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How To Remove The Background From An Image (PowerPoint 2019)

October 31, 2019

Hey, it’s Camille and I’m here to show you how
to remove the background from an image or to make the background transparent
in the latest version of PowerPoint and very quickly before I
jump into how to do this, I want to show you some examples of what
a background that’s been removed will look like. In this first example, I have the silhouette
of a face of a woman. You’ll notice that this
picture is actually bigger
than just the silhouette and that’s because it had a white background
beneath it that I removed in order to have the gray background
of the slide come through. In this next example, I have man here and I removed
the background behind the
man and you can see if I go to reset the picture that this actually
had quite a complex background behind him, but I was able to remove it in order to
have the slide background appear through it. This next example is a similar situation
with a woman you can see that the picture is actually a lot bigger and
I’ve actually removed the background from her as well, and the same goes for this man here. Now to remove the
background from a picture, you actually have two methods
to do this in powerpoint. Number one with a set
transparent color tool, and number two, with the remove background tool, keep in mind that neither option is
available for vector graphic files such as svgs wms and DRWs. So if it’s not working for you, chances are you have one of those file
types and you may want to consider switching over to jpegs or pngs. So let’s look at each of the two methods. Method number one, the set transparent color tool. First, insert a picture onto your slide and
then make sure you have it selected. Once you have your picture, go up to the picture tools format tab
and find the color command within the dropdown menu. You’ll see the set transparent color tool. Click on it, and your cursor will turn into
a little pen with an arrow. If you now click on the area that you
want to remove PowerPoint will take that area and turn it transparent. This works super well. If you have stock photos
or product photos, any kind of photo with
the background is very, very crisp. Keep in mind that while
this tool is pretty amazing, it does have limitations. For example, it can be quite hard to
separate the object you want
to keep from the background you want to remove. If the two are quite similar, like in this example, it will not work if your background
isn’t a uniform color or if it has a gradient like in these two examples here. Also, it can be quite hard to remove
background around strands of hair, like in this example, so in conclusion, this method is the fastest and most
effective way I know of to remove the background from a picture
directly in powerpoint. If the picture and it’s background
are very simple and straightforward. If not, you’ll need to go to method number two. So method number two, the remove background tool. First, you’ll need to insert a
picture onto your slide. Once you have the picture select it and
then go up to the picture tools format tab in here, find the remove background command. When you click on it, you’ll notice that powerpoint
turns your picture Magenta. What you need to remember is that the
Magenta parts are what powerpoint is telling you, it’s going to remove from the picture
and the areas that are the original color as in the original picture. These are areas that
PowerPoint are going to keep. Now in this situation, we have a pretty clean first attempt. PowerPoint is trying to guess what you
want to keep and what you want to remove. Now, here it’s done a pretty good job, but I still need to make a few edits, so what we’re going to do is you can
actually select one of these two tools, mark areas to keep or
mark areas to remove, and these will help you tell powerpoint
what you want to remove and what you want to stay in your picture. So I’m going to select
mark areas to keep here. Once I click it, my cursor will turn into a little pen
here that I can use to draw onto this picture, so I’m just going to draw in. You’ll notice that I’m drawing in a
Green Line which indicates you know green for go, so please keep this in the picture. I’m going to draw it in
roughly and powerpoint will
adjust the Magenta areas and the color areas indicating what will be
removed in the picture once I close out of this, I’m just going to keep drawing it
in and seeing if it gets it right. There you go. There’s a little bit
here and draw that in. There you go. Once you have this as you like it, you can either select keep changes or
you can just click away from your picture and the changes will keep turning
your background transparent. Now in other examples, it might get a little
bit more complicated. This was a pretty straightforward
photograph in this picture. It’s going to take a little bit more, so let’s go ahead and
see what that looks like. Picture tools format tab, remove background, and you’ll see that powerpoint
actually guesses pretty well, but there’s still some critical areas
that are missing including part of the head and the rest of the body. So let’s go in and do the
same thing that we did before. This time. What I recommend is to zoom a little bit
in just so you can really fine tune the details here. So let’s. I’m going to hover my mouse over his
head because I want to zoom in there and then I will use my mouse cursor to adjust
the positioning and I will select mark areas to keep my cursor turns into a pen
and then I’m going to draw in here over his head to make sure that
his forehead comes through. There we go. It’s pretty good. Then let’s go and see where
else it work is needed. Going to make sure his
watch stays in there and oops, I scrolled down too far. So if this happens to you, don’t worry, you can select your picture. Picture tools, format tab, remove background, and you’ll notice you can
continue editing your picture. So let’s scroll down. Make sure we don’t go too far, just down to here and I’m going to
select mark areas to keep and continue drawing this in to make
sure that we get his hand. That worked pretty well. Let’s go a little bit further to check. All right, that’s looking pretty good. Let’s go over here to the right and let’s
also draw in the bottom portion of his body. That’s good. Oh, it looks like when we made
some adjustments Powerpoint
also adjusted up here, so let’s draw that in and that looks good. So let’s select keep changes. I’m going to zoom out and make sure that
everything is in there and it’s looking pretty good. So if at any point you want to go back
to the original picture and discard any of the changes that you made, you can do one of two things. You can either go to the remove background
command and select discard changes, or you can select your picture
and go to the reset picture. This will reset your picture to how
it was originally before you made any changes to it. Those are just two methods to go
back to the original photograph. Keep in mind that while
this tool is pretty amazing, considering it’s a built in photo
editing tool directly in powerpoint, it does also have its limitations. For example, it can be quite hard to
separate the object you want
to keep from the background you want to remove. If the two are too similar, take this picture. For example, my arm here is too
similar to the background. They’re both quite gray and it’s hard
for powerpoint to know the difference between the two. Also, it can be hard to remove the
background around the strands of hair, like in this example, or maybe if you have very small fine items
like the binder rings in this picture or the pen, and finally, if the background is too
complex or if it has a gradient, it can be quite tricky as well. So in summary, while method number one is by far the
fastest and most effective way to remove a background from your
picture in powerpoint, it only works for a small percentage
of the photos you’re likely going to be using in your presentations. So you want to make sure that you’re
familiar with method number two, as you’ll most likely be using it often, and if that still doesn’t work, you’ll either need to look
for a new picture that works
better or consider going over to photoshop to get the job done. Also, if you’d like to make your
picture fully transparent, instead of simply removing its background, you can check out our video on that here
and just to give you an example of the kinds of cool slides you can create once
you know how to remove a background. Here’s an example of a slide I quickly
created in powerpoint with a removed background picture here was the original
picture and here’s a picture with the background removed or actually faded out
and the picture background added behind it. So now you can see the background coming
through behind this picture and it’s a kind of a cool effect you can
achieve here in powerpoint as always, for more helpful videos
and resources for making, working in powerpoint, less time consuming and painful. Check out the links
below in the description. Thanks for watching this Nuts and Bolts
training tutorial and I’ll see you at happy hour.


  • Reply Indou midou January 29, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    thanks for the information, it should help me a lot

  • Reply Luciano January 29, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Nice, thank you.

  • Reply Olamide Bello January 29, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    This is really great. Thanks for the info

  • Reply Nuts & Bolts Speed Training January 29, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Another cool picture trick in PowerPoint, the FAST photo mosaic trick:

  • Reply Rhonda McK January 29, 2019 at 5:07 pm


  • Reply Elsa Croonquist January 29, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks. This will be helpful.

  • Reply James Wilson January 30, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Very nice job!

  • Reply Calvin Andama February 2, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Which Apps should I download to edit my Pictures using an Android phone just the way you've elaborated on your video?

  • Reply harsh vardhan srivastava March 20, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Quite good

  • Reply Micah March 30, 2019 at 9:15 am

    thanks a bunch! Sharing this

  • Reply George Agathangelou April 26, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Hey excellent Video , when i save the pic though to use it later on (right click on the pic and click save as) the quality of the pic is really lowered how can i keep the same quality?Is it possible?

  • Reply Veravanwhoop June 14, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Where have you been all my life! This is freak'n awesome!!!

  • Reply Rich Forever July 28, 2019 at 9:44 am

    you are a life saver👐

  • Reply Lil'cutie 01 August 4, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Thank you so much!!!

  • Reply Maico Magadia August 18, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    thank you for the video helps a lot

  • Reply Itzel Salazar August 22, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I was about to gave up on doing a presentation but you helped thanks sis

  • Reply [KING] Mufasa September 15, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Excellent video quality! I was looking for method 2 because I only need to make few adjustments and your video really helped me out. Thank you so much!

  • Reply School Education October 18, 2019 at 3:09 am


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