How to Put Image Behind Text in Google Slides

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Hello. In this article, we will learn how to put image behind text in Google Slides. We use Google Slides to make powerful presentations and while preparing we need to have so many different elements and objects on our main slide, we often use images, shapes, and text primarily, to make their position as per the visibility and readability aspect we have some tasks to do. We must know that all the objects and elements on the slide are unique, they contain unique properties that can be treated separately.

Sometimes we have limited space on the slide and we have to keep multiple objects on the slide having some space in common, in this procedure, we have to adjust their position and their visibility priority to make them look like our requirement and nothing should be invisible. We will learn how to put image behind text in Google Slides so that the image we have added is ordered backward and the text on the same area appears over the screen so both elements can become visible to readers.

It’s very easy to put image behind text in Google Slides. But, doing this has some tactics to follow that can improve your Slides skills. By default, the elements appear on the slides by their adding priority, the element that is added recently will appear on top and the older ones will go down in the list. But we can set them very easily either images or other objects like audio, video, Gifs, text, shapes, etc.

Importance of putting Image Behind Text in Google Slides

Putting an image behind the text or any object behind any other object can help improve the overall presentation of your file. It helps in various why there are some reasons I would like to discuss.

Information

When we put images behind the text in Google Slides, it helps users to understand what information is more important and what is less important, the primary element will always appear on the top or appear in a position where it’s completely visible. So, the information we want to give to our audience is delivered rightly, when we properly use the order features in our presentation.

Capture the attention

When you have so many images in your presentation, now it’s your responsibility to manage their order. Keeping the images behind the text makes it easy to read the text and the image works as the attention-grabbing object. By the image, in the background, you convince your audience to pay attention, and then the text over the image delivers the information.

Engagement of readers

With the power of images and Gifs, a presenter can easily keep the readers/listeners engaged. If you put images ahead of the text, then it’s confirmed that the text will not be readable, and your message will not be delivered to your people. They will not be able to keep themselves engaged with the presentation as they are worried about the text which is not visible. To keep them engaged we take care of it, we put an image behind the text because the image is a big element and the text needs to be very clear and understandable.

Conveys the message effectively

Putting an image behind the text in Google Slides helps presenters convey the message effectively, when you keep the image behind the text, and text with the contrast color of the image and some fill color if not distracting the content of the image, then it becomes very easy to convey the message effectively.

Expresses a good design aspect

Putting image behind the text in Google slides make it very convenient to express the overall design aspect of the presentation. The design improves by 3X when you properly use the order sequence of images and text on your slides.

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How to Put Image Behind Text in Google Slides

From this section, we will learn steps to learn how to put image behind text in Google Slides, also note that these methods work identically in Google Docs as well, and with a little change in any other photo editing tool such as Canva. So, let’s get into it, I have a sample Google Slides file to show you real-time changes made by our steps.

How to Put Image Behind Text in Google Slides – Add Text

In this section, we will learn how to put image behind text in Google Slides, and for that first, we will add text to our empty slide, then we will add more elements like images, and then we will learn to change their order and put image behind text in Google Slides

Step 1

Go to Google Slides, open any document, or launch a new blank presentation template.

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Step 2

Go to Insert and add a text box, you can also insert a textbox from the toolbar directly

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Or

You can add a section (by selecting a slide type) and can write your text inside it

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Step 3

Set the font size, and font family to your text

For this, select the text or textbox, go to the Font size option in the toolbar, and then go within the toolbar go to the Font Family drop-down menu and select a font family

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Step 4

Your text is ready, now we need to add image(s), and then we will see how to put image behind text

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How to Put Image Behind Text in Google Slides – Add Images

Now, we have already added text to our slide, we will add images, and then we will see how to put image behind text in Google Slides. So, let’s quickly see a couple of steps required to add images to your slide.

First, make sure from where you want to import images.

Step 1

Go to Insert > Image > select any source from the given list to import image from.

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There are some sources to add images, let’s see what they are

  • Upload from Computer
    • Here understandably, you can add images from your computer (local directories)
  • Search the web
    • Here you can search images on the web and can fetch directly from the web
  • Drive
    • This option allows you to add photos from Google Drive, the associated Google Drive account will be opened and you can add images from there.
  • Photos
    • Here you can add images from the Photos, Google Photos.
  • By URL
    • If you have a link to an online image, so here you can add an image by its URL
  • Camera
    • This option opens the camera of your device and you can directly capture an image to add to the Slides.
Note: Camera is the most underused feature in this list

Step 2

The image will be added to your slide with a blue border, now you can resize the image freely and you can move it anywhere over the slide.

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Step 3

Now you can see the image is over the text, we need to keep it in the background of the text

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Step 4

Right-click on the image > Scroll down to the context menu and look for Order

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Here are four options

  • Bring to front
    • This order option will bring the selected object to the front, which means to the top of all the elements on the slide.
  • Bring forward
    • This option will bring the selected object one time forward
  • Send backward
    • This will send the selected object one time backward
  • Send to back
    • This will send the selected object to the last position and it will be behind all the other elements on the slide.

Step 5

To put image behind text in Google Slides, you can simply use the send backward option as we have only two objects on the slide, so we will have only two options enabled.

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This is how to put image behind text in Google Slides. The purpose of being so detailed and so emphasized is to make you understand the entire procedure behind it. It’s very simple to manage the order of the elements on the slide.

Important Notes

  • When there are multiple objects on the screen all four options of the Order will be enabled, else there will be only two if there are two elements, and there will be none if only one element.
  • A different approach that can also be used to put image behind text is to use fill color or text color with the text to make it visible if the image has a darker shade, or it contains text as well.
  • All these methods and procedure works identically in Google Docs as well.
  • All these methods also work for shapes, Gifs, audio, video, image, text, textbox, Bitmoji, and so on.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to make gradient text over the image in Google Slides?

First, put the image behind the text, and then select the text go to Fill color, and choose the gradient tab after then select any gradient from the given options, you can also click on the add custom button to make a customized gradient.

What is the difference between fill color and highlight color in Google Slides?

There is no visible difference between fill color and highlight color other than its span or size. The Fill color takes more space to all sides of the text, while the highlight color takes a little tiny room to the corners. You can keep any of these to make a background look of your text.

Conclusion

It was all about an easy but useful guide on how to put image behind text in Google Slides. It’s easy to learn it, but it’s very significant to understand how it works. The order has four different options, and anyone must need to understand what those four options mean. I tried to cover smaller details about this topic, and I am pretty sure you have no problem putting images behind the text in Google Slides even if you have multiple elements on the slide. Thank you for reading. I will see you soon with another helpful guide. Keep learning with Office Demy.

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