How to Convert an Image Background to Transparent in PowerPoint

In a PowerPoint presentation, images play a vital role in communicating the message. Sometimes images may need a bit of editing to fit the purpose of the presentation.

You can make a background image transparent to reduce its intensity and get your audience to focus on the content displayed in the foreground.

In this article, we’ll show you how easy it is to make your image background transparent, how to make sections of your background image transparent, and how to remove the image – if you want to experiment with different pictures.

How to remove background from an image using an online tool

Before tackling PowerPoint, let’s talk a bit about this little free online tool comparable to any paid photo editing software available on the market and which is TinyWow. A hassle-free online tool that works like a charm to remove background images. Why bother with paid software when you can do it for free with TinyWow? Here’s how:

  1. Visit Tinywow.com on your browser.
  2. Hover your mouse over the “Image” tab and click “Image Background Remover”.
  3. Click “Upload from your PC or mobile” or “Drag files”.
  4. Once the photo has been uploaded, you can now click on the “Delete” button.
  5. You can now “Download” the image that successfully removed the background image.

How to Convert an Image Background to Transparent in PowerPoint

In PowerPoint, you will have the ability to change the original appearance of an image to suit your presentation design by making specific colors or sections of your background image transparent. This is useful when your design has a specific color scheme or you just need to tone down the brightness.

To make the entire image transparent in PowerPoint for Windows:

  1. Access the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Click on “Insert”, then on “Shapes”.
  3. Choose a shape from the gallery.
  4. Next, draw a shape, making it roughly the same size as the image you’re about to insert into it.
  5. Click on the shape, then select “Format”, “Shape Outline”, “No Outline”.
  6. Right-click on the shape and then click “Format Shape”.
  7. In the “Format shape” pane, select the “Fill” icon, then Texture or “Image fill”.
  8. Select the “Insert” button.
  9. In the “Insert Image” dialog box, locate the image file you want to insert.
  10. Choose the image, then click the “Insert” button.
  11. Via the “Format Shape” pane, use the “Transparency” slider to modify the image.
  12. Alternatively, you can insert a number in the box next to the slider: 0% is the default setting and displays completely opaque; 100% completely transparent displays.

To note: Your image may be distorted if you change the original aspect ratio of your shape by dragging it. If your image doesn’t match your shape perfectly, adjust the look of the image by resizing it or using the “Offset” setting under the transparency slider.

To make an area of ​​your background image transparent:

  1. Launch PowerPoint and navigate to your presentation.
  2. Double-click on the image, then in “Picture Tools”, select “Picture Tools Format”, then “Color”.
  3. Select “Set Transparent Color”, then once the pointer changes, click on the color you want to make transparent.
  4. If you want to undo the color changes in the “Adjust” group, select “Reset Image”.

To make the entire image transparent in PowerPoint for macOS:

  1. Access the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Click on the image you want to make transparent.
  3. Click the “Image Format” or “Shape Format” tab.
  4. Select “Transparency”.
  5. In the transparency options, click on a preset, or for more alternatives, choose the “Image transparency options” at the bottom.
  6. The “Format Image” panel will launch on the right.
  7. Under ‘Image transparency’, drag the slider to the right to set the percentage of transparency you want, or enter a value in the box.
    • The percentage of transparency varies from the default setting of 0% for completely opaque to 100% for completely transparent.

To make an area of ​​your background image transparent:

  1. Access the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Click on the image whose color transparency you want to change.
  3. Under the “Image Format” category, click “Color”, then click “Set Transparent Color”.
  4. Click on the color of your image that you want to make transparent.

How to Make a Shape Transparent in PowerPoint

  1. Open PowerPoint.
  2. Click “Insert” then “Shapes.”
  3. From the drop-down gallery, choose a shape to draw at the desired size.
  4. Right-click on the shape, then select “Format Shape”.
  5. From the panel, open the “Fill” section.
  6. Then move the “Transparency” slider to the right to set the amount of transparency you want.

How to Use the Background Removal Tool in PowerPoint

To remove the background from a photo using the “Remove Background” tool:

  1. Open PowerPoint and select your photo.
  2. Click on “Picture Tools”, the “Format” tab, then “Remove Background”.
  3. From the “Background Removal” tools:
    • Choose “Mark areas to keep” to draw over the sections you want to save.
    • Choose “Mark areas to remove” to draw around the sections you want to remove.
  4. Once done, click “Keep changes”.
  5. To save your image separately, right-click on it and select “Save as Image”.

Presentation Transparency in PowerPoint

PowerPoint offers many image editing features to help you achieve the presentation design you are looking for. Using the Set Transparency tool, you can make an entire background image transparent for added subtlety, or just sections of an image for a layered effect. And for additional customization, you can even set the level of transparency.

Now that we’ve shown you how to change the transparency of your background image and how to make other cool changes, do you think the changes you made to your images helped your presentation shine? How do you think your presentation was received? We’d love to know how cool your presentation slide design turned out, so let us know in the comments section below.