2. Add a Title Banner

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Most slide decks will have a title banner across the top of the page. Here I show you how to create a great looking banner utilising shapes and colour gradients


  1. Lesson Goal (00:04)

    The goal of this lesson is to add a title banner to the top of the slide in the template.

  2. Adding the Initial Banner (00:19)

    A title banner helps create a common look for all the slides in a template. We can create this banner by adding it to the master slide. All modifications to the title banner are made here. To add a banner along the top of a slide, we add a filled rectangle object behind the slide title text box. We can then customize the color of this rectangle to match the company colors.

    We can also add other objects to the title banner to improve its appearance. For example, our template is for an airline, so we add a cloud image behind the company logo. In our case, we create the cloud by creating several overlapping circles and grouping them together. We then place this cloud behind the logo to improve its appearance. 

  3. Cropping the Image (02:12)

    Title banners often include images, such as company logos. In some situations, you may need to crop these images so that they fit in the title banner. In our case, we need to crop our cloud image, as it is slightly too large for the banner. Note that grouped objects, such as our cloud, cannot be cropped. We need to copy this object, then paste it as an image using the Paste Special option. We can crop the object once it is pasted as an image.

    To crop an image, we select the image, then select the Crop tool from the Quick Access Toolbar. We then drag the handles to select the portion of the image that we want to retain. In our case, we use the crop tool to remove any portion of the image that doesn’t fit in the title banner.

  4. Adjusting the Banner Size (03:47)

    Ideally, the title banner should not occupy too much space on the slide, as we want to leave room for users to create content in the body of the slide. We can reduce the size of the banner by reducing the size of the rectangle and the slide title textbox. We also need to reduce the size of the logo image. This will create a reasonable sized title banner for our slides.


In the previous lesson, we added our company's logo to the PowerPoint template. In this lesson, we'll continue to format the template with the blue banner across the top of the page.

So, we'll start by going to View, Slide Master where we can make these changes. I'll select the Master Slide, I'll go to Home and first of all, create a rectangle that will go across the top of our page.

I'll then move this rectangle to the back, I'll remove the outline and I'll change the blue color to a lighter blue and with a gradient.

To make the logo stand out a little more, I'm going to add a cloud behind the logo. Although there's a cloud object in the Drawing part of the ribbon, I'm going to create my own cloud, which I think looks a little better simply by drawing some circles.

So, I'll select the oval object in the Drawing part of the ribbon and hold Shift to draw some circles.

And then I'll duplicate these by holding Ctrl and dragging.

And then I'll position these circles so they look like a cloud and that looks pretty good for starters.

So, I'll select all of the circles, I'll remove the outline and I'll color them white.

I'll group these objects and I'll move them into position in front of the logo.

I'll then select the banner and the cloud and move them to the back.

As you can see, we need to make some changes to the cloud so that it fits well with the logo. I'll make some of these changes off camera, but once I'm done I'm left with a cloud that looks something like this.

Our next step is to crop the cloud image because it overruns off the side of the slide. Unfortunately, we can't crop a grouped object like this cloud so we'll need to convert it into an image. To do this, we'll copy with Ctrl C and then we'll go to the Paste dropdown and Paste Special and we'll paste it as a picture.

We'll then remove the grouped object and take our new image and move it into position.

Again we'll move it to the back so that we can see the airplane.

We can now crop our cloud using the Crop tool, but before I do so I'll increase the Zoom so that I don't make any mistakes when cropping.

I'll first select the cloud and move it into position and then I'll select the Crop tool and I'll crop until it hits the edge of the slide.

And I'll also crop the bottom edges of the cloud.

I'll then press enter and click away.

Then I'll move the plane slightly to the right and now our banner illustration is complete. If we move back to the Fit to Window setting and scroll through our Layouts, you can see that the banner takes up quite a lot of the slide.

If your slides contain a lot of content, you may want to reduce the size of the banner. To do this is very easy.

First of all, we'll return to the Master Slide and we'll reduce the height of the blue rectangle and the text placeholder to the size that we want.

We'll then select the image of the plane and the cloud and move these objects inside the new banner.

We can also reduce the size of our banner illustration if we wish.

This will now give PowerPoint users much more space to create new content in the body of the slide.

To wrap up this lesson on the banner, I'm going to change the text color in this placeholder because black doesn't look well against a dark blue background. So, I'll change the text to white.

That looks much better and now our banner is complete.

In the next lesson I'll show you how to create a color palette for your PowerPoint template, extracting some of the colors from our company logo.

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