How to Remove Background from Picture in PowerPoint

Last updated on June 20th, 2024

Other than being a robust presentation app, PowerPoint also provides a range of options to edit content within slides for presentations or to use them for other purposes. One such function in PowerPoint is the use of PowerPoint as a background eraser.

Using PowerPoint as a Background Eraser

Removing the Background of a PowerPoint Presentation Image

Whether you want to edit the background of an image you just inserted in your PowerPoint slide for a presentation or wish to edit an image to export it for use elsewhere, you can easily use PowerPoint as a background eraser.

Step 1: Open PowerPoint and insert the picture that you want to remove the background from. Then, use the background eraser in PowerPoint to remove the background via Picture Format -> Remove Background.

Background Eraser Example in PowerPoint

Step 2: There are two options you can use to edit your background via Remove Background option. This includes Mark Areas to Keep and Mark Areas to Remove. Select the desired option and highlight the areas to keep or remove.

Background Eraser - How to Remove Background from Picture in PowerPoint
Animated example showing how to mark the areas to keep

Step 3: After you are done click Keep Changes to save the changes and save your presentation to make it ready for your audience.

Background Removal Tool - Learn how to remove background from pictures in PowerPoint

Another possibility is that you don’t need to present anything, but you want to remove a background from a picture or image. In this case, you can still use PowerPoint to remove the background to export the image. Yes, the background removal tool in PowerPoint is so powerful that it can help you to accomplish this without a major change in image quality, even if you are not creating a presentation!

Remove Background from Picture using PowerPoint - Example removing background from image

To export your image, right click over the picture and click Save as Picture.

Save Picture without Background using PowerPoint Background Customization Options

You can also customize the background of your image after removing the original one. For example, you can fill the background with any desired color. It can be filled with white (or the automatic theme color as the background) or you can pick any other color you wish. Moreover, you can also use the various Ribbon menu options to stylize your image.

Another way to remove backgrounds from images is by using AI tools or background remover tools. To remove background from images, you can use online tools that have background remover features built-in. With the advances of Artificial Intelligence and generative AI tools, software is becoming more sophisticated and it allows to remove background from images by identifying specific objects or silhouettes.

Other than removing backgrounds, you can also perform a number of other handy functions using PowerPoint. You can see our posts about PowerPoint Tips and 5 Tips for Presenting Stunning PowerPoint Presentations to learn how to make the most out of PowerPoint.

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