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How to Add a Watermark in PowerPoint Presentations (In 60 Seconds)

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This post is part of a series called How to Use PowerPoint in 60 Seconds (Quick Video Tutorials).
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A watermark can help you protect the integrity of your presentation. A watermark clearly identifies a presentation as yours. This can be especially important when many presentations are uploaded to the internet. A watermark can also be used to distinguish a draft of your presentation from the final presentation.

A watermark is a semi-transparent image that is visible in the background so that it can be seen, but light enough that your presentation is clearly visible. In this tutorial I'll teach you how to add watermarks to your slides in Microsoft PowerPoint. 

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Note: In this tutorial we use the PPTx Infographics Template. You can find more great PPT presentation templates on Envato Elements, on GraphicRiveror in our  Ultimate Guide to the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Templates.

How to Quickly Add a Watermark in PowerPoint

Note: Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, that complement this video to learn how to make a watermark in PowerPoint.

1. Get Your Watermark Ready in Photoshop

The first thing that I recommend doing is getting the logo file that you use as a watermark ready in an app like Photoshop. I've got mine open here in Photoshop:

watermark file
Start by preparing your watermark image in a tool like Photoshop.

Turn down the Opacity so that your image works well as a watermark. This will help it blend into the slide nicely.

watermark with opacity turned down
Turn down the Opacity to help your watermark image blend into the slide.

 Save the file in Photoshop as a transparent PNG.

2. Open the PowerPoint Slide Master

Open PowerPoint to a presentation that you want to watermark. Go to the View tab and switch to the Slide Master

switch to the Slide Master
Putting the watermark on the Slide Master means it appears on every slide in the presentation.

Let's paste in that logo file and then drag to reposition it to where we want.

Reposition the watermark
You can drag and drop the watermark to place it where you want it. You can also resize it.

The advantage to working on the slide master is that the changes you make to this slide will affect multiple slides so that you don't have to place the watermark on each and every one. 

3. Check Your Watermark in Standard Slide View

Return to the standard slide view. The logo is in the same place on each slide. It'll act as a watermark that is present on every slide in PowerPoint. Here's a slide with the finished watermark on it: 

slide with watermark on it
Notice the watermark in the upper right corner.

More Envato Tuts+ PowerPoint Presentation Tutorials

Learn more in our  PowerPoint tutorials and quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+. We've got an assortment of PowerPoint material to help you use videos in your presentations better: 

You can also find great PowerPoint presentation templates with premium designs on GraphicRiver or Envato ElementsOr, browse through our selection of the  best Microsoft PowerPoint designs:

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We also have the perfect complement to this tutorial, which will walk you through the complete presentation process. Learn how to write your presentation, design it like a pro, and prepare it to present powerfully.

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Download our new eBook: The Complete Guide to Making Great Presentations. It's available for free with a subscription to the Tuts+ Business Newsletter.

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