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With more recent versions of PowerPoint (2016 and later), you can make an image transparent very easily. With versions of PowerPoint earlier than that, though, it can be a little more tricky. Read on to get the low-down on both methods for making your image transparent, whether you’re working in the newest version of PowerPoint or not.
PowerPoint 2016 or later
First, make sure that all the pieces that will be underneath your image are arranged. Here I have just added a simple text box using the Insert tool.
There are two quick ways you can change the transparency of an image. First, you can navigate to the Picture Format tab in the ribbon, and select Transparency. This gives you a range of pre-programmed transparency options for your picture.
Alternatively, you can right click on your image, and select Format Picture… to bring up the right hand pane. Select the icon shown, and from the Picture Transparency drop down menu, you can use the slider or the text input box to specify exactly how transparent you’d like your image to be.
Et voila! You’re done!
Earlier versions of PowerPoint
Though it takes a little longer in earlier versions of PowerPoint, it’s still possible to make your images transparent. Here is how to do it…
Rather than importing your images directly onto a slide in PowerPoint, you need to insert the image into a PowerPoint shape.
- Create a PowerPoint shape on your slide, then right click on it and select Format Picture, this will open the format picture window.
- Click on Fill tab on left, then select picture or texture fill as an option.
- Now click on the Insert From: file… option. Navigate to the image you would like to place into the shape and double click.
- Your image will now have been placed into the PowerPoint shape, in the Format picture window there is a Transparency option (near the bottom) you can use this to set the transparency of the image anywhere between 0-100%.
There is an animation option in PowerPoint allowing you to turn your image transparent, but to achieve this, your image has to be on the screen in its original format before-hand; there is also no smooth action when using this animation, the image simply switches from its original state into transparent in the blink of an eye.
Below is a video demonstration of how to make an image transparent in PowerPoint:Leave a comment
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