How To Create A PowerPoint Template: Make Your Own Slide Background (1 of 3)


Watch over my shoulder and learn how to create a PowerPoint template from scratch – starting with your slide master and creating your own slide backgrounds. #PowerPointTemplates #PowerPointTutorial

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Video Table of Contents:
1:41 – Set your fonts
2:02 – Set the slide background and design elements
3:20 – DON’T delete the slide layouts
4:24 – Parent slide description and how it effects your slides
5:11 – Format the parent slide background
5:42 – Crop to fit a background picture
7:56 – Create a transparent background
10:15 – Adding a background design element
10:59 – How to add and edit your grid lines


To see the 4 best places I recommend for finding professional PowerPoint templates online, read my guide below.

This is the first of three parts to this PowerPoint training series on templates. To continue learning more about how to make your own PowerPoint templates, see the other two parts of this series below:

► PowerPoint Templates Part #2: Setting up your PowerPoint Placeholders

► PowerPoint Templates Part #3: How To Design Your Slides

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In this first PowerPoint template tutorial (part 1 of 3), you’ll learn how to get started building your own professional PowerPoint templates. On top of that, you’ll learn a number of mistakes to avoid to ensure your PowerPoint template actually works.

Discover how to create your own PowerPoint slide background, how to generate a slide layout with grid lines and build the overall framework for your own corporate template that anyone can easily use. On top of that you’ll also learn:

– How to use and navigate the PowerPoint slide master (and how the parent and child slides work together)
– How to use the different paste special options
– How to add a pattern background to your slide
– How to crop images to fit your entire slide background
– How to add a radial gradient fill to a shape with transparency
– How to add new guides and move them around on your Slide Master
– And more!

To learn more about how to create custom PowerPoint templates, including template design ideas, tips and resources, see the below blog post:



  1. Love this!! So many great tips that even a PowerPoint veteran still is learning. Crop to 16:9 ratio will save me tonnes of hours in future! I’ll add that straight to the quick access toolbar!

  2. Very clear and easy to follow instructions. You speak very clearly and I love your calm soothing voice. And no distracting, superfluous background music. Thank you for the great video, thumbs up 👍 and I subscribed!

  3. What to do if I want to use different bacground or direction ov the bacground fading on my first title slide and another one on rest of the slides? Is that posible to set in my template?

  4. Hi Camille! Loved your videos. Just one question, can I set a different background to the main master slide? How can I do that? Thanks!

  5. Thank you!

    just one question: how do you create a custom font combination? i want to use avenir next by default but can't find a way to set it that way. greetings

  6. Hey, great job on the tutorial and thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with others. I have a quick question: is there a particular reason why you copied and pasted the image as a background image/pattern as opposed to simply setting it up as a background image? I would like to change the transparency of the photo and copying and pasting it directly onto the website will not allow me to adjust the transparency. By contrast, setting the photo as a background image will give me the option to set the transparency. Thanks!

  7. Awesome video, thanks for posting it!
    Quick question: How can I add the toolbar below the ribbon bar (at 1:29 you add a rectangle using that bar, but I can't find a way to add it). Btw, I'm using Version 1808.
    Thanks in advance!

  8. If you are working on your slide background image and you don't like the background, you can see how to remove it here:


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