Change a slide background in Keynote on iPad
You can change the background colour or image of individual slides in a presentation.
If you don’t see the slide navigator, pinch closed on the slide to zoom out.
Tap , then tap Background.
Select one of the following:
A colour or gradient designed to go with the theme: Tap Preset, swipe left or right to see all choices, then tap a colour.
Any colour: Tap Colour, then tap a colour. To preview colours on the slide, touch and hold a colour, then drag across the grid. A colour label appears for each previewed colour to help you reproduce an exact match. Release your finger to select a colour.
A two-colour gradient fill: Tap Gradient, tap Start Colour or End Colour, then tap a colour or swipe left to use the colour wheel. To switch the gradient direction, tap Flip Colour. To change the gradient angle, drag the Angle slider.
A colour from elsewhere on the slide: Tap Colour, then swipe left to the colour wheel. Tap , then tap a colour on the slide. To preview colours on the slide, touch and hold a colour on the slide, then drag across other colours on the slide. Release your finger to select a colour.
A custom colour: Tap Colour, swipe left to the colour wheel, then drag the slider around the wheel. To change colour brightness, drag the top horizontal slider. To change colour saturation, drag the bottom slider. To revert to the previous colour, tap the circle in the centre of the colour wheel (the left half shows the previous colour).
A recently created custom colour or a recently selected colour from elsewhere on the slide: Tap Colour, swipe left to the colour wheel, then tap a colour well to the right of .
An image: Tap Image, tap Change Image, then tap a photo; to insert an image from iCloud or another service, tap “Insert from”. To change how the image fills the slide background, tap an option:
Original Size: Places the image without altering the image’s original dimensions. To resize the image, drag the Scale slider.
Stretch: Resizes the image to fit the slide’s dimensions, which might change the image’s proportions.
Tile: Repeats the image in the slide background. To resize the image, drag the Scale slider.
Scale to Fill: Makes the image larger or smaller to leave no space around the image.
Scale to Fit: Resizes the image to fit the slide’s dimensions, but maintains the image’s proportions.
To create a tinted image, turn on Colour Overlay and tap Fill to select a tint colour. To make the tint more or less transparent, drag the Opacity slider.
When you change the background of a slide layout, it is applied to every slide that uses that layout.