Background option does not show a background

Note - if you have a color or image on the background of a PowerPoint slide which doesn't update once you have made the update, there are a couple of troubleshooting options to try:

  • Manually added backgrounds: check if the background has been added manually to the slide. Simply click on a portion of the PowerPoint slide not covered by textboxes or objects, to see if the background will move. If it does, simply delete it use the Format Background method for adding any new background color or imagery.
  • Manual added and locked backgrounds: if the Format Background does not show any background information and you cannot move the background by selecting it, the background may have been manually added and locked. You will be able to tell if there is a locked shape or image on the background if there is a darker line that appears around the perimeter of the slide when you click on the area not covered by textboxes. You can also right click, and if you see an "unlock" option this indicates there is a locked shape. Simply unlock the shape and delete it. Then use the Format Background method for adding any new background color or imagery.

Trying to add a watermark to the background of your PowerPoint presentation? Refer to our helpful guide about adding watermarks to PowerPoint .

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Presentations have always been the more preferred way of conveying a rather long message to a group of people. Presentations are used for discussing ideas, reports, brainstorming sessions, seminars, forecasts, etc. However, for most creating beautiful, professional and interesting PowerPoint presentations can be time-consuming.

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  • Fonts: Sans Serif fonts such as Helvetica or Arial are preferred for their clean lines, which make them easy to digest at various sizes and distances. Limit the number of font styles to two: one for headings and another for body text, to avoid visual confusion or distractions.
  • Colors: Colors can evoke emotions and highlight critical points, but their overuse can lead to a cluttered and confusing presentation. A limited palette of two to three main colors, complemented by a simple background, can help you draw attention to key elements without overwhelming the audience.
  • Pictures: Pictures can communicate complex ideas quickly and memorably but choosing the right images is key. Images or pictures should be big (perhaps 20-25% of the page), bold, and have a clear purpose that complements the slide’s text.
  • Layout: Don’t overcrowd your slides with too much information. When in doubt, adhere to the principle of simplicity, and aim for a clean and uncluttered layout with plenty of white space around text and images. Think phrases and bullets, not sentences.

As an intern or early career professional, chances are that you’ll be tasked with making or giving a presentation in the near future. Whether you’re pitching an idea, reporting market research, or sharing something else, a great presentation can give you a competitive advantage, and be a powerful tool when aiming to persuade, educate, or inspire others.

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June 17, 2024, 6:05 a.m.

Lesson plan: History of Juneteenth and why it became a national holiday

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A Juneteenth celebration in Richmond, Virginia, 1905. Library of Congress

This lesson was originally published on June 16, 2021, and was updated on June 16, 2024.

For a Google version of this lesson plan, click here . (Note: you will need to make a copy of the document to edit it).

In this lesson, students will explore and discuss the history and context around the Juneteenth holiday in the United States. Topics explored will include the history of racial injustice in the U.S., the Civil War and the limitations of the Emancipation Proclamation. Additionally, students will be encouraged to explore the modern significance of Juneteenth and its long-term impact.

Estimated time

One 50-60 minute class period

Grade Level

Grades 6-12

On June 15, 2021, the Senate unanimously approved a bill approving June 19 as a federal holiday for “Juneteenth National Independence Day.” The House passed the bill one day later. Still, many Americans are still unaware of the history and significance of June 19.

On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring “that all persons held as slaves” in the Confederacy “shall be free.” While this may have freed some enslaved people on paper, the reality was much more complicated.

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For instance, the Emancipation Proclamation only freed those slaves held under the Confederacy, not in border states loyal to the Union, including Kentucky, West Virginia and Delaware, where slavery was still legal after the Emancipation Proclamation. In fact, slavery was still legal in Kentucky until Dec. 1865, when the 13th Amendment was passed, though Kentucky voted against ratifying the amendment.

Confederate states and slaveholders also resisted emancipation, and many people remained enslaved in Confederate states after the proclamation, even as many enslaved people fought for their freedom or escaped behind Union lines. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger of the Union issued an order in Galveston, Texas, alerting all enslaved persons that they were legally free.

At this point in 1865, Texas was the westernmost state in America and one of the last Confederate states to be occupied by the Union. Many slaveholders had fled Union advances in other parts of the South to Texas, along with the people they had enslaved.

While it took time for the logistics of “freeing” enslaved people to come into effect, the importance of June 19, or “Juneteenth” lived on. Considering how complicated emancipation was, many dates were considered for holding celebrations of emancipation, but over 150 years later, June 19 remains.

What originally was a holiday mainly observed by Texans has grown to be recognized all over the country. Each year on “Juneteenth,” (or more formally Juneteenth National Freedom Day), communities all around the United States gather and celebrate and reflect on the history of slavery and struggle for civil rights and equality, including the work that still remains after conditional advances such as the Emancipation Proclamation.

Warm up activity

As a class, watch the BrainPop video (8 minutes) below found here introducing Juneteenth. While watching the video, answer the following discussion questions.

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Source: BrainPop

Discussion questions:

  • What is “Juneteenth”? What does it celebrate?
  • Why did it take so long for enslaved peoples in Texas to finally be free? What obstacles existed?
  • What were some of the forms of discrimination against newly freed people mentioned in the video?
  • What is the Great Migration?
  • How did Juneteenth become a national, not just regional, celebration?

After watching the video, separate into groups of 3-4 to discuss the focus questions (5 minutes).

Main activities:

  • Why was June 19th chosen as the date to celebrate the freedom of all Americans? What were some of the drawbacks to other dates? Can you make an argument for why you think a different date might have been better and/or worse?
  • Gates describes several reasons why Juneteenth struggled to be remembered at times, and why it was able to endure. Compare and contrast what the BrainPop video included as reasons why Juneteenth struggled and endured with what Gate’s emphasizes. What do you think were the most important factors in Juneteenth’s momentum and remembrance continuing?
  • “When did they start recognizing Juneteenth, if at all?”
  • “What was the process of Juneteenth becoming a holiday in my state?”
  • If Juneteenth isn’t recognized in your state, see if you can answer, “Why is Juneteenth not recognized?”
  • This search engine for state and local government websites
  • The Library of Congress

Additional activities

  • Brainstorm or plan a Juneteenth celebration activity. This can be decorating a common area, bringing in a relevant local speaker or planning a refreshment break for your school. Juneteenth celebrations can be in the home, at school or in community locations. For more inspiration see these resources:
  • “ How to Celebrate ” from Juneteenth.com
  • See how others are celebrating Juneteenth on Twitter .
  • Some activists feel ambivalent about Juneteenth becoming a national holiday, or reject the idea. To learn more about the nuances surrounding making Juneteenth a federal holiday, watch this NewsHour interview with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal recorded in 2020 amid the George Floyd protests.

  • The day now known as Juneteenth was formally recognized as a national holiday in 2021, due in large part to the activism of retired teacher Opal Lee. Learn more about Lee's activism and the message of Juneteenth in this NewsHour interview with Opal Lee.

If classrooms finish and plan a celebratory activity, please share your ideas with us on social media @NewsHourEXTRA on Twitter.

This lesson was written by Cecilia Curran, NewsHour Classroom intern, while she was a rising sophomore at Amherst College. This lesson was edited by NewsHour Classroom's education producer and former history teacher Vic Pasquantonio.

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