Are you worried that your presentation might look boring? Consider using one of the many backgrounds for PowerPoint to liven things up and make your slideshow more interesting. Many PowerPoint presentations are mostly text on a solid white, black, or colored background.
It doesn't have to be that way. There are many professional PowerPoint
backgrounds, such as those available through Envato Elements and GraphicRiver,
that you can use to add interest to any slideshow if you know where to look for
In this article, you'll learn the characteristics of good PowerPoint backgrounds. We'll also discuss the benefits of using premium PowerPoint backgrounds. Finally, I'll share a curated list of some of the best premium PowerPoint background templates and I'll provide you with a list of sites where you can download PowerPoint backgrounds free of charge.
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Why Your PowerPoint Background Is Important
Your PowerPoint background is important because
your presentation is important. Using an interesting background on your slides
can help take your slideshow from being "ho hum" to being
sophisticated, engaging, or otherwise captivating to your audience. Here are just a few advantages of using a PowerPoint
1. Adds Texture to Your Slides
The vast majority of PowerPoint slideshow slides are set
against a stark white background. So, adding a textured background can help
give your presentation an edge.
2. Contributes to Your Message
Using the right PowerPoint background for your
presentation can strengthen your message. Imagine using a cool PowerPoint background
with geometric shapes for a creative presentation, for example.
3. Catches the Audience's Eyes
When your audience sees that you've used a Microsoft PowerPoint background, they notice. They instantly perceive that there's something different about your presentation.
Of course, as important as using good background
pictures for PowerPoint is, it's also important to use the right PowerPoint
background templates. Next, we'll take a look at what to look for in good PowerPoint
What Makes a Great PowerPoint Background
Here's some characteristics of a good PowerPoint
1. Fits With Your Message
A good PowerPoint background template should fit well with
your message. If your presentation is about technology you wouldn't necessarily
want to use PPT background images of wooden boards.
2. Not Too Cluttered
The right PowerPoint backgrounds leave plenty of
room for you to add your information and images. Generally, simpler is better
when it comes to PPT background images.
3. Is Subtle
A good PPT image won't distract from your
slideshow's text and images. Look for templates with backgrounds that are blurred or faded so
that they don't overpower your message.
Why Choose a Premium PowerPoint Background
You may think downloading one of the many free
PowerPoint backgrounds is the best bargain for your needs. But keep in mind
that when you get PowerPoint backgrounds free you often get what you paid for.
Depending on where you get your free PPT background templates that can mean no
support, nothing but a minimal PPT background image, or no additional pre-build
slide designs or options. If your presentation is important, it's worth it to
consider using good premium PowerPoint backgrounds from a reputable site such
as Envato Elements or GraphicRiver.
Many Envato Elements PowerPoint templates
include interesting backgrounds as well as professionally-designed slide
templates. They're easy to use and include lots of extras to help you create
the perfect presentation.
Plus, Envato Elements is a great bargain! For a
single monthly fee you can download as many PowerPoint templates as you want.
And you get unlimited access to other creative elements as well!
Best Premium PowerPoint Background Templates
Here are some examples of templates with cool
PowerPoint backgrounds that you can find on Envato Elements:
This creative PowerPoint template features
slides with the background of wintry sky. You can also choose between full
animation or no animation. This PowerPoint template could be perfect for a
seasonal presentation, a creative presentation, or a personal presentation.
Here's a great PowerPoint theme that features a
white wooden background. The pattern is perfect if you're looking to add a bit
of subtle texture your slideshow. It comes with six pre-made color themes and
other extras so you can easily change the look of your presentation.
This cool PPT template comes with a wood pattern
background. You can also choose between dark and light backgrounds. And it's
animated. Use the included documentation to get started on your presentation
Are you looking for a PowerPoint template that's
a little bit bolder? The Diagonal Lines PowerPoint template features sharp
diagonal lines that frame your presentation message. This PowerPoint template
includes many different data visualization elements.
More Premium Infographic Templates to Download
If you only need a PowerPoint template for a
one-time use, there's still a way to download premium professionally-designed
templates with GraphicRiver.
With GraphicRiver, you'll still get top-notch, eye-catching
slide templates without any type of long-term commitment. If you only give presentations
occasionally or if your budget is tight, this can be a great way to find quality
PowerPoint background templates.
Here's a curated list of some templates with
good backgrounds for PowerPoint:
This great bundle features not one, but several
great hand-made background textures to choose from. It also includes:
- placeholders for images
- 11 themes
- many different infographics and charts
- one-of-a-kind infographics
- and more!
This gorgeous PowerPoint template features a cool wood grain PPT background image. This would look great as part of a builder's presentation or any presentation that needs a bit of western flair. You'll love the variety of slide designs in this easy-to-customize template.
The rugged wood and weathered paper textures that
come as PowerPoint background images in this template are sure to set your presentation
apart. On top of that, you'll get tons of options—like
46 unique screen designs, six pre-styled automatic data charts, and over 110
Are you looking for a brick PowerPoint background
template? With the wall you get four background images, including dark and
light brick wall textures. Our customers love this one and you will too. Here's
some of their comments:
"Awesome graphics, mate!"
"Very nice template!"
The Business PowerPoint presentation template
includes multiple blur backgrounds so that you can find the perfect PPT
background for your needs. This template
is easy to edit. It includes over 100 icons and a help file.
This PPT template may be called Fast Food
PowerPoint Presentation Template, but you'll find it's suitable for a wide
variety of presentation types. Choose from between three different PPT
backgrounds: cream, white, and black.
Use the PPT background images in this attractive
template to add interest to your slideshow. This PowerPoint template also
includes some animation. This good-looking template would be great for a
presentation on corporate vision, creativity, or future plans.
Last, but not least, don't overlook the Bubbles
PowerPoint template. This attractive template includes an attractive abstract PPT background image. Plus, it's animated! And
there's a help file included with the download to help you get started quickly.
Sites With Free PowerPoint Backgrounds
A premium, professionally-designed PowerPoint
template is almost always your best choice. But if your budget is really
limited and you can't afford even a one-time purchase of a premium PowerPoint
template, don't despair. There are some fairly good free PowerPoint backgrounds
available. I've put together a list (below) of over ten sites where you can
download free PPT background templates.
Note: Keep in mind that some free templates require that you provide
attribution for your presentation or their use may be restricted to non-commercial use only. There may be other requirements as well. Read
Office. A good place to find free PowerPoint backgrounds to download is
Microsoft's templates site. You'll find a lot of templates that include
PowerPoint backgrounds here. One example is the Chalkboard Education
Presentation template (pictured below):
2. Presentation Magazine.
Each of these free PPT background templates includes a matching color theme and
slide layouts for a title page and an inside page.
3. Free PPT Backgrounds. At this website you'll find a wide variety of categorized free PowerPoint background templates available for download.
4. ALLPPT.com. This is another site that allows you to download PowerPoint templates for free, including PowerPoint background images.
Styles. The free templates and backgrounds on this site will work with
PowerPoint, Open Office, or Google Slides. This site includes many abstract PPT
background templates, including the example below:
Find free PowerPoint presentation slides for a variety of uses that you can
download from the SlideHunter site.
7. Educational Technology Clearing House. This website was created by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology for the integration of technology into Kindergarten through 12th grade.
8. PPTBackgroundTemplates. Scroll
through these free background templates to find one that meets your needs.
PPT Backgrounds. You'll find a selection of PPT backgrounds here including
abstract backgrounds, textures, and more.
This site has a good selection of abstract and themed background patterns. I
also noticed some metallic PowerPoint backgrounds here.
11. PPT Backgrounds.
You can find many different types of free PowerPoint backgrounds at this site.
The PPT background illustrated below shows stars on a blue background:
Learn More About Using PowerPoint Background Templates
We've got lots of resources to help
more about PowerPoint and also about how to create a top-notch presentations. These
tutorials are a great place to begin:
- Microsoft PowerPointHow to Quickly Edit PPT Slide Background Graphics Using PowerPointAndrew Childress
- Microsoft PowerPointHow to Make Good PowerPoint Slide Designs Even Better in 2020Sven Lenaerts
- Microsoft PowerPoint25 PowerPoint Presentation Tips To Make Good PPT Slides in 2021 (+ Expert Tips)Andrew Childress
- Microsoft PowerPoint50 Effective PowerPoint Presentation Tips (To Improve Your Skills)Brad Smith
If you're looking for more attractive PowerPoint
template designs, check out these round up articles that feature some of our best
PowerPoint templates from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver:
- Microsoft PowerPoint35 Cool PowerPoint Templates (Amazing PPT Slides for Presentations in 2020)Laura Spencer
- Presentations30+ Fun PowerPoint Templates With Colorful PPT Slide Designs (For 2020)Laura Spencer
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You've just discovered how good background
pictures for PowerPoint can make a real difference in how your audience
perceives your presentation. I've also listed what to look for in good PowerPoint
backgrounds. We've explored both free PowerPoint backgrounds as well as premium
PowerPoint backgrounds from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver.
Why not make use of PowerPoint backgrounds when you
create your next slideshow and discover the difference they can make for
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