To make your presentations look more visually appealing, PowerPoint lets you add color and graphics to your slides. Color and graphics can't turn a worthless presentation into an informative one, but they can enhance an informative presentation and make it easier for people to watch.
Applying a Theme
By default, PowerPoint displays each slide with a white background. Although you could change the colors and appearance of each slide individually, it's much easier to change every slide in your presentation using a theme. A theme provides predesigned colors and designs that are applied to each slide to give your presentation a uniform and professional look.
To define a theme for a presentation, follow these steps:
1. Click the Design tab.
2. Click the More button under the Themes group.
A menu appears, as shown in Figure 11-1.
Themes provide predesigned backgrounds for your presentation.
If you move the mouse pointer over a theme, PowerPoint shows how your presentation will look.
3. Click a theme.
PowerPoint displays your chosen theme on your slides.
4. Click the Theme Colors icon in the Themes group.
A menu appears, listing different color variations you can choose for your presentation, as shown in Figure 11-2.
5. Click a color pattern.
PowerPoint displays your new theme colors.
6. Click the Fonts icon in the Themes group.
A menu appears listing all the default fonts for your presentation, as shown in Figure 11-3.
7. Click a font.
8. Click the Effects icon in the Themes group.
A menu appears listing all the different effects you can give your presentation, such as Metro or Currency.
Theme colors let you customize the colors used in your chosen theme.
9. Click an effect.
Theme fonts select the default font to use.