How to Blur Images in PowerPoint

Although PowerPoint is not an image editor, you can use it to edit images in your presentation. To blur your images in PowerPoint, follow this guide.

You wouldn’t think of using PowerPoint as an image editor, but it has a few hidden tools up its sleeve.

For example, you might want to know how to blur an image in PowerPoint. This can help you remove a name, branding, signature, or other sensitive content from an image. You can then continue to use the image in your presentation.

You’ll need to know where to look, however. If you’re not sure, here’s how to blur an image in PowerPoint.

How to Blur Part of an Image in PowerPoint

There is no official tool that allows you to blur part of an image in a PowerPoint presentation. Instead, you’ll need to use a combination of shapes and other features to do so.

To blur part of an image in PowerPoint:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Hurry Insert > Shapes and select a suitable shape that will cover your image.
    Insert a shape in PowerPoint
  3. Draw the image on your slide and place it over the area of ​​the image you want to blur.
  4. If you want to create a custom shape, tap Insert > Shapesselect one of free form line optionsand draw the custom shape on the slide instead.
    Draw a shape in PowerPoint
  5. With the shape in place, select it.
  6. In the shape format tab, press Shape Fill.
  7. Select the Pipette menu option.
    Using the Eyedropper Tool in Excel
  8. Use the eyedropper to select a color from your background image, this will allow the shape to blend with it.
  9. Then press Shape effects > Soft edges and choose one of soft edge variations in the drop-down menu.
    Setting soft edges on a shape in PowerPoint

With the above changes made, the shape will cover and blur an area of ​​your image. If you want to restore the image, delete the shape – the image behind will return to normal.

How to Blur an Entire Image in PowerPoint

It’s much easier to blur an entire image in PowerPoint—you can do it from the aspect ratio menu.

To blur an entire image in PowerPoint:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Select your picture.
  3. If you are not automatically switched, select aspect ratio ribbon.
  4. In the aspect ratio menu, select Artistic effects.
  5. Choose the fall out option in the drop-down menu – the blur effect will appear all over your image.
    Blur an Entire Image in PowerPoint
  6. To increase or decrease the blur effect, tap Artistic effects > Artistic Effects Options.
    Changing Artistic Picture Effects Options in PowerPoint
  7. In the Format the picture menu, increase or decrease the Ray assess. Increasing the value will increase the blur effect while decreasing the value will decrease it.
    Adjusting Artistic Effect Radius in PowerPoint

Create impressive PowerPoint presentations

The steps above should allow you to quickly blur an image in PowerPoint. However, that’s not the only thing you can do in PowerPoint.

You can decide to add audio to your presentation for quick and easy narration. You can also change the size of your slides or consider using slide transitions to create more unique presentations.

Want to switch from PowerPoint? You can easily convert PowerPoint presentation to Google Slides to edit your presentation for free online.