How to Create and Use Custom Gradients in Google Slides

MakeUseOf | 6/7/2019 | Shianne Edelmayer
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Google Slides is a great, easy way to make a presentation. This is especially true if you don’t have access to other slideshow programs like Microsoft PowerPoint.

One neat trick you can do in Google Slides is to add a custom gradient, color fill, or wallpaper image to the background area of your presentation. Here’s how to create one.

Thing - Google - Slides - Document - File

The first thing you’ll want to do is open up your Google Slides document. For this tutorial I’m going to open up a file I started for another tutorial: How to Create a Presentation in Google Slides.

How to Create a Presentation in Google Slides

Google - Slides - Presentation - Start

Still unfamiliar with Google Slides? Here's how you can create a basic presentation from start to finish.

To add a gradient or solid color, click on the thumbnail in your left-hand preview window that you want to change. If it’s highlighted yellow, that means it’s active.

Top - Workspace - Click - Background

Next, go to the top of your workspace and click on Background, seen here in red.

Note: When you mouse over it, it might say “Change Background”. This is Google Slides’ way of telling you what this button does in detail.

Background - Background - Window

Once you click on Background, your Background window will pop up.

Next to Image you’ll see a button that says Choose image. By clicking on this, you can add an image to your slide’s background.

Beside - Color - Categories - Background - Color

Beside Color, seen here in red, you’ll discover two categories for your background color fill: Solid and Gradient.

Solid is how you add a basic color fill. By clicking on one of these swatches, you can add that swatch to the background.

Image - Color - Slide - Presentation - Add

If you want to add the same image or color to every slide in your presentation, click Add to theme. Google Slides will apply that image to every slide that has a matching background.

If you click on the Gradient option, you’ll see another...
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