How To Remove Background From Image in PowerPoint

How To Remove Background From Image in PowerPoint

Making a presentation alone can be pretty laborious and the last thing you need is to use complicated procedures to edit your images using Photoshop. Thankfully, PowerPoint provides a lot of basic image manipulation options such as the ability to rotate an image, reshape and crop images and remove background from an image.

Background removal tool in PowerPoint to remove the background from any image

Select Images in Slide and Click Remove Background Option

In the first step, click the image from within your PowerPoint slide and go to the Format tab. From here, select Remove Background option. This option will highlight most of the background automatically, however PowerPoint often gets the area selection wrong, at least to some extent; this is why you will require selecting the area you wish to keep.

For the purpose of this article, we will use the Request for Proposal PowerPoint template, that contains a building image in the cover slide, and remove background from the image in PowerPoint to retain the building image in the picture.

Remove the background slide in PowerPoint
Example of PowerPoint slide showing an image with a background before using the background removal tool.

For the sake of this example, we’ll use an image of a corporate building in New York that you can grab for free from Pixabay here.

Mark Areas to Keep

In the next step, click Mark Areas to Keep and click the portion you wish to keep. The highlighted area is the one that will be removed when you save changes made to the image, whereas the visible area is the one which will be retained. The plus signs show the areas you have picked to retain.

Remove background marking the area to keep and to remove
Example showing a slide with a picture and the area of an image to be removed.

Mark Areas to Remove

Most probably, there will be unwanted areas that will not be auto-detected by PowerPoint. To remove them, click mark areas to Remove and click on the areas to remove. This will add a minus sign and shade those areas so that you can identify what part of the picture is set to be removed.

Remove background in PowerPoint keep area is marked in purple

Select ‘Keep Changes’ to Retain the Desired Area

Once you are satisfied with the changes, click Keep Changes to remove the background from your image.

Remove the background from a building image or picture in PowerPoint
Example of an image inserted in a PowerPoint slide after removing the background.

Pick a Style to Change Image Background

You can optionally change the background color and frame style for the image by going to the Quick Styles menu.

Pick a style and wrap the image without background into a shape in PowerPoint

The below image shows a black background that was used to replace the transparent background. Of course, you can also use the image in the transparent form, however, changing the image background color or adding a frame might be useful when the template background color might not go well with the transparent version of the image.

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