How to Get a Picture Behind Text in PowerPoint


Layering images and text together in a PowerPoint slide adds depth and interest to your material, and gives your slides a professional look. Inserting a picture in the back layer of your slide can create a more customized background than the standard-issue solid or gradient colors than are packaged in the PowerPoint templates. This is a convenient way to grab attention, but keep in mind that bright or busy backgrounds should be avoided when using text in the same slide. It decreases the text's legibility and even make your audience dizzy.

  • Open the PowerPoint presentation in which you want to layer or stack pictures behind text.

  • Insert the photograph if it's not already on your slide. Select the "Insert" tab. Click on the "Picture" icon in the "Images" group. Navigate to the location of the picture on your computer, then click "Open."

  • Insert the text on your slide that you wish to place in front of the picture. Click on "Insert," then click on the "Text Box" icon in the "Text" group. Place the cursor on the slide. Hold down your mouse button and drag it across the slide to create a text box, then release. Type your text in the text box.

  • Click on the picture you want to move. Click on "Picture Tools," then "Format." Click on the "Send Backward" icon in the "Arrange" group. Alternately, right-click on the image and choose "Send Backward."

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