In this video, staff instructor Jess Stratton shows users how to use the Background Removal tool to remove unwanted design elements of a photo, and keep the portions that you do want.
- [Jess] I've inserted a fairly large picture on this slide, and while I like it, I would love to have just the person and not this busy picture frame in the background. PowerPoint comes with a tool to allow us to remove the frame from this picture, it's called the background removal tool. I'll start by clicking on the picture to select it. From here, I'll change to the format ribbon tab that appears, and all the way to the left, I'll click remove background.
Before I do anything, PowerPoint will decide what it thinks should be kept, and what should go away. Everything in pink is what's going to go away, and everything that remains the same color is what it thinks it should keep. As you can see, PowerPoint has everything backwards. Fortunately the tool allows us to manually override everything. I'm going to start by clicking mark areas to keep. Now I can start drawing lines.
For example, I know I wanna keep the entire body, so I'll draw a line all the way down. Once I let go of my mouse, PowerPoint is going to start revealing areas to keep. From here on in, it's just a matter of selecting things. We've almost got the person, I'll just get this last little bit right here. And now I can remove the frame.
I have everything I wanna keep, so now I'll click mark areas to remove. Now let's draw a little line down this picture frame and see what happens. It took it right out. Once I'm happy, I'll click keep changes. It's going to put everything into effect. Now I can take this image and slide it around and get it just where I want. Now I have a great slide of this employee, I have all this white space in which I could maybe put some text about who he is, or a quote from him, but right now, he's the focal point of this slide.
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