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PowerPoint's graphics have certainly come a long way. You can now use picture tools to knockout backgrounds and remove spot color from images. No longer do you need to edit the images in Photoshop and then import them or suffer a logo with a white background. There are two tools that we can use, Remove Background or Set Transparent Color. You can see how to use the Remove Background tool in the PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training, so I am not going to repeat that here, so let's take a look at Set Transparent Color. This works best for GIFs and drawings with areas of flat color, such as a logo that was created on white. It doesn't work quite as well in photographs. Now our Samoca logo is on our Slide Master, so I am going to click on the View tab and then come over and click on Slide Master, scroll up to the top master and then click on the logo.
Now, go up to the Picture Tools, Format tab and click on the Color button, at the bottom you'll find Set Transparent Color. Now notice that your cursor becomes a pen with a black angle, click on the color in the picture that you want to remove and all the pixels of that color will disappear. I'll go back to my Slide Master and close the Master View. This way you can let your slides background become the logo background or in a different scenario, if you're printing on colored paper, the paper color will shine through. The ability to remove backgrounds and colors from your images right inside PowerPoint cuts down round tripping from image editors, saving you hours of time and workflow headaches.
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