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How to Make a Photo Transparent in PowerPoint Quickly

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You can fade a photo in PowerPoint to be partially transparent with a bit of a workaround trick. Let's learn how in this quick video. 

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How to Create a PowerPoint Transparent Picture

Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below.

1. Draw a Shape

Draw a shape
Start by drawing a shape.

Instead of just inserting an image, let's start off by drawing a shape on the Insert tab. I'll grab a rectangle shape, and then click and drag over the slide to draw a box to put an image inside of.

2. Choose a Fill for Your Image

Now I'm going to right-click on the shape and choose Format Shape to open up some additional options. On the right side, let's open up the Fill option.

Open the PowerPoint Fill option
Open the PowerPoint Fill option.

 Now we'll go ahead and choose Picture Fill here. This fills the box with an image of our choice. 

3. Insert the Image

I'll click on File and then browse to the image that I want to use as the background.

Insert photo to make transparent in PowerPoint
Insert the photo you want to make transparent.

I'll click to insert the image. Now, our shape is replaced with the image. If your picture is stretched or doesn't fit the square properly, you could tick this box that says Tile picture as texture

4. Make a Photo Transparent in PowerPoint

Finally, let's add the transparency effect. Just pull the transparency effect slider up to fade the image into the background. 

Make a picture transparent in PowerPoint
Use the Transparency slider to make a photo transparent in PowerPoint.

You could pull the image further to the right for more transparency when needed. It takes a bit of a trick, but you can add image transparency right inside of PowerPoint. 

Finishing Up!

Creating a transparent photo in PowerPoint is a good way to a bit of design flair to your presentation.

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