Whether you are preparing for an academic or professional PowerPoint presentation, you must put your heart and soul into impressing your peers. I understand the data or the information you’ll represent will make or break your deal. But your competitors will also judge how you have placed your slides/pictures. Hence, clearing your images’ backgrounds is crucial. Wondering how to remove the background from a picture in PowerPoint?
It’s pretty easy. We have so many easy AI tools that remove the background with just a single click. Other ways of removing background are by using a transparent color or using PowperPoint’s remove background tool. I’ll explain the steps in this guide. Shall we begin?
What Is PowerPoint Background Removal Feature? Is It Helpful?
The PowerPoint image background removal feature is an in-built tool in PowerPoint that lets you alter image backgrounds easily. Powerpoint gives you two options to remove backdrops from pictures- remove background tools and set the transparent color.
Yes, these tools are helpful because it brings a more personalized touch to your presentations. Including pictures adds a creative touch to your project and makes it stand out from the rest. Everyone uses stock pictures, but when you use your own, it shows the hard work you put into the presentation.
Moreover, the kind of images you’ll use will speak for your project or brand and the viewers will be able to relate to it more. Another benefit of using the background remover is that it gets rid of unnecessary elements from the picture. So you can crop your picture without reducing its quality, making your slides look cleaner. Now that you are familiar with the benefits of using PowerPoint let’s go ahead and see how to use it.
Removing Background From A Picture In PowerPoint Using Remove Background Tool: Step By Step Guide
As I told you, there are two ways of removing background in PowerPoint, and the first method I am going to mention is by using the remove background tool. This process is useful for pictures with more complicated backgrounds. In short, if there is a lot going on in the background you should use this method.
But before I begin explaining the steps, let me introduce you to a magic tool that removes picture backgrounds with just a single click. Erase.bg is an AI tool where you can remove the backgrounds of your images and videos within seconds. You just have to upload your image on the website and the tool will do the rest of the work.
This is a more convenient option because it will save your time and get your image ready within seconds. And the best part is this is a free tool and also supports JPEG, JPG, PNG, and WEBP image formats. Now let’s go ahead and see how you can remove the background using the background removal tool in PowerPoint-
Step 1 - Click on your picture to select it.
Step 2 - At the top, you’ll see the tab called Picture Format. Click here.
Step 3 - Click on Remove Background. Now PowerPoint will automatically select parts of the picture it considers as the background.
Step 4 - As you can see in the above picture, PowerPoint has highlighted the parts it considers as background in purple. PowerPoint may also cover areas that you may not want to remove. For example, the picture above has captured some parts of the laptop, the desktop behind it, and some other elements which I want to keep.
Step 5 - Now we have to clean those areas which PowerPoint has caught as background. And to do that, you have to click on Mark Areas to Keep, which is at the top left corner.
Step 6 - Now, you can either draw a line or make a circle of the areas you want to keep. Or you can click and drag the pencil to keep the elements you want, as shown in the picture below.
Step 7 - Once you are done making the changes and get the desired result, click on Keep Changes. And that’s it; you have successfully removed the background from your image. If you still think that you still need to make some changes, you can follow the same steps and get your image ready as you like it.
Removing Background From A Picture In PowerPoint With Set Transparent Color Tool: Step By Step Guide
The previous method was more appropriate for pictures with lots of elements in the background. But if you have to remove a solid background from your image, you don’t need to follow such detailed steps. Removing solid backgrounds is extremely easy and takes less time. Let me show you how you can do it in the following steps-
Step 1 - As you did in the previous step, first upload your picture in PowerPoint and select it.
Step 2 - Click on Picture Format.
Step 3 - You’ll find the color tab and click on the dropdown symbol.
Step 4 - Now, PowerPoint will show you different options, but you’ll have to go to the bottom of the page and click on Set Transparent Color.
Step 5 - Now click on the background of the picture you want to remove. Once you do that, the tool will remove the background color.
Here is how I removed the background of my image. While this is a quick and hassle-free way to clear your background, this is not the most effective method. It only works best on white background. As you can see in my edited picture, some yellow color is still left, and I cannot repeat the same procedure to get rid of that part. Therefore, I mostly prefer to use the remove background method.
And of course, this procedure will not work on images with cluttered backgrounds. While it’s a quick and simple procedure, it has many cons, and I personally don’t recommend using it. Because the method works best in white backdrops, I think there is no need to remove the white background, right? If you are finding the written instructions a bit confusing to follow, you can check out this YouTube video to learn picture background removal in PowerPoint.
PowerPoint Background Removal Tools May Not Work Well In These Cases
The PowerPoint background removal tool is quite powerful, but it may not work the best in some cases. If you are preparing for a really important presentation that is a deciding factor for your career, I think PowerPoint isn’t the best tool to use. I know you are wondering why.
The remove background tool does not do a perfect job when it comes to removing the edges. I have seen that the edited pictures have rough edges which don’t look professional. To be honest, it’s also a bit frustrating to drag the pencil over the same spot again and again.
And the set transparent color option is also not very useful. Because when the color of the main subject and the background is the same, PowerPoint does not do a great job of removing the background.
Again if the picture contains intricate details like hair, fur, or feathers, both PowerPoint tools cannot bring you satisfactory results. So what should you do? Now you must be wondering if there are any other better substitutes. Yes, there are. I have talked about the substitutes in the following section.
Removing Image Backgrounds Using AI Tools: Are These Tools Really Better Than PowerPoint?
Nowadays we have so many advanced tools that make our everyday tasks extremely easy. One such tool is AI background removal. We all have to make PowerPoint presentations at some point. And adding photos in such presentations makes it ten times better. Since PowerPoint background removal tools are not that efficient, AI tools are a better substitute.
Yes, AI is much better because these tools give you more precision and quick results. There are numerous AI or ML tools, but I like to use Erase.bg because of how convenient it is.
I already mentioned this tool at the beginning of this guide. Erase.bg removes the background from any image in just five seconds, and it’s super easy to use. Plus, this tool works on Windows, Mac Os, Linux, and Ubuntu, so everyone can use it.
Plus, there are lots of other options to add different colors or elements to your background, which is great for making your pictures or presentation more professional. Here is how you can use the tool-
Step 2 - Once the download is complete, upload the photo you want to remove the background of, and within seconds, the app will remove the background.
Step 3 - If you want to add other colors or elements, you can click on the edit tab, and the app will give your different editing options.
Once you are done editing, you can save the photo in your preferred format and upload it in PowerPoint. There is no manually dragging and removing the background; therefore, it’s much more convenient than PowerPoint. But using an AI based tool or not is based on individual preferences.
If you think that you are more comfortable using the PowerPoint editors, you can definitely use them too. Or, if your system does not have space for another third-party app, you can keep using the PowerPoint tools. But you’ll have to spend more time perfecting the edits.
Is There Any Other Way To Make The PowerPoint Pictures Stand Out?
Yes, you can go more creative with your pictures to amp up your presentations. In this section, I’ll show you some tips and hacks to make your slides look more creative and better than the rest.
You can layer two or more pictures. You can add another picture in your already edited or removed background image to make your pictures look more creative. But how do you do it? Don’t worry; I’ll guide you here as well.
It’s not very complicated and only requires you to follow a few simple procedures. To do that, you need to.
- Go to slides, then click on format background, and lastly, click on insert. Here you can add any picture of your choice.
- If you wish to play around with the color, contrast, and other elements of the pictures, you can do that as well. To do that you've to go to format the picture, and then click on picture color.
I know things might seem a bit confusing now, but as you get used to using PowerPoint more, you’ll learn to explore other options PowerPoint has to offer. I suggest you to go thorugh some YouTube videos about using PowerPoint more fluently.