Changing Master Slide Backgrounds
The most common reason to change a master slide background is if you have a graphic or photo that doesn't work well with the theme's regular background. That's why, in fact, most themes have a Blank slide master, which you can use as an empty canvas for your content.
Another good reason to change a master slide's background is so that you can use that changed background for a group of related slides in your presentation. For example, let's say that you're doing a presentation about three different local sports teams, and you'll have several slides per team. For each team, you can use a different background, perhaps keyed to the team's colors. You could change the slide background for each individual slide, but that's more work than necessary. Just create a master slide with a different background for each team.
To change a master slide background:
- Choose View > Show Master Slides to display the Master Slides Organizer.
- Click the Inspector button in the Toolbar to display the Inspector window, then click the Slide button in the Inspector toolbar.
- Select the master slide that you wish to change. The Inspector window changes to the Master Slide Inspector.
- Click the Appearance tab.
- (Optional) If you want to work with a duplicate of the original master slide, rather than modify the original, choose Slide > New Master Slide.
Keynote then duplicates the master slide, allowing you to modify the duplicate (
Figure 3.8 Rather than modifying one of your existing master slides, it's often more useful to duplicate the master slide. Then you can make changes to the duplicate. Here, "Master #12" is the just-created duplicate.
- To change the background of the master slide, choose from the pop-up menu in the Background section of the Master Slide Inspector (
). You can choose between Color Fill (applies a solid color to the slide), Gradient Fill (applies a gradient pattern), Image Fill (uses a graphic image for the background), Tinted Image Fill (uses a tinted graphic image, such as a sepia tint, for the background), or None.
Figure 3.9 Use the Background section of the Master Slide Inspector to set your color, gradient, or image fill.
- Add any other elements you wish to the background, including text, graphics, charts, or tables.
- If desired, select the Title, Body, or Slide Number check boxes in the Master Slide Inspector.