How to Remove the Background from an Image in PowerPoint

When you need to remove the background from an image, your first thought might be to open Adobe Photoshop. That makes complete sense, right? Photoshop has been used for years to remove the backgrounds from images and other common photo editing tasks. However, what do you do when you don’t know how to use Adobe Photoshop; or worse, you don’t even have access to Adobe Photoshop?

Remove the Background from an Image in PowerPoint

Well, here’s some good news! Did you know you can remove the background from an image in PowerPoint? It’s true! For years, PowerPoint has included the ability to quickly and easily remove the background from an image. Check out my how-to video below and learn how to remove the background from an image in PowerPoint!

How to Remove the Background from an Image in PowerPoint

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Tim Slade
Tim Slade is a speaker, author, and award-winning freelance eLearning designer. Having spent the last decade working to help others elevate their eLearning and visual communications content, Tim has been recognized and awarded within the eLearning industry multiple times for his creative and innovative design aesthetics. Tim is a regular speaker at international eLearning conferences, is a recognized Articulate Super Hero, author of The eLearning Designer’s Handbook and creator of The eLearning Designer's Academy.

19 Responses to “How to Remove the Background from an Image in PowerPoint

  • I have always used PS for this. I had no idea that there was any other way. Pretty slick, thanks for the tip.

  • Wendy Farmer
    7 years ago

    Hi Tim
    thanks for sharing these tips. Just a question, do you find with ‘set transparent colour’ option that it sometimes leaves a slight haze around the image and how would you fix that?

    • Hi, Wendy! Yes, the set transparent color usually leaves that slight haze you’re referring to. Because of that, I typically use the Remove Background option instead.

  • Suneyra Mohamed
    7 years ago

    So cool. If only I had a dollar for each time I needed this tip and had no clue how to go about it! Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Nice and clear video. Thank you for highlighting this standard PowerPoint option.

  • Interesting post with full details. At the I think, Ithat changing image background is only possible in Photoshop. But after reading this post I learn a lot from your blog.

  • Hey Tim Slade ,
    It’s a great tricks here you have published . I’m just impressed to see your post i also use power point but i’m newcomer so i don’t know this . I’m glad to see this creative job tutorial .

  • Jennifer Day
    5 years ago

    Thanks – I needed that! 2 great easy tips to remove image backgrounds… I’ll be using these from now on! 🙂

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