Sometimes, a simple design secret can dramatically improve your slides. A belly band is such a secret. Well, it really isn’t a secret to designers, because designers use them all the time (just look in any magazine), but non-designers don’t know about it.
A belly band is just a band of color that holds content together and sets it off from the rest of the slide. Often, it contains text. It might be a solid color or a gradient.
Here’s a simple slide.
Now see how it looks with a belly band.
Nicer, isn’t it? The belly band adds a professional touch.
Here’s how to create a belly band:
- Insert a rectangle. Size and place it as needed.
- Format the rectangle to remove the outline.
- Right-click and choose Send to Back or Order>Send to Back.
That’s all there is to it! If you want, use a gradient fill. Go to “Create multi-color gradients in PowerPoint” for instructions.