How To Remove The Background Of A Picture In PowerPoint

To remove the background of a picture in PowerPoint you can use the Remove Background feature of the software. It makes creating visually appealing presentations quite easy as you don’t need to use a photo editing software to do the job.

Microsoft PowerPoint is the leading presentation software that is being used in most businesses and schools today. It has several features that allows for the easy creation of presentations that can easily be understood. One such feature is the ability to edit the picture so that its background is erased. This can be important when you want the subject to stand out. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will show you how this is done.

Removing background of picture in PowerPoint

If you have a picture that you want to insert in your slide but only want a particular subject to be shown and not the background then you can make the necessary changes in PowerPoint. You don’t need to use a dedicated photo editing software as long as the graphics file is not a Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), Adobe Illustrator Graphics (AI), Windows Metafile Format (WMF), and Vector Drawing File (DRW).

Here’s how you can do this.


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Time needed: 10 minutes.

Remove Background in PowerPoint

  1. Open Microsoft PowerPoint.

    You can do this by clicking on it from the Start menu list of applications.Remove The Background Of A Picture In PowerPoint

  2. Click on Blank Presentation.

    This will open a new presentation that you can work on.Removing picture backgrounds in PowerPoint

  3. Select the slide you want to put the photo on.

    You can select the slide from the left pane.select slide

  4. Click Insert.

    This is the third tab on top of PowerPoint.click insert tab

  5. Click Pictures.

    This will allow you to insert a picture to the slide.click pictures

  6. Choose either “This device” or “Online Pictures” then insert the picture.

    This is where the picture you want to use is located.
    select the picture

  7. Highlight the picture.

    You can do this by clicking on it.highlight the picture

  8. Click Remove Background.

    This is located on the upper left side of PowerPoint.remove background

  9. Click Mark Areas to Remove or Mark Areas to Keep.

    You can fine tune the photo further by clicking the areas you want shown or don’t want to be shown.mark areas

  10. Click Keep Changes.

    This will finalize the changes that you made.keep changes

Editing the picture

You can edit the picture further using an external photo editor by exporting it first.

  • Right click on the recording.
  • Choose Save Picture as.
  • Create a file name and choose the save destination then click on the Save button.

After performing the steps listed above you will successfully remove the background of a picture in PowerPoint.

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