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Add picture to ppt without the "white" around the actual item?

Add picture to ppt without the "white" around the actual item?

I have three pictures of people that I want to copy into powerpoint in front of a contrasting background. In paint, I have deleted everything around the actual picture of the person (background, etc), so only the frame of the individual should be copied. However, once I paste the picture into ppt, it always shows up as a white square with the picture in the middle.

How can I get rid of the white surrounding the picture??

One answer

in HELP look up transparent, 2003 shows "about transparent areas" and suggests using .PNG (Portable Network Graphic) images. You might need image editing software to suit your needs, otherwise you already seem to have the skills to paste them directly in the background image outside of powerpoint and use that graphic

John Wilson

You may get a reasonable (but not perfect) result by clicking the white background with the transparency tool in 2002/3 in the picture toolbar in 2007 In Picture tools tab>recolor

Paint doesn't create transparent backgrounds so you would need to use a higher end editor to get better results We use Photoshop but I guess the Gimp (free) or other free tools might do it

Terry Sprye
Any Photoshop

I agree the transparent tool in Powerpiont can often do the trick - if anyone has a copy of Photoshop you can use the magic wand and then apply feathering - that's really the best way and not difficult to do, but requires additional software.

Sometimes when I have picture with a white background I'm having trouble getting rid of, I will instead perform some sleight-of-hand and place a frame around it by creating a box with white fill and a border of some color and place the picture in the middle of it. This at least makes it look intentional

To Confirm John's guess

The Gimp does indeed do the trick - very, very well indeed IMHO!


powerpoint answer

click on the image and in the picture tools click the recolor button and choose set transparent color. then click on the white around your image and voila...

That Worked

That worked perfect for me, thanks

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