Remove image backgrounds, using Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Office is among the most widely used Office suites, which is commercially available. Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the best software which you can use to make the effective presentations. I mean r-e-a-l-l-y effective presentations and PowerPoint offers you variety of tools to achieve those task.

So let me tell you a one simple tip to increase the effectiveness of your presentation with your images, by removing their background.

Remove image backgrounds using PowerPoint

Many times while working you feel that you have got the best picture which can be used for your presentation but you feel that you cannot use it because it has an inappropriate background or it does not go well with your presentation.

I have seen people who use Adobe Photoshop which provides them with a Magnetic Lasso tool to freely select the portion of the image and then they remove it. But let me tell you can do the same stuff with lot more simplicity.

To do so, follow these steps:

  • Open your Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Go to Insert tab and select Picture


  • Now select any Picture whose background you want to remove. Just for the sake of simplicity I am selecting Penguins picture which comes with Windows 7.


Remove image backgrounds using PowerPoint

  • To increase the look and feel of the image I am changing the picture style and shadow style. Use them to increase the effect of images.


This is the image of whose background, I will be removing.

  • Select the Remove Background tab from the Picture Tools.


  • You will find a window asking you to Mark areas to keep, Mark areas to remove etc.


  • Select Mark Areas to Keep . Pen will come through which you can select the areas one by one .


  • Click on Keep Changes to get the image with the removed background.


That’s it!

The quality of the final image with removed background will highly depend on the areas you selected and the precision and accuracy you had.

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Harsh Mahajan is a Microsoft Student Partner. A technology enthusiast at heart, he has a tremendous passion for emerging technologies & trends like Cloud Computing & Windows Azure. He is associated with the International .Net Association as Brains Unleashed leader.