Have you been looking for a good tool to use for creating comic strips and storyboards? You probably already have one. Surprise! It’s PowerPoint! Welcome to Day 35 of 365 Ideas for Office 365, where we will easily create background images. #OnlyInPowerPoint
This is one of my favorite things to use PowerPoint for.
Whether you are creating a short comic strip or a longer storyboard, the first task for each slide is to create a background. Often this will be the same for all the slides, but it doesn’t have to be.
One way to add a background is to right-click in empty space on a slide and click on “format background“
A window will open on the right side with all the options for formatting the background. One of them is “picture or texture fill. “
Background Fill Options
When you click on picture or texture fill, more options appear.
Options for filling background with an image
You can choose to use a picture from a File, which means a picture you have saved on the device you are currently using.
Or, if you haven’t chosen and saved an image ahead of time, you can choose to insert a picture from online. This allows you to search for an image right now.
Finally, you can choose to Insert a picture form the Clipboard. This handy feature means you can use Ctrl-C to click on an image, either inside of PowerPoint or out, or use a snipping tool like OneNote’s Windows-shift-S to click and drag over any part of the screen you want to copy, both of which place that image on the clipboard. That means you don’t have to save it as an image or download it in order to choose it as a background image.
Once you have a background image on one slide, you may choose to duplicate the slide now, but you may want to wait. To duplicate the slide, right-click on that slide in the list of slides on the right side of your screen, and choose “duplicate slide”
Duplicate a slide
Off-topic tip of the day
(Completely off-topic tip of the day: When you right-click on a slide, have you ever noticed that almost every command has one letter underlined? If you press that key (a for duplicate), it selects that command. This means you don’t have to move your mouse down to Duplicate Slide. You can just press the “A” key and Enter.)
Why wouldn’t you duplicate it now? Because now you have to add your characters, and their speech bubbles, so if you put them in first, you only have to add them once. More on that tomorrow. For today, practice making backgrounds, and maybe make a folder of potential backgrounds in OneDrive for future use.