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How to make a picture background transparent in PowerPoint

You can add a background picture in your PowerPoint slides and use it for your entire presentation. Do you also want to learn how to make a picture background transparent in PowerPoint 2016 or later? This article will show you how to add and edit a background picture in your PowerPoint slides.

Add a picture as a background in PowerPoint

First, you have to know how to add a picture to your PowerPoint slide. Or maybe you already know it, but let’s give you a quick reminder.

1 – Open PowerPoint and click on a slide.

2 – Go to Design in the top bar.

3 – Click on Format Background at the right end in Customize, and a new pane will open on the right.

4 – In the Format Background pane, select Picture or texture fill under Fill. The slide changes to another color, and more options appear in the pane.

5 – In the pane, click on Insert under Picture source.

6 – In the middle, a new box called Insert Pictures opens. Now you can browse for an image from a file.

how to add a picture as a background in powerpoint

Make a picture background transparent in PowerPoint 2016

If you followed the previous steps, you have successfully added a background picture to your PowerPoint slide. Now we have come to the part where we can edit the background picture.

Remember that PowerPoint resizes the picture to the entire slide. So if the image you have inserted has a different size or shape, it will be automatically adjusted to the slide’s border. If you don’t like the position of the background slide, you can modify it yourself.

Right-click on the slide you want to make transparent and select Format Background to open the pane. In the Format Background pane, scroll down to Offset left, right, top, and bottom. These four Offset positions represent each border of your slide. Here, you can adjust the position of your background picture by changing the percentage next to it.

how to make a picture background transparent in powerpoint

You can also open the Format Background pane by right-clicking on your slide in the middle. Click on Fill > Then scroll down to Transparency to make the image more transparent. 

In the Format Background pane, you can adjust the transparency in three ways.

  • Move the line with your mouse cursor to the right and left next to Transparency.
  • You can also change the percentage and write a new number.
  • Click on the up and down arrows next to the percentage.

Change the transparency from 0% to 40% or any other number you like. In the end, you can end up like the picture below. If you are satisfied, then close the Format Background pane. Otherwise, click on Apply to All to get the same background for all your slides.

If you made some changes that you don’t like in the Format Background pane, you could always undo the last change. Do this by clicking on Reset Background, but remember that you can only go back once.

how to make picture background transparent in powerpoint

Conclusion

Now you know how to make the background of your slide transparent in PowerPoint 2016. In the Format Background pane, you can adjust the image yourself by using the Offset settings. Then use the Transparency option to make the image more transparent. Don’t forget to click on Reset Background if you want to undo the last change. Once you are satisfied with your background picture, you could add the same one to all your PowerPoint slides by clicking on Apply to All.

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