How to Make a Picture Transparent in PowerPoint

PowerPoint lets you add images to presentations from anywhere. You can copy images to your clipboard from the internet and paste them, download them from your local files, etc. That said, images can cover your text. If you don’t want to send them to the back and prefer to see them through, here’s how to make a picture transparent in PowerPoint.

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To make an image transparent in PowerPoint, right-click the image. Go to Format Picture… > Picture > Picture Transparency. Use the Transparency % value slider or window to change the transparency of the selected image.


How to Make a Picture Transparent in PowerPoint

In your PowerPoint, right-click the image you want to make transparent. To select Format image….

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In the right panel, there are four icon tabs: fill and line (tub), Effects (Pentagon), Size and properties (square being measured), and Photo (photograph).

go to powerpoint image tab

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Click it Image Transparency The arrow.

open image transparency

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Use the Transparency slider to change the transparency of your image.

use the transparency slider

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When you are done, close the right panel by clicking on the X.

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How to Make a Background Image Transparent in PowerPoint

The process for making a background image transparent is the same as for any other transparent image in PowerPoint. Right-click the background image, then navigate to Format image…. Click it Photo then use the tab Image Transparency option to change the transparency of your background.

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