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7 Awesome Pattern Backgrounds for Your Slides and How to Create Them in PowerPoint

7 Awesome Pattern Backgrounds for Your Slides and How to Create Them in PowerPoint

What differentiates a professional design from an amateur design? The BIG idea or the creative idea, yes. But often, it is the focus on the SMALL details that truly give a design a professional touch.


One such small detail that you can also incorporate in your presentation slides and other designs is a Pattern Background. What’s the big deal about a design background? It is relegated to the background, buried behind the content and is too light to draw any special attention to itself. So why waste so much time in designing it in the first place?


Because in design, everything counts. The full stop or the absence of it, the three dots giving continuity or the exclamation mark screaming for attention, the small icon in the corner of the slide or the shadow you gave to an object...everything counts. Backgrounds, especially pattern backgrounds, add meaning to the slide. It’s function is not just to make the slide look pretty (though it achieves in doing that too) but also to give the slide a visual impetus by giving a context to the message.


If the pattern you choose is relevant to the presentation topic, it adds POWER to your presentation. How? By giving credibility to the message that you put in the foreground. The message sitting on a plain white slide is all right, it is common and there is nothing so special about it. But the same message on a painted canvas has a different personality altogether.


Let’s give our slides the personality it deserves by using creative pattern backgrounds. We’ll show you 7 amazing pattern backgrounds (includes geometric pattern backgrounds and abstract pattern backgrounds) that you can try in your upcoming presentations and also teach you how to create them in PowerPoint without shelling a single penny.


Let’s get started:


Free Pattern Backgrounds for Slides & How to Create Them


#1- Diamond Pattern Background

“A diamond is forever.” This rare and beautiful stone symbolizes everlasting. Using this exquisite icon, therefore, gives a classic and “superior” look to the design. The diamond shape provided in the Shapes menu in PowerPoint shows four sides joining together- said to symbolize creativity that comes by joining the four elements of nature- earth, fire, air, and water. Give a rich look to your presentation design with this subtle yet powerful pattern background:


Diamond Pattern Background for Slide Design


Steps to Create This Presentation Background:


  • Go to the Insert tab> Shapes menu> locate the Diamond shape (see the screenshot below)
  • Simply click on the slide to have the diamond shape drawn
  • Reduce it’s size to .69 from the Format tab
  • Right click on the shape and select Format Shape
  • The Format Shape window will open to your right. Choose No Fill and a Solid line of the color of your choice. Under Dash type, select the Square dot option (see the below screenshot)


Insert diamond shape and customize it


We now have to create a row of diamonds from the left corner to right corner of the slide. Rather than copy and paste the diamond shape, easier way is to press Ctrl and Shift together and drag the diamond and place it next to the previous. When you have placed 3-4 diamonds, group them by using the shortcut- Ctrl + G and drag and place them next to the previous group. This will help you create the row faster. When you are done, group the row by using the Ctrl + G shortcut again.


Create a row of diamonds


Now, press Ctrl and Shift and drag this row. Place one row below touching the above row and do it till your complete slide is covered with diamond rows (see screenshot below for reference):


Diamond Pattern Created by placing row of diamonds below one another


Group all the rows together and your pattern background is ready! You want your text to be readable, so give it a transparency level as per the requirements. The transparency level can be s high as 80-90%. To give this transparency, right click on the pattern > Format Shape > Line > Transparency.


Another technique is to create pattern on the blank white slide. Add a colored rectangular shape over the slide (grey or blue or whatever presentation colors you use) and give the rectangle transparency. The effect will be the same. You can now use this background to create artistic slides like the one below:


Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs PowerPoint Slide


Without the pattern, the slide would still have looked great. But pattern adds a subtle but powerful effect to the slide. In fact, it enhances the meaning of the audience. The majestic pyramid and the majestic diamonds complement each other. The audience won’t know why they love the slide so much, but you know. Each element, as small as a slightly visible pattern or the line below the heading, adds value to the overall design.



#2- Hexagon Pattern Background

Hexagon is another shape that attracts a lot of interest in symbolism. It indicates balance and unity. This geometric shape with six edges and six vertices has inspired in architecture design, tattoos, art and fashion. Using this presentation background will lend credibility to your design and the content. Here’s how an interwoven hexagon pattern looks:


Hexagon Pattern Background


Steps to Create this Pattern Background:


  • Go to the Insert tab> Shapes menu> locate the Hexagon shape (see the screenshot below)
  • Simply click on the slide to have the hexagon shape drawn
  • Reduce it’s size to .42- Shape Height and .49- Shape Width from the Format tab
  • Open the Rotate menu and click Rotate Right 90 to have the pointed edge of the hexagon facing upward (see the screenshot below)
  • Right click on the shape and select Format Shape
  • The Format Shape window will open to your right. Choose No Fill and a Solid line of the color of your choice


Insert Hexagon shape, rotate and customize it


Press Ctrl and Shift to create a row of hexagons from corner left to corner right (step 4 in the screenshot below). Use the Ctrl + G shortcut to make the entire row one object. Unlike the diamond pattern, in hexagon we won’t put each row directly below the other. Copy the top row and place the duplicate in such a way that each hexagon covers the gaps of the above row (see step 5 in the screenshot below for quick understanding):


Create a row of hexagons and place each row between the gaps of the top row


Do this for all the rows below and your pattern background will finally look like this:


Give the pattern a transparency so that the background does not overpower the message


Group all the rows and give the pattern transparency so that your message stands out from the background. Here’s a business slide that applies this background to create an amazing effect. The consistency in the pattern and the shape used for the image helps create the visually stunning effect:


Business presentation slide looks more powerful with this pattern background


#3- Networking Pattern Background

Any Information Technology presentation or a supply chain presentation showing networking among different systems can apply the networking pattern to turn a dull presentation into a visually impactful one. Whether you are talking about global communications or social media networks, this pattern can help you establish the context and add power to your content.


Networking Geometric Pattern Background Design


Steps to Create this Pattern Background:


  • Insert the Oval shape from the Shapes menu (Insert tab)
  • Press Ctrl and Shift to draw a perfectly symmetrical circle on the slide or simply click on the slide and a perfectly symmetrical circle will appear on the slide
  • Right click on the circle > Format Shape > Solid Fill- White > Line- No line
  • Create 3 circles of varying sizes. Go to the Format tab and in the Size group, specify the following dimensions of each circle- Circle 1, Height and Width- 0.75, Circle 2- 0.50 and Circle 3- 0.30 (see the screenshot below for reference)


Insert Oval shape and customize it


Distribute the circles across the slide in a haphazard manner like we did below (circles highlighted yellow and blue just for reference). The Circles 1 have been colored yellow just for your ease of understanding. Keep around 4 or 5 of circles 1 around the slide. The Circles 2 have been highlighted blue just for reference. Distribute around 10-12 of these circles around the slide. The color of circles 3 has not been changed and their number is almost the double of circles 2. So, your slide will look like a messy arrangement of bubble shapes like the one below:



Place the circles haphazardly around the slide


Next, connect all the circles with a line. Go to the Insert tab > Shapes menu and locate the Line. From the Format Shape menu, you can customize the color of the line. We have kept it white. Start connecting 2 circles with a line.  When you connect circles, you’ll find PowerPoint highlights the boundaries of the circles. This is to help you connect the circles easily and more effectively (see the screenshot below):


Connect the circles with lines


To make the pattern look even more striking, we’ll add dotted circles around the bigger circles (circles 1 and 2 highlighted yellow and blue respectively just for reference). Creating dotted circles is very easy- Insert the oval shape > right click on the shape > Format Shape > No fill > Solid line > Width- 1 point > Dash type- Dotted round. This is how the pattern now looks:


Draw dotted circles around the bigger circles


Obviously, we have to give the pattern a transparency so that the content we put in front is easily readable. On way is to give the circles and lines a transparency level of 80-90% from the Format Shape window. Second and easier way is to insert a rectangle over the complete slide and give it a solid fill color of your choice. Give the rectangle transparency which will automatically make the pattern fade in the background.


To create a breathtaking Title slide or section header slide, you can add a gradient background over the pattern slide and make the slide look as if designed by a professional designer:


Gradient background and pattern background creates an artistic design effect


Want to download this amazing gradient background for your presentations? Download this and 7 amazing gradient backgrounds for free from the blog post below:


Download Gradient Backgrounds for Free


Here’s the pattern background lending visual support to a Supply Chain Management slide:


Supply Chain Management with a gradient and pattern background


#4- Circular Pattern Background

Circle represents infinity, wholeness, totality and eternity. But it can also be perceived as boring. So we won’t be taking a regular circle. We want to create dynamic slides. Let’s take an arc instead and extend it so that it appears to be a broken circle. Here’s such a pattern background (looks celestial, doesn’t it?)


Circular Abstract Pattern Background for Presentation Design


Steps to Create this Pattern Background:


  • Insert the Block Arc shape from the Shapes menu (under the Insert tab)
  • On selecting the shape, 2 yellow handles will appear
  • Drag the right yellow handle towards the right direction which will make the arc thickness lesser
  • Drag the left handle towards bottom and towards the first yellow handle which will make the arc’s length bigger (see the screenshot below):


Insert the block arc shape and drag its yellow handles


Right click on the arc > Format Shape. Remove the outline from the arc and make the solid fill color white. Duplicate the shape using Ctrl C and Ctrl V shortcut. Reduce the size of the duplicate arc and place it in the centre of the bigger arc (see the screenshot below). Rotate the smaller arc using the rotation handle on top such that the gaps of the arcs are facing in the opposite direction:


Create a duplicate arc and place it in centre of the bigger arc


Group the bigger and smaller arc by using the shortcut- Ctrl + G. Copy this grouped object and reduce its size using the sizing handles. Distribute all these arcs around the slide to have your pattern design ready in 2 minutes! Don’t forget to give the pattern a transparency of 70-80% for easy readability of the content you put on the slide.


Don't forget to give the pattern transparency


It’s not necessary to use pattern across the complete slide canvas. You can put it in one half or area of the slide. Here’s a channel marketing slide that uses this pattern:


Channel Marketing Slide given a professional touch with images and pattern background


#5- Growth Trend Pattern Background

Quarterly Business Review, Quarterly Sales Review presentation, Annual Report, market analysis deck or any presentation that talks about trends can benefit from growth pattern background. This pattern consist of a magnifying glass that shows the focus on market and a line graph showcasing a trend. Not is it just very easy to create but also lends credibility to your presentation.


Growth Pattern Background for PPT Slide Designs


Steps to Create this Pattern Background:


  • Insert the Circle: Hollow shape from the Shapes menu (under the Insert tab)
  • Select the shape and drag the yellow handle towards left to increase the hollow space and reduce the width of the circle (see the screenshot below)
  • Right click on the shape > Format Shape > Solid Fill > Color- White > Line- No line


Insert hollow circle and customize it


We now need to create a handle so that the shape looks like a magnifying glass. To do so, add a rectangle from the Shapes menu and place it below the hollow circle. Tilt it a bit using the rotation handle on the top. Give the same formatting to the rectangle as given to the circle- white fill and no outline. Lastly, add a $ text symbol in the centre of the circle. Press Shift and 4 to add the $ sign right from your keyboard.


Add rectangle to create the magnifying glass handle


Learn to Create More Magnifying Glass Designs


We now need to show an upward moving line graph. To create, simply insert lines from the Shapes menu. Give it a 4 point width and white color from the Format Shape window. Place lines downward and upward alternatively to show a rising and falling graph. The last line should be facing upward if you want to show a growth trend through your pattern. Also add circles at the intersection of two lines to make the line graph more visually attractive. Your pattern background is now ready!


Add lines and circles to denote a growth trend


Add a transparent layer over the pattern to easily display your presentation content. You can also minimise the pattern as done in the slide below:


Quarterly Sales Review slide looks professional and interesting with pattern adding the visual element


#6- Gears Pattern Background

Any business presentation outlining operations and procedures can look impressive and professional by using the gears pattern background. Since gears represent teamwork, interlinked processes, unity in diversity, smooth operations and so on, they are a perfect fit for many presentations and industries. Either you can show multiple gears interlinked together…


Multiple Gears Pattern Background for Business Operations and Processes


Or a single large gear to keep the pattern minimal like the one below:


Gears Pattern Background


Steps to Create a Gear in PowerPoint:


We have a complete post on how to create Gears in PowerPoint. Here’s a quick summary of the steps to create a gear in just 2 minutes:


  • Insert the Oval shape from the Shapes menu (Press Shift to draw a perfectly symmetrical circle)
  • Right click on the circle and click Format Shape
  • Under Fill, select the No fill radio button
  • Under Line, select Solid line > Color- White
  • Increase the Width of the line to 35 points
  • Change the Dash type to Round Dot (see the screenshot below)


Insert Oval shape, remove the fill and increase the thickness of boundary


  • Add the Hollow: Circle shape from the Shapes menu
  • Place the donut in the centre of the dotted circle
  • Move the yellow dot to left to adjust the thickness (see the screenshot below)


Complete the gear by adding donut in centre of the dotted circle


Group the dotted circle and the donut using the shortcut Ctrl + G and the gear is ready! Use it to turn boring operational slides into exciting ones like this:


Operational Planning PPT Slide Looks Interesting with Gears Pattern in the Background


#7- Lines Pattern Background

Abstract pattern backgrounds can also light up your slides and give a creative look to your presentation. One such abstract pattern that you can easily create yourself is with lines. Criss-crossing lines signify a network and a complex web of relationships and processes.


Lines Pattern Background for PPT Slide Design


Steps to Create this Pattern Background:


  • Insert Line from the Shapes menu (Press Shift to draw a straight line)
  • Right click> Format Shape
  • Go to the Line menu > End Arrow type > choose the Oval Arrow option


Create pattern by placing horizontal lines of varying lengths


Add a gradient effect towards the left corner of the slide. To do that, insert any shape from the Shapes menu (we chose the Oval shape). Right click on the shape and click Format Background. Select the Gradient fill option> Type- Radial > Direction- From centre (see the screenshot below). Colors of the background should match the slide background. Place this shape towards the corner of the slide.


Add Gradient Effect to the pattern



The abstract line pattern is ready that you can use in any presentation. Here’s an example:


Brainstorming PPT slide with a subtle abstract background


Which pattern background did you like the most? Leave your feedback in the comments below for we’ll love to know if you found this presentation tutorial useful.



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68 thoughts on “7 Awesome Pattern Backgrounds for Your Slides and How to Create Them in PowerPoint”
  1. mubin ismail
    mubin ismail
    Thank you for sharing
    1. slideteam
      Totally our pleasure, Mubin! :)
  2. Sharon
    Amazing patterns. Please send me these backgrounds, thanks.
    1. slideteam
      Sure, Sharon! Glad you liked the design patterns. :)
      1. Bryan Stanley
        I would love the finish backgrounds how do i get them?
        1. slideteam
          No worries, Bryan. We will send the files to you.
  3. Christian
    Hi, can you please also send me those backgrounds as ppt? Thank you
    1. slideteam
      Yes Christian, we'll have them sent to you. You are most welcome. :)
  4. Philip Chaderton
    Philip Chaderton
    I love these templates, can I have copies sent to me ? Thanking you in advance
    1. slideteam
      Sure Philip, we'll send over these templates. Most welcome!
  5. Christian Quintero
    Christian Quintero
    Very helpful. Thanks a lot
    1. Christian Quintero
      Christian Quintero
      If i could get the backgrounds to modify and work woth, that'd be great!
      1. slideteam
        Sent over to you! Best of luck with your next presentation.
    2. slideteam
      Our pleasure, Christian!
  6. Barbara
    May I have these backgrounds?
    1. slideteam
      Sure Barbara! Will send you the copy. :)
  7. Didem
    Can I please have a copy of the finished ones?

    Many thanks
    1. slideteam
      Hi Didem, will send you across right away. :)
  8. Didem
    Hi, may I have the finished ones?
    1. slideteam
      Sent you!! :)
  9. Diana Quirk
    Great but simple ideas! If it's not a problem, could you please also send me these slides?
    1. slideteam
      Thanks Diana! No problems, will send you the same. :)
  10. Tammie Larson
    Can you please send me these backgrounds?
    1. slideteam
      Sure, Tammie!!!
  11. Dave Morrow
    Great article, thanks for sharing. I'd too like the backgrounds please
    1. slideteam
      Thanks for the compliment, Dave! Yes please, we'll send them over. :)
  12. jose
    Just AWESOME PATTERN BACKGROUNDS. Can you please share a copy.

    Thanks and regards,

    1. slideteam
      Surely, Jose! Glad you liked them. :)
  13. CAK
    I love these backgrounds and I'm make the hexagon background right now. I have a question though...when you say drag the hexagon to make a full row (I think it's step 4)...I must be doing something wrong and I can't believe I never knew about this little move! Could you explain a little more?
    1. slideteam
      Hey. Let me elaborate on that trick- Say you have created one Hexagon and you need to create a complete row now (say 15 hexagons are needed to form a row). Now rather than copy-pasting 15 times, just select the one hexagon you have created, press Ctrl and Shift together and drag the hexagon towards right (the original stays there while its copy is created). Now, when you have say 3 or 4 hexagons in a row, select all of them, press Ctrl+G (shortcut to group the objects). Now, you have one grouped object. Press Ctrl and Shift together and drag this to create a copy. This will save a lot of time and your row will be created in seconds. When the row is complete, select all the hexagon objects and press Ctrl + G to have one line grouped as a object. Drag it down using Ctrl and Shift to fill the complete slide! Hope this explains your query. :)
  14. Jessica L
    Great tutorial - lots of inspiring ideas! Thanks so much for sharing these!
    1. slideteam
      Our pleasure, Jessica! Glad you liked the tutorial. :)
  15. Mónika J.
    Hi Guys! These templates and tutorials are just awesome!! I loved them all! *.* Is it possible to get them via e-mail? Many thanks, Mónika
    1. slideteam
      Hi Monika, yes we will send them over. Glad you liked them so much! :)
    That's awesome! Thanks for sharing.
    Appreciate if you could provide the templates.
    1. slideteam
      We will share the same with you Joanee, no worries. Glad you loved the designs :)
  17. Ayman Dallal
    Greta tutorial. Interesting patterns. Great background templates. Would be grateful if you can send me the templates via the email. Thank you.
    1. slideteam
      Will definitely share the same with you, Ayman. Thanks for liking it.
  18. AGO
    Great Materials. Please send copy PPTs
  19. Kawakib
    So nice, Thank you
    Please, Could I get these background? Thanks in advance
    1. slideteam
      Sure Kawakib! Most welcome.
  20. Yaser Dhaif
    Amazing patterns.. any chance you send me these backgrounds, please! thanks
    1. slideteam
      Sure Yaser, we'll send over to you :)
  21. Kat Brewer
    I too, would love the backgrounds too!

    Thanks a ton,
    1. slideteam
      Sure Katherine, we'll send them over to you! :)
  22. eric
    awesome templates! - would love to receive them
    1. slideteam
      Sure Eric! And thanks.
  23. Max Banga
    These are awesome templates. So creative. Please is it possible to have them?
    1. slideteam
      Yes sure Max!! We will email them to you. :)
  24. April
    Hi, the templates look awesome, can you mail them to me? Thanks!
    1. slideteam
      Hi April, yes we'll send you these backgrounds. Glad you liked them. :)
  25. Glen Smelser
    Great backgrounds! Can you please send them to me?
    1. slideteam
      Sure Glen! We will send them over. :)
  26. KY
    great work! please share with me
    1. slideteam
      Sure. Glad you liked them.
  27. Rafid Chowdhury
    Rafid Chowdhury
    These are amazing slides!
    Can I please get the templates?
    1. slideteam
      Sure Rafid, we will send them to you.
  28. Ayman
    Great article, awesome pattern backgrounds. Can you please send me a copy of the templates. thanks for sharing.
    1. slideteam
      Sure, Ayman!
  29. Jasmine
    These pattern background are fantastic. Is there any way that I can get the templates. I enjoy reading Anuj articles, very interesting and lots of learning.
    1. slideteam
      Thank you Jasmine for that compliment. We will surely send them over to you - Regards, Anuj.
  30. Wolff
    These are awesome templates. Is it possible to get them via e-mail? Thanx a lot...
    1. slideteam
      Yes Wolff, we will send you via email. You are most welcome.
  31. Alex
    Really nice article and great work on templates! Would appreciate if you can share these!
    Thank you.
    1. slideteam
      Thank you Alex! Sure, we will send them over to you.
  32. Vishwanath Somappa
    Vishwanath Somappa
    Interesting and liked the slides. Thought to use in my presentation.
    Could you send the templates.
    1. slideteam
      Sure, Vishwanath! Glad you liked them.
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