In my humble artist's opinion, many templates you find on the Internet are too busy. .. Less is more when using templates. .. You do not want the background to compete against the text, clipart, and graphs that you put on your presentation. On this site you'll find blank page designs that you can use to create your own presentations as well as themed pages that will give you a jump start.
Templates Tutorial Time
If you don't know how to download a template and use it with PowerPoint, here's the step-by-step tutorial you need.
1. Select a background jpeg or png file that you like. Save this image you want in your files in a location where you can go back and access it when you need it. To do this RIGHT CLICK on the image and go to SAVE IMAGE AS. Then, select where on your computer you want the image saved.
2. Open up Microsoft Powerpoint. On the top bar, click on DESIGN.
3. A new area of information will show up under the word DESIGN. On the right side of the page open up BACKGROUND STYLES.
3. This opens up to a variety of boxes and under them you can click on FORMAT BACKGROUND.
4. FORMAT BACKGROUND has options for SOLID FILL, GRADIENT FILL and PICTURE OR TEXT FILL. You want to select PICTURE OR TEXT FILL.
5. In the middle of this same box, under the words INSERT FROM, click on the box that read FILE.
6. Now you need to go back to the file where you saved the art you want to use.
7. Click on that image and it will show up in the PowerPoint program.
8. If you are happy with the image and only want it on one page click CLOSE. If you want the image on every page of your PowerPoint, click on APPLY TO ALL.
Now you have a fantastic background with beautiful color and a subtle hint of a design.