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How to Make the Image Background Transparent on a PowerPoint Slide
Make the background color of the image transparent on the PowerPoint slide

Make the background color of the image transparent on the PowerPoint slide

© Wendy Russell

Make a Transparent GIF or PNG

How many times have you added a image to a PowerPoint slide -- a slide with a colored background -- only to have the image be surrounded by an ugly, white box? The white background on the image looks dreadful on your colored slide.

Well there is a quick and easy fix to get rid of the white (or other color) of the background of the image, as long as that image is either formatted as a GIF or a PNG file format.

  1. Choose Insert > Picture from the ribbon.

  2. Locate the desired image which has been saved on your computer and insert in onto the slide. This will activate the Picture Tools toolbar on the ribbon.

  3. Once the image has been added to the slide, click on the image to select it, if it is not still selected.
    Note - If you have clicked on another tab on the ribbon since you have added the image, when you select the image again, the Picture Tools toolbar may not be shown. Simply click on Format, directly above the ribbon. The Picture Tools toolbar will appear once again.
  • PowerPoint 2010
    1. On the left side of the ribbon, click on the Color button.
    2. At the bottom of all the selections click on Set Transparent Color. Your mouse pointer will change to the transparency tool.
  • PowerPoint 2007
    1. On the left side of the ribbon, select Recolor > Set Transparent Color. Your mouse pointer will change to the transparency tool.
  • Click on the background color of the image -- the color you wish to remove.

  • The background color disappears from the image.
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