Clean, isolated images have a charm have their own. They look beautiful on a slide and help you make your point without distracting the audience’s attention.
But unfortunately, most photos come with unwanted backgrounds that make the picture look messy on the slide.
Is there a way to clean up your pictures easily without having to use expensive graphic software like Photoshop?
Yes. There is a way.
You can use a basic tool in PowerPoint to isolate your pictures like a pro, in a fraction of the time it takes to do the same job using any other fancy graphic software.
In this article, I will show you how to do it in a step by step way.
Your picture slides will transform right in front of your eyes in minutes:
Right. Let’s jump right in.
First, let us take the picture we want to clean up for this example:
We want to retain just the table with the laptop for the purpose of this article.
However, there are unwanted junk elements in the photo like the draws and the floor that distract the viewer’s attention.
So, how do we get rid of those elements?
You can copy the image below on to your PowerPoint, if you’d like to follow along.
Step 1: Pick up the ‘Freeform tool’ from Autoshapes menu
Go to Autoshapes menu in the Home tab of PowerPoint ribbon.
Under the ‘Lines’ option – click on the tool called ‘Freeform’ tool.
The tool allows you to draw any shape you want by just clicking along the corners.
To complete the shape, you just need to click at the starting point of the shape as shown below:
Step 2: Draw freeform shapes to mask the unwanted areas
With PowerPoint you can’t erase unwanted portions of a photo (like in Photoshop or any other high end graphic software).
So, we just need to mask out the unwanted portions by drawing freeform shapes around them. For example, take a look at how I masked the unwanted portions in the following picture:
Step 3: Fill the freeform shapes with the slide background color
The final step is to just fill those masked areas with the color of the slide background and remove the outline. The result is a clean looking picture like this:
Isn’t that simple?
What you saw is just a small sample of the hidden capabilities of PowerPoint. In fact, once you learn how to work with PowerPoint well, you would never want to go back to Photoshop for most of your design tasks, because you can get better results, faster using just PowerPoint.
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