I’ve recently been using Google Slides for a client’s conference event. It’s been really helpful for all parties involved, being able to collaborate, update and edit all in real time. But when it came down to the event itself, the client needed an offline version of the slides running in Apple Keynote...
I have always longed for a way to import an image into PowerPoint and simply make it transparent, but until now, have had to open up Photoshop in order to achieve what I thought would be a simple effect.
Recently, whilst developing a slide with several images overlaying other objects I discovered a way of making the images transparent in PowerPoint.
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. (Why Microsoft thought this was the best way to carry out the animation is beyond me, surely a fade to transparent option would be much more useful?)
I really don’t know why Microsoft didn’t allow you to change the transparency of all images placed onto slides, but the work around above works perfectly.
Below is a video demonstration of how to make an image transparent in PowerPoint:Leave a comment
Creative consultantView Vincent Thompson's profile
When carrying out BrightCarbon's Advanced PowerPoint training course, showing Keyboard shortcuts to help people carry out every-day tasks much faster than normal is always a really big hit. Download our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts PDF here...
With the imminent arrival of PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, it got me thinking about PowerPoint for Mac as it currently stands. I recently conducted a PowerPoint training course for a marketing team. There was a twist to how the course normally played out, half of the team were using MacBook’s featuring the latest version of PowerPoint 2011 for mac, the other half were using PowerPoint 2010 on their windows based laptops...
No one was looking at their electronics; all eyes were on the podium. We raised the bar on what a great presentation is supposed to look like.Curtis Waycaster Smith & Nephew