How to Change Photo Transparency in Office 365 Programs

Updated on December 16, 2018
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Joshua has work experience in manufacturing, distribution, and aerospace. He received his BBA in accounting from Kent State University.

Photo with High Transparency

This is a photo of a fountain on the grounds of the Ringling Museum in Sarasota Florida. The transparency of the photo was changed so it could be used as a background in a project.
This is a photo of a fountain on the grounds of the Ringling Museum in Sarasota Florida. The transparency of the photo was changed so it could be used as a background in a project. | Source

Introduction

In this tutorial a photo will be inserted into Microsoft PowerPoint to change the transparency of that photo. Changing the transparency of a photo works similar across the board in respect to Microsoft products. So, if you are trying to complete this task in Word or Excel that's okay. The tasks are almost identical.

There are plenty of reasons for wanting to change the transparency of photos. Perhaps you want to make a background more transparent so it's easier to read text that is inserted over to top of it. In another situation, you may want an object behind the photo to become more visible. Whatever the case may be, you can accomplish this feat in Office 365.

Start with a Shape

To be able to make a photo transparent in PowerPoint or other Microsoft products, the photo must be inserted into an object. To do this a shape needs to be inserted into your document, spreadsheet, or slide show.

To insert a shape, click on the insert tab, then click on the shapes button. After you find the shape that you want your photo to be, click on that shape. Next, hold on your left mouse key and drag the shape out with your cursor.

Note that for best results it's better to choose a rectangle or square shape depending on your photo dimensions.

Inserting a Shape

Keep in mind while completing this task that any shape can be used. The rectangle is chosen here so the photo can be used as a background.
Keep in mind while completing this task that any shape can be used. The rectangle is chosen here so the photo can be used as a background.

Change Dimensions

After you insert your shape, try to size it up to dimensions that are close to the photo that you are using. Understand that using a shape that is not a square or rectangle may distort your image.

Shape Size

After the shape is created, it can be resized by clicking on it and dragging the spheres on each side or corner inward or outward.
After the shape is created, it can be resized by clicking on it and dragging the spheres on each side or corner inward or outward.

Insert a Photo Into the Shape

To insert your photo, make sure the shape that you created is selected and then click on the format tab.

Next, under the shape styles section, click on shape fill. This opens lots of options for either filling the object with color, designs, or photos. Click on picture.


Inserting a Photo

Choose Photo Location

Choose whether your image is coming from your computer or from the internet.

From File or Internet

If you choose internet, then there is a choice of using your OneDrive or to search images. If you choose from file, you will have to upload a photo from your computer file directory.
If you choose internet, then there is a choice of using your OneDrive or to search images. If you choose from file, you will have to upload a photo from your computer file directory.

Adjust Shape if Needed

Change the sizing of the shape after inserting the photo if necessary to compensate for a distorted image.

Adjust Shape

Not every photo is going to fit every shape perfectly. As a result, the shape size may need to be adjusted. In other cases, the photo size may need to be adjusted before it is inserted into the object.
Not every photo is going to fit every shape perfectly. As a result, the shape size may need to be adjusted. In other cases, the photo size may need to be adjusted before it is inserted into the object.

Format Picture Pane

Now we want the format picture pane to appear on the right side of the screen. To do this right click on the object and select format picture.

Format Picture

Set Transparency

To set transparency, first select the fill and line icon under the shape options in the format picture pane. The icon is a spilling paint can.

Next, move the transparency slide bar to the transparency that you want to achieve. Transparency can also be achieved by clicking on the spin button provided or by entering the desired percentage of transparency manually.

Transparency Adjustment

Now that you have a more transparent photo thanks to your Office program, you can save the photo to your computer or continue to use the photo within the current program.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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