Inserting a watermark in PowerPoint

Microsoft Word has a feature to insert a watermark, but not PowerPoint. Here’s how you can insert a watermark with the help of Custom Animation (Emphasis > Transparency):


  1. First, you will need to enter the Slide Master. Click View > Master > Slide Master.
  2. If you have a watermark image, insert it on the content master. If not, you can insert text or WordArt (the 2nd style) onto the content master.
  3. Next, click Slide Show > Custom Animation.
  4. Select the watermark, click Add Effect > Emphasis > Transparency. The default will give it a 50% transparency. You can adjust the setting according to your preference.
  5. Set the Start from “On click” to “After Previous”. This will allow the transparency to start automatically.
  6. Now, right click on the watermark and select Order > Send to back.
  7. Finally, close Master View.

10 new PowerPoint Anime, 1 new PowerPoint Showcase

Major updates on PowerPoint Heaven!
10 new PowerPoint Anime by Han Byul Jang (Zzangdol), which includes impressive Intro Animation Contest submissions(Intro Animation Contest is a celebration contest held by Korea’s PowerPoint Expert Club), Password System, Hit the Target game.

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Added new PowerPoint Showcase, Intro Animation Contest by Coolguy7 (A winning entry for the Intro Animation Contest)which can be found in Gallery page, under the Showcase category.

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PNG to JPG gets black background

If you have a .png image in PowerPoint with transparent background, you will realize that if you are going to convert it to jpg by copying the image and then click Edit > Paste Special > JPEG, the background of the image will become black. What if black isn’t the color you want?

Here’s a workaround:
Select the image, click Ctrl-C to copy.
Click Edit > Paste Special.
Select Bitmap and click Ok. The image background should become white now.
Repeat the steps, but this time, paste it as a jpeg.

Another way would be:
Insert a rectangle AutoShape that covers the image completely (same height, same width).
Double click on the rectangle.
Set the Fill Color to white, Line Color to No Line.
Right click on the rectangle, click Order > Send to Back.
Adjust the rectangle so that it is exactly on top of the picture.
Select both the picture and rectangle.
Right click and select Grouping > Group.
Do a Ctrl – C to copy.
Click Edit > Paste Special.
Select JPEG.

Change picture, retain custom animation

If you have added a lot of custom animations onto an image and wanted to change it to another image, you can easily do so in PowerPoint 2007 by right clicking on it. How about earlier versions of PowerPoint?

Here’s a workaround:


  1. First of all, save the ppt as html. To do so, click File > Save as. Select Web Page under Save as
    type. Once saved, exit PowerPoint.
  2. Open the output folder, and look for the picture. Replace it with a new
    picture that you want, and at the same time, ensure that the filename still
    remain the same.
  3. For example, if the filename is slide0001_image001.jpg, rename the new
    picture as slide0001_image001.jpg and overwrite the original picture.
  4. Now, open PowerPoint.
  5. Click File > Open. Open the presentation (in .htm format) and resave it as
    normal presentation.

Animation Schemes gone in PowerPoint 2007?

If you use Animation Schemes often in the earlier versions of PowerPoint, you will realize that PowerPoint 2007 has this feature removed. Now you might be thinking… “I have 100+ slides, do I have to add the same animations onto every slide manually?” The answer is no.

If you add your animations through the slide master, the animations will be applied onto every slide. In fact, this method works on earlier versions of PowerPoint such as PowerPoint 2000, 2002/XP, 2003.

Here’s the steps:


  1. In PowerPoint 2007, click View > Slide Master.
  2. On the Slide Master, select the content placeholder (the one that says “Click to edit Master text
    styles”).
  3. Now, select Animation > Custom Animation.
  4. Click Add Effect > Entrance > Fade (or any effect of your choice)
  5. Once you are done with it, click Slide Master > Close Master View.