Remove an Image Background

There has been numerous time I would like to use an image on a website, but it has a messy or distracting background. I’m sure you have too.

I’ve used all kinds of software to ‘cut out’ the part of the image I want and make the rest of it transparent, but it has always been a cumbersome and time-consuming task. Most of the time, I just find another image.

That is until I found a fantastic feature in PowerPoint that makes this process super simple.

Remove an Image Background

  1. Open PowerPoint.
  2. Create a New Blank Presentation. If the default text boxes bother you, click on them and delete them.
  3. Click on the Insert menu and select Picture
  4. Find and choose the image you want to alter, click Insert. This will paste a copy of the image into PowerPoint.
  5. Since the image is selected, you’ll notice that the menu has defaulted to the Picture Tools Format menu. You’ll also notice a Remove Background option on the far left of the menu. Click on it.
  6. This will create a selection grid within your image with pink sections. The pink sections represent what PowerPoint will delete if you click away from the image. Click and drag the corners of the selection grid to enclose the section of the image you want to keep. Sometimes it’s easier to stretch it out to the edges of the picture in order for PowerPoint to autoselect the correct area.
  7. If there are parts of the image that PowerPoint has turned pink that you would prefer to keep, click on the Mark Areas to Keep button in the Background Removal menu. Then click on the area you want to keep. You can click areas one by one or by clicking and dragging the pencil icon to select a larger area. This takes some practice but if you mess up, just undo your changes and start over.
  8. If there are parts of the image that PowerPoint has kept that you would prefer to NOT keep, click on the Mark Areas to Remove button in the Background Removal menu. Then click on the area you want to remove.
  9. Once you think you have it as you’d like, click somewhere else on the slide and the image will reflect your changes.
  10. If it doesn’t look like you want it to, click undo and try again.
  11. Once you get it the way you want, select the image and right click.
  12. Select the Save as Picture option.
  13. Select the folder where you would like to save the files, enter the name and select PNG as the file type if it is not already specified. This keeps the white areas you created transparent, which will look much more professional.

So, there you have it. A much easier way to remove parts of an image that you don’t want without having to be a Graphic Designer!