Over the years, I have shared a lot of ways to find transparent images for your documents, but I recently learned a new tip that can be used in Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Word. This feature allows users to remove the background from an image while working in a document!
First, open up a new Word, PowerPoint, or Outlook message. For this example, I'll use PowerPoint.
1. Once you have added the image to the slide, click the image to see the Format tab show up in the tool bar. Click the Format tab to access picture tools.
2. Once you are in the Format tab, click the Remove Background button on the far left side of the tool bar.
3. The background of the image should turn purple - any part of the image that is highlighted in purple will be removed. Click and drag the box around the image to adjust the area of transparency.
4. To mark specific areas for transparency, click Mark Areas to Remove. Move your cursor to the image and click the areas you'd like to make transparent. Once the area turns purple it is marked for transparency. If an area is highlighted purple and you'd like it to be included in the final image, click Mark Areas to Keep andclick the areas of the image to add back.
5. Once you are finished adding and removing parts of the image, select Keep Changes. Your image should show become transparent!