Starting in the 2010 version, PowerPoint has a really useful tool for removing the backgrounds from photos and images.
Depending on how complex the background is that you want to remove, you can use the automatic background removal or you can draw lines to mark the areas of the picture background you want to keep and which ones you want to remove.
Check out this before and after:
How to Remove an Image Background in PowerPoint:
- Click the picture that you want to remove the background from.
- Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Remove Background .
Click one of the handles on the lines and then drag the line so that it contains the portion of the picture that you wish to keep and excludes most of the areas you wish to remove.
Picture showing background removal lines and handles
In many cases, you can get the result you want without any additional work by experimenting with the position and size of the marquee lines.
If necessary, do one or both of the following:
- To indicate which parts of the picture you do not want automatically removed, click Mark Areas to Keep.
- To indicate which parts of the picture you do want removed in addition to those automatically marked, click Mark Areas to Remove.
If you change your mind about an area you have marked with a line, either to keep or to remove it, click Delete Mark and then click the line to change it.
A cool thing with this is that now, you can add effects such as shadows, reflections, and glows, to a picture from which you have removed the background. These effects will apply only to the visible picture. For example, if you apply a shadow to the picture, only the part of the picture you kept when you removed the background will cast a shadow.