How to make pictures transparent in Microsoft PowerPoint so that you can place text over them or use them as a background

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Making pictures transparent in PowerPoint can add depth to your slideshow presentation. Hinterhaus Productions/Getty Images

  • You can make a picture transparent in your PowerPoint slides in just a few simple steps.

  • Making pictures transparent in PowerPoint allows you to add text over them or use them as a background.

Pictures can make your MicrosoftPowerPoint presentation more visually appealing and engaging for your audience.

If you want to include a picture in your PowerPoint as a background or subtle detail – rather than as the focal point – you can transform any picture by making it transparent with just a few clicks.

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How to make a picture transparent in PowerPoint on a Mac or PC

1. Open PowerPoint on your Mac or PC and launch a new presentation or open a saved project.

2. Insert the picture you want to include, if you haven’t already, and right click on the image.

After you right-click the image on a PC, the below dropdown menu will appear.

How to make a picture transparent in PowerPoint
On a PC, this dropdown menu will appear. Emma Witman/Business Insider

After you right-click the image on a Mac, the below dropdown menu will appear.

How to make a picture transparent in PowerPoint
On a Mac, this dropdown menu will appear. Emma Witman/Business Insider

3. Select “Format Picture…” from the dropdown menu.

4. An option toolbar will appear on the right side on your screen. Click the “Picture” icon, designated by a mountain landscape icon.

After you select “Format Picture,” on a PC, the below dropdown menu will appear.

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On a PC, this ‘Format Picture’ menu will appear. Click on the mountain icon. Emma Witman/Business Insider

After you select “Format Picture,” on a Mac, the below dropdown menu will appear.

How to make a picture transparent in PowerPoint
On a Mac, this ‘Format Picture’ menu will appear. Click on the mountain icon. Emma Witman/Business Insider

5. Click “Picture Transparency” from the listed options.

From here, you can select a pre-set transparency gradient, type one in as a percentage (with higher percentages being more transparent), or drag and drop using the slider until you’re happy with the picture’s transparency.

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