PowerPoint 2007: How To Make a Background Object Transparent

Utilizing pictures as your background for a slide can give you that extra touch to your presentation. However, it is usually necessary to add transparency to the image so that the rest of the slide is easily viewed by your audience. To do this . . .

1. Right-click on the background object.

2. Select Format Shape.

3. Select Fill in the left pane.

4. Click the radio button next to Picture or texture fill.

5. Click the File button under Insert from.

6. Browse to the desired image file and select it.

7. If the image is to utilized as a texture, check the Tile picture as texture checkbox.

8. Adjust your offsets and alignment as desired.

9. Use the Transparency slider bar to adjust the level of transparency to apply to the image. You will see a live preview of the effect.

10. Click the Close button.

11. Adjust the size of the object to properly view your image.


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  • Renee

    Thank you, these instructions were perfect and saved my presentation.

  • BC

    I must be missing something… After inserting a picture file, the “Format Shape” command does not appear as a choice when working with a JPG or enhanced meta file image…

  • Kate Barrett

    What if I’m using Microsoft Power Point 2003? Is there a way to make a picture that is used as the background, transparent?

  • Anonymous

    thanks for sharing this… it works. =)

  • Anonymous

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  • someone

    Thans this really worked

  • Ginger Baron

    I’m trying to find the transparency wand that was in the former versions of ppt. can anyone help me with this?

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  • Rafasan1234

    Unfortunately this did not work for me… However, it did work when I applied Preset 8, although I was not able to adjust the % of transparency…

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  • Mazhar

    I’m trying to find the transparency wand that was in the former versions of ppt. can anyone help me with this please ?

  • Sylrone

    I’ve been struggling with the so called “magic wand” for transparency which is in the older version of powerpoint and now despite going through the recommended step the magic wand is still missing. Why don’t simply add the magic wand to one of the tool and save all the user all these queries. Sadly disapponted!
    BTW I am using PPT 2007.