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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 similarly 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 the 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 to 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.
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.
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.
Choose Photo Location
Choose whether your image is coming from your computer or from the internet.
Adjust Shape if Needed
Change the sizing of the shape after inserting the photo if necessary to compensate for a distorted image.
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.
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.
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 content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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