Adding images to your PowerPoint presentation can make it more attractive. However, when you first add a new image, it hides everything else on the slide, including text. Here’s how you can move pictures and other objects back and forth to create the desired layer.

Sending image behind text

If you haven’t already, open the PowerPoint presentation you’ll be working on and navigate to the text and image slide.

We’ll go through the image layers a bit, but for now we’ll only be working with one image and text.

image before text in ppt

As you can see in the image above, the Geek image covers the «How-To Geek» text. To place an image behind text, first click on the image to highlight it and then go to the Format tab.

Format tab

In the Organize section, click the Send Back button. A drop-down menu will appear with two options.

send back options

«Send back» sends the image back one level. «Send Back» places the object behind all other objects on the slide. In the meantime, select «Send Back» (we’ll talk a bit about image overlays).

Your image will now be behind the text.

image behind text

Alternatively, you can right-click the object, click the arrow next to Send Back, and then select Send Back.

right click send back

The «Move Forward» and «Move Forward» options you’ll see on the Format tab and in the context menu work pretty much the same. You would use these options to move an object in front of another. So, in this example, we could also select the text and push it to achieve the same effect.

Layering objects

Now let’s say we have three objects and we want to layer them in such a way that they all serve their purpose. As an example, let’s give the Geek tag a name. We will use three objects:

We want the image to be behind, the white box to be in front of the image, and then the text to be in front of the white box. However, we first created our text and a white rectangle and then inserted our image, so the image is now in front of everything else.

Note. Yes, we know that we could just enter text in the shape of a white box to make things easier, but we’re doing it this way for a simple overlay example.

First, we want to select the image’s logo and send it back, since we want all other objects to appear in front of it. Select the image, right-click it, and then choose Send Back (or use the button on the Format tab).

send back

This sends the Geek image to the very back layer, as you can see below.

plate without text

However, as you can see in the image above, our text is hidden behind a white rectangle. Then select the white box, right-click it, and this time select «Send Back» from the «Send Back» options.

send for text

Note that if you choose «Send Back», your white box will disappear behind the Geek.

That’s what we have now.

Geek name tag

Now, from front to back, we have an image, a white rectangle, and then a black text box in front. This is the order we were after.

While the chances of you needing to name a logo tag in a presentation are pretty slim, image overlays are an important part of working with more complex slides.

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