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How To Make a Transparent Picture in PowerPoint (it's weird...but it works)
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See how to make a transparent picture in PowerPoint by first filling a shape with a picture, and then adjusting the shape's transparency settings to create the transparent background effect.

To see how to make multiple images transparent in PowerPoint at the same time, check out my other video below here on YouTube below.
https://youtu.be/4h9W_S7bHIM

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How To Make a Picture Transparent in PowerPoint

In this PowerPoint tutorial, you'll the learn the basics for creating a single transparent image in PowerPoint for PC versions of PowerPoint.

The MAC version of PowerPoint does not require this workaround to create the same transparent effect.
 
If you want to add transparency to multiple pictures at the same time, make sure to check out our advanced picture transparency video, which will show you how to batch process you images. You can see that video below.
https://youtu.be/4h9W_S7bHIM
 
The overall trick to make transparent pictures in PowerPoint,  is first filling a shape with your picture so that the picture is the shape fill.

The reason this little PowerPoint trick works on a PC, is that while you cannot directly apply transparency to a picture or image itself, you can apply transparency to the background of a shape, even if that background is a picture or image, allowing you to place objects behind the picture to get that bleed through picture effect (which is totally cool).

To see a cool picture of the legion of boom superimposed over the Seahawk stadium, check out our blog post: https://nutsandboltsspeedtraining.com/powerpoint-tutorials/make-picture-transparent/

Debating why the Microsoft PowerPoint team doesn't allow you to do this directly with an image on a PC is WAY beyond the scope of this dinky little tutorial. I agree, it makes no sense. Especially when you find out that you CAN directly apply picture transparency to images in the Mac version of PowerPoint.
 
Quick note, this little PowerPoint trick works in all versions of PowerPoint including PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint 2016.
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