There are many ways you can format images within PowerPoint.  One of my favorites is the Remove Background tool.

Welcome to Day 5 of 365 ideas for #Office 365.  

We’re wrapping up the first week, which has highlighted some nifty tricks in PowerPoint

Simply select the image, and click on the Format tab.  (You won’t see the Format tab until you select the object you want to format.

Click on Remove Background, in the far left.

This opens the image in a window with these controls.  PowerPoint uses artificial intelligence to initially estimate what is background and what isn’t.  Sometimes it just gets it right and you’re done.

Often the image is too complicated for that, and you’ll need to tweak it.

 You can either click on an area and let AI determine the boundaries or draw a line around the part you want to add or remove background to.  I find just clicking works best most of the time, but if I need to, I’ll draw an outline, but this usually means bouncing back and forth between Remove and Add background.  You can always repeatedly click Undo if you need to back out to an earlier point.

Before and after images of Collie in the grass with background removed
Before and after images of Collie in the grass with background removed

Here’s a recording of me removing the tricky background of this collie sitting in the grass.

Removing the background from a picture of a collie sitting in the grass
Removing the background from a picture of a collie sitting in the grass

You can also click and drag the corner of the image to make it larger, and even drag the enlarged image around the screen to be more precise in your clicks.

Once you remove the background, you don’t have to leave it in PowerPoint. You can use PowerPoint to remove a background of an image you want to put somewhere else.

Zooming to edit and saving the image
Zooming to edit and saving the image

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