How to Add a Watermark in PowerPoint 2013

There may times when you want to share presentations in a draft mode. A simple way to indicate that a presentation is only a draft will be to add a watermark. Just as you can add watermarks to Word documents, you can also add them to one or more PowerPoint slides. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to add a watermark in PowerPoint 2013.

How to Add a Watermark in PowerPoint

1. Open up the presentation and navigate to the View tab.

2. In the Master Views group, click Slide Master.

3. In Slide Master View, at the top of the thumbnail pane on the left, select the slide master.

Slide Master View

4. Navigate to the Insert tab. In the Text group, click Text Box. On the slide master, click and drag to draw a text box.

5. In the text box, type the text DRAFT. You can also add other watermark text such as CONFIDENTIAL or COPY. To add the text in  a slant or vertically, you can select the text box, and turn the circular arrow in the direction you want.

Add a Watermark in PowerPOint 2013 - Draft View

6. Select the text you typed . In the Drawing Tools Format tab, select a lighter font color. If you wish to change the font and size you can make the additional changes too.

7. When you have adjusted the text box to match your requirements, on the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Send Backward->Send to Back.

8. On the Slide Master tab, click Close Master View and check out the resultant watermark on your presentation.

How to Add a Picture Watermark in PowerPoint 2013

To add a faded picture as a background watermark to your slides, here’s what to do:

1. On the View tab, click Slide Master.

2. In Slide Master view, in the left pane, select the slide layout(s) to which you want to add a picture watermark.

3. Right-click the slide and then click Format Background.

format background

4. In the Format Background pane on the right, click Picture or Texture Fill, and then, under Insert picture from, select an option and insert a picture.

5. In the Format Background pane, slide the Transparency bar to the right to set the required transparency percentage.

transparency options

If you want to apply the watermark to all slides in the presentation, in the Format Background pane, click Apply to all.

6. On the Slide Master tab, click Close Master View.

add a picture watermark

You have now added a cool faded picture to the presentation background.

Now that you know how to add a watermark in PowerPoint, go ahead and start implementing them in your draft works.