Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using embedded transparency, part of PowerPoint: Using Photos and Video Effectively for Great Presentations.
The use of transparency will allow you to see through an image. Now we've already explored cropping, to mask a photo to a particular shape, but sometimes you'll want much more complex transparency. Let's explore some of the options available when working with files. I've made a new presentation with a theme, and I'm just going to add an empty slide here, blank to hold content. Using the Insert Pictures command, I'll browse to some content that already has transparency embedded in the files.
In this case, I have some embedded transparency. You'll see an EPS, and a PNG file. Now, if you switch this to View All Files, you'll note, there is an Adobe Illustrator document. The Adobe Illustrator file format is made with Adobe Illustrator and it is a vector illustration program that's commonly used. If I try to insert that, you'll see that it's not supported by PowerPoint. In this case, I'll go back to insert the picture and I'll limit this to see all pictures that can be recognized by the application.
Choosing the vector EPS graphic and inserting it, you'll see that it comes in with the embedded transparency. And I can now scale this as I see fit and position it on the slide and the background shows through this flowchart diagram. If I insert that PNG graphic you'll also note that it contains areas of transparency around the text in the coffee cup, allowing for it to be readable. Now in this particular case, over this slide, I find it a little hard to read the red on red, but this makes it easy.
With the slide selected, you can change the layout, or we can modify the text. In this case, this particular theme only has a red background. I could either choose to adjust the overall design of my slide presentation, or modify the graphic back at the original source. Remember, try to avoid low contrast situations, where it's difficult to read your content and instead, either change the design of your slide, or modify your graphics so it works a bit better. In this case the imbedded transparency comes through quite nicely and it can be useful as I design my slides.
We'll explore creating this embedded transparency in an upcoming movie.
- Working with photos
- Using the Photo Browser
- Adjusting images in PowerPoint
- Cropping and masking
- Building a slideshow
- Inserting video
- Prepping images and video for PowerPoint
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1. Working with Photos
2. Browsing Media
3. Inserting Images Manually
4. Adjusting Images in PowerPoint
5. Masking Photos
6. Working with Transparency
7. Creating Photo-Based Layouts
8. Inserting Video Files
9. Prepping Images and Video Outside of PowerPoint
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